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SAI Event Region : India

Sat, December 23, 2017 from 02:00pm - 05:00pm

B4 Valedictory Event in Bangalore

On December 11th, the Boston Bangalore Biosciences Beginnings (B4) program formally inaugurated the Workshop on Genomic Applications in Healthcare & Translational Research, co-hosted by Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University and Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB). The intensive two-week workshop includes daily lectures and hands-on sessions, culminating in a valedictory event featuring a key note by Dr. VijayRaghavan (Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, India.) The valedictory event will take place on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

Valedictory Event Schedule

2:00 – 2:30pm  | Key note: The Study and Practice of Bio Sciences in India
By Dr. VijayRaghavan, Secretary of Department of Biotechnology, India  “The study and practice of bio sciences in India”

2:30 – 4:00pm |  Panel Presentation: Impact of B4 program
Professor Venkatesh N. Murthy, Harvard University (moderator)
Parvathi M. Sreekumar, B4 Fellow
Gayatri Ramakrishnan, B4 Fellow
Ramya Purkanti, B4 Fellow
Aditya Murthy, Indian Institute of Science

4:00 – 4:10pm |  Closing Remarks 
By Professor N. Yathindra, Director, Institute
of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology

4:15 – 5:00pm | Reception


The event will take place at the IBAB Auditorium.

Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology 

Biotech Park, Electronics City Phase I

Bengaluru 560 100, India

Tel: 080-285 289 00, 080-285 289 01, 080-285 289 02


Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 02:00pm

Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 05:00pm

Sat, August 19, 2017 at 09:00am to
Sun, August 20, 2017 at 06:00pm  /  Dubai, UAE

Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

The Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education is a forum for faculty, administrators, and leadership from universities across South Asia, the Middle East, and neighboring regions (Central Asia and East Asia) to explore ways in which universities may develop a liberal arts education program for undergraduate students, while fostering such objectives as sustainable development; social inclusion and peace; and cooperation across national boundaries among individuals, institutions, and governments. These goals are essential to addressing shared global challenges and to realizing opportunities to advance human well-being. Universities, as institutions that prepare future leadership of societies, have a unique role to play in the achievement of these goals, educating students as global citizens who can understand, value, and contribute to the common good.

The inaugural event of the Harvard SAI Liberal Arts Education Workshop will be held on August 19-20, 2017, at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai, with the aim of launching a consortium of stakeholders committed to a robust and vibrant future of liberal arts education. This workshop will allow Harvard SAI to initiate a multi-year engagement convening on an annual basis for collaboration, knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas.


This workshop is available for university faculty, administrators, and leadership only. Please include your title, affiliation, and university email when you register.


Register by Friday, July 7. Learn more here.

Fri, August 11, 2017 - Mon, August 14, 2017  /  Dubai, UAE

Crossroads Summer Program

The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) Crossroads Summer Program is a fully-funded introduction to Harvard and American university culture for students from the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and Africa, who are the first in their families to attend college and may also be facing challenging financial and social circumstances.  The application deadline is July 1, 2017, and the program will run from August 11-14, 2017 at the DIFC Academy of the Dubai International Financial Centre (Dubai, UAE).

Leading Harvard faculty will teach an intensive, multidisciplinary four-day curriculum in Dubai, for up to 60 accomplished, motivated youth. This program is a collaboration between the Harvard South Asia Institute, the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Dubai International Financial Centre with the support of Air Arabia, the Carlton Hotel, Dubai Future Accelerators, and Emirates Grand Hotel.

Program details

  • Class size: up to 60 students
  • Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
  • Cost: FREE (The program will cover the costs of international travel, board, lodging and class materials. Visa costs are the responsibility of selected candidates.)
  • Application deadline: July 1, 2017
  • Applications are open now—early submissions are encouraged.
  • Questions: Write to (Subject line: SAI Crossroads Summer Program)


  • Tarun Khanna is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
  • Karim R. Lakhani is Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, the Principal Investigator of the Crowd Innovation Lab and NASA Tournament Lab at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the faculty co-founder of the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative.

