Harvard South Asian student leaders discuss collaborations

Representatives discussed the best ways to strengthen ties

Student representatives from various South Asian groups at a gathering at the Mittal Institute, Harvard University /

Over 20 representatives from South Asian student organizations at Harvard convened recently at the Harvard Mittal Institute and the Department of South Asian Studies.

During the meeting, they talked about how to forge new partnerships and improve existing ones. According to a news release, the Mittal Institute has been emphasizing building relationships with student organizations on campus and holding regular meetings with new representatives every year.

A diverse range of groups, such as Harvard Ghungroo, Dharma, or Bhangra, were present, ranging from regional representation to cultural associations.

Participating groups included representatives from the South Asian Student Association at Harvard T.H. Chan and the South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) at Harvard Law School, among other professional schools.

At Harvard, there are over 20 student organizations that work to unite students with different interests from different schools and to organize cultural and educational programs on issues related to South Asia. Social events such as bhangra and biryani parties are also hosted by the groups.

The Harvard India Student Group (HISG), Harvard Pakistan Student Group (HPSG), Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR), Harvard Undergraduate Nepali Student Association, Harvard Bhangra, Harvard Deepam, Bengali Association of Students at Harvard, Dharma, Harvard College, South Asia Women’s Collective, South Asian Men’s Collective, and the South Asia GSD are some of the dedicated South Asian student organizations at the university.

The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute was founded in 2003 to further Harvard University’s engagement with South Asia. The Mittal Institute is a university-wide research institute at Harvard that engages faculty members and students.

Its programs and projects are working to address issues of equity, sustainability, and livability. The institute is working to improve throughout South Asia and beyond with research conducted by students and faculty, partnerships with governments and organizations, and seminars held on campus and around the world.