Harvard dons in India for alumni meet
It’s the largest meet of Harvard alumni and faculty ever to be held in India. Over 130 delegates, including Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and Harvard president Lawrence H Summers are in the Capital to not just deliberate on the university’s outreach in South Asia, but also to mark the opening of the Harvard Business School’s India Research Center and the first South Asia Initiative office in Mumbai on Thursday.
“Interactions between India and Harvard will be good for both the parties. It will allow us to strengthen our ties with the 1000-strong alumni in India who come from all walks of life.
The importance that is being accorded to India at Harvard can be gauged by the fact that one of the largest delegations is visiting the country,” said Harvard president Lawrence H Summers.
“India is a growing economy in the region and improved interactions will improve ties on all levels. It will allow more Indian students to come to Harvard. The Harvard Business School research centre, Asia Initiative and the School of Public Health are already taking up partnerships with their counterparts in India,” added Summers.
The university, clearly, is not willing to overlook the strong alumni network in India many of whom are top industry leaders.