India, front and center

first_imgOver the past several years, Harvard University has been ramping up its involvement in India and South Asia, a trend exemplified by Harvard’s South Asia Initiative.Tarun Khanna, the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) and an authority on developing nations, said the initiative was founded in 2003 to foster the University’s engagement in South Asia, a region with varying definitions but centered on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.The region contains roughly a quarter of the world’s population and includes both India’s rising economic power and Pakistan’s strategic importance. So Harvard leaders recognized that the University’s efforts in the region needed to be encouraged. Harvard Business School has opened a regional office in Mumbai, where the South Asia Initiative shares space. The initiative has focused its efforts on five key interdisciplinary areas: urbanization, water, social enterprise, health and medicine, and “South Asia without Borders,” which is an umbrella effort focused on the arts, humanities, and social sciences, including a country-specific effort focused on Pakistan.Each of those programs is headed by a senior faculty member from one of Harvard’s Schools, Khanna said, making the effort truly University-wide.India ranks fourth in the number of students it sends to Harvard, behind only China, Canada, and South Korea, with 232 students studying here this year. Harvard has about 1,500 alumni in India.Harvard’s understanding of the region’s importance will be highlighted by President Drew Faust’s visit to India in the middle of this month. Faust will address academic and other leaders at the University of Mumbai, will participate in an education symposium in New Delhi, and will host alumni events organized to mark Harvard’s 375th anniversary.Faust is the latest Harvard leader to visit India. Charles Eliot traveled to India in 1911-12, though two years after stepping down as president. Sitting Harvard President Nathan Pusey visited India in 1961, delivering an address at the University of Delhi. Presidents Derek Bok and Lawrence Summers both visited India, in 1987 and 2006, respectively. Then-Provost Steven Hyman visited last April.Harvard’s engagement in India has spanned decades and disciplines. Until recent years it has been guided mainly by the interests of individual researchers and programs, such as the Harvard Glee Club, which toured India in 1961, and the Radcliffe and Harvard College student groups that banded together in 1955 to sponsor efforts by University of Delhi students to improve rural development. Today, India presents the opportunity to study and learn about a range of critical issues, including the challenges of rapid urbanization, public health delivery in resource-poor settings, and water use.More than 100 Harvard faculty members conduct research on South Asia on topics as diverse as the Indian fashion industry, development in India’s slums, health and aging, safe childbirth, the legacy of colonialism, and the Indian software industry.There is an array of centers, programs, and courses focusing on the region, ranging from the Harvard Business School’s India Research Center to the Asia Center. The Center for Tropical Forest Science is conducting research on the region’s forests, while the University-wide Islamic Heritage Project is conserving and digitizing Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts. The recently renamed Department of South Asian Studies, formerly the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, has a new undergraduate concentration in South Asian studies.Harvard’s engagement in India and the region takes place in collaboration with local partners, researchers, and organizations, ensuring that there is two-way learning, with Indian scholars and fellows coming to Harvard to deliver lectures, conduct research, and engage with students.At Harvard, engagement comes through student groups, lectures, conferences, and faculty research. In India, there are faculty research projects, student internships, and alumni activities, among others.There has been a flurry of activity on the Harvard campus recently. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a renowned scientist who was India’s 11th president, visited to deliver the annual Mahindra Lecture. Khanna’s new Gen Ed course on South Asia’s long-term problems and their possible entrepreneurial solutions attracted students from across the University last semester.Khanna said he expects the University’s involvement in the region to continue to increase “very dramatically.”last_img read more

Step inside Brisbane’s ‘Bat cave’

