UGC-Nehru Studies Centre was instituted in University of Kerala as part of the UGC scheme of Epoch Making Social Thinkers of India
Nehru Studies Centre in Department of Political Science was inaugurated along with the one day National Seminar on Nehru and Foreign Policy on March 01, 2006 by the Former Foreign Secretary K.P.S. Menon. Resource persons from all over India participated in this inaugural function held at Senate Chamber of University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. L.C.Jain, Former Member, Planning commission was the Chief Guest of the function. The resource persons were Prof.R.L.M Patil, Banglore University, Dr.K.R.Singh, Calicut University, Prof.R.L.M Patil, and Professor Bangalore University. Fr.Baby Thomas, Sel.Grade Lecturer St.Gregorious College, Kottarakkara, Dr.Alexander, Sel.Grade Lecturer, St.Johns College, Anchal, Sri.P.Sukumaran Nair, Sel.Grade Lecturer, Department of Political Science, N.S.S College, Pandalam, Smt.S.K.Ramani Bhai, Sel.Grade Lecturer, Department of Political Science, N.S.S College, Pandalam, Dr.Abrham Mathew, Sel.Grade Lecturer, St.Johns College, Anchal, Dr.A.MohanKumar, Sel.GradeLecturer, D.B.College, Shasthamkotta, Dr.K.MohanKumar, Selection Grade Lecturer, D.B.College, Shasthamkotta, Dr.A.Basheer, Lecturer in Govt.Women’s College, Kannur, Dr.N.Shaji, Lecturer, Punalur S.N.College Dr.T.M.Joseph, Reader Neuman College Thodupuzha, Dr.C.Vinodan,(add Designation) Dr.P.T.Srikumar, Plus Two Lecturer, Palakkad, Dr.Joseph Antony, Lecturer, F.M.N College,Kollam, Dr.Rajeevan.R, Sel.Grade Lecturer,Department of Political Science, N.S.S College, Nilamel, Prof.S.P.Ramachandran, M.G.University, Kottayam, Sri Arun Kumar, Lecturer, Victoria College, Palakkad, Sri Shaijumon Sel.Grade Lecturer, VTM NSS College, Dhanuvachapuram were also participated in the inaugural session of UGC-Nehru Studies Centre, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala.
UGC Nehru Studies Centre organized series of lectures from the starting period itself. Number of professors from different universities visited here and delivered lectures in Political Science Department during the period 2006-2007. 1. R.L.M.Patil,Former Professor & Head Department of Political Science, Bangalore University, Bangalore. He Delivered lectures on the following topic:- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s Statesmanship, Nehru’s China Policy 1950-1962, Nehru’s Foreign Policy vis-à-vis the Superpowers, Nehru’s Nuclear Weapon and Disarmament Policy, Nehru’s role in the making of the Constitution, Nehru’s Vision of Democracy, Nehru’s Socialism-Theory and Practice, Nehru’s Concept of Secularism, Nehru and the Congress Party, Nehru and Gandhiji relationship, Panchayati Raj Experiment in India from Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi, Conflict between judiciary and Parliament, During the Nehru Years and Later. The lecture delivered from 1-01-2006 to 13-01-2006. 2. Prof.Cyriac Thomas, Former Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam .He Delivered lectures on the following topic:-Democracy and Leadership in Post Nehru Era, Gandhi, Nehru and Indian Secularism. The lecture delivered from 22.02.2006 to 23.02.2006 3.S.H.Patil, Professor and Head(Rtd.), Karnataka University, Dharwad.He delivered lectures on the topic:- Nehru’s Theoretical Contribution to Indian Nationalism, Nehru’s Model of Democratic Socialism, President Nehru: Architect of Modern India, Nehru and Planning in India, Nehru and Public Undertakings, Nehru and Gandhi- Similarities and Differences: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions, Nehru and Non-Aligned Movement, Role of Caste in Indian Politics, Role of Nehru in Congress Party Building, Theoretical Contributions to the Concept of Egalitarian Society, Theory –building in Political Science, Research Design, Role of President Nehru in fostering Parliamentary Democracy in India, Indo-Soviet Relations During Pt.Nehru’s Regime, Indo-China Relations During Pt.Nehru’s Dreams and Realities. The lecture delivered from 2-11-2006 to 18-11-2006. 4. Prof.V.Suryanarayanan, Prof. &Chairman (Rtd.) Centre For South East Asian Studies, Madras University. He Delivered lectures on the following topic:-Origins of Indian Foreign Policy, Relevance of Non-Alignment, India’s Support to Anti-Colonial Struggles, India and Major Powers, India’s Neighborhood Policy, India and Regional Co-operation, India’s Look East Policy, India and Indian Communities Abroad, Overseas Chinese and Overseas Indian: A Comparative Study, Ethnicity and Nation Building in India, Ethnic Conflict in Srilanka, Problems of National Integration in Malaysia, Unity in Diversity in Indonesia, India China Relations, Globalisation and Third World, Challenges of Globalisation. The lecture delivered from 27-01-2007 to 17-02-2007.
