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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

Fri, June 5, 2015 - Sat, June 6, 2015  /  CGIS South, S010

Transformation Challenges and Opportunities for the Bangladesh Garment Industry

Bangladesh Development Conference 2015

Register here.

This conference will look at identifying and solving the challenges in the transformation of the Bangladesh Garment Industry, analyzing the tools and metrics to measure progress and recommending the best practices for sustainable development.

Participants include:

Government and Non Government Organizations of Bangladesh, USA, and development partner countries, international academics and experts, BGMEA, BKMEA, international brands and retailers, ALLIANCE, ACCORD, workers rights groups, labor organizations, United Nations agencies, international financial institutes.

Cosponsored with SAI, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and International Sustainable Development Institute, Inc.

Contact: Mohammed Iqbal Yousuf
Conference Coordinator
Harvard Medical School DFCI

June 5, 2015: 12pm to 8pm

June 6, 2015: 8am to 8pm

Please register here.

Fri, Jun 5, 2015

Sat, Jun 6, 2015

CGIS South, S010

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Thu, July 30, 2015  /  CGIS Knafel Concourse

Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity Exhibition

Special Exhibition

On display in CGIS Knafel from May 18 until the end of July 2015.

Over fifty Harvard professors, students, administrative staff, and medical practitioners made the pilgrimage to Allahabad, India, to the Kumbh Mela site in 2013, to analyze issues that emerge in any large-scale human gathering. The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity book and exhibition consolidate research findings and serve as an example of interdisciplinary research conducted at Harvard.

Click here to view photos of the exhibit.

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Thu, Jul 30, 2015

CGIS Knafel Concourse

1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA


Lessons from and for Nepal

On May 14, SAI hosted panel discussions featuring faculty from Harvard, MIT, Tufts, and Brown on lessons for Nepal across a broad spectrum of issues, including public health, water and sanitation, reconstruction of heritage sites, and equity in humanitarian efforts.

    Harvard For Nepal

    Harvard for Nepal is a university-wide initiative that aims to unite Harvard in response to the earthquake that devastated Nepal in April 2015.