PSIL '19

PSIL '19 was supported by:


Asia CenterLamjingbaFAS Science DivisionSAI logo 


Special thanks to:

Dr. RK Nimai (Retired IAS officer)

Armstrong Pame (IAS officer) and the Global Shapers (Imphal hub)

Gopen Moses



Associate Director

Chris LiChristopher Li received his A.B. with high honors in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University.







Harvard Student Teachers

Sam KesslerSam Kessler (Class of '19, Computer science) Originally from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Sam is interested in journalism and politics, and he leads the Harvard Political Review while he’s on campus. In his free time, Sam enjoys programming, photography, and skiing and is currently a product manager at Google. Sam is passionate about education, and he enjoys working with students from outside of the United States through the organization CISV, which brings students from around the world together to build friendships and learn about topics ranging from sustainable development to conflict resolution.





Allison PaoAllison Pao (Class of '21, Social Studies) grew up in New York City, Tennessee, and Switzerland, and she now calls all three places her home. She is a passionate educator. On campus, she enjoys teaching students of all ages and backgrounds: she mentors elementary and middle school students at the Harvard Ed Portal, teaches her classmates as a Course Assistant for a class about inequity in education, and helps elderly immigrants learn English through the Harvard Chinatown Citizenship program. She is also a research assistant for the Harvard Democratic Knowledge Project which is developing a new 8th grade civics curriculum. She also loves performing, listening to, and writing about all kinds of music, and therefore her home away from home is the Harvard radio station, WHRB.



Ellen ZhangEllen Zhang (Class of '19, Integrative Biology) has done research on Parkinson's Disease, volunteers with Alzheimer’s Disease patients, and writes creatively. Ellen is very invested in education: she has taught classes ranging from life sciences to physics, travelled to Vietnam to teach high schoolers, and frequently mentors younger students. In her free time, Ellen enjoys baking, exploring new restaurants, and traveling. She is currently a student at Harvard Medical School.





Manipur Teacher Fellows

Diana ToijamHead Teacher Fellow Toijam Diana is a resident of Imphal who plans to pursue a PhD in Urban Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology. While studying Zoology, the   precise dissections mattered to her more than the answer sheets. One day the dissections on an amphibian commonly known as the Indian   Bullfrog were cancelled, due to their threat of extinction. This further prompted her interest in environmental science and led her to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Ecology, Environment and Sustainable   Development. Diana grew up listening to a lot of songs, from traditional Manipuri classics to western music, which helped develop a passion for learning a foreign language (German), which she plans on pursuing this summer. She is also an avid reader, her last book being "Auroville: Dream and Reality” by Akash Kapur. Mathematics and cooking are two of her favourite hobbies. She also finds stargazing particularly interesting. Diana is a firm believer of ‘there is something interesting in everything’.

Jyosita ElangbamJyosita Elangbam is Master of Science final year (3rd semester) student at Ghanapriya Women’s College studying Zoology. She was born in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, Imphal, Manipur. She considers herself an introvert yet is very social with people whom she finds comfortable to be with. She is a child scientist awardee. She is passionate about education and in her free time she tutors high school students in her locality. She loves listening to music, dancing and reading wisdom books. She also has an inner passion for adventure.




Steffi HaokipChinboilhing Steffi Haokip graduated with a B.Sc. degree from Dhanamanjuri College of Science Imphal in 2016 and completed her M.Sc. in Environmental Science in 2018. She successfully cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by Central Board of Education (CBSE). She possesses great interest in teaching and loves learning new things through experiences. Currently, she is preparing for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) examination in order to pursue her Ph.D. degree.




Kunjarani MutumMutum Kunjarani Devi completed her M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from Manipur University. Kunjarani grew up in one of Manipur’s most underprivileged places in terms of education. She was determined to educate herself, and her belief in the transformative power of education led her to devote time to mentor 13-15 year old students in a temporary coaching center. She cares about the future of students from similar underrepresented places in Manipur. One of her initiatives involves bringing together and mentoring promising students from nearby localities. She is very interested in and excited to pursue teaching as a career, and plans to pursue a Ph.D degree towards that end.



Manjulika AnathemManjulika Ahanthem is an English Literature major who is pursuing an M. Ed. at RKSDCE (R.K. Sanatombi Devi College of Education) in Imphal. A keen educationist, she is presently working on a project in teacher education. She is passionate about teaching and writes articles in her free time.






Local Liaison and Sound Engineer

Reuben AkhamAkham Reuben graduated from S.A.E Institute of Audio Engineering in Auckland NZ. He is a music producer and you can often find him surrounded by tunes in his recording studio.