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Mission

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

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Upcoming Events


Thu, January 26, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Summer Grant Opportunities Open House

Come hear about SAI Summer Funding opportunities, including research and internship grants, and ask any last minute questions about the application process.

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2017

START
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

012617 Open House
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News


A new way to detect fake medicines

Fake, substandard, and otherwise compromised medicines are a deadly problem in South Asia and globally. Dr. Muhammad Zaman, visiting faculty at SAI, is working to develop a low-cost, portable and fast way to measure a drug’s purity.

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Spring 2017 South Asia courses at Harvard

Harvard will offer many courses in the upcoming semester with content related to South Asia, covering topics such as Himalayan art, Asian diasporas, capitalism and cosmology, Ismaili history and culture, and much more.

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Faculty Voices: Where India and China Meet

Jinah Kim, SAI faculty grant recipient, recently visited an exhibition in Beijing featuring Indian art. “The exhibition reminds us of the age old connections between the two countries, notably activated and solidified through the transmission of Buddhism.”

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Student voices: The Politics of Knowledge

“It takes a greater-than-normal effort of the imagination to travel from a manor house library on a Scottish island to a desert outpost in the Deccan,” writes Joshua Ehrlich, PhD candidate in history, who conducted archival research over the summer in the UK for his dissertation on the East India Company.

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SAI launches Nepal Studies Program

The 3-year program will focus on a different faculty-led topic of interest each year, and engage with scholars and practitioners both on the ground in Nepal and in Cambridge.

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Student voices: Jousting over Jurisdiction

“Nothing can quite match the thrill of stumbling across a century-old document filled with often-juicy details of a disputed claim of a princely state,” writes Priyasha Saksena, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School, who spent the summer conducting research for her doctoral dissertation on the relationship between international law and empire.

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What Next? Trump and Asia

On Dec. 5, Harvard’s Asia related centers hosted an event in which experts discussed what’s next for Asia in a Trump administration. It is the first in a series of public talks at Harvard on U.S.-Asia relations during Trump’s presidency.

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Student voices: Underground banking in Myanmar

Jasmine Chia, Harvard College ’18, started her summer in Myanmar intending to study Vipassana Buddhism, but became fascinated with a different topic: a banking phenomenon that explains the links between capitalist religion and political engagement.

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