The areas of focus proposed for the next years under the Sikkim Studies Programme include: 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 planned as also a process of placements and collaborations.
Prof Sanjoy Hazarika, Director of the North East Center, said that the new Sikkim Studies programme will go on to highlight the issues which are facing Sikkim in a rigorous and structured manner, through scholarship and research.
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. It also aims to provide an alternative platform to the region.
The Centre has been focusing on a range of issues including Challenges to Governance, Refugees and Migration, Conflict and Reconciliation as well as the role of the North East Region in the Independence Movement.
The Centre’s Advisory Council includes Prof. Atul Sarma, former Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh and Member, Thirteenth Finance Commission, Mr. PD Rai, MP from Sikkim, and Dr. Jayanta Madhab, Chairman, Rashtriya Grameen Vikas Nidhi and former Economic Advisor, Chief Minister of Assam.