The Centre for African Studies at the University of Mumbai is the oldest of three departments in India that focuses exclusively on African affairs. The University Grants Commission (UGC) established the African Studies Programme in 1971-72, at the University of Mumbai, as a part of its efforts to develop Area Studies Programme at the University level. The African Studies Programme became a full fledged Centre of the University in 1984. The Centre is housed in the Area Studies Building located at Vidyanagari Campus of the University of Mumbai in Kalina, Santacruz (East). The Centre is financed by the UGC and University of Mumbai for its academic activities and development of infrastructural facilities.
The Centre is actively involved in research and inter-disciplinary teaching at the postgraduate level. The Centre offers M.A. degree in African Studies with an additional option of M.A. degree in African Studies in combination with other social science disciplines. The Centre offers a certificate course in International Trade (Africa) and a certificate course in Swahili language.In addition to teaching, the Centre has achieved academic excellence through its research programmes. The Centre for African Studies offers M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in African Studies. The teaching and research programme of the Centre covers both, traditional and contemporary African issues. The current research focus of the Centre includes India's Africa Policy, Emerging Powers and Africa, Indian Diaspora in Africa, African Diaspora in India, India's Energy Security issues in Africa, issues of governance and democracy in Africa and the Indian Ocean region. Over the years, the Centre has successfully undertaken several projects on Africa from governmental and non-governmental agencies and also organized international conferences, seminars, round tables and workshops. The Centre encourages fellows and scholars having an active interest in Africa to come and share their academic expertise with the students and faculty members at the Centre. The main purpose of such interactions is to strengthen the academic programmes of the Centre and facilitate the researchers to develop better understanding of African affairs.
The Centre for African Studies has an in-house documentation unit that provides documentation services to the faculty and researchers. It receives documents/reports from academic institutions and international organizations on a complimentary/exchange basis. Jawaharlal Nehru Library of the University located at Vidyanagari Campus also provides research space and other facilities to the scholars for doing research on Africa. It has a large collection of books and journals on African affairs. The Centre for African Studies has developed a successful relationship with trading and business houses who have constantly supported the Centre's academic endeavors through their participation and financial support.
The Centre publishes a bi-annual in-house journal African Currents which contains research articles written by the Centre's faculty and research students, lectures delivered at the Centre by eminent Africanists, bibliography prepared by the documentation unit of the Centre. Research papers and reports are also published by the Centre in the form of working papers. The Centre's main objective is to promote African Studies as an academic discipline with aholistic understanding of Africa with its social, cultural, economic and strategic specificities and to provide critical inputs to the policy makers; particularly in India's economic, strategic and political interest and to contribute towards Indian perspective of the region and issues.
The Centre's Documentation Unit is a reference library designed to support the curriculum and general information needs of faculty, research staff and students. It keeps in touch with the African Studies Institutions, both within and outside the country. It houses a variety of information on the African countries. The collection includes books, pamphlets and periodicals. The Centre has built a sizeable collection of primary and secondary source materials on African History, Economics, Geography, Politics and Sociology. The Documentation Unit of the Centre maintains a catalogue of the African collection of the University Library. It circulates:
The Documentation Unit consists of a Documentation Officer, Documentation Assistant and a Library Attendant.
Two libraries are maintained by the University (1) Jawaharlal Nehru Library, Vidyanagari Campus, and (2) University Library at Fort Campus. Application forms for Reader's Ticket are available in both libraries. This application may be submitted through the Centre with counter signature of the Head of the Department. Students should familiarize themselves with the University library rules governing (i) reading facilities in the library (ii) lending of books (iii) special facility to research students. All information regarding the library may be obtained from the Librarian, University of Mumbai.
The Boy's Hostels are maintained by the University of Mumbai for the students of the Departments of the University- at Churchgate and Vidyanagari Campus, Kalina, with limited number of seats. The University also maintains a Girls' Hostel at Kalina Campus with limited number of seats. Students seeking admission to the Hostel are required to fill in the application form, which must be submitted to the Warden before the beginning of the academic term for which the admission is sought. The form should be forwarded through the Head of the Department. The allocation of seats in the Hostel will be notified on the Hostel's Notice Board at the beginning of each term. Rules and regulations (Hostel fees, room rent and other charges as determined by the University) can be obtained from the Warden of the respective Hostels. Students otherwise eligible for admission to the Hostel may be admitted during a vacation, if such admission is sought for academic purposes. The postal addresses of the Hostels are:-
(1) International Students Hostel, 'C' Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020.
