Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar on Monday launched the China Study Centre under the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). The Union State Minister said that the study centre has been launched to make a network of young analysts with a holistic knowledge of China. "I cannot express hunger there is across the world for India's education and in particular for MAHE's. I truly believe that equally important is the fact that the education which comes from India is not salted or sugared by any ideological factor. It is education for the sake of education. And that gives our education institutions a reputation for integrity. That is critical for the success and expansion of any institution," the Minister was quoted as saying by TOI.
The China Study Centre has been launched at a time when reports are pouring about China's growing influence in the geopolitical arena. In the current changing dynamics of geopolitics, India needs specialists who are capable of understanding China's intentions, behavioral patterns, and goals. Arvind Kumar, Head of the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, MAHE, said that the centre would focus on creating data on China with a concentration on politics, science, and technology, economics, etc.
Elaborating on the purpose of setting up the China Study Centre, Dr. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, MAHE said that it has now become relevant to study the changing dimensions of China’s education system and other related issues.
Earlier, Akbar slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi, without naming him, for criticising the Narendra Modi-led government's handling of the Doklam crisis. "I wish that some of the people who seem to be talking... I seriously do not wish to use any harsh words because it may be inappropriate, but who clearly prove over and over again that they have no knowledge, no understanding, no IQ sense of what governance is all about," Akbar had said.