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Transforming Mumbai’s Indigenous Settlement Infrastructure

Transforming Mumbai’s Indigenous Settlement Infrastructure

Over the Spring semester, Professor Rahul Mehrotra of the Harvard Graduate School of Design challenged his students in an Option Studio to examine the sanitation infrastructure of Mumbai. They were given one ultimate goal: to build a wide-ranging strategy that would upgrade the indigenous settlements of the Koli or fishing community and integrate them into the broader urban system through sanitation infrastructure. In the process, the students learned how design and architecture of sanitation infrastructure can catalyze the improvement of indigenous communities and potentially the informal settlements in the city. Last week, the Studio culminated in a Final Review where students presented their projects to a panel of critics.

Riskboard: Using Tech and Social Media to Protect Human Rights

Riskboard: Using Tech and Social Media to Protect Human Rights

Each year, the Mittal Institute’s Seed for Change competition invites Harvard students to propose projects that can positively impact societal, economic, or environmental issues in India and Pakistan, helping to develop innovation and entrepreneurship in the two countries. This year, a close competition provided grants to one winning team and two runners-up to develop their projects. Riskboard, a runner-up, is an app in development by four Harvard students that will harness online data via social media and open source media data sites to monitor political risk and human rights abuses in India.

We’re Hiring! Paid Summer Internship: Communications Intern

The Mittal Institute’s paid internships with the Communications team give students the opportunity to receive training in publicity, marketing, event management, website management, and writing and editing. The Communications team focuses on maximizing the presence of the Mittal Institute in print and online media outlets and promotes the Mittal Institute’s events, projects and programs, research, and partnerships with other organizations. Our interns have the chance to interact with experts, scholars, and faculty in various interdisciplinary fields. This is a paid internship that requires a part-time commitment of 8–12 hours per week.

Ashoka University Builds Up Liberal Arts in India

Ashoka University Builds Up Liberal Arts in India

Last week, Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta — Vice Chancellor of Ashoka University in India — visited the Mittal Institute for an informal lunch with faculty and doctoral students. At the lunch, Dr. Mehta discussed the creation of Ashoka University, its commitment to the liberal arts, and the plans for its future.

2018 Summer Grant Recipients

The Mittal Institute has awarded 22 grants to support student projects over the Summer Session 2018. These include 17 graduate students and 5 undergraduate students who will travel to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and Pakistan for research and internships.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Harvard’s Commencement was Thursday, May 24, 2018. The Mittal Institute asked two graduating students who have been involved with the Institute to reflect on their time at Harvard and their plans.

Student Voices: Studying Mughal Manuscripts

Was that a flash of gold I just saw? I moved around to the other side of the table, hoping to catch the light just right again. I was in a storage room of the Archäologisches Zentrum of the Museum fur Islamische Kunst in Berlin, viewing a folio of calligraphy signed by the Mughal prince Dara Shikoh (1615-59). I tilted my head as I followed the flowing lines of nast’aliq script around the page.

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