School of International Studies

Department of South and Central Asian Studies

The evolving connotation of South and Central Asian region as a ‘transformation driver’ has irresistibly driven not only the great powers to reconsider their strategic and economic priorities, but also a major realm of academia to review the previous drift of learning. Such a challenging task has been undertaken by CUPB in the form of a specialized Department of South and Central Asian Studies. The department being the founding pillar among the departments under School of International Studies is unique and innovative in its focus and is committed to cutting edge research. The department seeks to promote, conduct and disseminate interdisciplinary studies in the key areas of South and Central Asian history and Archaeology, Culture and society, polity, economy, geopolitics, and the environment. The historical and contemporary connections between the two regions alongside multiple forms of exchange among them always attract scholars to explore the region. With a firm emphasis on research based learning and knowledge creation, the department brings all aspects relating to the region under the academic purview. The department is in the process of expansion with the experienced four faculties having a commendable publication record and research experience. Over the years, the centre has received four research grants of 20 lakh rupees. The department is devoted to promoting and strengthening inter-regional and intra-regional ties among South and Central Asian region.

Faculty

  1. Dr. Bawa Singh, Associate Professor & HOD
  2. Dr. Nishtha Kaushiki, Assistant Professor
  3. Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma, Assistant Professor
  4. Dr. Manabhanjan Meher, Assistant Professor

Academic Programmes Offered

  1. MA in Political Science
  2. M.Phil.in South and Central Asian Studies
  3. Ph.D. in South and Central Asian Studies

Syllabi

 List of Ongoing Projects

  1. Singh, B. and Kaur, S. Role of SAARC: Geostrategic and Geo-economic Perspective, Funded by ICSSR, New Delhi (Rs. 7 Lac)(2014-16).
  2. Singh, B. Mapping of Maritime Security Concerns for South Asia: Contextualizing Indian Concerns and Strategy, funded by Research Seed Money Programme, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (Rs. 1.5 Lac)(2014-16)
  3. Kaushiki, Nishtha. The Great Rebalancing and Emerging Triangular Dynamics of India, China, and Japan: An Analysis, funded by Research Seed Money Programme, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (Rs. 1.5 Lac)(2014-16).
  4. Rao, Vinay Kumar. The Sculptural Art of Eastern India and its Influence on Sculptural Art of Arākān, Major Research Project funded by University Grant Commission, New Delhi, for duration of three years (Rs 10, 18000.00),(2015-18).

Departmental Research Supervision

Ph. D in South and Central Asian Studies

S. No Name of Student Name of the Thesis Supervisor Status
1 AmandeepKaur
CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2011-12/08
India and Central Asian Republics Economic Cooperation: An Analysis of Problems and Potentials Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded September 2018
2 Mansoor Lone
CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2012-13/06
China and the Indian Ocean: Navigating India’s Challenges and Reciprocation Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded September 2018
3 Parvaiz Ahmad Thokar CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2012-13/10 Changing Contours of Balance of Power in Asia-Pacific: India’s Paradoxes and Pragmatism Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded September 2018
4 Bhupinder Singh
CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2012-13/11
British India in World War I & II: Historicizing the Punjab’s Military Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded September 2018
5 Sandeep Singh
CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2012-13/13
Eurasia in India's Energy Diplomacy: Exploring the Emerging Equations in the 21st Century Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded 26 August, 2019
6 MudasirMubarik
CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2011-12/05
Locating Russia in the Emerging Geopolitics of Central Asia: Re-imaging India’s Challenges and Options Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded 26 August, 2019
7 Nitesh Patel
19phdsca01
Synopsis yet to be approved Dr. Bawa Singh Ongoing
8 PriyaGauttam
19phdsca02
Synopsis yet to be approved Dr. Bawa Singh Ongoing
9 Anu Sonia CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2009-10/06 Socio-Legal Dimensions of Domestic Violence against Women: A Field Experience of Malwa and Doaba Regions of Indian Punjab Dr. Nishtha Kaushiki Awarded
2016
10 GhulamMohiudin CUPB/MPH-PhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/09 Post 9/11 Triangular Dynamics of US-Pakistan and China: A Strategic Perspective Dr. Nishtha Kaushiki Awarded
2018
11 HilalRamzan
CUPB/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/02
Post-9/11 Sino-Russo Entente: Reshaping the Asian Security Dynamics and Challenges for India Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded
2019
12 ManpreetKaur CUPB/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/08 Socio-Psychological Problems of Working Women in Service Sector: Field Study of Mansa and Sri Muktsar Sahib Districts of Punjab Dr. Nishtha Kaushiki Awarded
2019
13 Noushadali .K. CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/19 Repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees from Tamil Nadu, India: Contextualising Options and Challenges Dr. Nishtha Kaushiki Submitted
2020
14 Kovid Kumar
CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2010-11/03
Human Trafficking and Its Consequences: South Asian Experience though Indian Punjab Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded (2018)
15 Dinesh Bassi
CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2010-11/04
Role of Fourth Estate in Shaping Public Opinion: A Comparative Analysis of Print Media Representation on Punjab Militancy 1980-1984 Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded (2018)
16 Shiv Kumar
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-
14/12
Emerging Security Architecture in the Indo-Pacific Region: A study from Indian Perspective Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded (2020)
17 ShabazHussain Shah
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-
14/07
Post-Cold War Power Politics in South Asia: Introspecting indo Russian Relation. Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Submitted (2019)
18 Abdul RoufBhat
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-
14/05
Post-2001 India-Afghanistan Relations Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Ongoing
19 Davinderpal Singh
15phdsca01
India in Post-Kyoto Global Climate Change Governance Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Ongoing
20 RaghavendraPratapKushwaha
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-
14/14
India and the Emerging Energy Governance in Central Asia Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Ongoing
21 ManinderjitSingh CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2010-11/02            Military Geography and Transformational Trajectory of Punjab (1849-1947): An Appraisal. Dr. Kiran K. Singh 2019

