Harvard unveils ambitious education expansion plans for South Asia

November 15th, 2007 - 6:35 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Nov.15 (ANI): Harvard University has unveiled its most ambitious expansion of research and education related to South Asia.
The project entails unprecedented university-wide collaboration, including Harvard College and Harvard’s 10 academic units — on a host of new programs related to the region, reports the website rediff.com.
The project has been developed by senior university scholars and administrators and leaders from the public and private sectors around the world. An academic agenda related to South Asia will be set with a focus on facilitating multidisciplinary engagement in research relevant to the region, and expressly knit diverse elements of the university’s South Asia-focused academic and research programs into a more cohesive whole.
The plan comes just a month after Drew Gilpin Faust was officially made the 28th president in Harvard’s history.
“Our unprecedented expansion of scholarly engagement with the people, cultures, institutions, and economies of South Asia will enable us to contribute to the continued development of this critically important region while simultaneously learning from its rich past,” the website quoted Faust, as saying.
Professor Jorge I Dominguez, Vice Provost for International Affairs and one of the architects of the South Asia project, said, “This approach to South Asia is the most fully developed plan related to any geographic region outside the US and will provide important lessons to help inform Harvard’s approach globally.”
“I am thrilled. This is something that several of us have been working together and in many ways the main accomplishment is to get Harvard faculty and senior administrators of the university to agree that South Asia really matters and that this is a central concern for the university agenda going forward,” said Dominguez, a Harvard faculty member for the past 30 years.
“The difference is not that the study of South Asia at Harvard just began. The difference is a commitment by faculty, and the president of the university, provost of the university, that we want to make sure that this is better coordinated, better supported, as it goes forward and that it is a sustained university-wide commitment,” he was quoted, as saying.
The implementation of this project will be guided by a steering committee comprised of eight senior scholars from across the university, headed by Professor Sugata Bose, Director of the South Asia Initiative and the Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and also including Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen, the Thomas W Lamont University Professor, also with the same Faculty. (ANI)

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