Centre For Afghanistan Studies

Located at the crossroads of South Asia and Central Asia, facing southwards from the Hindukush into the Indian sub-continent and looks down northwards into India’s extended neighbourhood. Afghanistan’s political geography has left a deep imprint not only on the regional geo-political calculus but is also mirrored in its diverse and complex socio-cultural tapestry.

Traditionally the India has had deep civilizational links with Afghanistan. The change in political geography of the region with the 1947 partition notwithstanding, India has maintained good political relations with the Afghan state. The only aberration thus far being the period of Taliban rule (1996-2001). India’s engagement with the country was stepped up after 2001 with the aim of contributing to international efforts to bring peace, stability and eventually resuscitating the country as a bridge between South and Central Asia. However intensified political and diplomatic engagement has not translated into a deeper socio-anthropological understanding of Afghan society, essential to evolving a sound policy prognosis.

The Centre for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) through its research intends to provide a window into complex yet fascinating dynamics shaping socio-cultural, geo-political and economic landscape of Afghanistan. CAS would contribute to cutting edge, policy oriented research on Afghanistan and its implications for the region at large. It would also provide a platform for collaborative exchange programs and transmission of knowledge to students and scholars.

Mission

  • Engage with key thematic of politics, society and culture in Afghanistan and its impact on regional geo-political dynamics.
  • Undertake collaborative research and transfer of knowledge to host societies.

  
Objectives

  • Serve as a resource hub for students and scholars on Afghanistan and the larger region.
  • Contribute to cutting edge research.
  • Promote exchange of knowledge, ideas and people.

  

Activities 

1. Institutional networking

  • Collaborate with research and educational institutions in Afghanistan and Central Asia.
  • Promote active exchange of research scholars and students.

  
2. Research

  • Engage in trans-disciplinary research, drawing on, but not limited to fields of history, anthropology, sociology and political science.
  • Examine the impact of prolonged armed conflict on the social, cultural, political and geo-political landscape of Afghanistan.
  • Establish a first of its kind resource centre on Afghanistan in India in collaboration with the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University.

    
3. Course(s) Offered

  • South and Central Asia: Key Issues and Perspectives
  • Dari Language

   
4. Outreach

  • Disseminate research findings in the academic and policy circles through organization conferences and research publications

  

CONTACT US
DR. RAGHAV SHARMA
Associate Professor, Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Director, Centre for Afghanistan Studies
Mob : +91-8396907463
Email : raghav@jgu.edu.in
BLOG:CHARCHA

Charcha is a forum for discussion of and engagement with ideas. The blog has been conceptualised in keeping with the vision of CAS of a commitment to an exchange of knowledge and ideas across societies and disciplines. We encourage young researchers, students and academics to offer contributions analysing recent developments in Afghanistan and the region. Contributions are encouraged on, but not limited to: 

  • History 
  • Politics 
  • Society and Culture 
  • Security and Foreign Policy 
  • Gender 
  • Education 
  • Economy

 
We accept contributions on three languages: 

  • English 
  • Pashto 
  • Dari 

Blog posts are broadly expected to adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • The length of the blog posts should be between 1,000-1,500 words. 
  • The blog posts should be written in a manner that they are accessible to a wider, non-specialist audience. 
  • Blog posts can include images (not more than four) and tables, graphs. These source for these must be appropriately cited. 
  • Please include a short author biography along with an email.   

All blog posts must be submitted to the Editor via email (raghav@jgu.edu.in). The editorial team would require 5-7 working days to review your blog post prior to publication. Please feel free to get in touch with our editorial team to share and/ or discuss ideas/ topics that you may be interested to publish on. Please note all blog posts would be subject to an editing process which may include suggestions for additions, deletions or revisions.  


Blog Posts

Project on School Education in Faryab, Afghanistan
This is a short term, third party project being executed in collaboration with Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA)(https://iwaweb.org ). The project aims to critically and comparatively evaluate the sustainability of educational facilities set up by Norway and Department of Defence, USA respectively across ten different provinces of Afghanistan. Key findings of the project have been compiled in the form of a report published by IWA. For a copy of the report’s full findings : (Click here).

