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"Students-synthesize and critically analyze ideas of War to make Peace, Conflict to resolve and Defence to protect a Nation."

Prof. (Dr.) Vijay Khare M.Sc. Ph.D.

(Fulbright Scholar)

Head Department Defence and Strategic Studies

Education is the most astonishing factor in every existing society. Every nation aspires to progress with the greatest strength i.e. knowledge. The activity of imparting the tools of learning such as information, idea, skill and fact has become ‘a must’ for every nation. The academia of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune) recognized the need of learning and studying the strength of the nation, hence the subject of ‘Defence and Strategic Studies’ came into eminence.

Since the inception of the Department, the journey has been of a profound experience in the fields of teaching and research. Today, this experience has built the department to acclaim, with all its sincere and humble achievements.

The Department of Defence and Strategic Studies provides a platform to learn and study National Security to students from various disciplines and professionals. Frequently, the Department also conducts guest lectures, seminars and conferences where-in experts of national and international acclaim are invited as speakers. Conduct of such thought provoking activities tweaks the young inquiring minds of the students & researchers to think and develop an innovative approach – which could also be ‘out of the box’. While doing so, the Department holds on to the vision of the university i.e. “to provide an academically conducive environment” with a global audience, as shared by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Nitin R. Karmalkar.

Brief Highlights about the Department :

The Department was established in the year 1963. Initially it was known as the Department of Military Studies, and then renamed as the Department of Defence Studies, In 1984 the Department came to be known as the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies; since then true to the name, the horizon and scope of studies has expanded covering a wide canvas of varied subjects. The department offers MA/MSc, Diploma, MPhil and PhD courses. The department has close linkages with the Indian Armed Forces and runs several programmes such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Chair in Policy Studies, Residence Scholar Programme, Master degree programme and the General B. C. Joshi Memorial Lecture which is conducted every year. The Department also has a think tank -Yashwantrao Chavan National Centre of International Security and Defence Analysis (YC-NISDA) which is funded by University Grant Commission (UGC). YC-NISDA is the first National Centre to be an integral part of a university department in any Indian University. Both the Department and YC-NISDA provide a very good source of information by making available latest published books and other research material related to the various affiliated subjects.

There is a vibrant scope for the department as it has initiated collaborations with various national and international universities, think-tanks, etc. to enrich the knowledge of the students and researchers. The department has already launched a quarterly journal namely, “International Journal for Social Sciences Research and Global Security” in collaboration with YC-NISDA and Strategic Culture and Security Foundation, Pune. From academic year 2018-19 the Department is also introducing three Post Graduate diploma courses Namely, Disaster Management and National Security, Counter-Terrorism studies and Defence Analyst and National security.

These endeavours will go a long way in achieving our goal of building the department as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the field of National Security Studies at regional and ultimately global level.

Prof. (Dr.) Vijay Khare

(Fulbright Scholar)

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