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Name Prof. Raj Kumar KOTHARI
Designation Professor
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Educational Qualification              
Degree NameInstituteYear of passing/awarded
Ph.D. in Political ScienceUniversity of Bombay1994
Diploma in Russian LanguageUniversity of Bombay1993
M.Phil. in International StudiesPondicherry Central University1990
M.A. in Political ScienceKalyani University1988
Career Profile / Teaching Experience        
Professor of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal since August 2014
Teaching Experience: 18 Years
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal Since August 2011
Reader, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal from August 2, 2008 to August 1, 2011
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal from August 23, 2005 to August 1, 2008
Specialization/Research Area
Field of SpecializationResearch Area/ Areas of Interest
International Relations and Foreign Policy
Central Asia: Emerging Economic and Security Dimensions
Foreign Policy of the Major Powers: USA; Russia; China & India
Indias Foreign Policy
Society and Politics in South Asia
Course/ Subject Taught 
Subject: Political Science
Courses Taught: International Relations; Western Political Thought; Society & Politics in South Asia
Conference/ Symposium /Journal Paper / Books Published
International Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
Indias Connect Central Asia Policy: Emerging Economic and Security DimensionsSociology and Anthropology 2(6): 239-2452014Horizon Research Publishing
India’s ‘Connect Central Asia Policy’: Emerging Economic and Security DimensionsSociology and Anthropology, Vol. 2, No. 6, 2014, pp. 239-245.2014Europe

National Publication
TitlePublished inYearPublished by
India’s Strategic Interests in Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Years: Expanding Vistas of PartnershipVol. 4, No. 1, January-June 2018, pp. 23-32.2018Red Flower Publications, New Delhi
Global Peace in the Twenty First Century: The Gandhian PerspectiveGandhi Journal November 20172017Gandhian Centre, Mumbai.
Rural Development in the Developing World: The Indian ContextAbhijit Bhattacharya and Mousumi Ghatak (ed.) Rural Development Programmes in India: Effectiveness and Evaluation, pp. 34-41.2017New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2017.
The Trajectory of Russia’s South Asia Policy: Emerging ScenarioBibhuti Bhusan Biswas (ed.), International Changes in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities , pp. 259-266.2017New Delhi: Indu Book Services, 2018.
New Directions in Indian Foreign Policy: Quest for Major Power StatusNAM TodayVol. LVXXIII, No. 12, December 2017, pp. 14-20.2017Delhi
ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute: India’s StandThe Indian Journal of Political Science Vol. LXXVII, No. 2, April-June 2016 ISSN: 0019-55102016Indian Political Science Association
Emerging Trends in India-China Relations: Challenges and ProspectsKousar Azam (ed.), India in World Affairs: The Next Decade2016Manohar Publishers, New Delhi
Re-Shaping India’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and StrategiesRising India: Domestic and External Opportunities and Challenges2015Uttar Pradesh Political Science Association, Agra
India’s Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Years: Emerging ScenarioJAIR Journal of International Relations, Vol. 1, Issue 2, July-December 2014, pp. 10-19.2014SAGE
“Russia’s Policy towards Central Asia in the Post-Soviet Period”Suchandana Chatterjee edited Image of the Region in Eurasian Studies Pages 73-862014K W Publishers New Delhi

Other Publication

Books Published
Title of the BookPublished byYearRole
India Becoming a Global Power in the Twenty First Century: Rising Challenges and Newer OpportunitiesAtlantic Publishers, New Delhi2016Editor
US Policy Towards China, India and JapanAtlantic, New Delhi2013Editor
Indo-Russian Relations in the Post Soviet Years: Emerging Challenges and New ProspectsLAMBERT Academic Publishing2013Sole Author
Emerging India as a Global Player: Growing Ties and ChallengesAtlantic Publisher2012Sole Editor
Indias Foreign Policy in the New MillenniumAcademic Excellence2010Sole Editor
From Communism to Democratic Freedom: Perestroika and Glasnost of Mikhail GorbachevDeep and Deep1994Sole Author
Ph. D. Thesis Guidance
Ongoing / Submitted Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Nilanjana NayakIndia-Bangladesh Relations Since 1990sn/aSubmitted2017
Kalyanasis BhattacharyyaEthics in Politics: Conceptualising Political Forgiveness vis-a-vis Global JusticeNilOngoing2020 (Expected)
Ankita ChakrabortyThe Status of Indian Migrants in Myanmar During the Colonial and Contemporary PeriodsNilOngoing2018
Sonika SharmaSoft Power Diplomacy in Indian Foreign Policy: Emerging ScenarioNilOngoing2018
Siddartha Shankar MannaEthnic Crisis in Sri Lanka: Implications for India's SedurityNilOngoing2017

