Tuesday, 27 March 2012

JAMMU UNIVERSITY AND WHITE KNIGHT CORPS TO HOLD SEMINAR ON AFGHANISTAN DYNAMICS

JAMMU: Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu and White Knight Corps are jointly conducting a two day Seminar on ‘Afghanistan Dynamics at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University on 29-30 March 12. 

The seminar would be graced by eminent strategists and luminaries and would generate discourses on present situation in Afghanistan. It would start with the Inaugural Address by Lt Gen Balbir Pama, SM, Chief of Staff Northern Command. The key note address is being delivered by Ambassador KC Singh. Prof MPS Ishar, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Jammu University would preside over the inaugural session.

Among the other eminent speakers are Ambassador MK Bhadrakumar, Dr SS Bloeria, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Central University, Prof GN Khaki and Prof Nisar Ali from Kashmir University, Prof Gulshan Dietl from JNU and many senior army officers.

The Seminar is spanned over four sessions followed by a round table. On the first day, subjects like political situation, resurgence of Taliban, role of India and other regional countries in Afghan nation building would be discussed. The next day starting with fourth session of the Seminar would deliberate over implications of impending US withdrawal from Afghanistan. The round table at the end would discuss India’s policy options.

Entry to the seminar is by invitation for which Dr Mohd Monir Alam, Director, Department of Strategic and Regional Studies, University of Jammu (Mobile No: 9419233928) may be contacted.




SCHEDULE OF WK

S No
Event
Duration
Time
Day 1 - 29 Mar 2012 (Thursday)

1.

Welcome Address by Director DSRS, Jammu University

0930h – 0940h

10 min
2.
Inaugural Address by  GOC-in-C Northern Command
0940h – 1000h
20 min
3.
Presidential Address by Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu
1000h – 1015h
15 min
4.
Key Note Address by Shri KC Singh
1015h – 1045h
30 min
5.
Vote of Thanks by GOC CIF (D)
1045h – 1055h
10 min
Tea Break (1055h-1120h)
Session - I
Mapping Internal Dynamics of Afghanistan
Moderator : Mr KC Singh
1.
Calling of Panelists & Bio Data 
1120h-1125h
5 min
2.
Opening Remarks by Moderator
1125h-1130h
5 min
3.
Lt Gen (Retd) PC Katoch, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SC
Political Instability : Drug Economy, Weapons Flow and Ethnic Rivalry
1130h-1150h
20 min
4.
Prof GN Khaki
Understanding Taliban: Rise, Decline and Resurgence
1150h-1210h
20 min
5.
Dr SS Bloeria
Pak-Afghan Relations : Lessons from History
1210h – 1230h
20 min
6.
Panel Discussion & Q A Session
1230h-1250h
20 min
7.
Concluding Remarks by  Moderator
1250h-1255h
5 min
8.
Presentation of Mementoes
1255h-1300h
5 min
Lunch (1300h-1400h)

Session- II
Afghanistan Nation-Building : Compulsions and Imperatives
Moderator :  AVM (Retd) Kapil Kak, AVSM, VSM
1.
Calling of Panelists & Bio Data 
1400h-1405h
5 min
2.
Opening Remarks by Moderator
1405h-1410h
5 min
3.
Prof Nisar Ali
Nation Building and   Economic Rehabilitation in Afghanistan
1410h-1430h
20 min
4.
Maj Gen Surinder Singh, SM, VSM
Afghan National Army and Police : Challenges Ahead
1430h-1450h
20 min
5.
Maj Gen NRK Babu
HRD and Infrastructure Development : India’s Contribution
1450h -1510h
20 min
6.
Panel Discussion & Q  A Session
1510h - 1530h
20 min
7.
Concluding Remarks by Moderator
1530h - 1535h
5 min
8.
Presentation of Mementoes
1535h – 1540h
5 min
Tea Break (1540h-1600h)






S No
Event
Duration
Time
Session-III
Afghanistan in a New Strategic Context
Moderator :  Maj Gen (Retd) Dipankar Banerjee, AVSM
1.
Calling of Panelists & Bio Data
1600h-1605h
5 min
2.
Opening Remarks by Moderator
1605h-1610h
5 min
3.
Ambassador MK Bhadrakumar
Russia, CAR and China : Stakes in Afghanistan and Strategies
1610h-1630h
20 min
4.
Lt Gen (Retd) Mukesh Sabharwal, PVSM, AVSM**, VSM
US Policy in Af-Pak Region : Emerging Contours
1630h-1650h
20 min
5.
Prof Gulshan Dietl
Iran-Saudi Arabia Standoff : Prospective Implications for Afghanistan
1650h-1710h
20 min
6.
Maj Gen Rakesh Sharma, AVSM, VSM
Pakistan’s Leverages and Strategic Designs in Afghanistan
1710h-1730h
20 min
7.
Panel Discussion & Q A Session
1730h-1750h
20 min
8.
Concluding Remarks by  Moderator
1750h-1755h
5 min
9.
Presentation of Mementoes
1755h-1800h
5 min
Day 2 - 30 Mar 2012 (Friday)

Session-IV
US Withdrawal: Implications for India
Moderator :  Lt Gen (Retd) Mukesh Sabharwal, PVSM, AVSM**, VSM
1.
Calling of Panelists & Bio Data
0930h-0935h
5 min
2.
Opening Remarks by Moderator
0935h-0940h
5 min
3.
AVM (Retd) Kapil Kak, AVSM, VSM
US Withdrawal : Implications for Regional and Extra-Regional Strategic Environment
0940h-1000h
20 min
4.
Shri Sushant Sareen
India-Pakistan Conflict  and Cooperation in Afghan
1000h-1020h
20 min
5.
Maj Gen (Retd) Dipankar Banerjee, AVSM
Impact of US Withdrawal on Proxy War in J&K : Ominous Portents
1020h-1040h
20 min
6.
Panel Discussion & Q A Session
1040h-1100h
20 min
7.
Concluding Remarks by  Moderator
1100h-1105h
5 min
8.
Presentation of Mementoes
1105h-1110h
5 min
Tea Break (1110h-1130h)

Round Table
Afghanistan Imbroglio : Options for India
Moderator :  Dr SS Bloeria
Participants

1.         Ambassador MK Bhadrakumar
2.         Maj Gen Rakesh Sharma
3.         AVM (Retd) Kapil Kak
4.         Lt Gen (Retd) Mukesh Sabharwal
5.         Prof Gulshan Dietl
1130h-1250h
1hr    20 min
Closing Remarks
1250h-1300h
10 min
Lunch (1300h-1400h)