Deepti Nijhawan

Director, India Initiatives
Global Programs

As Director of India Initiatives, Deepti Nijawan helps lead the University’s India efforts by engaging directly with faculty, developing relationships with quality partner institutions, and overseeing many of the administrative components for BU programs in India.

Deepti is an architect and urban planner by training, but her passion for working with India led her to MIT for over seven years where she served as Managing Director of the MIT-India Program. In this role she placed students in carefully tailored internships and managed partnerships with corporations, academic, and non-profit organizations across the country. She managed several grants to support faculty and student efforts in India; hosted a vibrant lecture series on India at MIT; and taught a freshman seminar course on the urban planning challenges of Indian cities as an instructor at MIT’s Edgerton Center. She has presented at several international education conferences including at the University of Rhode Island and the University of Alberta.

Before joining MIT, Deepti gained extensive experience as an urban planner at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Cambridge Housing Authority.

Deepti was a two-term President and Chairperson of MIT’s Heritage of the Arts of South Asia (MITHAS), the leading South Asian arts organization in New England for over 20 years. She has received the Infinite Mile Award from MIT and an Outstanding Service Award from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and was a Newsreader for the community TV program Vision of Asia in NY.

Deepti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with two Master’s degrees in City Planning and Architecture, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the Delhi University School of Planning and Architecture.