The Institute of Indo-Pacific was inaugurated at Osmania University, Hyderabad on April 21, Friday. Boianapalli Vinod Kumar, Vice-Chairman, Telangana State Planning Board is the Guest of Honour along with Ambassador C. Rajasekhar, Ministry of External Affairs, Prof.Limbadri, Chairman, Telangana State Council of Higher Education and Surabhi Vani Devi, MLC. The opening ceremony is presided by OU Vice-Chancellor, Prof.D.Ravinder.
The function was attended by Prof.P.Laxminarayana, Registrar,OU. The inauguration is attended by Officers from College of Air Warfare, senior faculty of the University, scholars, students and Office bearers of various non-teaching employees associations along with others.
The Registrar in his welcome address has described the day of inauguration of Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies as a day of vision heralding research across disciplines from multidisciplinary perspective in Osmania University. The new centre of research is the only one in India after JNU with a focus on Indo-Pacific covering areas such as security, trade, culture, diaspora, science and technology with an idea of pooling human and financial resources across institutions, organisations and borders.
He further said that the University may come up with diploma courses useful to scholars in improving skills and enhancing employment opportunities.
President of the function , Vice-Chancellor, Prof, D.Ravinder talked about the genesis of the idea of Indo-Pacific and OU efforts in giving a shape to it in the form of establishment of Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies at OU. He narrated that It all began as an idea put forth by Sri. Vinodh Kumar followed by preparing and presenting the concept note to the officials of Ministry of External Affairs, GOI.
Following this a committee was constituted with senior professors from OU and JNU. On the basis of committee’s recommendations and along with the advice from senior professionals from corporate world and academic field, the University made a decision to move forward and the result is the Institute of Indo-Pacific Studies and its inauguration today. The Vice-Chancellor further opined big task is ahead for the new institute