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Barbara Laskin

South Strafford, VT. Resident Receives Fulbright Award to India

May 27, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn. – Amanda Janoo '10 of South Strafford, Vt., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to India.  Janoo graduated at Macalester College’s 121st commencement on May 15, 2010.  She is the daughter of Judy Janoo of Lebanon, N.H. and graduated from Hanover High School in Lebanon.

Janoo, a political science major, received a Fulbright research grant to India where she will try to answer a question she posed, “How do developing countries, like India, compete in global markets while preserving social rights for workers?”

She will investigate the economic competitiveness of the SEWA (Self Employed Women Associations) Trade Facilitation Center, an export-oriented grassroots textile cooperative in Ahmedabad. 

“As a major hub of textile production, Ahmedabad provides an ideal environment in which to compare the success of the SFTC (SEWA Trade Facilitation Centre) with private competitors,” Janoo said. “Success must be defined along two lines:  competitiveness in the global market place and standards of social protections provided to employees.”

She is one of over 1,500 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.