A unique programme focusing on Sikkim is being launched in Jamia Millia Islamia at its Centre for North East Studies. The launching of the programme would take place on April 25, 2011 by Sikkim CM Pawan Kumar Chamling. It will be followed by a speech on “Regional Parties and their efficacy in advancing Nation Building” by CM Chamling.
Following is the schedule of the programme on Monday, April 25 at the Dayr-e Mir Taqi Mir, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
1055 AM: Arrival of Chief Minister of Sikkim
11 AM: Welcome. Opening remarks by Prof Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Centre for North East Studies
1105 AM: Launch of Sikkim Studies Programme with presentations and ceremonial handing over of books by Chief Minister to Vice Chancellor
1110 AM: Remarks by Mr. PD Rai, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
1115 AM: Address by Mr, Najeeb Jung, IAS, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia
1120 AM: Address by Chief Minister of Sikkim, Mr. Pawan Chamling, on
“Regional Parties and their Efficacy in Advancing Nation Building”
1150: AM Question and Answer Session
1200 PM: Vote of Thanks Prof. Shri Prakash, Director, Academy of Third World Studies
1205 PM: High Tea
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“Sikkim Studies Programme is indeed a welcome addition… It has been our endeavour to strengthen our understanding of the North East,” Vice Chancellor Najeeb Jung said.
“I am sure our understanding of the political, social and cultural issues related to the region will only get further deepened,” he added.
The areas of focus proposed under the programme include: green governance (including climate change and its impact); critical issues before small states; social stress and coping mechanisms, among others.
Workshops and seminars, conferences and collaborative research programmes are planned as also a process of placements and collaborations.
The North East Studies Centre at Jamia seeks to play the role of a leading research and documentation centre (library) for the region and as a “think tank” for the academic community, scholars and policy makers on the key issues before the North East Region.
The Centre has been focusing on a range of issues, including challenges to governance, refugees and migration, conflict and reconciliation as well as the role of the North East Region in the independence movement.
With inputs from IANS