(2) Jugannath Sunkersett Hall, 'B' Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020.
(3) Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Boys Hostel, Vidyangari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098.
(1) Maharshi Dhondo Keshav Karve Girls' Hostel, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098.
(2) Dr. Pandita Ramabai Girls' Hostel, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098.
(3) Savitribai Phule Girls' Hostel, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400098.
The current research focus of the Centre includes India's Africa Policy, Emerging Powers and Africa, Indian Diaspora in Africa and African Diaspora in India and India's Energy Security Issues and Africa, Issues of Governance and Democracy in Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
It includes the following topics:
Over the years, the Centre has successfully organized international conferences, seminars, round tables and workshops.
Seminar "Niryat Bandhu on India's Exports: Africa, Russia, Central Asia" (14 February 2015)
International Seminar on "BRICS and Beyond: Vision for 2025" (17-18 September 2014)
Public lecture on "Investment opportunities in Rwanda" (28 March 2014)
Summit on "India's Energy Security: Focus Africa - Eurasia" (21 March 2014)
Workshop on "Dynamics of Risk Management in International Trade : Focus Africa" (8 May 2013)
International Conference on "Emerging Asian Powers in Africa." (14 - 15 February 2013)
National Seminar on "Researching Africa: Contemporary Doctoral Works in Indian Universities." (27 - 28 November 2012)
International Conference on "New Actors and Diaspora as Important Factors in Africa's International Relations and Development" (29 November 2012)
International Seminar on 'The 'North' and the 'South' :Changing Ideas, Evolving Policies" (17-18 February, 2012)
International Conference on "India-Africa Enduring Partnership: Emerging Areas of Co-operation" ( 2 - 4 March 2011)
International Conference on "India, Africa and Food Security: Between the Summits." (10- 11January 2011)
International Conference on "South-South Cooperation: Africa on the Centre Stage." (23 - 25 February 2009)
Workshop on "Emerging Sectors in India-Africa Cooperation: Indian Pharmaceutical Exports to East Africa." (17 September 2008).
Seminar on "India-Africa Relations: Emerging Policy and Development Perspective." (23 - 25July 2006)
National Seminar on "Business Opportunities in Africa." (10 March 2004)
National Seminar on "Unity and Development in the 21st Century: Afro-Asian Perspective." ( 9 March 2004)
Workshop on "Doing Business with Africa: The Role of Industrial Association." (26 March 2003)
International Conference on "Indian Ocean Island States and Littoral: Conflict and Co - operation." (19 - 21 April 2001)
National Seminar on "Changing Pattern of Interdependence: Regional and Global" (29 - 31 January 1998)
Seminar on "Area Studies Programme in Indian Universities." (12 - 13 April 1996)
National Seminar on "Conflict Situation in Africa." (15 - 17 December 1994)
Name : Dr. (Mrs) Aparajita Biswas
Qualification : M.A. Ph.D. (Mumbai University, Mumbai, 1990)
Designation : Director & Professor
Area & Subject Specialization: African Studies/International Relations /India-Africa Relations/Indian Ocean region / South and Southern Africa/ Energy Security issues
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Name : Dr. Manendra V. Sahu
Qualification : M.A. Ph.D. (Mumbai University, Mumbai, 2000)
Designation : Senior Lecturer
Area & Subject Specialization : Security / International Relations / India- Africa Relations
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Name : Dr. (Mrs) Renu Modi,
Qualification : M.A. Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 1995)
Designation : Senior Lecturer
Area & Subject Specialization: India-Africa Trade Relations, South-south Cooperation, Development and Displacement, India-Africa Development Cooperation
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Name: Dr. Vidhan Pathak
Qualification: Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2006)
Designation: Assistant Professor
Area & Subject Specialization: Political Science/International Relations/African Affairs.
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Centre for African Studies,
University of Mumbai,
Area Studies Bldg. Opposite Ranade Bhavan,
Vidyanagari Campus, Santacruz (E),
Mumbai - 400098
Tel. No.: 022 26543417/022 26530241
Fax: 022 26530241