Mr. Najeeb Jung, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia is travelling to Islamabad to deliver a lecture on “India’s Search for Balance and the Prospects of a Shared Future in the Knowledge Economy between India and Pakistan” under Distinguished Speaker Series instituted by the Islamabad-based Jinnah Institute (JI) and the Melbourne-based Australia India Institute (AII) in collaboration with the Academy of International Studies (AIS), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Jinnah Institute and Australia India Institute have been organizing various track-two dialogues between India and Pakistan, called Chaophraya Dialogue, for the last many years. This initiative has brought together highly placed Indians and Pakistanis (retired officials, senior journalists, respected academics, analysts and other civil society members), at an unofficial level, to deliberate on the ways and means to improve India-Pakistan relations. As an offshoot of these track-two initiatives, Jinnah Institute and Australia India Institute in collaboration with the Academy of International Studies have planned the Distinguished Speaker Series in India and Pakistan. The idea is to facilitate the visit of three highly respected and distinguished personalities from India and Pakistan to each other’s country to engage a wider audience in New Delhi and Islamabad respectively.
The previous two speakers from India have been Mr. Shashi Tharoor and Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar. Mr. Jung’s schedule in Islamabad will consist of a roundtable discussion at the Jinnah Institute on the 23rd February where he will be the keynote speaker. On 24th February he will be delivering a lecture on the theme of India’s Search for Balance and the Prospects of a Shared Future in the Knowledge Economy between India and Pakistan to students and faculty from the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.
The Pakistan Studies Programme at the Academy of International Studies has organised the first two lectures in the Distinguished Speaker Series in India.
The first lecture in the series was delivered by Mr. Salim Raza, former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan on the 24th November 2011, on Pakistan’s Politics, Society and Economic Challenges. The programme was chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Mr. Najeeb Jung. It was followed by an Interactive Session with Mr. Salim Raza on 26th November 2011 at the Jamia Millia Islamia.
The second lecture was delivered by Mr. Javed Jabbar, former Senator and Minister of Information and Broadcasting on 25th January 2012, on Pakistan’s National Identity: Evolution and New Challenges. The programme was chaired by Ambassador M.K Rasgotra, former foreign Secretary and Vice President of ORF Institute of International Relations. This event was preceded by an Interactive session with Javed Jabbar on the 24th January.
The third lecture in the series will be delivered by Prof. Akmal Hussain who will speak on Prospects of South Asian Economic Cooperation, on the 29th March 2012.