Effects of Covid-19 on Universities: Aligarh Muslim University in Lockdown by Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

By Sunil Pun|September 16, 2020|Education, General, India, SSAI|0 comments

by Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi Had heard that every cloud has a silver lining! Aligarh Muslim University, and especially its Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, had never been technologically savvy. Most of its Faculty, as well as its students, have always been very conservative and laid back not only in their approach to life but also at adapting to the ways of the modern world. We have always been

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‘Jaffna University, Sri Lanka – when entitlement is rejected’ by Annemari de Silva

By Rosa Vercoe|August 15, 2016|Conflict, Culture, Education, General, Sri Lanka|0 comments

Annemari de Silva is Chevening Scholar to SOAS reading for an MA South Asian Area Studies, major in the Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia. On the 16th of July, a clash between students at the University of Jaffna erupted over the inclusion of Sinhalese cultural spectacles in the welcome event. Established in 1974, Jaffna University is located at the heart of the Tamil majority North of Sri Lanka. Although

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‘Africa Day’ by Simona Vittorini

By Shreya Sinha|June 20, 2016|Conflict, Education, General, India, Politics|0 comments

Simona Vittorini is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies where she lectures undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the comparative politics of Asia and Africa. A diplomatic crisis was narrowly averted last week in Delhi when the African Heads of Missions finally agreed to participate in the Africa Day celebrations organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi. A few days

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“Creating a sustainable relationship in the field of education” by Michael Hutt

By Jennifer Ung Loh|November 19, 2015|Education, General, India, SSAI|0 comments

At the British Council’s India Forum on 27 October the Director of the SOAS South Asia Institute, Professor Michael Hutt, was asked to give his thoughts on how the UK can achieve a ‘sustainable relationship’ with India for 2050 in the field of education.  Here is the text of his presentation. ————————————————————————————— 2050 is a generation away.  I will use my three minutes to paint a best case scenario for

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“Introducing the South Asia Institute in India” by Michael Hutt

By Heewon Kim|March 3, 2015|Education, General, India, SSAI|0 comments

During the first two weeks of February, Michael Hutt (Director of the  SOAS South Asia Institute) and Matthew Gorman (Director of Development and Alumni Relations) visited Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai to introduce the new South Asia Institute to alumni, offer holders, business leaders, philanthropists and friends of SOAS, and to both longstanding and potential new partners. In each city, friends of SOAS hosted alumni gatherings at which Michael Hutt gave

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“Debating Higher Education in South Asia” by Michael Hutt

By Heewon Kim|February 16, 2015|Education, General, SSAI|0 comments

A one-day roundtable meeting on higher education in South Asia (‘Revolution and Realities in the New Economic Order’) was held at the British Academy on 22 January 2015. The new South Asia Institute at SOAS, of which I am Director, partnered with the British Academy and the British Council in the organisation of this event, which was the first of a series of five ‘Global Education Dialogues’ on higher education

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‘Momentous point’ for South Asian sectors, British Council event hears

By Heewon Kim|February 12, 2015|Education, General, SSAI|0 comments

As a part of British Council’s ‘Global Education Dialogues’ series on higher education in South Asia, on 22nd January 2015 the SOAS South Asia Institute co-organised an event in collaboration with British Council to debate the future of higher education in South Asia. The roundtable brought together distinguished experts, education ministers and delegates from the South Asian region, and policy-makers working in education sector from South Asia and UK to reflect on issues

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“The Futures of India’s Past” by Subir Sinha

By Heewon Kim|January 5, 2015|Education, General, India|0 comments

In the on-going annual conference of the Indian Science Congress at the University of Mumbai, one panel that has attracted high interest in the press and in social media is entitled ‘Ancient Sciences through Sanskrit’. Presenting his paper on Ancient Indian Aircraft, Captain Anand Bodas, a retired principal of a pilot training school, asserted that Indian aeronautical sciences are 7000 years old, that ancient Indian aircraft were capable of not

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