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Area Studies in Indian Universities

October 2, 1971 Area Studies in Indian Universities J A Naik IN most Western countries the academic community gets its due share in shaping the nations' foreign policies. For instance, according to newspaper reports, when President Nixon decided to review his Vietnam policy, the State Department was working in consultation with more than 100 academics who had specialised in related areas. What is the situation in India? Even if the Government had decided to bring academics into the picture at some stage for such a major foreign policy decision as that to have a defence alliance with Russia, what could it do? Where are the persons who can discuss Soviet affairs with specialised knowledge? In the whole of India there might be at the most three or four academics who have taken the trouble of specialising in Soviet studies; similarly, in the whole of the country there is only one centre for Soviet studies employing one specialist. This is how we arc approaching the task or encouraging study of an area which should be of the utmost importance to us.

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