The Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research is the first such research centre on the North East to be set up in a Central University. The earlier premises, located at the MMAJ Academy of International Studies, were inaugurated by the then Human Resource Development Minister Dr MM Pallam Raju in 2013. It was formally cleared by the Academic Council as an independent research centre in 2012.
Its larger vision is to play the role of a leading research and resource centre on North East India for the academic community, professionals and policy-makers on key issues before the region and its neighbourhood as well as to create a bridge between field and policy, between the North East and the rest of India.
The Centre is committed to the key issues of gender and discrimination; peace and conflict; human rights; ethnicity and identity politics; migration and transnationalism; governance; development and livelihood issues; water, environment and climate change; the North East and its peripheral areas and India’s Look East Policy.
The Centre seeks to achieve its objectives through workshops, seminars, lectures, research collaborations and cultural events as well as research, publications and extensive dissemination. The Centre has had a positive beginning which will enable it to chart a substantial course in North East India Studies, while also tapping the potential for collaborative research.
The research focus includes migration and transnationalism; gender and discrimination; conflict and livelihood issues; ethnicity and identity politics; water, environment and climate change; North East India and its peripheral areas; traditional institutions and India’s Look East Policy.
The Centre has collection of over 1,000 books as well as magazines, Annual Reports of various government and developmental agencies, and regional newspapers. The library is consulted by scholars from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and others. Scholars from universities in Europe including Berlin, Mainz, SOAS, US, Hong Kong, Japan and others have visited it. It is open to the Jamia community and others interested in the North East and in the Centre’s activities from 10.00 am-5.00 pm, except weekends and Jamia holidays.
Research carried out in a number of areas has generated papers that have come out in books and journals. We have important publications covering wide range of contemporary issues of North East India. It has been organizing important lectures and bridge building Cultural Events including an Annual North East Cultural Day, the Dr Saifuddin Kitchlew Annual Lecture Series, International Conferences, National Seminars, Film Festivals, Quiz on North East India, Talks etc.