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About the South Asia Institute


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. 


For the last 10 years, SAI has been tackling the topics of global health, water security, access to education, technology development, nuclear energy, and rapid urbanization. SAI facilitates complex conversations about the broad range of research being done internationally through the Institute. Engaging faculty members and students through interdisciplinary programs, SAI seeks to advance global issues relevant to the region. SAI is informing policy change, improving and disseminating better practices, and working to blend the traditions and cultures of the past with the technologies and possibilities of the future.

With 2 billion people facing similar challenges throughout South Asia, there is a critical need for solutions and systems to support such a significant global population. SAI programs and projects are working to actively address issues of equity, sustainability, and livability. Through research conducted by students and faculty to partnerships with governments and organizations to seminars held on campus and across the world, SAI is working to improve the lives of all people throughout the region and beyond.

With offices in Delhi, Dhaka, Karachi and Mumbai, SAI aims to be a catalyst and bridge between Harvard faculty and students and the region. 

Letter from the Director.


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The South Asia Institute’s goals are to:

  1. Facilitate scholarly exchanges among Harvard faculty and students, international South Asia specialists, visiting academics, and public figures from South Asia.

  2. Sponsor lectures and conferences at Harvard and in the region by distinguished academic, governmental, and business leaders whose work contributes to a better understanding of the challenges facing South Asia.

  3. Support Harvard students with grants for language study, research, and internships in-region.

  4. Bring knowledge from South Asia to Harvard by supporting faculty with grants for research.

  5. Build a community of stakeholders committed to building scholarship on South Asia at Harvard and in-region.


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