PR Online Course

NIAS Online Certificate Course, 2020-21

Contemporary Pakistan

Internal Politics, Intra-Provincial interactions, Economy-Energy-Environment, Civil-Military Relations, Social Issues, Security and External Relations

Course Supervisor
Prof D. Suba Chandran

Pakistan Reader
Conflict Resolution and Peace Research (CRPR) Programme
School of Conflict and Security Studies
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
Indian Institute of Science Campus (IISc), Bangalore

D. Suba Chandran, PhD
Professor & Dean

International Strategic & Security Studies Programme
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
Indian Institute of Science Campus
Bangalore-560012, INDIA

Name of School:
Conflict and Security Studies

Subject/ discipline:

Course title:
Contemporary Pakistan

Level of course:
Postgraduate, MPhil, PhD

Name of the instructor:
Prof D. Suba Chandran

Probable starting date and schedule/ timings
From Sep 2020, Saturdays (1500-1700 hrs)

Program Description
Pakistan Reader (PR) is an academic initiative within the Conflict Resolution and Peace Research (CRPR) Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore.

PR aims to study contemporary Pakistan with a comprehensive and regular focus, build a team of young scholars within India, and create a network of global scholars across the world.

Course Description
The course is centred around studying Pakistan, as it is, through comprehensive and inclusive coverage of social, economic, energy, ethnic and political spheres. The course will attempt to study Pakistan without ideological bias and political affiliation and attempt to follow its current trajectories.

The course will look at Pakistan in its complex whole. The focus will be on contemporary Pakistan covering from Khunjerab to Gwadar, from Lollywood to Cricket, from gender to minorities, and from modernity to conservatism. The course will also focus on the demographic trends, educational situation, radicalization process and the social fabric.

The course will look at the strategic location of Pakistan, and the contemporary policy pursuits, especially vis-a-vis Afghanistan, China, US and the Middle East.

Course Structure
This course will be taught mostly online over a duration of two semesters.

Regular and Guest Lectures:
Regular lectures will be conducted every Saturdays (1500-1700 hrs). Besides the primary syllabus, there will be distinguished guest lectures by senior scholars from within India, from Pakistan, and outside.

Student Seminars & Assignments: The students are expected to make presentations every Wednesdays (1600-1730 hrs). Also, the students will be assigned weekly assignments. The assignments once approved, will be converted into publications. The final product of the assignments will be published as commentaries/briefs depending on the length.

The objective of the above Student seminars is to improve the presentation and writing skills of the students.

Weeklong residential course:
Depending on the availability of funds, the course at the end will have a week-long residential workshop at NIAS. Senior analysts of Pakistan in India, retired diplomats/officials who have served in Pakistan will be invited to provide lectures during the workshop.

Two months internship: The course will offer a two months internship to a select few at the end of the course.

Prepare a lengthy report, under the supervision of a senior scholar The course will also offer an opportunity for the students to work on a lengthy report (8000-10000 words), under the supervision of a senior scholar. The report will be peer reviewed and published subsequently, once approved.

The focus of the course will be on Contemporary Pakistan. The course will cover the following subjects:
• Internal Politics
• Intra-Provincial interactions
• Economy
• Energy
• Environment, mainly Water
• Civil-Military relations
• Social Issues
• Security
• External Relations

Course Completion Requirements
To qualify to receive the course completion certificate, the student must meet the following requirements.

Reports to be submitted: 1-2
& Open Presentations: 1-2
Open presentations will be based on the draft reports prepared by the Students.

Short Commentaries to be published: 12-15
(Commentaries will be finalised, after an initial inhouse presentations as a part of the class activities. The draft commentaries will be discussed in a student seminar; revised and accepted commentaries will be published in the Pakistan Reader - www.pakistanreader.org).
Every student, during the second part of the course will be requested to focus on a particular theme

The course mandates a 75 per cent attendance for those wishing to receive the completion certificate to be issued at the end of the course

NIAS Certificate
On completion of the course, the students will receive a course completion certificate by the Institute.

Learning Outcomes
• Understanding of Pakistan: By the end of the course, students would be acquainted with a substantive and comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues in Pakistan. Students would also have developed a broadened and in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities Pakistan faces.
• Interaction with leading scholars: The students will get exposed to the teaching by senior scholars with academic and diplomatic background from India and outside.
• Become a part of Pakistan Network: The students will get opportunity to interact and also become a part of a network that the Institute is trying to create on Pakistan Reader (PR), NIAS
• Presentation Skills: The students will improve their presentation skills.
• Writing Skills: The students will get adequate training to write.
• Publishing Opportunities: The students will also get opportunities to publish – short commentaries and Reports.

The minimum eligibility for the intake of this course is that candidate should either be an enrolled Post Graduate Student or have completed postgraduation. The course is opened to student/ scholars from any field.

How to apply?
Write to Prof D. Suba Chandran, Course Supervisor before 30 August 2020, with the following:
• Rationale
• Areas of Interest in Pakistan.
• Recommendation letter by the Head of the Department/Supervisor/Director Email your application and recommendation letters directly to pakistanreader@nias.res.in , with a cc to subachandran@gmail.com.