To apply or learn more information, visit the webpage:

Thu, August 10, 2017 from 04:00pm - 07:30pm  /  Bikaner House, New Delhi

Looking Back, Informing the Future: The 1947 Partition of British India

Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) and The Critical Collective invite you to a program on the 1947 Partition of British India. All are invited to our special Partition events in August – the discussions, exhibitions and performances are free and open to the public.

Bikaner House, Delhi, India
Pandara Rd, Pandara Flats, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India

Panel Discussion
“Trauma and History: Understanding Partition through Art”
Facilitated by Gayatri Sinha, Critical Collective
With Amar Kanwar and Sonia Khurana

Roundtable Discussion
“Implications of Mass Dislocation Across Geographies”
Facilitated by Professor Jennifer Leaning, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor Tarun Khanna, Faculty Director, Harvard SAI, Harvard Business School

Video Exhibition from August 8-16, 2017
“Trauma and History: Understanding Partition through Art”
Curated by The Critical Collective

Preview the Program


RSVP to Farhana at

Thu, July 13, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  New Delhi

India’s education policy and market reforms – challenges and opportunities

Emmerich Davies, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will talk about India’s education policy at the American Center in New Delhi. The event is free to attend and open to the public – please register here.

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 07:00pm

COST: Free

New Delhi

Mon, April 17, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  Littauer 280, Harvard Kennedy School

Energizing India: Scenarios for India’s Energy Future

Speaker: Suman Bery, former chief economist, Shell Corporation

Moderator: Rohit Chandra, Ph.D. candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Suman Bery will present some of the results and larger ideas of a joint study conducted by Shell and various Indian think tanks about potential scenarios for India’s energy future. He will discuss India’s energy mix, constraints and possibilities on its evolution, and some tools India has to pursue different energy strategies over the next 20 to 30 years. Suman Bery was until recently Shell’s Chief Economist, based in The Hague, The Netherlands. He is currently a Nonresident Fellow of the Brussels think-tank Bruegel, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. He is now based in New Delhi.

Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 04:00pm

Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 05:30pm

Littauer 280, Harvard Kennedy School

79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Wed, April 5, 2017 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S050

Coins as Historical Puzzles: Examples from Ancient India

South Asia Without Borders Seminar

Pankaj Tandon, Associate Professor of Economics, Boston University

Chair: Sunil AmrithMehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard University

Coins are small metallic documents of the past. In the images and legends impressed upon them, they contain clues that can give us insights into the times in which they were created and used. In this talk, examples from ancient India will be used to show how the unpuzzling of these clues can help us bring back forgotten dynasties, recreate historical events and shine a light on political and economic conditions.

Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 04:00pm

Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Mon, March 20, 2017 from 04:15pm - 07:15pm  /  CGIS South, S250

POSTPONED: Film Screening: Baghban

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for the fall semester.

Cosponsored Event

An elderly couple wish their children to care for them in their old age. But their children see and treat them as a burden, and they must struggle to regain their worth and dignity to themselves and others.

Cosponsored with Asia Center

Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 04:15pm

Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 07:15pm

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Mon, March 6, 2017 from 04:30pm - 06:00pm  /  CGIS South, S250

Dastangoi: The art of Urdu storytelling

*Please not the change in start time.

Muslim Societies in South Asia Seminar

Ankit Chadha, Storyteller / Author

Chair: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University

Dastangoi, the lost art of Urdu storytelling, developed in eighth century A.D. around the adventures of an Arab hero, Amir Hamza. These stories became very popular in the 19th century North India. With the demise of the last known exponent of the art form in 1928, Mir Baqar Ali, the form also died with him. The modern revival has seen not just the performance of the traditional stories from the Hamza dastan, but also the adaptations of more local and contemporary themes. Ankit Chadha, a writer and storyteller, has been a practitioner of Dastangoi since 2010. His writing varies from biographical accounts of personalities like Kabir, Rahim, Dara Shikoh and Majaaz to modern folk tales on corporate culture, internet and mobile technology. Ankit also has works for young audiences and has worked on Urdu adaptations of children’s classics; including Alice and The Little Prince. He is the author of the award-winning book for children, My Gandhi Story, and the recently released, Amir Khusrau – The Man in Riddles.


Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 04:30pm

Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 06:00pm

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA