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Making a Malaria-Free India: The Work of Rahul Gupta

Making a Malaria-Free India: The Work of Rahul Gupta

The Mittal Institute welcomes Rahul Gupta as a Research Affiliate. Rahul’s mission is a malaria-free India, and then the world, through the development of healthy housing strategies to complement the current core malaria interventions of insecticidal bed nets and indoor residual spraying. The Mittal Institute spoke with him about his past experience in the banking world, and current commitment to public health.

Leadership to Last: New Book by Geoffrey Jones and Tarun Khanna on South Asia’s Iconic Business Heads

Leadership to Last: New Book by Geoffrey Jones and Tarun Khanna on South Asia’s Iconic Business Heads

Tarun Khanna, Mittal Institute director and Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School released the print edition of his new book, Leadership to Last: How Great Leaders Leave Legacies Behind. It is co-written by Geoffrey Jones and is out in India via Penguin Books. The Mittal Institute interviewed Professors Khanna and Jones about the new book.

Empowering Female Youth in Pakistan: A Student Summer Grant Report From Han Choi ’22

Empowering Female Youth in Pakistan: A Student Summer Grant Report From Han Choi ’22

Han Choi, a Master’s student in the Department of Global Health & Population at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, spent her summer interning with LEAPS, a program that trains female youth to deliver early childhood care and education in rural Pakistan. Focusing on community development, she aimed to empower youth leaders by giving them a voice through the coordination of creative platforms, like webinars. With LEAPS, she worked to expand on local perspectives and recent data through qualitative analyses that are action-driven, to build advocacy on national/global platforms for South Asian youth. She shared a summary of her project.

Mittal Institute Spring 2022: Learn More About Our Events

Mittal Institute Spring 2022: Learn More About Our Events

This spring, join us for a discussion reflecting on South Asia’s recovery from COVID-19; a talk on Afghanistan after the collapse; a lecture on India’s energy economy; a discussion on the socieconomic nuances of waste in South Asia; and more. Keep scrolling to read about the events we’ll be hosting this semester.

Scienspur: Free STEM Program Continues to Grow in 2022

Scienspur: Free STEM Program Continues to Grow in 2022

It started as a solution to a challenge: how do we help students from India’s government schools follow their dreams and explore their curiosity towards science, technology, and everything in between? The answer took the form of Scienspur: an initiative led by Nagaraju ‘Nag’ Dhanyasi and Vinay Vikas, who brought together their network of Ph.D.s and postdocs using a Mittal Institute grant to provide free science courses to students from public colleges across India.

The Fractured Himalaya: An Interview with Nirupama Rao on the Sino-Indian War

The Fractured Himalaya: An Interview with Nirupama Rao on the Sino-Indian War

Nirupama Rao, a former Foreign Secretary of India, unknots this complex saga of the early years of the India-China relationship in her new book, The Fractured Himalaya. As a diplomat-practitioner, Rao’s telling is based not only on archival material from India, China, Britain and the United States, but also on a deep personal knowledge of China, where she served as India’s Ambassador. She shared her new book with the Mittal Institute ahead of her upcoming February 17 Borders in Modern Asia Seminar Series talk, “The Fractured Himalaya.”

Dr. Prabhat Jha on India’s COVID Reporting Metrics

Dr. Prabhat Jha on India’s COVID Reporting Metrics

Prabhat Jha, Professor in Disease Control at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and one of the event panelists, gave the Mittal Institute some insight into what he will focus on during the talk. As an epidemiologist, Dr. Jha studies the major causes of death in developing countries – including those from COVID-19. He is the lead author of a study published in Science that estimates India’s total COVID-19 deaths are “substantially greater than estimated from official reports.” He shared more on his survey in the interview below.

A Q&A with Sujata Saunik on her new book: Deconstructing the Kumbh Mela

A Q&A with Sujata Saunik on her new book: Deconstructing the Kumbh Mela

Sujata Saunik, former Mittal Institute Research Affiliate and current Additional Chief Secretary of the Government of Maharashtra, spoke with the Mittal Institute about her new book, “Deconstructing the Kumbh Mela: Nashik-Trimbakeshwar 2015 – A Public Health Perspective,” which details some of the underpinings of planning the Kumbh Mela. She was the Principal Health Secretary during the 2015 Kumbh Mela, and in the book documents the detailed planning, preparedness and foresight necessary to plan an event of such magnitude. Sujata says the book is a celebration of the zeal of the entire workforce that is involved in the event, and she shares her experience in the interview that follows.