5.Prof.Dr.M.A.Hussain, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Sri Venkiteshwara University, Thirupathi. The lecture delivered from 26.02.2007 to 27.02.2007. 6.Dr.M.J.Vinod, Professor &Head, Department of Poitical Science, University of Bang lore. He Delivered lectures on the following topic:-Indo-Us Relations during the Nehru Era, Dynamics of International Terrorism and the Changing Paradigms of India’s Foreign Policy, India’s West Asian Policy: A critic on Nehruvian Perspectives. The lecture delivered from 26.02.2007 to 28.02.2007. 7. Prof.Iswara Bhatt, D.O.S in Law, University of Mysore, Mysore. He Delivered lectures on the following topic:-Nehru’s Vision of Social Transformation and Multi Culturalism, Nehru and the Making of Indian Constitution, Major Themes in the Intellectual Property Rights: Challenges of Globalisation. The lecture delivered from 28.02.2007 to 2.03.2007. 8. Dr.Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Central University, Hyderabad. He Delivered lectures on the following topic:-Impact of Globalisation on Indian Political System, Nehruvian Concept of Planning and Role pf Public Sector in India., Nehruvian Vision on Developing Modern India. The lecture delivered from1.03.2007 to 3.03.2007. 9.Dr.A.K.Verma, Chairman, Department of Political Science, Christ Church College, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He Delivered lectures on the following topic:-Nehru’s Contributions to the Indian Party System, Electoral Politics in Uttar Pradesh since 1989, Social Osmosis and Reverse Social Osmosis in Uttar Pradesh, Identity Politics in Uttar Pradesh, Nehru’s Eco Policy and Neo-Liberal Agenda, Nehru’s Concept of socialism in India. The lecture delivered from 5.3.2007 to 10.03.2007. 10.R.Swaminathan (Rtd IAS) , 671/1, Dr.Ranga Road, AbhiramaPuram, Chennai. . He Delivered lectures on the following topic:-Nehruvian Contribution to Indian Administration, Science Technology and Development in India during the Nehruvian Period. The lecture delivered from 9.3.2007 to 10.03.2007.
11.Dr.B.Mohanan, Professor of Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Pondicherry delivered lectures on the Following Topic:-Research Methodology, Gandhi and Nehru on Development and Changing role of State. The lecture delivered from 12.03.2007 to 14.03.2007. 12. K.Subramaniyam, Special Secretary (Rtd.), Government of India delivered lectures on the following topic:-Nehruvian Perspectives on National Integration, Congress Party and the Nation Building in the Post-Independent phase .The lecture delivered from 13.03.2007 to 14.03.2007. 13.Prof.G.Koteshwara Prasad, Prof. of Department of Political Science, University of Madras delivered lectures on the following topic:-Jawaharlal Nehru and Public Institutions, Gandhi, Nehru and Indian Nationalism. The lecture delivered from 15.03.2007 to 16.03.2007. 14. Dr.S.N.Misra, Department of Political Science Utkal University, Banglore delivered lectures on the following topic:-The paradox of Democracy and the Dilemma of Development, Nehru’s Political Ideas and their Contemporary Relevance, Experiencing Coalition Politics in Orissa and a comparison with Kerala. The lecture delivered from 19.03.20007 t0 22.03.2007.
