Indian Review of Global Affairs is a research arm of Symbiosis School of International Studies and was launched in July 2016, as a single point to integrate and incorporate the research activities and projects pertaining to the issues of the contemporary world. It was cast with the aim of inculcating strategic thinking in a manner which involves the academia, corporates, policy makers, and the civil society. The research house is based in Pune, a city in western India, which combines a rich cultural heritage with a modern pace. Four major verticals have been identified for research and policy review: Security and Defence, Make in India, Education and Culture, Sustainable Development. The platform will showcase research regarding mid-to-long level policy relevant issues and serve as a knowledge repository. Symbiosis School of International Studies, through its various activities and events like seminars, policy dialogues and the annual International Relations Conference, will produce short reports, policy briefs, opinion columns, and presentations to inform public opinion and policy- makers. As part of its long-term goal, Symbiosis School of International Studies aims to develop innovative research agendas, databases, publications to disseminate analyses to relevant audiences through print and digital media.
Inspired by the ideals of 'Vishwa Bharati' of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and 'Antar Bharati' of Sane Guruji and with a deep desire to help foreign students, an idea of 'Symbiosis' was conceived by Dr. S.B. Mujumdar in the year 1971. The motto of Symbiosis is 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' and truly for the foreign students at Pune it is a 'Home away from Home'. Symbiosis today comprises of 44 institutes imparting training in diverse disciplines. It has students who hail from all states of India and more than 85 different countries. Symbiosis is known to be a multicultural, multilingual and multinational institution. An institution, where academic democracy prevails and where law is the religion and freedom of thought and expression is the spirit, at Symbiosis equality is not preached but practiced. It is here that innovation, passion and compassion is nurtured.
“Today, our endeavour of establishing 'international relations' through our personal concern for the welfare of these foreign students has indeed come a full circle with the establishment of the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS). It gives me great pleasure to see that Symbiosis, true to its motto- Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam, is progressing well on the path to contributing to the country's endeavours of fostering good international relations.”
The Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) is an excellent choice for students who are interested in meeting the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century; challenges which require greater understanding of social, political and economic global issues, as well as knowledge of the languages and cultures of the world. SSIS provides the scholars with the knowledge and analytic tools to work successfully in an increasingly globalised world, and equips them to exploit the policy and scholarly synergies that result when disciplinary insights are rigorously combined. I wish SSIS scales new heights of excellence which could set a benchmark for international studies in India and abroad.
For the country the size of India, there are a very few quality private institutions which allow for independent creative thinking on how foreign policy needs to be conducted. SSIS is a new addition to the Symbiosis family and is poised to be at the forefront of research and education. With its area study focus, the school will provide widespread opportunity for research, consultancy, policy framing as well as post graduate teaching.
Through innovative high-quality work, SSIS may not only seek to inform the populous and the policy making agencies, but with its ambition to assemble a critical mass of experts with their methodological skills, the school promises to shape well trained scholar-analysts in their ambition to study, understand, discuss, debate and relate to the contemporary global scenario. At the heart of contemporary international politics are new challenges to enduring problems. Increasing concerns such as poverty, terrorism, conflict, human rights, economic development, health and the global environment, make the study of global affairs a unique and exciting challenge. The SSIS unfolds the opportunity to examine and critically evaluate such issues of the contemporary world. I welcome you to an institute which is constantly preparing for the new and unfolding realities of international life.
Sachit Gulwadi is an independent research analyst with a strong focus on policy and conflict issues, and their effects on the socio-political and developmental growth of South Asia and especially India. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies at the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS), Pune. Prior to joining the Symbiosis School of International Studies, he was trained in public policy at the Takshashila Institution, Bangalore. Coming from an academic background in information technology engineering, he has always had a keen interest in topics ranging from geopolitics, economics and public policy to culture and religion. At SSIS, he is also a UNESCO-MGIEP & SSIS campus ambassador, heads the Student Research Committee (SRC) and is a member of the Research Advisory Board (RAB).
Deepashree Mahajan is pursuing her Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies from the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS), Pune with an area specialization in Asia. She has a keen interest in India-Iran relations and the politics of West Asia. She is a UNESCO-MGIEP & SSIS campus ambassador and is also a member of the SSIS Communications Committee (CC) and a member of the Research Advisory Board (RAB) at SSIS. She hopes to pursue a career in the field of Global Education for Peace. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media from Jai Hind College, Mumbai.
Sharan Ahluwalia is pursuing her Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies from the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS), Pune with an area specialization in Europe and North America. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Miranda House, Delhi University. Before coming to SSIS, she worked as a data specialist at Google and as a senior fraud analyst at American Express. She has an avid interest in reading, writing, poetry and academic research. Having worked on numerous freelance projects over the years, she presently writes a blog on international affairs.
Anuraag Srivastava is pursuing the Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies from Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) in Pune. His research interests include China's internal political structure and its social and economic impacts, China's culture and how it impacts its foreign policy, South China Sea dispute, US-China policies in Korean Peninsula and policies targeted towards the upliftment of women. He heads the Academic Review Committee (ARC) and is the member of the Research Advisory Board (RAB) at SSIS. He has a bachelor's degree in information technology engineering from the University of Mumbai.
Gargi Verma is pursuing her Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Studies from the Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS), Pune with an area specialization in Europe and North America. At SSIS, she is also a UNESCO-MGIEP & SSIS campus ambassador. She has a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Xaviers's College, Mumbai. She was the head of marketing at the Xavier's Political Science Association and has worked on various intra-college and inter-college events. She has a keen interest in European Union public policy and water diplomacy and is also passionate about writing short stories.