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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

Wed, May 4, 2016 from 08:00am - 09:30am

Webinar: Intellectual Property in Creative Industries

Livelihood Creation Project Webinar

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA, Director-Advisor to the Executive Director, WIPO Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

5:30pm to 7:00pm IST (8:00am to 9:30am EST)

Register here.

This webinar will address:

  • Differences between copyright, GI, trademark, and costs of certification
  • Business advantages conferred by intellectual property certifications
  • What kinds of handicrafts/handlooms products and designs might be eligible?
  • Who owns IP rights in the handicrafts/handlooms sector? – artisans, designers, or the organization?

Guriqbal Singh JAIYA will share his thoughts and insights from his two decade long experience at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and provide information and examples of how organizations in the Crafts Sector can benefit from intellectual property certifications.

This webinar is for:

  • Individuals associated with the handicrafts and handlooms sectors who lead and occupy senior positions in their organizations;
  • Social entrepreneurs and executives of social organizations in creative industries who may wish to use IP as a powerful tool to protect their products and innovations;
  • Practitioners involved in the non-profit sector who wish to maximise impact,
  • Students who are interested in knowing how using IP effectively can become a very important strategy in achieving the objectives of a social organization

This is fifth in a series of monthly webinars on the Indian handicrafts and handlooms sector until November 2016. Every webinar in this series is completely free of cost.

Register here.

Cosponsored with the Tata Trusts

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 08:00am

Wed, May 4, 2016 at 09:30am

Thu, May 5, 2016 - Fri, May 6, 2016  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Who Speaks for Democracy Across South Asia?

Annual Symposium

This year’s Symposium will feature conversations on the topic of democracy across South Asia.

Click here for the full schedule and registration.

Thu, May 5, 2016

Fri, May 6, 2016

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, May 6, 2016 from 03:15pm - 04:30pm  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Seed For Change Finalists Presentations

Special Event

The Harvard South Asia Institute competition awards prizes to interdisciplinary student projects that impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India. The three finalist groups will present their project plans and a jury will award the grand prize of $40,000.

  • GoMango: provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India
  • Torr Energy: for-profit company that uses a series of technologies and a unique model to produce and sell
    low-cost waste-derived solid fuel in remote areas
  • The Craftsmen: small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.

Fri, May 6, 2016 at 03:15pm

Fri, May 6, 2016 at 04:30pm

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, May 13, 2016 from 09:00am - 04:30pm

Development in Asia

Workshop for those teaching high school and middle school courses on South Asia.

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, B.A., Yale University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Cosponsored with Educators for Teaching South Asia, in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy, and The Groton School

Click here to learn more and register.

Fri, May 13, 2016 at 09:00am

Fri, May 13, 2016 at 04:30pm


Seed for Change Q+A: Torr Energy

“We are all passionate about providing an energy solution for those who need it the most,” says Kasey Wang, Harvard Law School student, about Torr Energy, one of the student group finalists in SAI’s Seed For Change Competition.

    Seed For Change Q+A: The Craftsmen

    The Craftsmen, one of the student group finalists in SAI’s Seed For Change Competition, is a small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment for forest dwellers, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.

      SAI seeks Program Intern

      SAI is seeking a summer intern to assist with programming. The ideal candidate will be a Harvard student who is graduating with their master’s degree in May.

        Harvard Holi 2016

        On Saturday, March 26, Harvard Dharma and the Harvard India Student Group hosted a Holi celebration with over 200 students.

          Megacities Asia

          On March 24, SAI hosted a panel discussion in collaboration with the “Megacities Asia” exhibition on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

            Student voices: Smiling India

            “I learned to practice cross-cultural compassionate care and learned about a broken health-care system,” writes Harvard dental student Hannah Yoo about her time conducting research on the oral and nutritional health of women and children in Mumbai.