15. Dr.Sandeep Shasthri, Prof.ICCT, Banglore, Karnataka delivered lectures on the following topic:-Electoral Politics in India, Comparative Federalism. The lecture delivered from 20.03.2007 to 21.03.2007. 16. Prof.Santasikan Kadirgama, Department of Political Science &History, University of Colombo, Srilanka delivered lectures on the following topic:-Indo-Srilankan Relation during Nehruvian Era, Ethnicity, Conflict and Peace Making in South Asia. The lecture delivered from 20.03.2007 to 21.03.2007. 17.Dr.E.Sridharan, Academic Director, UPIASI, New Delhi delivered lectures on the following topic:-Globalisation and Non-Alignment, Globalisation and Nation State. The lecture delivered from 26.03.2007 to 27.03.2007 18.Prof.V.T.Patil, Former Vice Chancellor, Pondicherry University delivered lectures on Nehru and India’s Foreign Policy, Indo-Sino Relations, Globalisation and Third World .The lecture delivered from 30.03.2007 to 1.04.2007. 19.Dr.M.J.Vinod, Prof. &Head of Department of Political Science, University of Bang lore delivered lectures on the following topic:-India-East Asia Ties: The Dialogue & Diplomacy, Global Terrorism: Issues& Challenges, Indo-US Nuclear Deal: Issues & Challenges. The lecture delivered from 24.092007 to 25.09.2007. 20.Dr.Jayaramu, Prof.Department of Political Science, University of Bang lore delivered lectures on the following topic:- Research Methodology in International Relations, Indo-Us Foreign Policy: Nehru & Post Nehruvian era. The lecture delivered from 24.092007 to 25.09.2007. 21.Dr.Musafar Asadi, Prof. &Head of Department of Political Science, University of Mysore, Karnataka delivered lectures on the following topic:-Theories of State: Marxist, Liberal and Neoliberal Approaches, Nehru’s Contribution to Panchayati Raj and Rural Development. The lecture delivered from 26.092007 to 27.09.2007. Another National Seminar organized by the Nehru Studies Centre was on July 5-6, 2006 on Indian Democracy: Nehruvian Perspectives and Contemporary Realities at Senate Chamber Thiruvananthapuram. Resource persons from different Universities came and Presented papers in the Seminar. The Centre is undertaking all these activities. Already, we had conducted a seminar on Changing Security Scenario in South Asia. Visiting Faculty is also visited the Department for giving lectures to the students. In the year 2009 ten Visiting Faculties visited the Department for giving lectures to the students. The third National Seminar organized by the Nehru Studies Centre held on March 25-26, 2009 on Changing Security Scenario in South Asia. On the whole fifteen papers were presented in this two day National Seminar.Sri.Mukund Narvenkar, Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, Pune, Dr.Crosby Vijaya kumar, Department of Political Science, Chennai, Dr.K.Kottai Rajan, Lecturer Department ofPoliticalScience,AnnamalaiUniversity,Dr.sukumaranNair,ReaderinPoliticalScience,Pandalam,Dr.PriyankarUpadhyaya,Professor&Director,BanaresHinduUniversity,Dr.JosephAntony,Reader,DepartmentofPoliticalScience,FMNcollege,Kollam,Dr.Dr.R.SreekantanNair,SeniorGradeLecturerinPoliticalScience, NSSCollege,Changanachery were the major resource persons presented papers in the seminar. The Nehru Studies Centre proposes to publish two books on the strength of the papers presented in these three national seminars in the form of edited works. The first book namely Nehru and Modern India: An Anatomy of Nation Building is already published The Publisher of the book is New Century Publications; New Delhi. Another effort by the centre is to conduct a study on Effectiveness of Civil Society in Strengthening Democracy in Kerala. We have identified four districts in Kerala representing socio-cultural and geographic features. The field survey of these three districts completed in October last and four students were engaged in this field action. Three research students were given temporary works for collection of necessary data leading to research publication. We collected 250 samples from each district. The data analysis process of the field survey is also completed and the formation of this book is under process.
