Shiv Nadar University concludes the first chapter of Asian Dialogue on Challenges in India’s Act East Policy

January 25, 2017, Uttar Pradesh:The Department of International Relations and Governance Studies and C-PACT, Shiv Nadar University,announced the successful conclusion of the inaugural round of Asian Dialogue that focused on the  challenges and opportunities for India in its Act East policy on January 24, 2017. Participants in the dialogue included veteran army officers like Lt. Gen. D. B. Shekatkar who has served in distinguished capacities in the Indian armed forces and, also headed the high powered committee set up by the ministry of defence; Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia DGMO retd; Lt. Gen. Kulkarni, who has contributed in key military fields, and R. Chandrashekhar, the former Deputy Director General and Deputy Military Secretary prior to his elevation as Additional Director General.
Shiv Nadar University concludes the first chapter of Asian Dialogue on Challenges in India’s Act East Policy

The dialogue listed the key challenges, elaborated on their nature, and suggested measures to meet them in light of our current international standing.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Ajay Dandekar, Director of School of Humanities and Social Sciences  said, “We are working towards making the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies at Shiv Nadar University a platform where we get to discuss policy issues as they get formed and we look forward to develop our expertise over a period of time on matters of global governance so that we can become a key contributor to India’s growing policy debates thatfacilitate progress and economic upturn.”

The Dialogue emphasized the centrality of India to the emerging Asian order. Challenges and opportunities pertaining to the maritime domain, connectivity projects that link India and East Asia, institutional architecture to resolve territorial security issues and coordinate actions on climate change, terrorism and natural disasters were discussed.

About Shiv Nadar University

Shiv Nadar University is a multi-disciplinary, student-centric research-focused university offering a full range of academic programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. SNU’s integrated multi-disciplinary undergraduate curriculum provides students a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, technology and engineering studies, arts and communication and management, while enabling them to gain mastery of a subject of their choosing. Taught by world-class faculty, undergraduate education at SNU is designed to develop students with the breadth of vision, knowledge, skills and attitudes required to succeed in the careers of the 21st century.  SNU is an institution set up and funded by the Shiv Nadar Foundation.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation 

The Shiv Nadar Foundation ( has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a $7 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the process of national development and social transformation by establishing institutions and undertaking new initiatives in the fields of education and culture.  The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide through philanthropy based transformational education.

The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions ( in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshar and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (, an international multi-disciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (, a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (, India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art with the vision to take art to the common public.