For more than a decade, the South Asia Institute at Harvard University has funded faculty research and student study across the region, and built a global academic community committed to better understanding the unique challenges faced by these many countries and diverse populations. Ongoing academic and cultural exchanges in fields ranging from science and social science to the arts and humanities — incorporating experts from across Harvard — complement the 143 South Asia-related courses taught on campus this year alone.
On Wednesday, in an effort to ensure the institute’s important work continues with the capacity to sustainably support faculty, students, and collaborators, Lakshmi Mittal and his family announced a $25 million gift to establish an endowed fund for the institute. In recognition of the Mittal Foundation’s generosity, the center will be renamed the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University.
“International centers like the South Asia Institute at Harvard University serve as a vital conduit between the University and the world we study,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “The generous support from the Mittal fa