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New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia will soon establish a China Studies Centre and an Afghanistan Studies Centre. These centres have been sanctioned by the University Grant Commission (UGC) under the scheme of the Area Study Centres.
China and Afghanistan are two important neighbouring countries of India. The objective of establishing these centres is to promote an Indian understanding of China and Afghanistan in a historical framework as well as from a contemporary perspective, the varsity spokesperson said in a press statement. The centres will encourage interdisciplinary research focusing on the history, sociology, politics, economics and languages of these two countries, the statement added.
The centres propose to develop a pool of scholars and expertise on China and Afghanistan besides networking with similar institutions engaged in the study of these two countries. The activities of the centres would be designed to stimulate debate in public spheres for public policy making.
The establishment of these new centres will strengthen the existing area studies programmes Jamia Millia Islamia already has on Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They will work as complementary programmes to promote international studies.