Special lectures for the Academic Year 2019-2020

News UMISARC, pondicherry - 4th November 2019

UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute for South Asian Reginal Cooperation (UMISARC) organized  special lecture series on "Contours of Humanitarianism, Security and Cooperation in South Asia: Case Of Sri Lankan Refugees" by Dr. K. M Parivelan (Chairperson & Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai) at UMISARC, Pondicherry University  on 30th October '2019. The speaker discussed the contemporary refugee crisis around the world with special focus on South Asia, the lack of a legal framework for refugees in South Asia and the case of Sri Lankan refugees. He also shared incidents from his past experience of working with UNHCR. This discussion was a productive event appreciated by the students and faculty at UMISARC.

The UMISARC community also celebrated the birthday of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on 15th October '2019 with great joy by organising a blood donation camp with the support of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry. We are glad to inform you that two female students from Sri Lanka donated their blood and students from other South Asian Countries also participated in the blood donation program. This enshrines the strength of people-to-people connection amid the South Asian countries.


Panel for Organising Special lectures for the Academic Year 2019-2020-Odd/Even Semester


UMISARC- Special Lecture Series

Serial No:

Name of the Speaker

  Broad Area of Speech



Ambassador Mrs. Sujata Mehta (Retd)

Member, UPSC, New Delhi.


Vision & Mission of Ambassador Madanjeet Singh & Regional Cooperation in South Asia



Ambassador Shri J S Mukul (Retd)

Dean, Foreign Services Institute of India 



Multilateralism in South Asia




Professor Bidyut Chakrabarty

Vice Chancellor,

Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. 



South Asian Politics & Scope for Cooperation




Lt Gen Arvinder Singh Lamba(Retd)

Vice Chief of Army Staff, Indian Army

President, IPCS, and Ex-Officio Member, IPCS Governing Council



Defence Cooperation in South Asia




Lt Gen K J Singh (Veteran)

State Information Commissioner & Former Army Commander

Panchkula, Haryana, India



Soft Power in South Asia



Prof. Shakti Sinha,


Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi


Cultural Diplomacy in South Asia




Panel for Organising Guest lectures for the Academic Year 2019-2020-Odd/Even Semester


Guest Lectures – UMISARC (Territory Based):


Mr.N.Sathitya Moorthy,

Observer Research Foundation, Chennai






Prof. V Suryanarayan,

Former Professor & Director,

Centre for South and South East Asian Studies, Madras University,

Chennai (Tamil Nadu)




Sri Lanka



Dr. W. Lawrence S. Prabhakar,

Associate Professor,

Department of Political Science,  Madras Christian College, Chennai, (India and Adjunct Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)




Indian Ocean Context




Prof. V. K. Padmanabhan

Former Professor & Director,

Centre for South and South East Asian Studies, Madras University,

Chennai (Tamil Nadu)



Pakistan and Bangladesh





Dr. Bernand D’Samy(Retd),

Head, Department of History,

Loyola College, Chennai


India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka




Dr. Parivelan K.M., 

Chairperson & Associate Professor,

Nodal Centre of Excellence for Human Rights Education &

Centre for Statelessness and Refugee Studies, School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance, Tata Institute of social Sciences, Mumbai.



Sri Lanka