Establishment of Centres for Polish Studies in Manipal and Calcutta

Institute of International Relations (University of Warsaw), Centre for Europe (University of Warsaw) and Polskie Towarzystwo Studiów Międzynarodowych (Polish International Studies Association), along with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Poland have created Centres for Polish and Central European Studies at Manipal University and University of Calcutta. The Letter of Intent was signed on 25 February at Manipal University by professor Alojzy Z. Nowak (Pro Vice-Chancellor for research and cooperation, University of Warsaw), professor Piotr Kłodkowski (the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to India) and by professor Vinod Bhat (Pro Vice-Vhancellor, Manipal University).

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The joint project of IIR, CE, PTSM and Indian partners (Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University and Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, University of Calcutta) intends to introduce courses at both Indian universities on the issues of Polish economic transformation, foreign policy and security, as well as on international relations in Central Europe. The classes will we conducted by Polish scholars. Furthermore, joint seminars and conferences concerned with Indo-Polish relations will be organized. The aim of the centres is to promote Poland as well as to provide a platform for cooperation of scholars, businessmen and students from both countries. The project is supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in New Delhi and The Polish Institute in New Delhi.

The signing of the Letter was accompanied by lectures by professor Alojzy Nowak (on European Union in days of economic crisis) and by professor Edward Haliżak (on Polish-Asian relations). Additionally, seminars on academic cooperation between EU and India took place in Manipal and Calcutta. The representatives of University of Warsaw met also the Governor of West Bengal, Mayankote Kelath Narayanan, who expressed his support for the new initiative. During their stay in India prof. Nowak, prof. Haliżak and dr Zajączkowski met with the students of IIR, who are currently studying as guest students at universities in Manipal and Calcutta.

Finally, the visit resulted in signing Memoranda of Understanding with Jawaharlal Nehru University and with College of Commerce, University of Delhi. They allow IIR students to study at these Indian universities and are a basis for academic cooperation. Furthermore, the issue of establishing a Centre for Polish Studies at JNU was discussed with its authorities.

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