INTERNATIONAL Conclave (3-7 April,2019)

By: Professor Imran Saleem | Posted on: 21 Jan 2019

                    3-4 April 2019                      5 April 2019                     6-7 April 2019

Celebrating 50 year of Indo-Bhutan Friendship

1. Introduction
          Diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan were established in 1968 with a special office of India in Thimphu. The basic framework of India-Bhutan bilateral relations was the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1949 between the two countries, which was further revised in February 2007. The India-Bhutan Friendship Treaty not only reflects the contemporary nature of our relationship but also lays the foundation for their future development in the 21st century.
         The Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan is being celebrated. As we celebrate half a century of India and Bhutan relations, we propose to celebrate the same through joint interaction of India and Bhutan with the rest of the world through a three phased academic program being hosted at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.
         AMU has joined hands with Gedu College of Business Studies, Royal University of Bhutan. GCBS and AMU have organized multiple very successful event in the past hosted by GCBS, Bhutan. These events are the attempt to take this relationship further by celebrating the relationship between the two countries.

1.1. Significance of the Event
         The Indo-Bhutan relationship is not only strong but strategic for both the countries. The organizers also believe that the general awareness among the Indian Society, has been in terms of Indo-Bhutan relation, is found to be low. This event aspires to create awareness about the importance of the Indo-Bhutan relations and deliberate on strengthening the economic situation in the two countries. The Organizers believe that Entrepreneurship is a building block of economic activities in the region. Henceforth, the theme on which international delegates will deliberate has been kept as “START UP TO SCALE UP: Management & Policy Interventions”. Further, organizers feel that it would be unfair on the part of the event management, if direct learning doesn’t happen. In order to facilitate the learning component Organizers intend to offer a two days pre conference workshop revolving around research methodology, keeping in the mind the research areas benefitting the two nations. The proposed celebration week is divided in three parts i.e. A pre Conference Workshop for two days, One Day International Symposium on Indo-Bhutan relations, followed by two days International Conference.

The Organizers

1. Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is an Indian public central university. It was originally established by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan as Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College in 1875. The Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College was renamed as Aligarh Muslim University in 1920. The main campus of AMU is located in the city of Aligarh. Spread over 467.6 hectares, AMU offers more than 300 courses in both traditional and modern branches of education. Additionally, AMU has three off-campus centers at Malappuram (Kerala), Murshidabad (West Bengal) and Kishanganj (Bihar). The university comprises all castes, creeds, religions and genders, and is an Institute of National Importance provided under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution. Internationally, AMU was ranked 801-1000 in the QS World University Rankings of 2018. The same organization ranked it 238 in Asia and 161-170 among BRICS nations. It was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018, 158 in Asia] and 157 among BRICS & Emerging Economies in 2017. It was ranked 17 in India overall by the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018, and 10th among universities.
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2. Gedu College of Business Studies, Royal University of Bhutan
The Royal University of Bhutan founded on June 2, 2003 by a royal decree, is the national university system of Bhutan. The university was established to consolidate the management of tertiary education in Bhutan. It is a decentralized university with eight constituent colleges and one affiliated college spread across the kingdom. The principle which influenced the development of a university system was the government's priority for equitable development. Then, the Royal University of Bhutan shifted the faculty of Commerce and its students from Sherubtse College to this business college in 2008. Appointing Mr. Lhato Jamba as the Project Director, he was tasked to lay the foundation and supervise the modifications of the existing infrastructure into an educational institution. Subsequently, he took over as the first director of the college. Currently, Dr. Sonam Choiden as its second President manages the overall administration, management and development of the college. The college has 72 faculty and 75 administrative staff and 1603 students during the 2017-2018 academic session.
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