M. Phil Research

S. No Name of Student Name of the Thesis Supervisor Status
1 MohamadArif Mir (CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2011-12/02)-2013 Nuclearisation in South Asia: The China Factor. Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
2 Mansoor Ahmad Lone (CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2012-13/06)- 2014 China’s Strategic Foray in South Asia: Contextualizing India’s Concerns Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
3 Pervaiz Ahmad Thoker (CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2012-13/10)-2014 The New Great Game in Central Asia: India’s Interests and Challenges. Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
4 MudassirGhulam (CUPB/MPh- PhD/SGR/ SCA/2012-13/05). Democratic Transformation in South Asia: Emerging Trends Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
5 Niraj Kumar (CUPB/MPH-PHD/SGR/SCA/2013- 14/02) IBSA in a New Regional Architecture: Role of India Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
6 Abdul RoufBhat (CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/05) Post -2014 Afghanistan: An Analysis of Regional Implications and Reciprocation. Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
7 ShabazHussain Shah (CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/07) Changing Dynamics of China Nepal Relations: Mapping India’s Concerns. Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
8 KambleAbitodhanBaburao (CUPB/M.Phil.-Ph.D./SGR/SCA/2013- 14/22) Caste and Gender Discrimination in India: Comparative Analysis of B. G. Tilak Verses Mahatma JyotibaPhule. Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
9 Rupinder Singh (CUPB/MPh/SGR/SCA/2015-16/09) Nepal’s Constitutional Crisis of 2015: A Madhesi Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
10 Vikramjeet Singh (CUPB/MPh/SGR/SCA/2015-16/10) Militarization of South China Sea: Reconnoitring of India’s Reciprocation. Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
11 Balinder Singh CUPB/MPh/SGR/SCA/2015-16/08 Politics of Ethnic Conflict in Bhutan: A Nepalese Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Awarded
12 MudasirMubarik Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation: 1991-2011 Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded June 2013
13 HilalRamzan
CUPB/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/02
Obama’s Asia Pivot Policy: Implications for India Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded July 2014
14 GhulamMohiuddin China-Pakistan Strategic Relationship: Implications for South Asia Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded June 2014
15 ManpreetKaur
CUPB/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/08
Women’s Exploitation in Contemporary South Asia: Field Experience of Child Marriage in Bathinda District Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded February 2014
16 Shiv Kumar
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/12
The Great Rebalancing: Changing Security Architecture in Asia and its implications for India Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded July 2015
17 CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/
2013-14/
Geopolitical Significance of Kashmir’s Accession: An Analysis of Dogra Rule Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded July 2015
18 YassirNazir
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/23
India and Pakistan in post 2001 Afghanistan: A Gathering Storm Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded July 2015
19 AmanpreetKaur
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/11
Emerging Energy Geopolitics of Iran and Pakistan: Prospects and Challenges for India Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded July 2015
20 Raghavendra P. Kushwaha
CUPB/Mph-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/14
Sino-Indian Maritime Competition in Indian Ocean: An Analysis Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded April 2016
21 Shah SajadHussain Baba
CUPB/MPH/SGR/SCA/2014-15/06
Pakistan’s Rising Geo-Strategic Relevance in South Asia: An Insight into Post 9/11 Changing Equilibrium Dr. NishthaKaushiki AwardedJune 2016
22 Hardeep Singh
CUPB/MPh/SGR/SCA/2014-15/02
“One Belt, One Road” Policy: Interpreting the Past and Present Beijing’s Geostrategic Policies Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded April 2017
23 Gurjant Singh
CUPB/MPh/SGR/SCA/2014-15/13
