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The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara (MSU) will introduce an undergraduate programme in Defense and National Security Studies from the new academic session.
The new course will take 60 students. The varsity plans to start the new programme from July 2021. The new course aims to prepare the youth for a career in the country’s defence sector, while also being able to discern policy decision-making in the context of national security.
The three-year UG course will also include compulsory army training for 240 days in the final year. Initially, the classes will be conducted online due to the ongoing Covid-19 curbs.
Students of all nationalities can apply for this course at MSU but they must have a favourable physical fitness certificate from competent government authorities at the time of admission.
The course introduction states, “…Gujarat is going to become a hub of defence equipment manufacturing and generate huge employment in the future. Similarly, there is also an increasing threat of drug trafficking, religious bigotry, sexism, cyber warfare, separatism as well as biological war by releasing the deadly virus to destroy the population through its spread and thereby thwart the economic production process and progress of the country posed by imperialism. So, the subject of national security has become a necessity in the country.”
Course coordinator Dilip Kataria of the Faculty of Arts said, “At present, there is a university in the field of defense in Gujarat, Gandhinagar that offers a PG (MA) Study in National Security at Gujarat Central University. This is the first undergraduate study in the field started by MSU involving a module of army training and the field of large-scale defense operations.”
The self-financed course, with a fee structure of Rs 24,000 for the first two years and Rs 28,000 for the third year, has been designed with recommendations of a committee of defence experts including Director at Centre for Security & Strategy of India Foundation Alok Bansal, Professor and Dean of Centre of Security Studies in Pune Sanjay Kumar Jha, head of department of Political Science at MS University Amit Dholakia, the introduction further reads.
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