Visiting Faculties of 2008-2009 1. Dr.B.Ramesh Babu, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy, ICFAI University, Hyderabad delivered lectures on Nehru’s Contribution to Nation Building in India, Liberal Capitalist West: The ‘Global State’? Nehru’s Role in shaping India’s Foreign Policy,MultiPolarity:TheUltimateGlobalReality,FutureofIndoPakistanRelations,Legitimate Globalisation:TowardsTrulyUniversalNorms,Globalisation,Globalisation and South Asian Insecurity, Indo-US Relations: A paradigm shift, Indo-US Nuclear Deal: A case study in Foreign Policy Making, Research and Research writing. He delivered lectures from 2-03-2009 to 6.03.2009. 2. Dr.G.P.Rama Chandra, Former Professor and Director, School of International Relations and Politics,Mhatma Gandhi University,Kottayam delivered lectures on the following topic:-US involvement in Iraq, Impact of US involvement in Afghanistan, American Strategies and interventions in Iran, Russia as a counterveiling force against US, Chinese challenge to American hegemony, The NPT and the world order,CTBT and WMD:Issues and Challenges, Human Security and Gobalisation,European Union and ASEAN, Militant Movements in Asia, Militant Movements in Africa, Challenges of National Security, Nehru’s Vision of International Peace, Nehru and the Non Aligned Movement,Nehru’s Policy towards China, Nehru and the Making of India’s Foreign Policy,Nehru’s Vision on Indo-Pak Relations, Nehru’s Policy Towards Disarmament, China’s Leadership in SCO, Nehru and Democracy in the Cold War setting. He delivered lectures from7-03-2009 to 19.03.2009.
3. Rtd Prof.Dr.Y.Rafeek Ahammad, Banglore University delivered lectures on the following topic:-International Relations: Developments and the discipline in 21st Century, Super Power and International Politics, US as a super power and counterveiling forces, Terrorism: Traditional and New Terrorism, Religion&Terrorism, State Terrorism, Machiavelli: A critique, Hobbes: State of Nature and Law of Nature,Locke:State of Nature and Defence of Property, Rousseau on Social Contractualists and General Will. He delivered lectures from16-03-2009 to 21.03.2009. 4. Prof.R.L.M.Patil(Rtd), Bangalore University delivered lectures on the following topic:-Constitution Making: Concepts and structure, Electoral Reforms: Recall and NOTA,Coalition compulsions and candidates qualifications, Political Philosophy of Green,U.S.Foreign Policy Making, Arms race, Arms Control and Disarmament, NPT,CTBT and US-India Nuclear Energy Treaty,Pakistan:State and Society, Nehru’s Foreign Policy. He delivered lectures from15-03-2009 to 21.03.2009. 5. Prof.Dr.H.M.Rajashekara,UGCEmeritusProfessor,Department of Political Science, My sore University delivered lectures on the following topic:-Basic Structures of the Indian Constitution, functioning of Indian Parliament, Unique Features of Indian Federalism, Centre-state relations in India, Election Commission &Electoral System, Electoral Reforms in India. He delivered lectures from14-09-2009 to 16.09.2009. 6. Dr.W.Lawrence S. Prabhakar, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Madras Christian College delivered lectures on the following topic:-Trends and Transformation of India’s Foreign Policy, India’s Grand strategy vis-a vis USA and China, India’s Engagement with southeast Asia, India and the Asia-Pacific Security Architecture, Rising Powers: India and China in the New century, India and the Global Nuclear Order, India, Indian Ocean and Maritime security of the Asia-Pacific, India and the Challenges of weapons of Mass Destruction proliferation, Changing interests and issues on India’s foreign policy. He delivered lectures from14-09-2009 to 16.09.2009. 7. Dr.Rekha Choudhary, Department of Political Science, Jammu University delivered lectures on the following topic:-Historical Background to Kashmir Problem, Nehruvian Policy on Kashmir, Conflict Situation in Kashmir: External and Internal Dimensions, Militancy and separations in Jammu and Kashmir, Human Right Violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Religion &Politics in India with special reference to Jammu&Kashmir, Nation Building and the changing models of nationalism. She delivered lectures from14-09-2009 to 18.09.2009. 