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SAI’s outreach activities span the globe. In addition to events on campus that are open to community members, the South Asia Institute partners with community organizations outside of Harvard and in the region that are interested in South Asian culture and studies, including alumni groups, K-12 schools, peer institutions, and community organizations. These partnerships inform current areas of interest and help identify need for further scholarship on issues relevant to the region.

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K-12 Outreach

SAI, independently and through various organizations, provides programming and educational activities to foster multiple engagements on South Asia to primary schools and high schools:

Educators for Teaching India Conference
Educators for Teaching India (EFTI) provides outreach and education on the teaching of India in public and private schools and SAI partners with the group each year to sponsor a conference at Harvard.

Global Literature Online Book Group for Educators
This virtual book group gives educators the opportunity to discuss works of global literature with scholars and authors in live, online conversations.

Primary Source
Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. With support from SAI, a new online course about India was developed.

Boston Children’s Museum
SAI partners with the the Harvard India Student Group (HISG) to host a Diwali celebration at the museum.

Visualizing Global Studies: A Mapping Workshop for Educators
In partnership with other regional centers at Harvard, SAI is sponsoring a workshop for K-12 educators that will focus on the use of digital media and mapping resources in the classroom.

In Region

To increase learning from regional experience, Harvard presence in South Asia is crucial:

Live video-conferences connect over 15 universities with Harvard faculty, and gives students and academic leaders at universities across South Asia the opportunity to engage on critical issues in the region

Internship Sites in South Asia
SAI has partnered with over 50 organizations in South Asia to offer internships to Harvard students, including organizations focused on education, development, business, health, media, government, and more.

In Region Events
With SAI representatives in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, SAI supports Harvard faculty and student research, teaching, and field experience. SAI has sponsored numerous events in-region, including student- and alumni-focused events, faculty led symposia, and other academic events.

Post Secondary Outreach

SAI works with postsecondary institutions both domestically and abroad to create a community of scholars dedicated to a deeper understanding of the region’s culture and languages:

Resonance: Course on Neuroscience
A collaboration between MIT, Harvard and IIT Delhi, the goal of this initiative was to introduce talented Indian students to the exciting gamut of brain science. Twenty-five highly talented students from across India, who were selected in a competitive process, participated in a two-week immersion workshop that allowed them to explore some of the most exciting research topics in neuroscience.

Brown-Harvard-MIT Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics
The joint seminar considers some of the “big” ques­tions of politics, political economy and security, on which the South Asian region in general, and India in particular, offer engaging perspectives. The seminar is co-directed by Brown University, MIT, and Harvard, and alternates locations.

Multidisciplinary Approach to University Leader Development
This workshop was for university leaders from Maharashtra, India. Twenty-eight leaders and policy makers attended, including Vice Chancellors, Directors, Principals and Deans of both public and private higher learning institutions, as well as senior Government of Maharashtra officials.

Boston Water Consortium
This multi-university consortium, which includes Harvard, MIT, Tufts and BU, organizes monthly roundtable discussions to identify a common language around understanding the various issues related to water.

Live video-conferences connect over 15 universities with Harvard faculty, and gives students and academic leaders at universities across South Asia the opportunity to engage on critical issues in the region

South Asia Resources at Harvard and other US Institutions


In region Photo


Digital Resources

As part of its outreach mission, SAI finds ways to share scholarship generated at Harvard with the outside community through digital access platforms. SAI’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram serve to engage with followers all over the world who are interested in Harvard and South Asia and promote discussion about contemporary global issues.

Other digital resources:

SAI’s Publication Series showcases the latest in scholarship and research and sheds light on a particular topic of great relevance to the region and the world at large. SAI released is first annual publication in January 2014, Health and South Asia, which has been viewed over 700 times by readers all over the world.

HarvardX Course: Entrepreneurship and Healthcare in Emerging Economies
This course aims to engage students in an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding the nature of complex health problems throughout the world, with an illustrative focus on South Asia.

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