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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, July 28, 2016

Working with Boys and Men to prevent Gender Based Violence

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

July 28, 6:30pm IST (9 am ET)

The webinar will focus on:
• Successful organizational interventions
• Challenges faced and strategies to overcome them
• Useful resources and tools while working with boys and men

The webinar is open to anyone interested in issues relating to gender based violence and working with men and boys to prevent it. It will also provide practical tools for grassroots practitioners working on these issues. Post the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for live Q&A.

Please register here.


Dr. Gary Barker
Gary Barker is President and CEO of Promundo and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy dynamics between men and women. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 600 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, among other themes. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been honored with an Ashoka Fellowship, a fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and the Vital Voices Solidarity Award.

Rujuta Teredesai-Heron
Rujuta Teredesai-Heron is the co-founder of Equal Community Foundation (ECF). Equal Community Foundation was set up in 2009 with the objective of engaging boys and men to prevent violence and discrimination against women. Rujuta has been working in the development sector for around 10 years. She specializes in program management and communications. Having studied English Literature and Print Journalism, she is a trained journalist. At ECF, she is currently focusing on scaling the approach of working with boys and men across India.

The webinar is conducted under a collaborative project by the Harvard University South Asia Institute and Tata Trusts on Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development.

Please register here.

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Fri, July 29, 2016 from 07:00pm - 10:00pm  /  India International Centre

One Harvard Young Harvard Mixer

Special Event

The Harvard Club of India, SAI and the Harvard India Student Group invite you to attend this mixer event in New Delhi. This mixer is open to all incoming students, alumni and other Harvard community members and intends to serve as a great networking opportunity.

Join the Facebook event.

Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 07:00pm

Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 10:00pm

One Harvard Young Harvard Mixer

#40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate
Delhi, India

Mon, August 1, 2016 from 06:00pm - 08:30pm  /  Lucknow, India

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Special Event

Launched in 2015, the Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard. The faculty leaders and Kumbh administrators will discuss their experience studying the world’s largest festival, and lessons learned for future research. This event marks the launch of the book’s translation into Hindi.

6:00 – 6:30PM      Tea Reception

6:30 – 7:00PM      Welcome, Lighting of the Lamp, and Book Launch by Honorable Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav

7:30-8:30PM        Panel Discussion on Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity

Rahul Mehrotra, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Alok Sharma, Inspector General of Police, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela

Moderated by Devesh Chaturvedi, Divisional Commissioner, Allahabad, at the 2013 Kumbh Mela


Please RSVP to Rashmi Patel,


Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 06:00pm

Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 08:30pm

Vivanta by Taj

Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226 010


Alum Q+A: Saving lives at birth

Sabeena Jalal, an alum of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and currently based in Karachi, has developed a blade to be used by midwives during childbirth to cut the umbilical cord. The blade does not get infected, so she hopes the tool can reduce the rate of infant mortality in developing countries.

    Faculty voices: Studying biology abroad

    “The students’ experience changed their view of India and the developing world,” writes Ryan Draft, Lecturer on Molecular and Cellular Biology, who brings Harvard students to India for a biological sciences summer abroad internship.