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Chair Indian Ocean Studies

Indian Ocean Studies Chair in Mauritius

The Chair in Indian Ocean Studies is a project by the Ministry of External affairs of the Government of India through the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and the Government of Mauritius, through the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Professor V.N.Attri, formerly Chairman of the Department of Economics at Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India, has been appointed as the IORA Chair in Indian Ocean Studies for a period of two years. 

The Chair would play a leadership and catalytic role in fostering research activities and studies in fields of interest to the Indian Ocean region, with a view to develop realistic programmes of cooperation. 

A major responsibility of the Chair would be, inter alia, to undertake studies in regional integration groupings, operation of the World Trade System including WTO, trade policies of developed and developing countries and South-South cooperation, as well as to organize workshops/ short-term training programmes in selected areas for the benefit of top management in the public and private sectors on topics of regional and international significance. 

The project was started in January 1998 and ran over a two year period. Prof. J. Mahender Reddy, formerly Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Osmania University, India, was appointed as the first Chair in Indian Ocean Studies for a period of two years. It was agreed that the Chair will initially be established at the University of Mauritius in Mauritius. 

At the IORAG meeting held in Maputo, Mozambique in March 1999, it was agreed that the Chair in Indian Ocean Studies is relevant and should be maintained.