Course Curriculum


    The National Security and Strategic Studies Course focuses on National Security along with related domestic, regional and international issues. The curriculum consists of six studies, each of about five to six weeks duration:-

     1.     Socio-Political Study.
     2.     Economy, Science and Technology Study.
     3.     International Security Environment.
     4.     Study on Global Issues.
     5.     India's Strategic Neighbourhood.
     6.     Strategies and Structure for National Security.

Succeeding paragraphs contain a brief outline of each study.


Socio-Political Study


     The study focuses on Socio-Political aspects of domestic influences in shaping National Security perceptions. Some of the issues covered under this study are:-

       1.     India's Cultural Heritage.
       2.     The Indian Constitution.
       3.     Major Religions of India.
       4.     Caste System and its Impact.
       5.     The Civil Services.
       6.     Indian Federalism.
       7.     Electoral System.
       8.     Indian Democracy.
       9.     Judiciary in India.
     10.     National Integration and Secularism.
     11.     Education System.
     12.     Panchayati Raj. (Empowering rural India)
     13.     Police and Law & Order Issues.
     14.     Urbanisation.
     16.     Role of Women.
     17.     Problems of Governance.
     18.     Non-Governmental Organisations.

Economy, Science and Technology Study


     This study examines aspects of Economic Development, Environment, Science and Technological aspects related to National Security. With economic diplomacy holding centre stage, all issues are examined in a globalised environment.

     The major issues covered are:-

       1.     Understanding of Basic Economic Concepts.
       2.     Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation.
       3.     Management of Money Market.
       4.     Financial Sector Reforms.
       5.     Environment and Development.
       6.     Sustainable Development.
       7.     International Trade Regimes and India.
       8.     India's Public Sector.
       9.     India's Export Performance.
     10.     Indian Agriculture.
     11.     Energy Scenario in India.
     12.     Transport Sector in India.
     13.     Infrastructure Growth Issues.
     14.     India's Space Programme.
     15.     Contribution of Science and Technology to Development.

International Security Environment


    The study covers issues related to the International Security Environment as it is evolving in the post-Cold War era and the impact on India's international relations. The major issues covered are:-

       1.     Geo-political and Geo-strategic Concepts.
       2.     Global Security Environment and its Relevance to India.
       3.     International Relations.
       4.     India's Foreign Policy.
       6.     Role of the following in International Affairs:-

            (a)     USA.
            (b)     China.
            (c)     Japan.
            (d)     European Union.
            (e)     Russia.

       7.     Korea.
       8.     The Balkans.
       9.     Latin America.
     10.     Africa.

Study on Global Issues


     After the end of the Cold War, co-operation, multi-lateralism and partnerships have become major elements in the evolution of international understanding. The study concentrates on issues related to these aspects. Some of the major issues covered are:-

       1.     Strategic Partnerships.
       2.     Role of the UN and Restructuring.
       3.     Managing Water Resources.
       4.     International Economic System - WB & IMF.
       5.     International Law.
       6.     WTO.
       7.     Geo Economic Concepts and Regional Trade Alliances.
       8.     International Terrorism.
       9.     Disarmament - NPT, CTBT, MTCR and Control of WMD.
     10.     Conventional Arms Control.
     11.     Laws of the Seas.
     12.     Socio-Ethnic Issues.
     13.     Environmental Issues.
     14.     Human Rights.
     15.     International Crimes -Narcotics.
     16.     Instruments of Foreign Policy - Conflict Resolution, CBMs and Collective Security Arrangements.

India's Strategic Neighbourhood


     This study takes a closer look at various issues - domestic as well as those affecting India - of countries in India's strategic neighbourhood. Some of the areas and issues covered are as follows:-

      1.     South Africa.
      2.     Sub-Saharan Africa.
      3.     West Asia.
      4.     Israel.
      5.     Palestine.
      6.     Islam and its Role in the Region.
      7.     Iran.
      8.     Iraq.
      9.     GCC.
    10.     Turkey.
    11.     Central Asia.
    12.     South East Asian countries.
    13.     Regional Groupings ASEAN, APEC, ARF.
    14.     Australia - Role in Pacific & Indian Ocean.
    15.     Role and interests of USA, China & Japan in South East Asia & Pacific.

Strategies and Structures for National Security


     This study is the culmination of the course. It considers in detail the linkages of various dimensions of National Security emerging from preceding studies. Some of the major aspects covered are:-

       1.     Concepts of National Security.
       2.     Policy Analysis and Formulation of National Strategy.
       3.     National Interests and National Security Objectives.
       4.     Maritime Strategy.
       5.     Foreign Policy.
       6.     Internal Security Strategy.
       7.     Impact of Science and Technology.
       8.     Information Warfare and Role of Media.
       9.     Air Power.
     10.     Role of the Indian Army in the 21st Century.
     11.     Defence Budget Planning.
     12.     NPT, CTBT & Disarmament.
     13.     Defence Strategy for India.

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