8. Dr.S.S.Patagundi,Professor, Department of Political Science, Karnatac University,Dharwad delivered lectures on the following topic:-Changing Role of Nation States in a Globalised World, Foreign Policy process with Special reference to India, International Relations-Theory, Significance of Analysis in Research, Role of Theory in International Studies and Politics, Theory and Practice of International politics. He delivered lectures from23-09-2009 to 25.09.2009. 9. Dr.M.J.Vinod, Professor, Department of Political Science,Banglore University delivered lectures on the following topic:-Changing Dimensions of security in the age of globalization: Implications for Regional cooperation in South Asia, India China Maritime Rivalry: Issues and Trends, US Pakistan Relations:ContemporaryIssues&Trends,US-Non proliferation policy towards South Asia, India-East Asia Relations, European Integration: Challenges of Integration. He delivered lectures from24-09-2009 to 26.09.2009. 10. Dr.Vamshicharan,Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Hyderabad University delivered lectures on the following topic:-Das Capital-Volume I(An Introduction), Das Capital-volume-II&III(An Introduction), Global economic Crisis Towards Marxian understanding,Doesclasscount?Indianperspective,Inequaliy and class structure India and China, Indian Political Economy. He delivered lectures from24-09-2009 to 26.09.2009. The fourth Seminar organized by the Nehru Studies Centre held on December 13-14 2010 on Energy Security in India. Various scholars from different universities and other related institutions presented papers regarding the topic Energy Security in India on two days. They were :- Dr.Ram Mohan, TERI, New Delhi, Nuclear Energy Development in India: An Answer to Energy Insecure Country, Dr. N. K Jha,Pondicherry University:-India’s Quest for Energy Security: Diplomatic Options,Dr. Lawrence Prabhakar Williams Madras Christian College:-India’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle: The Energy Dimension, Dr.Joseph Antony, FMN College, Kollam India’sSearchforEnergySecurity:ACaseofIndiaChinasenergy,Dr.P.V.Unnikrishnan,Member,State Planning Board,Trivandrum,Energy Security:Strategies for Kerala. M.P Parameswaram, Kerala Shastra Sahitya Parishad:-Trivandrum Energy Issue and Environmental Problems in Kerala Dr. A.D. Damodaran, RRL, Trivandrum:-Nuclear Energy, Not Energy Security. Veena Aggarwal, TERI, and New Delhi:-Energy Governance at Domestic Level, Dr. Ninan Koshy, Social Activist and Foreign Policy Expert, Trivandrum:-Political Dimensions of Energy Security, Amb: T. P. Sreenivasan: - Politics of Nuclear Energy, Dr. Sudha Mahalingam, Member, PNGRB, NewDelhi:-Roleof Nuclear Energy in India’s Energy Security, V.K. Damodaran EMC, Trivandrum:-Policy Imperatives for Ensuring Energy Security C.M.A. Nayar, Management Consultant, Trivandrum:-India’s Power Scenario in 2040: Opportunities and Challenges, Dr. Rupak Jyoti Borah, Manipal University:-India’s Nuclear Cooperation with NSG Members.
Visiting Faculty 2010-2011 1. Professor.K.Srinivasulu, Department of Political science, Osmania University,Hyderabad delivered lectures on the following topic:-Terms of Nationalist Discourse in Post Independent India, Gramsci’s Political Thought, Theory Building in Social Science Research .He delivered lectures from 11.10.2010 to 13.10.2010. 2. Prof.Himanshu Roy, Associate Professor,DDU College, Delhi University delivered lectures on the following topic:-European Renaissance and Post Colonial Nehruvian Modernity, Secularism in India, Federalism and the Role of Business in India,Gandhiji’s philosophy and its contemporary Relevance He delivered lectures from 11.10.2010 t0 14.10.2010. 3.Dr.Ashuthosh Kumar,Professor,Department of Political Science, Arts Block IV,Panjab University,Chandigarh delivered lectures on the following topic:-Democracy in India:A critical Assessment, New Economic Policies:Implications for Indian Federalism,Electoral Politics in Indian States:Emerging Trends, Politics of Autonomy:A Case Study ofKashmir&Punjab,ElectoralPoliticsinPunjab&Haryana:19662009,BuildingaHypothesis,Regionalism,Party System and Federal Party in India:Emerging Trends. He delivered lectures from 22.11.2010 t027.11.2010. 4. Dr.N.K.Jha.Professor, Pondicherri University delivered lectures on the following topic:-India’s Energy Dipolmacy, SAARC and India, India’s Nuclear Doctrina, India’s quest for Energy Security: Diplomatic Options. He delivered lectures from 13.12.2010 t0 14.12.2010.