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SAI Event Type : Lecture

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

Thu, November 30, 2017 from 06:30pm - 08:00pm  /  Asia Society, New York

Looking Back, Informing the Future: A Multidisciplinary Research Project on the 1947 Partition of British India

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India, as well as the launch of Harvard’s South Asia Institute’s major research on Partition.
Panelists will discuss the complexities of large-scale human migration and resettlements. Such lessons can inform current cross-border displacement and the corresponding growth of urban settlements and cities.


A Multidisciplinary Research coordinated by the Harvard South Asia Institute on the 1947 Partition of British India
TARUN KHANNA Director, Harvard South Asia Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann
Professor, Harvard Business School.
KARIM LAKHANI Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Director Harvard Innovation Science Laboratory.
JENNIFER LEANING François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights. Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.
RAHUL MEHROTRA Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Principal, RMA Architects of Mumbai, India.
PRASHANT BHARADWAJ Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at the University of California, San Diego
Viewpoints is an annual series featuring prominent, visionary figures in the creative arts and is made possible by the generous support of Aashish and Dinyar S. Devitre.



Tickets at $20 members; $22 students/seniors; $25 nonmembers

Asia Society Program Website

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 06:30pm

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 08:00pm

Asia Society, New York

725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021

Fri, November 10, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  CGIS South, S020 Belfer

Outer Beauty and Inner Silence

David Dean Shulman, Hebrew University

CHAIRS: Parmil G. Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Harvard University; Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

This lecture will offer readings from one extraordinary section of the Tamil text, Kampaṉ’s twelfth-century Irāmāvatāram, the Cittirakūṭap paṭalam, when the heroes enter into their new home in the wilderness. The question to be addressed is: what is the poet telling us about this tensile moment, and, above all, what has he left unsaid?

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 05:00pm

Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 07:00pm

CGIS South, S020 Belfer
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Wed, November 8, 2017 from 03:00pm - 04:30pm  /  CGIS South, S030

Kudiyattam Lecture

David Dean Shulman, Hebrew University
Chair: Richard Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies

Dean Shulman of Hebrew University will be discussing Kudiyattam, the last living performance tradition of Sanskrit theater in the world. Kudiyattam is recognized by Unesco as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”


Blodgett Distinguished Artists
with support from the Department of Music,
the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities,
and the Elson Family Fund.

Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 03:00pm

Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 04:30pm

CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Mon, September 25, 2017 from 05:30pm - 06:45pm  /  Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard

“Aadhaar, India’s Biometric, Unified Payment Interface and the India Stack: Technology at Scale for Development” with Nandan Nilekani

A talk by Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI); Non-Executive Chairman of Infosys

Discussant: Tarun Khanna, Director, South Asian Institute; Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School

Nandan Nilekani is the former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which implemented the Aadhaar project, India’s biometric ID that uses a 12-digit unique identification number. The seminar will discuss the idea of making Aadhar card mandatory in India and its implications on the lives of 1.2 billion people.

Free and open to the public. This talk is part of the SAI Social Enterprise Series | SW47: Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Social and Economic Problems in the Developing World

Co-sponsored by the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 05:30pm

Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 06:45pm

Emerson Hall, Harvard Yard

Room 305, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Fri, September 22, 2017 from 12:00pm - 01:00pm  /  Austin Hall 102 1515 Massachusetts Avenue  /  Harvard Law School

Family Law Reform in Pakistan: Recent Opinions Favoring Women-Initiated Divorce

A Lunchtime Talk with Mubasher Hussain, ILSP: SHARIAsource Visiting Fellow, Fulbright Scholar

Lunch will be provided – please RSVP

Dr. Hussain will discuss Islamic law’s guidelines for the dissolution of marriage, particularly the khul-divorcewhich, under conventional Sunni interpretation, allows a wife to dissolve the marriage only if her husband consents. In his research of Textualist Scholars in the Indian Subcontinent, Dr. Hussain explores an alternative interpretation, which permits a wife to dissolve the marriage without her husband’s consent. This talk will explore arguments that justify the scholar-jurists’ view, based on recent leading opinions from their circles.

Sponsored by SHARIAsource at Harvard Law School

Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 12:00pm

Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 01:00pm

Austin Hall 102 1515 Massachusetts Avenue

Harvard Law School

1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Mon, September 18, 2017 from 01:00pm - 01:45pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Design  /  Stubbins Room (Gund Hall 112)

City in Garden: Trees as Element of Urban Design

Department of Landscape Architecture Brown Bag Lecture Series presents:

“City in Garden: Trees as Element of Urban Design”

Lecture by Rajnish Wattas, Former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture

Rajnish Wattas is the former principal of the Chandigarh College of Architecture and currently visiting professor at various institutions. An architectural critic and Chandigarh’s modern heritage expert he has focused on city’s landscape design considerably. He has authored a compendium of professional writings and hundreds of general essays, travelogues and features in leading journals, newspapers and anthologies. He is co-author of two books Trees of Chandigarh and Sukhna — Sublime Lake of Chandigarh and has recently co-edited an anthology titled: Le Corbusier Rediscovered: Chandigarh and beyond to be published by October 2017. On various expert groups, he was a team member entrusted with evolving the ‘Master Plan of Chandigarh – 2031’ and now a member of the ‘Chandigarh Heritage Committee’ that oversees all heritage issues of the city and implementation of the ‘Management Plan’ following the UNESCO Heritage status accorded to its Capitol Complex. He is also founder member of the ‘Chandigarh Tree Lovers’ that promotes awareness about Chandigarh landscape.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard South Asia Institute and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 01:00pm

Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 01:45pm

Fri, September 8, 2017 from 06:00pm - 07:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Understanding India’s New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development

A South Asia Institute Urbanization Seminar Series:

“Understanding India’s New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development”

Sanjeev Vidyarthi
Author; Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderated by
Rahul Mehrotra
Professor of Urban Planning and Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning
and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 06:00pm

Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 07:30pm

CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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: