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SAI Event Type : Workshops and Round Tables




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.


Debrief Nepal: Reflections on an In-Country Rapid Planning Exercise on Earthquake Preparedness

START
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 05:00pm

END
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 06:30pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S030
Harvard University
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Special Event

Jerold Kayden, Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Sarita Maskey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Nepal Government

Shriju Pradhan, Deputy Director, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Government of Nepal

David Sanderson, Judith Nielsen Chair, University of New South Wales

Anshu Sharma, Co-founder and Chief Mentor, SEEDS

Although scientists can say with near certainty that a major earthquake will strike the Kathmandu Valley in the future, they cannot predict with certainty when that major earthquake will strike.  Such uncertainty generates another kind of uncertainty, about what to do now, in the near term, and in the long term.  It can even facilitate delays in needed decision-making.  Nepali stakeholders, drawn from government, civil society, and the private sector, joined several outside participants in a just-completed one-day exercise using rapid scenario planning methods to unlock implementable ideas for securing an earthquake-resilient Kathmandu Valley. They will report on the outcome of the working exercise during this panel discussion.

Reception to Follow

This initiative is part of the Harvard South Asia Institute’s Nepal Studies Program, launched with generous support from Jeffrey M. Smith.

In partnership with University of New South Wales, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and the Harvard Asia Center

Join the conversation: #DebriefNepal.


Capacity Building Workshop on Rural Livelihoods Creations in the Indian Crafts Sector

START
Mon, Jan 11, 2016

END
Thu, Jan 14, 2016

VENUE
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

ADDRESS
Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Livelihood Creation Workshop

The Tata Trusts and SAI have collaborated for the Project on Livelihood Creation in India through Social Entrepreneurship and Skill Development’. This Capacity Building Workshop is for organizations from the Handicrafts and Handlooms sectors.

Mukti Khaire, Faculty Chair; Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Dr. Shashank Shah, Project Director, Harvard University South Asia Institute; and Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School

The production of handicrafts is (after agriculture) the largest source of income among rural populations – an estimated 11.65 million Indians were engaged in craft production in 2013 and this is expected to grow to 13.93 million in 2017 and 17.79 million in 2022. Data from unofficial sources indicate that up to 200 million craftspeople or artisans depend on this sector for a livelihood. The project on Rural Livelihoods focuses on supporting and strengthening the organizational infrastructure of enterprises in the handicrafts and handlooms sectors.

This Capacity Building Workshop aims to provide the support enterprises need in this sector. The workshop will be a focused program that will enable capacity building through knowledge inputs, networking support, social innovation grant funding and mentoring..

More details here.

For questions, please contact kundanmadireddy@fas.harvard.edu.


Internships in Asia Panel

START
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 04:00pm

END
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 05:00pm

VENUE
Harvard Office of Career Services

ADDRESS
Harvard Office of Career Services
54 Dunster St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Student Event

Tamara Fernando, History of Art and Architecture & Economics, 2016
Chunkikuli Ladies College, Internship, Sri Lanka

Jeshurun Gnanasegaram, Harvard College, 2017
Harvard Bangalore Science Initiative

Want to intern in Asia, but unsure where to begin? Do you want to get experience in a particular country and need ideas? Hear from a student panel about their diverse internship experiences in Asia, and learn strategies for finding and funding an internship. Please register through Crimson Careers.


Mobile Technology: Spurring Social and Economic Enterprise in Emerging Markets

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Thu, Aug 28, 2014

END
Thu, Aug 28, 2014

A conversation with Tarun Khanna, Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute & Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

Professor Khanna will speak about SAI’s role as a bridge between Harvard faculty and South Asia, as well as his research on emerging markets and mobile technology, coordinated by SAI.

The use of mobile phones has become ubiquitous in South Asia – not only as a tool to close the information gap, but a powerful device to promote economic growth in emerging markets. Professor Khanna’s research hopes to broaden the understanding of mobile technology and how it can enable economic and social mobility, particularly for those most in need through improvements in healthcare, education, and financial services.

