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Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies
(Under UGC Area Study Programme)
Established 2007
Present Location Department of English Himachal Pradesh University Summerhill, Shimla -5
Founding Programme Coordinator /Director Professor Pankaj K.Singh(Retd.) Department of English Himachal Pradesh University Summerhill, Shimla -5 Telephone no. 0177-2830445/5843(O), 0177-2623866, email:pankaj.singh@hpuniv.ac.in, pankaj.canz@gmail.com (26.04.2007 to 30.06.2015) 
Program Coordinator/Director

Professor Neelima Kanwar, Department of English, ICDEOL, Himachal Pradesh University Summerhill, Shimla -5 Telephone no. 0177-2831327/5492(O), 0177-2801111, email: neelima.kanwar@hpuniv.ac.in, neelima.canz@gmail.com (04.07.2015 onwards)

Project Associate Ms. Kesang Youdon (13.10.2015 onwards)
Vision:
To initiate and enhance understanding of the vibrant diversities of contemporary Australia and New Zealand which will be conducive to the growth of bilateral relations with these countries. The Area Study Centre will create a multi-disciplinary valuable Resource Centre on Australia and New Zealand which will create greater awareness in academic circles in North India about Australia and New Zealand. Initially selective courses in Australian and New Zealand Studies at M.A. and M. Phil. levels can be introduced in various disciplines and gradually full courses in Australian and New Zealand Studies may also be offered. Research at M. Phil and Ph. D. level would also be pursued. To state it very briefly the vision /aim of the centre is to make Australia and New Zealand accessible to India and India accessible to Australia them by building resources and promoting academic exchanges between these countries.
Objectives
  • To create a multi-disciplinary resource centre on Australia and New Zealand to provide information to students, researchers, teachers alike in North India. Areas which will receive special attention are: culture, history, geography, political science, economic policies, international relations--particularly the role of diasporic communities, tourism etc., ethnic diversity, issues of Indigenous People and Gender issues etc.
  • To invite (in collaboration with Australia-India Council and New Zealand High Commission) academics, writers, artists, scientists, administrators, etc for lectures, workshops, etc on Australia and New Zealand.
  • To introduce teaching of Australian and New Zealand studies initially as part of MA and M. Phil courses, and gradually as the resources build up complete courses on Australian and New Zealand Studies will be offered
  • To promote research at M. Phil and Ph.D. level.
Thrust Area
  • Countries/ Region of Study in the Proposed Area:Australia and New Zealand
  • Theme of Study:  A comprehensive /holistic study of Australia and New Zealand - of their culture, ethnicities, diasporic communities, and issues related to indigenous communities, gender issues, history, politics, economy, environment, international relations, tourism, and migration.
Activities of the Centre
I. Publications (click here)
II. Seminars (click here)
III. Visiting Faculty (click here)
IV Asialink Residencies (click here)
V. Library (click here)
VI. Research Undertaken / Courses Offered (click here)
Forthcomming Events (click here)
Award

Professor Pankaj K. Singh was conferred with Australia-India Council Special Award (AICSA) 2008 in recognition and appreciation for her contribution in building up educational links between India and Australia at Australian High Commission, New Delhi. The Award was conferred on 8th March 2009.

 

 

 
 
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