USI conducted an internship programme for the students of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar and O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) from 04 June to 03 July 2018 at USI. A selected number of students from Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia and Miranda House, University of Delhi also participated in the programme. USI has signed a MoU with Jindal School of International Affairs, OP Jindal Global University in 2014. USI has also conducted a workshop for the students Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar, Gujarat at USI on 06 April 2018.
A group of 14 students from both undergraduate and post graduate courses participated in the one month internship programme. The programme was designed to acquaint participants with contemporary national / international strategic affairs, national security issues, foreign policy and research methodology.
The students attended a capsule comprising of lectures on topics like India’s internal security, South Asia, West Asia, Cyber, Nuclear and Maritime security delivered by eminent scholars. During the internship, students also participated in Seminars, Round Table Discussions. They were encouraged to write for USI website/Blog. They also participated in a syndicate discussion on Jammu & Kashmir, where the students were divided into four groups, each group discussing a major issue related to J&K. The best syndicate was given a prize. The internship ended with the paper presented by students in front of a panel of experts. The panel gave valuable inputs, which enriched their papers.
Significantly, the best few papers would be a part of an upcoming book to be published jointly by USI-Christ University. In 2017, USI in collaboration with Christ University had published a book titled “India and its Emerging Foreign Policy Challenges,” in which 12 articles were selected from the research papers submitted by the students.
The internship programme concluded on 03 July 2018, with the presentation of certificates and closing remarks by Maj Gen BK Sharma, AVSM, SM** (Retd), Dy Director (Research), USI.