Changing Paradigm of India’s Counter Terrorism Policy: An Analysis Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded April 2017
24 KatariAkhilesh Kumar
15mphsca07
Saudi Arabia –Pakistan Relations: Strategic Perspectives on the Role of Major Powers Dr. NishthaKaushiki Awarded August 2017
25 Besakh Singh
CUPB/Mph/SGR/SCA/2014-
15/11
Pakistan and Russia Relationship: Changing Dynamics in the Post-Cold War Era Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded (2016)
26 Gitesh Kumar
15mphsca05
Political and Economic Cooperation between India and Uzbekistan, 1991-2015 Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded (2017)
27 SandeepKaur
15mphsca01
The Politics of Water in India: An Evaluation of National Water Policy Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded (2017)
28 Hushiar Singh
15mphsca03
Neoliberal Politics: A Study of Restructuring of the Indian State Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded (2018)
29 Manish Kumar
15mphsca12
The Post-Cold War Global Politics: A Study of India’s Role in Nonaligned Movement Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Awarded
30 GurpreetKaur Foreign Direct Investment In South Asia: Trends And Prospects Dr. SandeepKaur Awarded
31 Rajbir Singh Violation of Human Rights of Women in South
Asia: A Case Study of Punjab 1978-1992
Dr. SandeepKaur Awarded
32 JaspreetKaur Indo-Kazakhstan Trade: Trends and Prospects in
the post-Cold War era
Dr. SandeepKaur Awarded
33 Anu Sonia India’s Relations with Turkmenistan Dr. SandeepKaur Awarded
34 Gurvinder Singh Problems of Land Acquisition: A Case Study of
Gobindpura, District Mansa (Punjab)
Dr. SandeepKaur Awarded
35 AmandeepKaur India’s Trade with Six EU Countries: Trends and
Patterns
Dr. SandeepKaur Awarded
36 Swati Raikhy
(Reg. No. CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/ 2011-12/04)
Indian Ocean: a Life - Line for South Asia” Dr. Kiran K. Singh  Awarded October 2013.
37   Mairu
Reg. No. CUP/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2011-12/06
Women’s Participation in Politics and Local Governance Dr. Kiran K. Singh Awarded October 2013.
38 AmandeepKaur
Reg. No. CUPB/MPhPhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/03
Water Consumption Pattern in Households of Urban South Asia: A Study of Bathinda
City
Dr. Kiran K. Singh Awarded October 2014.
39 MohdHussainNaik
Reg. No. CUPB/MPhPhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/04
Transboundary Implications of Damming River Brahmaputra and Response of Indian
Government
Dr. Kiran K. Singh Awarded October 2014
40 Gaurav Kumar
Reg. No. CUPB/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2012-13/16
Public Transport and Mobility in Urban South Asia (A Study of Bathinda City)  Dr. Kiran K. Singh Awarded October 2014
41 Kuldip Singh
Reg. No. CUPB/MPH-PHD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/13
Hydro politics and emerging conflicts: A study of Central Asian water complexities Dr. Kiran K. Singh Awarded 2015
42 Noushadali K Reg. No. CUPB/MPhPhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/19 Ethno-Nationalism in Sri Lanka: Its Political Implications on Indo-Sri Lanka Bilateral
Relations
Dr. Kiran K. Singh Awarded 2015
43 Amandeep Singh
CUPB/MphPhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/18
Water in South Asia: Source of Conflict or Cooperation (A Study of Interstate Water
Disputes in India
Dr. Kiran K. Singh Awarded 2015
44 GopaleAmarnath
CUPB/MPh-PhD/SGR/SCA/2013-14/04
Naxalism and Development Challenges in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra Dr. Kiran K. Singh September 2016
45 Bilal Ahamad Lone   CUPB/MPh-/SGR/SCA/2014-15/05 Youth Unemployment and Employment (A study of skill based youth employment initiatives in India) Dr. Kiran K. Singh September 2016
46 Meenakshi
CUPB/MPH/SGR/SCA/2014-15/01
Depiction of Jataka in Art of Madhya Desha and Andhra Region: A Comparative Study of Artistic Elements in Sculptural Art Dr. Vinay Kumar Awarded August 2016
47 AvinashPratap Singh CUPB/MPH/SGR/SCA/2014-15/14 Depiction of Contemporary Society in Jatakas Dr. Vinay Kumar  
48 SurajPrakashUpadhyay
CUPB/MPH/SGR/SCA/2014-15/12
Development and Displacement: A Case study of DLF Project in Gurgaon Haryana, India Dr. Vinay Kumar Awarded August 2016
49 RadheyShyam Sharma
CUPB/MPH/SGR/SCA/2014-15/12
Topic Name- Livelihood pattern of tribal people in Chhattisgarh: A study of Indian forest policy Dr. Vinay Kumar Awarded August 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MA Projects

