Our Story

It was the 2018 annual social event of Comparitive, International, & Development Education Center (CIDEC) when the Director Dr. Kathy Bickmore encouraged Neelofar Ahmed to develop an interest group to foster academic engagement for and in the context of South Asia. Started as Neelofar’s brainchild, the South Asia Interest Group was initiated at the Joseph P. Farrell Student Research Symposium in 2019 with the ambition to develop collaboration between researchers, scholars, faculty, and students whose research scholarship highlights the socio-economic, development, and educational challenges within South Asia and its diaspora across the world. 

The membership of the group is free and open to everyone. Currently, SAIG has more than forty members from different eminent universities. In a short span, SAIG has became an active platform of academic engagement and has paired scholars of likewise interests for collaborative work. SAIG has also organized a mini conference within ILERA (the 10th International Labour and Employment Relations Association, Regional Congress for the Americas ).

Throughout the last year, the group members has made panel presentations at referred international conferences such as Congress (the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences ), CIES (Comparative and International Education Society), and CASID (The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development).