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInside Brisbane’s best man cave00:40***A SECRET entrance, a hidden gym that could rival a fitness franchise, and a sparkling resort-style pool. Even the garage has been given the luxe touch, and is adorned with basalt lava stone.Take a look inside the home of one of Brisbane’s leading agents — a man who sold close to $100 million worth of other peoples property last year. “We poured a lot of consideration and effort into every inch of what has been a wonderful home for our family,” Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said. CoreLogic property data shows that Mr Lancashire and his wife Caitlyn bought 50 Crase St at Teneriffe for $895,000 in 2012. And the back of the house“He’s a local and understands the code of the area and we were able to get exactly what we wanted using the original cottage as the platform to create something architectural off the back which flows really well and pays respect to the original foundations.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoEverything from the VJ walls to the ceilings were replaced, with the home known as ‘c50house’ undergoing an almost complete rebuild.Today, it comes with an extensive list of luxury features but perhaps the most impressive of them all is the concealed gym, which is hidden behind a secret stone rock wall with pin code access. Sometimes called the ‘bat cave’, the door leads to a tunnel and then in to a large open-plan space. 42 Beeston Street — July 7, 2018 — $3.7 million 2 Waverley Street — April 29, 2018 — $2.52 million Before the renovation Source: CoreLogic“Craig (of Channon Architects) is a very clever guy who has worked on some of Brisbane’s most high-end residences,” Mr Lancashire said. 20 Midvale Lane — June 17, 2018 — $1.9 million The front of the house now The kitchen nowMr Lancashire said the home’s location was also a massive lure, as it is within walking distance of the city, the river, parks, restaurants and cafes.Teneriffe is sandwiched between Newstead and New Farm, making a kind of golden triangle of exclusive suburbs. The median house sales price in Teneriffe is currently $1.825 million, but many prestige houses have sold for double that figure, or more. Mr Lancashire said they were selling because “I really want a tennis court”, and hoped the house would go to another family.They have engaged Ray White New Farm’s Nicholas Given and Scott Darwon to manage the sale of their home, which is scheduled to go to auction at Ray White’s ‘Under the Stars’ event on November 13, if not sold prior.“Superb architecture has created a home perfectly suited to Queensland living but with a vibe reminiscent of life in the island parts of Greece or Italy,” Mr Darwon said.“The attention to detail is something to behold and not one finish is of a standard less than perfect. Given the location, finish, feeling and atmosphere the house omits, this is going to be a home that will truly be enjoyed by its residents for many, many years to come.”*** The kitchen before the renovationA much-loved area of the three level, four-bedroom home is the open-plan living, kitchen, dining, lounge, entertaining, outdoor barbecue and pool zone.“Craig’s work is special and he’s clever about working with indoor-outdoor spaces, including our big outdoor area which has 5m ceilings wrapped in battened timber,” Mr Lancashire said.“It’s a space we use all year round. He’s also got an extremely good eye for detail so there are so many minute details throughout the property which you wouldn’t know existed unless you went through.” TOP SALES — TENERIFFE (houses) 32 Teneriffe Drive — June 4, 2018 — Sale Price $4.405 million Inside the ‘bat cave’“A lot of people have that WTF? look when they see it,” he said. “They are mesmerised by it.”Other features include a custom Vanguard louvre system, a heated mosaic tiled swimming pool, custom French oak floors, a bespoke solid French oak floating staircase and a vast outdoor entertaining room.There is also four bedrooms including one with a deluxe master retreat, three luxury bathrooms, a fireplace, wine cellar, and smart home technology throughout. 282 Kent Street — June 16, 2018 — $2.125 million Matt Lancashire and his wife Caitlyn and kids Monty 3yrs and Lulu 1yrs. Pic Annette DewBuilt in the 1930s, the property had been used as a share house and needed a lot of work.Working alongside Channon Architects and Black Developments, the Lancashire’s embarked on a 16 month long renovation journey. last_img read more

Perenara celebrates 100th with a derby win

first_imgWinger Ben Lam scored two of the Hurricanes’ four tries on Saturday as they notched a third-straight win and handed the Highlanders their first defeat of the season.The scores were locked 12-12 entering a final half-hour which the hosts dominated, scoring through a long-range penalty to Jordie Barrett and tries to reserve winger Vince Aso and Lam.Both tries required expert, diving finishes in the corner from the wide men when tackled by the cover defence, as did Lam’s first-half try.It was the sort of finishing required as two of the competition’s most resilient defensive sides went toe-to-toe, with the Hurricanes’ ball-in-hand style prevailing against the kick-based Highlanders approach.It was a fitting way for halfback TJ Perenara to bring up 100 games for the Hurricanes, who have won seven of their last eight Kiwi derby games at home.A dampener on the win is a possible serious rib injury to All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea, who hobbled out of the game soon before halftime.The Highlanders, who opened their campaign with three-straight wins in Dunedin, were the only unbeaten team coming into round six.They crossed once in each half through Test winger Waisake Naholo, with the second showcasing his exceptional pace as he chased a kick ahead.The result means the Crusaders, Chiefs, Hurricanes and Highlanders have all won three matches, with the Kiwi sides all residing in the top six on the overall table standings.last_img read more