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Current Visiting Faculty

  • Madhurima Nundy

    Visiting Fellow
  • P K Anand

    Visiting Associate Fellow
  • Nirmola Sharma

    Visiting Associate Fellow
  • Bhim B Subba

    Visiting Associate Fellow
  • Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman

    Visiting Associate Fellow
  • Veda Vaidyanathan

    Visiting Associate Fellow
  • Shamshad Khan

    Visiting Associate Fellow
  • Barnali Chanda

    Visiting Research Associate
  • Nishant Dilip Sharma

    Visiting Researcher
  • Samanvya Hooda

    Visiting Researcher
  • Adveetya Kachiar

    Visiting Researcher

Madhurima Nundy
Visiting Fellow

Madhurima Nundy is a Fellow in Health and Human Development at the Centre for Social and Economic Progress, New Delhi. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She completed her MPhil from the same centre. Previously she was Assistant Director and Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi (2012-20); Senior Programme Coordinator at the Public Health Resource Network, New Delhi (2009-12). Among other experiences, she was a Technical Consultant with the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (2004-05) and a Research Associate at the Institute of Social Studies Trust (1999-2001). Her areas of interest include studying different health service systems, health policies and inequalities in health. She has several publications to her name.

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P K Anand
Visiting Associate Fellow

P.K. Anand is a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS). He holds a PhD in Chinese Politics from the Centre for East Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for his doctoral thesis titled, 'Market Dynamics and State Responses in China: Social Welfare and Industrial Workers, 1987-2008'.  His main area of research is labour relations in China, and also focussing on studies through a comparative framework with India (and, in the global south). He was a Non-Resident Fellow under the China-India Scholar Leaders Initiative, of the India China Institute, The New School, New York City, from 2018-21. In 2016-17, he was also a Visiting Fellow, at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He has also completed a two-year India-China comparative research project funded by the Indian Council for Social Science Research, on Labour Relations and Welfare in Small and Medium Enterprises in Mumbai and Wenzhou (2014-16).  Previously, he was a Research Associate and Programme Officer, ICS. His interests also lie in China's Political Economy, informal labour, social policies, and labour's interface with urban questions in the global south.

 

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Nirmola Sharma
Visiting Associate Fellow

Nirmola Sharma is Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She has a PhD from the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. In her PhD dissertation, she critically looks at the radicalization of the immigrant Indian community in China under the banner of the Indian National Army during the Second World War and its implications on wartime Sino-Indian relations. She was the recipient of the Institute of Chinese Studies- Harvard Yenching Institute Doctoral Fellowship for China-India Studies Program (2014-17). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Chinese Civilization at Fudan University for the academic year 2014-15. She was earlier awarded a Government of India, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) scholarship to study mandarin in China. She was part of an ambitious archival project to classify and catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India. She is interested in studying Sino-Indian interactions in the colonial period.  

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Bhim B Subba
Visiting Associate Fellow

Bhim Subba (蘇斌) is a Visiting Associate Fellow at ICS. He has recently submitted his PhD dissertation in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi. He was an ICS-HYI Visiting Fellow and spent a year at Harvard University for his doctoral research (2016-17). He is a Political Science major from the Centre for Political Studies, JNU, Delhi. From 2015-16, he was affiliated with the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, ROC where he pursued language study and independent research. As a recipient of a Confucius Institute Scholarship, he was also enrolled at Harbin Normal University, Heilongjiang, PRC pursuing Mandarin language training. His research interests include comparative political theory, Chinese politics and India-China comparatives.

 

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Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman
Visiting Associate Fellow

Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, Assam. He completed his Masters of Philosophy from the Diplomacy and Disarmament Division, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; his Masters in International Relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and his Bachelors in Political Science Honours from Hindu College, Delhi University. His areas of interests include research on Northeast India, mainly on issues relating to transboundary water sharing and hydropower dams, roads and connectivity infrastructures, conflict and insurgency, peace building, development politics, migration and cross border exchanges. His research specialization is on border studies in Northeast India and transboundary water sharing and management issues between China, India and Bangladesh. He is committed to grassroots based alternative community work and development models. He has travelled extensively in parts of Northeast India for research work. He has led research teams in Northeast India, and has travelled parts in China, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Myanmar for research. He has worked as a consultant on many research projects in Northeast India. He has teaching experience as Visiting Faculty, and has participated in several workshops and academic conferences.

