Welcome to the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University
The study of South Asia, particularly modern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, is an increasingly important area of academic inquiry. The region is home to more than a billion people – just over 23% of humanity. It is the home of some of the world‘s great civilizations. It contains two nuclear powers. And the South Asian diaspora constitutes one of the most successful minority communities in the United States. Recognizing the region’s significance, Harvard University has launched a program that comprehensively examines South Asia’s economy and culture by establishing a center of excellence in South Asian Studies.
The South Asia Initiative facilitates scholarly exchanges among Harvard faculty and students, the best South Asia specialists from the US and other countries, and visiting academics and prominent public figures from South Asia. In addition, the SAI sponsors lectures and conferences at Harvard by distinguished academic, governmental, and business leaders whose work contributes to a better understanding of the challenges facing the region. Encouraging the work of Harvard faculty and students, the SAI supports Harvard faculty from various Schools traveling to South Asia to work with academic and governmental leaders on key strategic, economic, environmental, and political issues. Grants are also provided for language study and other kinds of research conducted by undergraduate, graduate and professional students working on an array of short and long-term research projects in or related to South Asia.