The government of Sikkim will support the newly launched Sikkim Studies programme at Jamia Millia Islamia by sponsoriong a sum of Rs.25 lakhs per annum for consecutive three years. The programme was launched on April 25, 2011 by Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling. The programme will be part of the Centre for North East Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia.
Welcoming the proposal of the State Government of Sikkim to support the programme, the Vice Chancellor, Mr. Najeeb Jung said, “Sikkim Studies Programme is indeed a welcome addition to the Center of North East Studies Programme at Jamia. It has been our endeavour to strengthen our understanding of the North East and with the inclusion of the Sikkim Studies Programme. I am sure our understanding of the political, social and cultural issues related to the region, will only get further deepened.”
The areas of focus proposed under the Sikkim Studies Programme includes: Green Governance (including Climate Change and its Impact); Critical Issues before Small States; Social Stress and Coping Mechanisms; Borders and international Trade and the Look East Policy as well as Governance, Security and Development. Workshops and seminars, conferences and collaborative research programmes are being 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.
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