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The Harvard University South Asia Institute (SAI) engages faculty and students through interdisciplinary programs to advance and deepen the teaching and research on global issues relevant to South Asia. 

About SAI | View the South Asia Institute video

Upcoming Events

Thu, May 5, 2016 - Fri, May 6, 2016  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Who Speaks for Democracy Across South Asia?

Annual Symposium

This year’s Symposium will feature conversations on the topic of democracy across South Asia.

Click here for the full schedule and registration.

Thu, May 5, 2016

Fri, May 6, 2016

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, May 6, 2016 from 03:15pm - 04:30pm  /  Thompson Room, Barker Center

Seed For Change Finalists Presentations

Special Event

The Harvard South Asia Institute competition awards prizes to interdisciplinary student projects that impact societal, economic, and environmental issues in India. The three finalist groups will present their project plans and a jury will award the grand prize of $40,000.

  • GoMango: provides low-cost refrigerated transport to food producers in India
  • Torr Energy: for-profit company that uses a series of technologies and a unique model to produce and sell
    low-cost waste-derived solid fuel in remote areas
  • The Craftsmen: small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.

Fri, May 6, 2016 at 03:15pm

Fri, May 6, 2016 at 04:30pm

Thompson Room
Barker Center

12 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Fri, May 13, 2016 from 09:00am - 04:30pm

Development in Asia

Workshop for those teaching high school and middle school courses on South Asia.

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Siegel, Assistant Professor of History, B.A., Yale University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University

Cosponsored with Educators for Teaching South Asia, in conjunction with The Winsor School, Phillips Academy, and The Groton School

Click here to learn more and register.

Fri, May 13, 2016 at 09:00am

Fri, May 13, 2016 at 04:30pm

Sun, May 15, 2016 at 02:00pm  /  CGIS South, S010

20th Annual Harvard India Poetry Reading

Poems of all languages are invited for recitation. All are welcome.

Cosponsored with the Department of South Asian Studeis and the South Asian Poets of New England

For questions, please contact:
Bijoy Misra,
Chandu Shah,

Sun, May 15, 2016 at 02:00pm

Sun, May 15, 2016

CGIS South, S010

1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA


Seed for Change Q+A: Torr Energy

“We are all passionate about providing an energy solution for those who need it the most,” says Kasey Wang, Harvard Law School student, about Torr Energy, one of the student group finalists in SAI’s Seed For Change Competition.

    Seed For Change Q+A: The Craftsmen

    The Craftsmen, one of the student group finalists in SAI’s Seed For Change Competition, is a small forest enterprise facilitator that creates new value chains, provides year-round employment for forest dwellers, and trains communities in sustainable harvesting practices.

      SAI seeks Program Intern

      SAI is seeking a summer intern to assist with programming. The ideal candidate will be a Harvard student who is graduating with their master’s degree in May.

        Harvard Holi 2016

        On Saturday, March 26, Harvard Dharma and the Harvard India Student Group hosted a Holi celebration with over 200 students.