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SAI Event Topic : Education

Sat, August 19, 2017 at 09:00am to
Sun, August 20, 2017 at 06:00pm  /  Dubai, UAE

Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

The Harvard South Asia Institute (SAI) Workshop on the Liberal Arts in Higher Education 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.

The inaugural event of the Harvard SAI Liberal Arts Education Workshop will be held on August 19-20, 2017, at the Ismaili Centre in Dubai, with the aim of launching a consortium of stakeholders committed to a robust and vibrant future of liberal arts education. This workshop will allow Harvard SAI to initiate a multi-year engagement convening on an annual basis for collaboration, knowledge sharing and the exchange of ideas.


This workshop is available for university faculty, administrators, and leadership only. Please include your title, affiliation, and university email when you register.


Register by Friday, July 7. Learn more here.

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:

Thu, July 13, 2017 from 05:00pm - 07:00pm  /  New Delhi

India’s education policy and market reforms – challenges and opportunities

Emmerich Davies, Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will talk about India’s education policy at the American Center in New Delhi. The event is free to attend and open to the public – please register here.

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 07:00pm

COST: Free

New Delhi

Sat, April 15, 2017 from 02:00pm - 03:45pm  /  Harvard Graduate School of Education

Design Thinking Workshop for Educators

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:

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.



Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 02:00pm

Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 03:45pm

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Gutman Conference Center 1,

Gutman Library
6 Appian Way
Cambridge MA 02138

Wed, November 5, 2014 from 12:00pm - 02:00pm  /  Larsen Hall 106

A Conversation with Shridhar Venkat

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

Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 12:00pm

Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 02:00pm

Larsen Hall 106

Larsen Hall 106, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

Thu, October 30, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S153

Powerplay: Teacher Transfers in India

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.

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 04:00pm

Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S153
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tue, September 30, 2014 from 04:00pm - 05:30pm  /  CGIS South, S250

The future of Indian Higher Education: Four case studies

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

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 04:00pm

Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 05:30pm

CGIS South, S250
Harvard University

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA

Fri, April 4, 2014 from 09:00am - 04:30pm  /  CGIS South

Educators for Teaching India Conference

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:

Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 09:00am

Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 04:30pm

CGIS South, 4th Floor

1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Fri, April 4, 2014 from 02:30pm - 04:30pm  /  CGIS Knafel K031

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

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)

Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 02:30pm

Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 04:30pm

CGIS Knafel K031

1737 Cambridge Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138