Centre for South Asia Studies - Rahul P.S.


Introduction

The main objective of the Centre for South Asia Studies (CSAS) is the creation of an interdisciplinary arena aimed towards a holistic appreciation of thematic area studies, and with an aim to transcendtraditional impediments that tend to thwart integrative approaches. Not only the reproduction of existing knowledge, but also generation of new knowledge through research, ranks high in the agenda of CSAS.

Purpose

Dealing with compelling issues in the contemporary world, primarily, but not exclusively, concerned with Geo-Politics, linkages with the past and future are fait accompli. The focus is not only limited tobringing together the in-house capabilities available at the home institution, but also to actively collaborate and synergize with various other institutions; regionally, nationally and internationally

Purpose

Dealing with compelling issues in the contemporary world, primarily, but not exclusively, concerned with Geo-Politics, linkages with the past and future are fait accompli. The focus is not only limited tobringing together the in-house capabilities available at the home institution, but also to actively collaborate and synergize with various other institutions; regionally, nationally and internationally

Function

The functioning of the CSAS being at a nascent stage, it was considered prudent to focus on a limited number of aspects and issues initially. During this while, the CSAS has had some exposure, including first-hand experience with contact building and primary data collection in Northern Province (Sri Lanka); a rather ignored and less understood region, even within mainstream discourses in Sri Lanka.
A prominent boost to the CSAS initiative has come from the winning of the ERASMUS Plus project alongside the Universite de La Reunion, to enable collaborative research and exchange ideas and personnel between both the institutions. Not only is ParvatibaiChowgule College is the first Institution in India to have such a linkage with this French public university, this is also the first time that Universite de La Reunion is cooperating through an MoU with a Non-EU partner institution. It also encourages a wider thematic canvas that will also promote collaborations at all levels, across disciplines, as well as across the borders.


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