By invitation only.


GSA Workshop: Research and South Asia

START
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 04:00pm

END
Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 06:00pm

VENUE
CGIS South, S354

ADDRESS
CGIS South, S354
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge MA 02138

Over the past decade South Asia has grown immensely in popularity as a research destination for students of disciplines ranging from religion to public health. The six Graduate Student Associates (GSAs) of the South Asia Institute — whose backgrounds include political science, education, law, public health, and history — will speak on their experiences in the field. The GSAs have a particularly broad and diverse background working with NGOs and government organizations in South Asia.

This workshop is designed to be a particularly helpful forum for students contemplating or preparing for research abroad.

Moderator: Shankar Ramaswami, South Asia Institute South Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Mariam Chughtai, Ed.D. Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Aditya Dasgupta, PhD Candidate, Department of Government
Madhav Khosla, PhD. Candidate, Political Theory
Corrina Moucheraud, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard School of Public Health
Dinyar Patel, PhD candidate, Department of History
Erum Sattar, SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School

Reception to follow.


Mind & Attention in Indian Philosophy

START
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 at 09:15am

END
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 at 03:30pm

VENUE
Thompson Room
Barker Center

ADDRESS
Thompson Room
Barker Center
12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

South Asia Without Borders Workshop

Organized by:
Parimal G. Patil, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Susanna Siegel, Department of Philosophy, Harvard University
Sebastian Watzl, Center for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo

View full schedule here.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Mind and Nature, Oslo, the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, the Department of Philosphy at Harvard University, the Network for Sensory Research, and the Harvard University South Asia Institute



Swaniti Initiative’s Inaugural Kavya Conference: Inspire, Empower, Engage

START
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 09:00am

END
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 05:00pm

VENUE
New Delhi

Swaniti Initiative, with the strong support of Harvard University’s South Asia Institute, held its inaugural Kavya Conference on April 13, 2013, at Welingkar School of Management (WeSchool) in Mumbai. The day-long, seminar-style program was targeted towards inspiring, engaging and empowering young women from across the country to participate in policy and in social development of the country. The conference saw participation from 36 young women from various walks of life, such as corporate women, consultants, social researchers, entrepreneurs, and master students.

The program commenced with a panel on “India – A Country for Women: The Road Ahead for Us,” led by Honorable Member of Parliament Ms. Smriti Irani that focused on the core issues that make it harder for women to rise in the political sphere. The second panel for the day, titled “A Life-giver’s Dilemma: Gender and Healthcare in India,” was led by Professor Richard Cash, Senior Professor from Harvard’s School of Public Health and Ms. Neera Nundy, Co-founder of Dasra. The panel focused on innovative healthcare solutions in India that have addressed issues of female healthcare in India and globally, and triggered conversations around other equally important female health and sanitation issues that have not received due attention. The third panel that was was aimed towards “Empowering women through self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship and financial aid” was led by Dr. Nachiket Mor, Chairman and Advisor to the IFMR Trust and Ms. Revathy Roy, Founder of Viira Cabs – India’s premier all female cab service. The speakers drove conversations around creating a supportive and favorable ecosystem in the country to help women grow and emerge as leaders. They also shared some interesting models in the space of entrepreneurship and microfinance that exist at the micro-level and that have empowered women in their respective communities.

The final panel for the day, directed towards conducting learning activities for the participants, was conducted by Kavya’s Program Director, Geeta Ramakrishnan, who has seen the close quarters of politics while working as a consultant to parliamentarians. This session focused on creating an environment where our participants reflect on the day’s learning and can exchange concerns and ideas among each other that focus on the challenges and solutions in becoming a female leader in India. This session was created as a platform for the participants to voice the concerns that they have faced and to facilitate conversations that create ideas for solutions to these issues.