A PUBLICATION OF THE RESEARCH CENTRE FOR EASTERN AND
NORTH EASTERN REGIONAL STUDIES, KOLKATA

A University Grants Commission Approved Journal
(under UGC-CARE, Arts & Humanities Citation Index)
ISSN 2582-2241

CENERS-K BACKGROUND

The Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata (CENERS-K), established in July 2007, is an independent Thinking Body of Researchers, interested in the study of Turbulence, Development, and Peace and Security in the Eastern Hemisphere. The areas of interest cover all of Asia, South and South East Asia, and the littoral countries of the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal. Within India, the foci are the Eastern and North Eastern states, and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Founder Members of CENERS-K

Name Designation
General (retired) Shankar Roy Chowdhury, PVSM Former Chief of Army Staff, former Member of Parliament
Mr. G.K. Bhagat (late) Former industrialist
Mr. Aditya Kashyap (late) Former corporate head
Dr. Anjali Mukherjee (late) Rural development specialist
Dr. A.P Mitra (late), FRS, scientist of eminence Chief scientific advisor to the Government of India; former director-general & secretary to the government
Lt. Gen.(retired) John Ranjan Mukherjee, PVSM, AVSM, VSM Former Chief of Staff, HQ Eastern Command
Maj. Gen (retired) Arun Roye, AVSM, VSM Former General Officer Commanding, Bengal Area

Present Governing Council

Name Designation
General Shankar Roy Chowdhury Patron
Lt. Gen. John Ranjan Mukherjee President
Maj. Gen. Arun Roye Vice President
Mr. Ranjit Kumar Dutta Vice President
Maj. Gen. Shib Nath Mukherjee Executive Director
Brig. Niladri Shankar Mukherjee Secretary
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Special Member Emeritus
Mr. Amit Kiran Deb Member Industry

The organisation believes that an independent “mind bank” is the route to provide changed outlooks, modified directions, and reinforcement of widely accepted existing policies which are not subject to political expediency. It has a role in nurturing, shaping, critically analysing, and redefining policies, which emerge out of public awareness.

The mission is to educate the people and the state about the issues confronting them, to put a national and international canvas on these issues, and develop a futuristic plan that forecasts events, eventualities, and options to tackle them. It seeks to fulfil the lack of interaction between thinkers and the planners, and between bureaucrats and politicians, to arrive at widely acceptable options, by public discussions in well attended fora, presentations, and monographs.

  • To conduct independent research and studies on Internal Security issues in the East and share findings with the public and policy makers.
  • To provide a forum for the strategic community and students to examine and discuss current strategic issues from out of the box, and consider alternatives.
  • To build capacity among young scholars for greater refinement of their analyses of security issues in the East through providing research opportunities.
  • To carry out comprehensive studies on demographic compulsions arising out of natural shifts, and propose solutions towards national absorption.
  • To study Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in some depth, South East and East Asia, in general, and Micronesia and Polynesia as an overview, and educate the people of India to make them aware of the above nations in all their facets.
  • To analyse the economy in the coming half century, and the essential role India shall play in alignments and national interests.
  • To advocate rural upliftment along with infrastructure and urban development.
  • To encourage the contributions of the Armed Forces towards nation building when they are not required to perform their principal role of defending the nation.