S. No Name of Student Name of the Thesis Supervisor Status
1 Zulfiqar Ahmed
15maplsc01
Indo-Nepal Relations in the 21st Century Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
2 JasvirKour
15maplsc02
SAARC in the 21st Century: A Lesson Form the European Union Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
3 Mansoor Ahmed
15maplsc03
The Role of Afghan Women in the Reconstruction Processes in Post-Talban Afghanistan Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
4 Khushdeep Singh
16maplsc02
India’s Neighbourhood Policy under NDA-II Government: A Maldivian Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
5 Gurmit Singh
16maplsc03
Rohingya Crisis: An Analysis of Indian Security Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
6 Arvind S
17maplsc09
Belt and Road Initiative: India’s National Security Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
7 Gurpreet Singh
17maplsc10
India and Central Asian Energy Cooperation Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
8 FazalUlRehman
17maplsc14
Role of India and SCO in Afghanistan: An Indian Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Completed
9 Gagandeep Singh
18maplsc06
Women’s Rights in Afghanistan: A Social Perspective Dr. Bawa Singh Ongoing
10 ArdraRasmin
18maplsc07
Socio-Political Apartheid of LGB in India: An Analysis Dr. Bawa Singh Ongoing
11 RajaniMol
18maplsc09
Trumps’s Nuclear Diplomacy: North Korea as a Geopolitical Faultline Dr. Bawa Singh Ongoing
12 KarampalKaur
18maplsc11
Women Sarpanch in Punjab: A Case Study of Blocks Sangat and Bathinda in Bathinda District Dr. Bawa Singh Ongoing
13 Ranvijay Singh Panwar
15maplsc06
Iran Iraq War and the Role of U.S. Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
June 2017
14 VedPrakashSaini
15maplsc07
Political Participation of Women in India Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
June 2017
15 MuzaffarHussain
15maplsc04
Post 9/11 China’s Strategic Engagement with Pakistan: An Assessment Dr. Nishtha Kaushiki Completed
June 2017
16 Neerudi Gopal
16maplsc04
Humanitarian Intervention and the Iraq Crisis: A Breach of International Law Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
May 2018
17 Hafiz Ikram
16maplsc05
The Geopolitics of Peace Process: A Case Study of Post 9/11 Afghanistan Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
May 2018
18 PriyaGauttam
17maplsc03
Sovereignty of States: Its Relevance in the Globalised World Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
May 2019
19 ShahidRaza
17maplsc06
Post 26/11 India’s Strategic Dealing with Pakistan: An Analysis Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
May 2019
20 Meetu Devi 17maplsc12 Objectification of Women in Entertainment Media and its Impacts Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
May 2019
21 Victor Sathyadas
17maplsc08
Marital Rape- Husband’s Privilege or Crime? Analysing through the Lens of Progressive Constitution Dr. NishthaKaushiki Completed
May 2019
22 Ajay Kumar
18maplsc05
Post 9/11 U.S. Strategic Manoeuvring in Afghanistan: An Analysis Dr. NishthaKaushiki Ongoing
23 Soorya K.
18maplsc07
Commercial Surrogacy in India: Ethical and Legal Perspectives Dr. NishthaKaushiki Ongoing
24 Donn George Varghese
18maplsc02
Iran’s Contemporary Geopolitical Resistance against American Hegemony: An Analysis Dr. NishthaKaushiki Ongoing
25 Mohd. Reza Farhang
18maplsc01
Effects of Polythink Syndrome on Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan, in Context of U.S. Parapolitics Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Ongoing
26 J. Uday Kumar
18maplsc03
Accountability and Transparency ensuring Good Governance in India Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Ongoing
27 UmmarMukhtar
18maplsc10
Role of Regional Political Parties in Indian Political Process Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Ongoing
28 Nitesh Patel
17maplsc04
Environmental Governance in India Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2019)
29 YadwinderKaur
17maplsc11
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA): Study of Multania and Jhumba Villages of Bathinda District, Punjab Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2019)
30 Feroz Ahmad
17maplsc02
India’s National Education Policy 1986: An Evaluation Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2019)
31 SarabjeetKaur
17maplsc01
Water Governance in India: A Case Study of Punjab Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2019)
32 Jitendra Kumar
16maplsc07
Politics of Social Movements in India: An Assessment of Chipko Movement and Narmada BachaoAndolan Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2018)
33 Husanpreet Singh
16maplsc08
Women’s Participation in Punchayati Raj Institution in India: A case study of Villages, BahadergarhJandian and RaikeKhurd of District Bathinda Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2018)
34 Adarsh Kumar
CUPB/MA-POL/SGR/SCA/2015-16/08
Evolution of Political Culture in India Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2017)
35 Mohammed Waseem
CUPB/MA-POL/SGR/SCA/2015-16/09
The United Nations Security Council Reforms Dr. Sudheer Singh Verma Completed (2017)