Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 08:30am
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:00am
Education as a Marketplace: What Entrepreneurs can Learn from Research on Pakistan’s Education Sector
Asim Khwaja, Professor of Public Policy, Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Professor of International Finance and Development. Faculty chair of the MPA/ID program, Harvard Kennedy School
Mariam Chughtai, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
In the fourth and final Video Conference for the academic year, Professor Asim Khwaja and Mariam Chughtai engaged in a lively discussion across sites in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Meena Hewett, SAI Executive Director, welcomed the participants and thanked the Aman Foundation, the Higher Education Commission and the Harvard Pakistan Student Group for their contributions during the year in enabling this new SAI series of Video Conferences across the South Asian region.
Mariam Chughtai presented her doctoral research on the politics of identity formation via the curriculum and then Professor Khwaja gave an overview of his research on Pakistan’s Education sector – he moved quickly to a thoroughly engaging discussion and Q&A session with the diverse audience making it clear at the start that many in the audience such as academics at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) were incredibly informed participants so he wanted to engage in a genuine dialogue with them.
The questions and comments came from Video Conference sites across Pakistan and via an active Twitter feed. As one participant later shared thoughts on the value of the Video Conference, ‘The session was very informative and enlightening. Response to audience’s question was elaborative and I found it quite educative’, Muhammad Memon, The Hamid al Din al Kirmani Professor, AKU-IED.
We look forward to a new series of Video Conferences beginning in Fall 2013 and for enabling the presentation and wide sharing of research findings of Harvard academics across South Asia.
A recording of this event is available here.
Co-sponsored with the Harvard Pakistan Student Group.
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Education Policy in Pakistan
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Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 04:00pm
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 05:00pm
Sexual Assault and Gender Violence in South Asia: What Can We Learn from the Delhi Rape Incident?
Featuring a Student Panel Discussion withNur Nasreen Ibrahim (College); Abbas Jaffer (GSAS); Mariam Chughtai (HGSE); Litcy Kurisinkal (HKS); and Sabrin Chowdhury (HKS).
Chair: Jackie Bhabha, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, University Advisor on Human Rights, University Advisor on Human Rights Education; Director of Research FXB Center Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Co-sponsors: Harvard India Student Group; Harvard Pakistan Student Group; Harvard College South Asian Association; Harvard College Pakistan Student Association; Harvard Kennedy School South Asia Caucus; Harvard College South Asian Women’s Collective and the Harvard Kennedy School Pakistan Caucus, Harvard Women’s Law Association, Harvard College Women’s Center
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Reception to follow
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 09:00am
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 05:00pm
This event explored how the development partners can more effectively assist countries like Bangladesh in their leap into the middle income status. Also how to enhance the role of international community in this endeavor was discussed in the seminar.
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Organized by South Asian students and professionals at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard College
Co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute at Harvard University and the Harvard University Center for the Environment
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 03:00pm
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 04:30pm
Najam Ahmed Shah, Additional Secretary in Government of Punjab, served as the Director/CEO of the Food Directorate prior to coming to USA on Eisenhower Fellowships* last month.
The Punjab Food Directorate is responsible for food security for 9 million people of Punjab and oversees the operations, finances, procurement, storage, and sale and export of millions of tons of wheat stocks. Mr. Shah will discuss the issue of food security in the Province of Punjab in Pakistan, and the issues he faced in connecting farmers to the marketplace. Mr. Shah will discuss issues around market failure and the arrangement of funds for procurement of wheat at support price, storage issues, post harvest losses, logistics, subsidies and flour prices. We will end the discussion with a Q&A session where we hope to discuss broader policy and execution-related issues faced in feeding Pakistan.
The discussion will be moderated by Robert Paarlberg, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 12:00pm
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 02:00pm
Conversations with the South Asia Institute’s Graduate Student Associates
In this luncheon discussion,* advanced doctoral students from across Harvard’s graduate schools will share key insights from their research on South Asia. Each panelist will present for 10-minutes, followed by discussion with the audience.
12:00 noon – Panel 1: Religion, Education, Nationalism
Nationalism in Education: How political agendas influence national identity through Pakistani schools (Mariam Chughtai, HGSE)
Sensing the Unseen: How students at a Pakistani madrasah come to believe in Sufi saints (Bilal Malik, HGSE)
12:45 pm – Panel 2: Rights, Categories and the State
The Right to Property and Economic Development in India (Namita Wahi, HLS)
Why Food? Thinking about hunger, rights, and the state in India (Benjamin Siegel, History)
“Special Care for Special People”: Health care and categories after Bhopal (Bridget Hanna, Anthropology)
The Origin of the Forest, Private Property, and the State: The Political life of India’s Forest Rights Act (Anand Vaidya, Anthropology)
*Note: Lunch provided. For additional event information, contact: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 04:00pm
Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 05:30pm
The Unraveling Republic of Pakistan? Is the Global Narrative About Pakistan Fact or Fiction?
Muhammad Yar Hiraj, Harvard Kennedy School (Mid-career/Parliamentarian)
Mariam Chughtai, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.D)
Sadaf Jaffer, FAS (Ph.D./Indo-Muslim Culture)
Moderated by Wajahat S. Khan, HKS Shorenstein Fellow/Journalist
An interactive debate about the future of what Newsweek has labeled the ‘most dangerous country in the world.’
Thu, May 3, 2012 at 01:00pm
Thu, May 3, 2012 at 03:00pm
RELIGION, MEANING AND BELIEF IN MEDIEVAL AND CONTEMPORARY SOUTH ASIAN SOCIETIES
“Social Justice in Islamicate South Asia: Ismat Chughtai’s Cosmopolitan Struggle”
Sadaf Jaffer, Doctoral Candidate in the Indo-Muslim Culture program at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
“Producing Islam – Belief, Practice, & Politics at an Islamic Seminary (Madrasa) in Pakistan”
Bilal A. Malik , Ed.D. candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
“Muhibb Allah Ilahabadi: A Seventeenth Century Sufi, and Why Every South Asianist Should Care About Him”
Shankar Nair, PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion
“Rethinking the Role of Religion in Premodern South Asia”
Harpreet Singh, PhD candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion
LAND, LAW, URBANIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH ASIA
“Urbanization without cities: Land conflicts along inter-urban highways in India”
Sai Balakrishnan, PhD Candidate in Urban Planning, Graduate School of Design
“A Socio-Legal History of the Right to Property in India”
Namita Wahi, S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School