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Mr. R. Chandrashekhar

Emeritus Resource Faculty, School of International Cooperation, Security and Strategic Languages (SICSSL).

About Mr. R. Chandrashekhar

R Chandrashekhar, Senior Fellow, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, New Delhi is a former Member of the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (1978 – 2013). He held a string of crucial and sensitive appointments including extended tenures for a combined duration of 19 years in the Secretariat of the Chief of Army Staff.

As Senior Fellow at CENJOWS, his areas of interest are Civil Military Relations, Higher Defence Management Structures and in India’s Strategic neighbourhood. The book ‘Rooks and Knights Civil Military Relations in India’, he has authored is regarded as a seminal work on the subject. His fields of study include National Security Decision making Architecture and Higher Defence Organisation.

Shri R Chandrashekhar has authored Monographs on Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Tibet and Xinjiang and writes for Journals of the Centre for Advanced Security Studies, Centre for Land Warfare Studies and the Raksha Anirveda. He is visiting faculty at the College of Air Warfare, the Army War College and the Defence Headquarters Training Institute and has addressed forums at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis and the National Security Council Secretariat and has conducted and participated in Training capsules, Orientation Courses and Round Table Discussions organised by CENJOWS.

Shri R Chandrashekhar has been a member of the Government appointed Lt Gen DB Shekatkar Committee of Experts to recommend Measures to Enhance Combat Capability and Rebalance Defence Expenditure for the Armed Forces. He is presently member of another Committee of Experts appointed by the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri for better Utilisation of the Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service.

Shri R Chandrashekhar has been awarded the Chief of Army Staff Commendation on seven occasions and the GOC-in-C Western Command Commendation on one occasion.

“The Rashtriya Raksha University has been instituted with the high aim to provide highly professional security, strategic and defence education, research and training in an intellectually stimulating and professional disciplined environment. As the premier Department of the University, it is incumbent on the School of International Cooperation Security and Strategic Languages (SICSSL), to draw curricula for its various courses and training programmes it offers with deliberation so as to achieve those stated objectives. It is therefore gratifying that the Syllabus drawn up by SICSSL for its Master of Arts in International Relations and Security Studies, the flagship course of the Department is entirely in conformity with the objectives of the University and is carefully crafted to provide intending students with insights into both, theoretical and practical perspectives in all relevant areas including foreign policy, international organisations and regimes, peace and conflict studies, political theory, terrorism and political violence and give them opportunity to obtain multiple world views of power structures, how states seek to harness strategic advantage and emergent threats, both at the global and national level. That the Syllabus has given due importance to the evolution of precepts and thoughts through the course of history is amongst its most distinctive aspect. International Relations and Security Studies are both vibrant, growing and constantly evolving disciplines. A convergence in their study provides a rich intersection of diplomacy, politics, security and social issues. The syllabus provides an in-depth understanding of concepts and theories that guide and govern International Relations, key actors including a special focus on major states besides the role of intergovernmental and non-governmental agencies and players. Along-side is the emphasis placed on security issues at the global level that presently afflict humanity as a whole and would do so even more in future as also regional and domestic security threats. Another distinctive feature of the syllabus is the manner it has been structured into various semesters and the sequencing of courses within each semester that ensures cogent and incremental assimilation of knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and obtaining situations and issues. There is no gain-saying the syllabus would enable SICSSL to be the premier academic department in its fields of study that incubates a worthy crop of future analysts who would match the needs, expectations and aspirations of security and strategic institutions and the Government.”