Every year, the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University supports Graduate Student Associates from across the different schools at Harvard, whose research focuses on South Asia. The goal of the SAI Graduate Student Associate program is to establish a community of peers and support original and independent research in South Asia. The GSA program is headed by Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies, and an SAI steering committee member. GSAs participate in monthly workshops in which they present their thesis research to one another. In the spring, GSAs organize an end of the year conference to showcase their research.