Posted Date: 02 Aug, 2012
The scholarships were awarded in the field of Governance, Security and Justice in various universities across South Asia. The fellowships managed by SDPI and supported by IDRC Canada intend to produce highly skilled professionals, policy-makers, scholars and researchers in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The committee selected three fellows from India while one fellow was selected from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan each. The second round of fellowships would be awarded in December this year.
"We are excited and hopeful of building a robust program of supporting young graduate scholars over the next four years. I would also like to congratulate SDPI for taking this extremely challenging task forward" said Dr. Navsharan Singh.
Dr. Suleri said, there is dearth of quality research in social sciences in South Asia and SDPI is glad to host this initiative, which would help promote research on under-researched social issues and particularly the non-traditional security issues in South Asia.
The fellowship program, he said, has multifaceted broader objectives such as the promotion of intra region peace and harmony, and these scholars would serve as ambassadors of peace in their respected countries.
Dr. Vaqar said, the selected student's under the program would be provided short-term intensive training courses in research design, academic writing, field research, dissemination through advocacy and outreach. They will also be provided with opportunity to share their research findings during a multidisciplinary discourse, he added. (APP)