DISHAA so far
The idea to build a common platform for research and practitioners started as DISHA (Development in South Asia) in 2007 as a series of lectures on development issues under the Lectures in International Development at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Given the overwhelming response to the lectures and repeated requests from interested students and faculty, a need to have a cohesive group working on development issues in South Asia was put forward. DISHA (Development in South Asia) was a natural step forward and it was registered as a Student Organization at Teachers College Columbia University. The group aimed at learning about best practices in research and practice on issues related to development with a particular focus on education.
The group continues to invite leading practitioners and scholars to present practical and theoretical issues in education policy with a focus on the marginal population around the world. We have also created a list-serve of around 280 people with different backgrounds and experiences that endorse this initiative. The group continues to expand its reach to other universities globally.
To take this initiative to a larger good, nayi DISHAA is set forth as a non-profit registered with the State of New York as of March 30, 2015.