AMU Pro Vice Chancellor delivers online lecture in Jamia programme
Aligarh : Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof Mohammad Gulrez delved into the long period of geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States and discussed the deep imprints it left on international ties.
He was invited as the Chief Guest on September 6 to deliver the online introductory lecture for inaugurating a two-week Refresher Course in International Studies of the MMAJ Academy of International Studies and UGC HRDC Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Speaking on the seismic political, social and cultural change following the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War, Prof Mohammad Gulrez emphasised how the world entered a new phase of geopolitics.
“International Relations in this phase have gone through a process of radical metamorphosis due to the fact that the principal guidelines of international relations have been redefined in new categories”, said AMU Pro Vice Chancellor.
He pointed out: “Several features of the Cold War era that informed international relations in a bi-polar world have either completely disappeared or were at least pushed to the backseat giving way to new categories that form the backbone of the New World Order.
Prof Gulrez asserted that the New World Order, proved out as more flexible and accommodating than it first appeared as it unfolded several competing and highly self-assertive nations, mainly judged by economic standards.
“This era is also witnessing India’s ripe economic, industrial and technological development opening optimistic vistas on the world stage”, said Prof Gulrez.
He pressed for the establishment of policy-oriented International Relations Studies.
“Academically-informed knowledge of current international affairs challenges prior conceptions and fosters a sophisticated appreciation of diverse traditions and global connections that would enhance the regional and international role of India”, added Prof Gulrez.
He stressed: “Since the world is becoming smaller, a process accelerated by the fast-growing uni-polarization of the world through free market economy, globalization and proliferation of ideas and technology, the problems of today’s interdependent world are no more visibly and clearly identifiable”.
“In a modern world of increasing interdependence and rapid change, the need to understand complex and evolving relationships among nations and regions is critical”, said Prof Gulrez.
The programme also featured talks by Prof Rajan Harshe (Former Vice Chancellor, Allahabad University, Prayagraj), Prof Ajay Darshan Behera (Director MMAJ, JMI ) and Prof Anisur Rehman (Director HRDC, JMI) among other dignitaries.