Khanabadosh: Experiences and Implications of Afghan Refugee in India

CAS has been awarded a grant by the Research Committee of Jindal Global University (JGU) to execute a project on Afghan refugees in India.The foremost concern of this research will be to critically engage with the experiences of conflict displaced Afghan population in India living as non-camp refugees. The foremost concern of this research would be to engage with the question of what are the key drivers propelling Afghans to migrate to India in larger numbers? Second why does India lack a structured legal regime for refugee protection? An engagement with this question would also entail examining differing approaches adopted by the Government of India to different communities coming to the country in search of refuge. An engagement of such nature assumes significance in light of continued inflow of displaced populations into India, in addition to Internally Displaced Populations (IDP’s) within India.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Himabindu Karibhuktha
Associate

Himabindu Karibhuktha is an undergraduate student at Jindal School of International Affairs in O. P. Jindal Global University, Haryana. She had previously interned at the Center for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) and is currently as Research Assistant at Center for Latin American, African and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) at JGU. Her research interests lie in Development, South-South Cooperation, Humanitarian assistance and Refugee laws in India.

Shukriya Yari
Research Associate

Shukria Yari is from Afghanistan. She has done her schooling from Rabia Balkhi High School in Kabul Afghanistan and after that, she relocated to India four years ago. She is currently a final year student in the Jindal School of International Affairs at O.P Jindal Global University. Her areas of interests include Refugee studies and Development in APAC Region and she has been working as a researcher in these fields. After doing her bachelors in International Affairs, she wishes to pursue her Master’s in the field of International Relations. In the future, she aims to work on public issues that challenge global and national inequalities and contribute towards shaping a more inclusive world.

The Centre for Afghanistan Studies is committed to its  vision on the joint production and dissemination of knowledge on Afghanistan through conducting joint research, webinars, exchange of students and faculty. CAS has thus sought to actively forge  partnerships with a diverse set of educational and research institutions in Afghanistan. Below is a list of our partners in Afghanistan:

Center for Afghanistan Studies Internship Guidelines

Center for Afghanistan Studies (CAS) provides internship opportunities for all students of JGU who preferably have a background in–but not limited to–history, sociology, political science, international relations and public policy. This is a voluntary internship that enables students to get practical experiences through variety of activities.  CAS accepts applications for internships on a rolling basis for a minimum period of eight weeks. The intern will work closely with the CAS management team to assist in the center’s activities.

Roles & Responsibilities
Assist in preparing information and research materials
Assist in administrative duties of the center
Organize center’s events i.e. movie screenings, trainings, workshops, conferences etc.
Regularly update center’s website content
Engage audience through regular posts on the center’s social media platform
Publicize center’s blog among students
Contribute a minimum of two articles or one research paper to the center’s blog
Assist in conducting research projects
Any other activity assigned by the team

Criteria & Qualifications
Full time student enrolled in the under–graduate or Post­graduate program at JGU
Proficient computer skills
Excellent command of English language
Dari and Pashto language skills are preferred
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work individually and as a team player
Ability to execute assigned tasks in given deadlines

Please note interns are not offered any remuneration. Your application must be accompanied by a detailed CV; a one-page cover letter stating why you wish to intern with the center; and one short writing sample of 800 words. Interested candidates may send in their applications to raghav@jgu.edu.in or bdaud@jgu.edu.in. to raghav@jgu.edu.in or bdaud@jgu.edu.in.

Raghav Sharma

Raghav Sharma

Director and Assistant Director
Bilquees Daud

Bilquees Daud

INTERNS

Priyasha Sai Ukil

Priyasha Sai Ukil

Mahita Valluri

Mahita Valluri

Anushka Saraswat

Anushka Saraswat

Niranjan Jose

Niranjan Jose

Divyanshu Jindal

Divyanshu Jindal

Rukhsaar Tariq

Rukhsaar Tariq

TESTIMONIAL

Himabindu Karibhuktha

Himabindu Karibhuktha

Shukriya Yari

Shukriya Yari