Lakshmi Mittal donates $25 million to Harvard University

Lakshmi Mittal’s donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at Harvard University. Photo: Mint Washington: Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has donated $25 million to the prestigious Harvard University with an aim to increase engagement with South Asian countries, including India. The donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at the university. The institute spearheads Harvard’s engagement with South Asian countries, including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as diaspora populations from these countries, the university said…

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Harvard law school drops official shield over slavery links

University committee rules shield donated by family that built wealth through slavery does not reflect institution’s values Harvard law school’s shield is based on the crest of Isaac Royal Snr, who built much of his wealth through slave labor in the Caribbean and Massachusetts. Photograph: Chitose Suzuki/AP Harvard law school will remove its official shield following months of protest at the symbol’s ties to an 18th-century slaveholder. A committee at the prestigious university, which counts president Barack Obama among its alumni, was convened to rule on the issue and on…

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