Awarded Ph. D. Thesis
Scholar NameThesis TitleCo SupervisorStatusComplete in Year
Sukanya MukherjeeIndias Strategic Policy towards Central Asia: Emerging Security and Economic DimensionsNilAwarded2019
Eyasin KhanThe Human Rights of the Bhutanese Refugees in NepalNilAwarded2018
Project Work

Completed Project Works
Project titleWorked asFunding AgencyAmount in Rs.Duration in yearsPeriod
Year to Year
Post-Soviet Dynamics in Central Asia: India's Perceptions and PoliciesPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity Grants Commission10296003 year20152018
South Asia Through the Russian Prism: 1990s & BeyondProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission5265002 year20102012
India and Russia in the Twenty First Century: A Study of Their Bilateral Relations and Foreign Policy PerceptionsProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission650002 year20072009
Environment & Sustainable DevelopmentProject CoordinatorUniversity Grants Commission450002 year20042005
Invited Lectures 
TitleOrganized byVenueYear
Human Rights in the Age of GlobalisationFoundation Course in Human Rights Education organised by the Department of Political Science, Narajole Raj College, Narajole, West Medinipur, West Bengal on February 2, 2018.Department of Political Science, Narajole Raj College, Narajole, West Medinipur, West Bengal2018
China in World Politics: Implications for IndiaFaculty Lecture Series #9 at Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal on April 25, 2018.Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal2018
World Politics in the Twenty First Century with Reference to India and ChinaUGC, Human Resource Development Centre, University of Calcutta Held on March 17, 2018.Hazra Law College, Ballygunge, Kolkata.2018
The Role of Russia in Contemporary International PoliticsDepartment of International Relations, Jadavpur University [UGC Sponsored] December 11, 2017Jadavpur University2017
International Relations: Concepts and Theories Indian Foreign Policy in a Changing WorldDepartment of Political Science at Gour Banga UniversityMalda, West Bengal on May 18-19, 2017.2017
Membership of Learned Society 
Expert for Review of Manuscript for the Jhargram Raj College Journal, Jhargram, West Bengal since 2012.
Life Member: Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata
Member of Advisory Board of Eastern Regional Progressive Tribal Research and Welfare Organisation, Hooghly, West Bengal since January 2011
International Studies Association, USA
Life Member of West Bengal Political Science Association
Association with Professional Bodies
Type of Professional ActivityPeriod
Life Member: Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, KolkataSince 2000
Life Member: West Bengal Political Science AssociationSince 2005
Member: Jadavpur Association of International Relations, Kolkata2009 to 2015
Life Member: Indian Political Science AssociationSince 2012
Life Member: Council for Political Studies, KolkataSince 2005
Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended/Organised

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Attended

Title of the Seminar/Conference/WorkshopYearRoleHeld at and Organiser
Quality Concerns in Indian Higher Education: Emerging Challenges and OpportunitiesPaper Title: Status of Higher Education in India: A Cognitive Assessment2018Paper PresenterAgra College, Agra, Uttar Pradesh on February 22-23, 2018.
Collaborative Workshop on Logistics, Global Governance and India’s Look East Policy Paper Title: India’s Asia-Pacific Strategy: A Bridge to the Asian Neighbourhood2018Paper PresenterOrganised by the Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Germany and the Department of Political Science with Rural Administration, Vidyasagar University, at Midnapore, West Bengal on March 20, 2018.
Indian Democracy at 70: Challenges Ahead Paper Title: Parliamentary Democracy in India: An Assessment2018Paper PresenterOrganised by the Department of Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru College, Chakradharpur, Jharkhand & Central University of Jharkhand, Ranch held at Chakradharpur, Jharkhand on April 6-7, 2018.
Use of Scientific and Technical Terminology in International Relations Paper Title: Philosophical Traditions in International Relations2018Paper Presenterorganised by the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi held at Khudiram Bose Central College, Kolkata on April 21-22, 2018.
Trump Presidency, US Relations with India, China, Near East and Iran Paper Title: US Policy towards China under Trump Administration: Implications for India2018Paper PresenterOrganised by and held at the VPM Centre for International Studies, Mulund, Mumbai on April 27-28, 2018.

Conference /Seminar/Workshop Organised

Title of the Conference/Seminar/WorkshopYearRole in the EventFunding Agency
International Conference on Historicizing Sub-regional Cooperation South Asia: Society, Culture and Politics in Bangladesh and Easetern India held on May 30 to June 1, 20122012ConvenerVidyasagar University, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata
Award NameAwarded ByYear
Ford Foundation Research FellowDeparment of Civics & Politics, University of Bombay1990
M.A. First Class FirstKalyani University1989
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