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SAI Event Topic : Education

Book Talk: Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia

START
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 05:30pm

END
Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 07:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Dr. Shenila Khoja-Moolji is Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College. Her work examines the interplay of gender, race, religion, and power in transnational contexts, particularly in relation to Muslim populations.

Dr. Khoja-Moolji is the author of Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia. She combines historical and cultural analyses with ethnography to examine the meaning of the “educated girl” figure in colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan. Through her work, she has deepened the scholarship on the evolving politics of educational reform and development campaigns. Dr. Khoja-Moolji argues that advocacy for women’s and girl’s education is not simply about access, but more concerned with producing ideal Muslim women and girls with specific relationships to patriarchy, paid work, Islam, and the nation-state. As such, the discourse on girl’s and women’s education also encompasses issues in class relations, religion, and the nation.

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


Building a Leading Institution for Research and Education: Insights from Harvard University

START
Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 06:00pm

END
Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 08:00pm

This seminar will focus on recent trends within higher education across the world, and how these trends present opportunities and challenges at Harvard University and similar institutions internationally. Professor Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History at Harvard University, will share examples of Harvard’s global engagement and how it supports the University’s standing as a world-class institution of research and education.

This seminar is delivered in coordination with Harvard Global Research Support Centre India. 

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to mittalinstitutedelhi@fas.harvard.edu. 

 



Crossroads Summer Program

The 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. Leading Harvard faculty will teach an intensive, multidisciplinary four-day curriculum in Dubai, for up to 60 accomplished, motivated youth.


Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

This 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.


Design Thinking Workshop for Educators

START
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 02:00pm

END
Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 03:45pm

Co-sponsored Event

Explore design thinking through the lens of an educator: Sanjli Gidwaney, Director, Design For Change, USA. Limited seats only, so be quick to register here: bit.ly/designthinkingconnected

Organizers: This conference is being conducted by HGSE South Asia Education Initiative, a student body at HGSE, aiming to build a bridge between students and faculty in Harvard and beyond with education practitioners and academics in South Asia.

This event is is co-sponsored by South Asia Institute.

 

 


A Conversation with Shridhar Venkat

START
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 12:00pm

END
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 02:00pm

VENUE
Larsen Hall 106

ADDRESS
Larsen Hall 106
13 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138

Shridhar Venkat, CEO, Akshaya Patra Foundation; Eisenhower Fellow

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest NGO-directed school meal program, feeding 1.4 million children every day. To advance its vision that “No child in India will be deprived of education because of hunger”, the Foundation operates out of 22 locations throughout India, serving almost 11,000 schools. It has been nationally and internationally recognized for decreasing malnutrition, increasing school attendance and academic performance, and instilling post-graduation aspirations in participating students. Venkat is on an Eisenhower Fellowship, where he is exploring new NGO sustainability strategies, and gathering information to advance the development of a School of Social Innovation, which will be the first of its kind in India.

Cosponsored with the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Read: Educating India: One Meal At A Time


Powerplay: Teacher Transfers in India

START
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 04:00pm

END
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S153
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

SAI Education Seminar

Tara Beteille, World Bank

Chair: Akshay ManglaAssistant Professor, Harvard Business School

This paper provides a detailed account of how the system of teacher transfers operates in large parts of India. It presents evidence to suggest that teacher transfers form the bedrock of a patronage-based low-accountability school system. Politicians need teachers because teachers are politically powerful and can convincingly threaten them with electoral sabotage. This deters politicians from adopting strict teacher accountability policies. Knowing how powerful teachers can be in the collective, politicians attempt to control the behavior of individual teachers through patronage-based transfers. But reality is not as neat and clean, and it is difficult to point fingers at specific politicians, else the task of accountability might have been easier. This happens because of the profusion of middlemen, who promise to connect teachers to politicians. Middlemen sometimes fabricate instances of bribery, preying on informational asymmetries and an institutionalized belief in corruption. They generate a system of beliefs regarding corruption in transfers that becomes self-fulfilling. Grim as the situation may appear, the paper offers hope based upon the recent experience of two states in India.

Cosponsored with the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Read about the event.


The future of Indian Higher Education: Four case studies

START
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 04:00pm

END
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 05:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S250
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA


Education Seminar

Pramath Raj Sinha, Founding Dean of the Indian School of Business and a founder of Ashoka University

Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School

“Everyone knows Indian Higher Education is a mess. Proposals for its transformation abound, but things continue to go from bad to worse. Despite the doom and gloom, there are several recent experiments that attempt to challenge the status quo and set an example. This talk is a first-hand account of building new and transforming existing higher education institutions in India.”

Cosponsored with the International Education Policy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education


The Brittle Forge: Higher Education and India’s Human Capital

START
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 12:00pm

END
Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 01:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S050
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Education Seminar

Devesh Kapur,  Associate Professor of Political Science, Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Higher Education in India is going through profound changes, not just in scale but in means and ends. What are the the nature and character of these changes? How can one understand and explain these changes within India’s complex political, institutional and social realities? And what are its consequences for India’s economy,  social empowerment and democratic politics?

Cosponsored with the International Education Policy program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education


The State and the Market in the Delivery of Primary Education in India: Theory and Evidence

START
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 02:30pm

END
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 04:30pm

VENUE
CGIS Knafel K031

ADDRESS
CGIS Knafel K031
1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Education Seminar

Karthik Muralidharan, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego

Chair: Akshay Mangla, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Cosponsored with the Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics (Brown Watson Institute, Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and MIT Center for International Studies)


Educators for Teaching India Conference

START
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 09:00am

END
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 04:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, 4th Floor

ADDRESS
CGIS South, 4th Floor
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA

Women in India: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity

Keynote Speaker: Harleen Singh, Associate Professor of Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and South Asian Studies, Brandeis University
Closing speaker: Tarun KhannaJorge Paulo Lemann Professor at the Harvard Business School and Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute

 

Established in 2008, Educators for Teaching India (EFTI) is a group of secondary school educators dedicated to deepening our own knowledge of India and to exploring India’s role in school curricula. The organization includes teachers in public and private schools as well as educators in supporting academic institutions.

Read more about the conference here.

Sponsored by:
Educators for Teaching India in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy and The Groton School. For more information and to register visit: http://www.teachingindia.org/