With an aim of encouraging
research scholars to study various aspects of North East India, Delhi
University is soon going to launch a North East India Studies Programme
The research programme, which will be a fully
funded one, is likely to be started from the next academic session.
"Though concerns have been raised in the past
about various issues of North Eastern states, there is not enough understanding
about the areas and the people, not just among laymen but also
intellectuals," Kamei Aphun, Convenor of NEISP, told PTI.
"Also, there is lack of research. Hence, we
decided to develop this programme," he added.
The NEISP, which has been approved by the
Department of Sociology's council, is yet to be placed before varsity's
Academic Council following which it will be officially introduced.
"Meanwhile, we are working on a vision
document which will be presented to UGC to seek their support.
A five-member committee has been established in
the department which is taking care of that," Aphun said.
With the North Eastern studies finding a bigger
space in DU's curriculum, the varsity is also planning to include syllabi on
North East studies in its MA and MPhil programmes offered by the Department of
"In 1970, a module called Area Study
Programme was introduced by Delhi University under which North East was offered
as one of the areas. However, due to some reasons it was discontinued after 7-8
In 2011, I placed a proposal to revive the
programme," Aphun elaborated.
This programme will accelerate Social Science
research and learning and promote studying "other culture".
The department is known for comparative studies of
different societies and therefore this initiative would help gain holistic
understanding of the Indian society, he added.
However, it will run under the department and the
larger vision is to bridge the gap between the region and the rest of the
The varsity has also established a
"think-tank" featuring academics from JNU, JMI, North Eastern Hill
University (NEHU), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Guwahati), media
professionals, Delhi Police and representatives from the DONER (Development of
North Eastern Region) ministry and NEC (North Eastern Council) to deliberate
upon the issues pertaining to the North East.Source-timesofindia.indiatimes