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Veda Vaidyanathan
Visiting Associate Fellow

Veda Vaidyanathan is a multi-disciplinary researcher who specializes in Asia - Africa interactions, currently based in New York City. As an Associate at the Harvard University Asia Center and also a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi, she brings a comparative perspective to her work, often examining Chinese and Indian engagements in the continent. Her expertise lies in managing research projects, curating multi-cultural teams and conducting extensive fieldwork across geographies. Research projects she has designed and led have examined investments in financial services and mining in Zimbabwe, agriculture in Zambia, infrastructure development in Tanzania and Kenya and pharmaceutical manufacturing in Ethiopia. Her effort has been to work with universities, research institutes and Civil Society Organizations to gather perspectives from the grassroots, produce evidence-based research that bridges the academic research – development practitioner work gap.

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Shamshad Khan
Visiting Associate Fellow

Shamshad Ahmad Khan is Visiting Associate Fellow at the ICS.  Until recently, he was Assistant Professor (Visiting) at the Department of International Relations at Sharjah University, UAE.  He is author of "changing dynamics of India-Japan Relations" He has many publications in journals as well as in edited books. He has authored a book on India-Japan Relations.  Dr. Khan was Japan Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow (September 2015 to August 2016) and was affiliated with Keio Research Institute, Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus as Senior Researcher. He has a PhD degree in International Relations (Japanese Studies) from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  He was a Mombukagakusho Fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo while he was pursuing his PhD. He has subsequently been associated with various institutes in Japan including the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University (December 2010 to March 2011), the Institute for Developing Economies (November 2012 to February 2012) and the Japan Institute of International Affairs (November 2014 to January 2015) as a Visiting Research Fellow. He has also been associated with Indian think tanks such as the Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses (June 2009-September 2013) and subsequently with the Indian Council of World Affairs (October 2013 to September 2015). He is also an Assistant Professor (guest) at the Department of East Asian Studies and has taught Japan’s Foreign Relations to the Students of Japanese studies at the Master level. Because of his contribution to Japanese studies at such a young age he was presented with the Nakasone Yasuhiro Award by Japan’s former Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro in 2011.

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Barnali Chanda
Visiting Research Associate

Barnali Chanda is a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She completed her PhD in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Barnali’s PhD thesis conducts a comparative thematic study of selected strange and fantastic narratives of Pre-Modern China and India. Currently she is a China Studies Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Ashoka University. Since 2014 she has taught Literature and Chinese Language in the universities like Jadavpur University, Techno India University and Christ University.  Her field of interests includes comparative literature, travelogue studies, Chinese and Indian literary transactions in the classical period, reception of Buddhist ideas in the Chinese and Sanskrit marvelous stories and translation of Chinese classical and vernacular literature into English and Bengali. Barnali was selected as an ‘Emerging Scholar’ by the India China Institute, New School, New York in 2015. She received the MOFA Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (2011-2012) and the HRD Chinese Government Scholarship (2008-2009). She published articles in Journal of Comparative Indian Language & Literature and Asian Studies Journal of Netaji Institute of Asian Studies.

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Nishant Dilip Sharma
Visiting Researcher

Nishant Dilip Sharma is a visiting researcher at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He is enrolled as a doctoral fellow at the Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University. His doctoral thesis focuses on the Institution of Paternalism in China. He completed his Masters in International Studies from Christ University, Bangalore. His research interests also include China's domestic governance and the role of China's historical memory in public diplomacy.

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Samanvya Hooda
Visiting Researcher

Samanvya Hooda is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. He has completed a B.A (International Relations) from the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts. As part of his coursework, he has authored a dissertation exploring the factors that led to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015, along with a seminar paper about 'Legal Aspects of Digital Surveillance in India'. Prior to working at ICS, he worked for a year with a New Delhi based advocacy consultancy, and also as a Research Intern for the Nuclear Security Programme at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi. His research interests lie in Nuclear Doctrines and Security, South Asian Geopolitics, Border Conflicts, Conventional Deterrence, and Security in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific. 

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Adveetya Kachiar
Visiting Researcher

Adveetya Kachiar is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Previously she worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Conflict Management. Her work there mainly focused on creating an Armed Conflict Database in the South Asian region. Her area of interests include Indian Foreign Policy, India and the neighborhood, and Role of Technology in shaping the international order.

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