Teaching Interest

Contemporary South Asia: A Survey of Intractable Problems and Innovative Solutions

by Tarun Khanna


This survey course focuses on several categories of social and economic problems faced by the countries of South Asia, specifically, in the realms of Education, Health, Financial Inclusion, and Telecommunications. Each problem category will be dealt with through a survey lecture, supplemented by assigned and recommended readings for those wishing to explore the topic further, and an in-depth look at one or more organizations, companies, non-profits, or regulatory interventions that have attempted to address some of the problems within that category. The primary objective of the course is to immerse students – in an inter-disciplinary and university-wide setting – to the problems of our generation in South Asia, and also to a range of entrepreneurial attempts to solve these, warts and all.