There have been several apprehensions regarding the North Eastern parts of the country. The awareness of these areas and the people belonging to these areas lacks in all the sections of the society. Keeping this in consideration, a programme is to shortly going to be started by The Delhi University to promote the research scholars for studying the diverse feature of North Eastern parts of the country. The North East India Studies Programme (NEISP) will commence from the next academic session and will be fully funded.
The responsibility to address the various issues of this programme has been given to a Five-member committee.
Kamei Aphun, Convenor of NEISP conveyed his concerns and told that the main aim of the programme is to initiate research for connecting the north eastern regions with the remaining country.
An Area Study Programme was launched in 1970 but conceded just for 7-8 years. The North Eastern states were one topic of Research in the module. Aphun providing further details told that he had placed a proposal in 2011 to restart the programme.
The Department of Sociology has approved the programme but only after the approval of the Academic Council of the University it will be formally initiated.
Also a vision document is also being prepared to obtain the assistance of UGC.
MA and MPhil programmes of the Department of Sociology will include syllabi on North East Studies.
Social Science Research will pick up its pace with the help of this programme and also promote the learning and the study of the so-called "other culture"
The Department of Sociology is renowned for its comparative studies of different societies. This proposal will help in achieving an enhanced insight of the Indian society and culture.
The Delhi University has also set up a union of academics from JNU, JMI, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Guwahati), media professionals, Delhi Police and representatives from the DONER (Development of North Eastern Region) ministry and NEC (North Eastern Council).