News Feed: Students at SAI
The Boston Children’s Museum and the Harvard India Student Group seek volunteers to help with the Diwali Celebration at the Museum on Sunday, October 27 from 10 – 3:30 pm.
Museum visitors will be invited invited to participate in various activities led by the student volunteers, including making a crown for Sita and Rama, whose homecoming and coronation is remembered each year by the lighting of lamps in observation of Diwali. Other activities include crafting a diya from egg cartons and aluminum foil, creating a rangoli using chalk, and exploring the flavors of Indian spices. There will also be an opportunity for children to try on saris.
To sign up to volunteer, contact Ishani Mehta, Harvard India Student Group Co-President, at email@example.com.
This past weekend, South Asia Institute’s 2013 Prasad Fellowhip grant recipients gathered for a lunch along, with Mukesh Prasad and several 2012 recipients, to share stories and experiences from their time abroad. The Prasad Fellowship is given to Harvard undergraduate students for hands-on, in-region experience working with non-profit and development organizations in South Asia. This year, with the generous support of the Prasad family, the South Asia Institute funded eleven students from various disciplines to contribute towards and learn from some of the most innovative and impactful initiatiatives.
Mukesh Prasad graduated in 1993 from Harvard College. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medical College and is an Associate Attending Otolaryngologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His clinical interests include the management of sinus disease, including advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, as well as the treatment of sleep apnea, and other ear, nose, throat, and head neck disorders.
2013 Prasad Fellowship Recipients
Dipona Bandy, 2014 Social Studies: Conducted thesis research on transnational and national approaches to feminist organizing around sexual violence in India.
Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, 2015 Philosophy: Interned at VidyaGyan, a leadership academy for the most promising underprivileged students of rural Uttar Pradesh.
Tabata de Pontes, 2016 Government: Interned at Mission Apollo assisting with after-school curriculum development in Pune, Maharashtra.
Michael Drumm, 2015 Neurobiology: Conducted research at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India.
Marcelle Goggins, 2014 Human Development: Teacher at Biology and Chemistry teacher at Taktse International School in Sikkim, Nepal.
Victoria Gu, 2015 Computer Science: Interned at Jana Care, a small tech start-up in Bangalore, India.
Muhammad Sarib Hussain, 2015 Neurobiology: Worked at Interactive Research and Development, a non-profit public health research group in Karachi, Pakistan.
Shengxi Li, 2015 Social Studies: Interned at the Bangaldesh Legal Aid and Services Trust in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Corinne Maguire, 2015 Human Evolutionary Biology: Studied neurotransmitters in honeybees at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India.
Bharath Venkatesh, 2016 Social Studies: Consulted for the NGO arm Dishtree, a social enterprise that combats poverty in rural India in Noida, India.
Darshali Vyas, 2014 Social Studies: Completed thesis research on participatory healthcare as a means of rights advancement with the Self Employed Women’s Association in Ahmedabad, India.
A group of graduate students from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School came to Pakistan for a week-long trek between August 11 and August 18, 2013. The trek, organized by the students through support from SAI in-country consultants, sought to develop a deeper understanding of issues and opportunities in Pakistan.
The delegation comprised of 8 students, hailing from Germany, Mexico, United States, and Pakistan, met with government institutions, civil society organizations, and leaders from media and entertainment industry.
The group visited the Aman Foundation, one of the partner organizations of SAI. The students engaged in a dialogue with the senior management of Aman Foundation and its associated companies about the role of social enterprises in enhancing social service delivery for the base of the pyramid consumers. They toured the Aman Foundation, the AMANTECH campus – vocational and technical training arm of Aman Foundation, and the Aman Community Health Worker program community site, and met with field staff. They were deeply impressed by the on-ground presence and the lasting impact of Aman Foundation on Karachi. They discussed possibilities of internship, student projects, and long-term research engagements in Karachi with support from SAI.
After spending two days in Karachi, the delegation continued to Lahore – the capital of Punjab and the second biggest city of Pakistan. Lahore University of Management Sciences hosted the delegation, where they discussed the unique context of providing quality higher education in Pakistan.
The trek concluded with a excursion trip to the Himalayas in northern district of Pakistan. Through the lush planes of Naraan and Kaghan, a hike took them to the celebrated Lake Saif-ul-Mulook marked the highlight of the trip.