School of International Relations and Strategic Studies (SIRSS)


  • University of Mumbai

The University of Mumbai is one of the largest universities in the world. As of 2013, the university had 711 affiliated colleges. University was started in accordance with “Wood’s despatch”, drafted by Sir Charles Wood in 1854.The University of Mumbai was established in 1857 after the presentation of a petition from the Bombay Association to the British colonial government in India. The University of Mumbai was modelled on similar universities in the United Kingdom, specifically the University of London. University being among most prestigious knowledge centre in western India to engaged scholars and fraternity in the development of academics.

  • School of International Relations and Strategic Studies (SIRSS)

General Manoj Mukund Narvane, Chief of Army Staff, PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC inaugurated the School of International Relations and Strategic Studies (SIRSS) where he congratulated the university for laying foundation of the strategic and cultural establishment and complimented the visionaries for seeding the ideas and successfully implementing it. He explained how India has always been a land of strategic thinkers and philosophers such as Chanakya, Manu and Banabhatta. He further mentioned the dynamic global order that inspires us to draw inspiration from rich ancient heritage writings by these scholars. He touched upon how pandemic of 2019 has redefined geostrategic dynamics and shed some light on the churn that is taking place in the geopolitical-dynamic order of the world and how it has affected us all.

University of Mumbai has started the School of International Relations and Strategic Studies (SIRSS)from Academic year 2021-22. The inauguration ceremony was held on 10th June 2021, in presence of Chief Guest General Manoj Mukund Narvane then (Chief of Army Staff), Guest of honour Prof. Suhas Pednekar has been the Vice Chancellor of University of Mumbai. Along with other distinguish guest Prof. Ravindra Kulkarni, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Mumbai. Prof. Rajesh Kharat, Dean Faculty of Humanities. School led the foundation of academia to develop the academic and Research culture in IR, Area Studies and Strategic thought. School offers MA (hons) post-graduate degree and PG Diploma in International Relations and Strategic Studies, this subject is one of the vital components of various professional courses as well as career-oriented examinations such as Civil services and Think tanks. In Maharashtra there was need to develop institutes or organizations which can provide the professional training or any mechanism to make them, (especially, aspirant of civil service) to understand the basic concepts and theories of International Relations/ Studies as well as strategic thoughts from the defense perspective. University of Mumbai is first State university in western region to offer course in International relations and strategic studies.

  • Course

International and Strategic Studies, basically deals with the multiple disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities, like studying the political developments and socio-economic profile as well as art literature and cultural traits of the other nations that is foreign countries. This would help them to carry out their own countries relations in cordial manner. Having background of vivid disciplines, the young scholars are always giving the impression of being representatives of their own state. In India we have Indian Council for Cultural Relations provides an avenues and opportunities to prove themselves in different countries of the world.

In this Masters programme they intend to study in depth the knowledge of the different social, cultural, political and economic issues of other nations from Indian perspective to co-relate India’s polity, socio-economic conditions and cultural ethos with other nations.

After completion of this Masters Course there is an ample scope to work as research analysts, journalists, an advisor, consultants to many international organizations and Foreign Embassies, Consulates, High Commissions and Multinational Agencies and their different programme. Moreover, after developing the expertise in special skills of the Subject Knowledge being policy advisors these young graduates can work in the national or international sector, aiding governments or organizations. The course will also help to the various competitive examinations aspirants as International Relations and Foreign Policy becomes focus areas of UPSC and State Services Boards conducted examinations.

The special component of Strategic Studies, primarily the military aspects of the various strategic thoughts whether its’ Ancient Indian Strategies or Modern Strategies, it would educate the scholars to comprehend with numerous tactics of Proxy-Wars or War-like situation around. This would help them to understand the nature of counter-strikes and to know that how countries protect themselves and how world politics influences policy measures for the security of a nation.

Mumbai being HQ of Western Naval Command of Indian Navy and Pune being HQ of Southern Command of Indian Army other Institutions of NDA, CME and AFMC the association with these institutions may help to inculcate the sense of nationalism and nationhood.

Semester One Course Work of Three Papers: 2 Core and 1 Elective and Research Paper One Term paper along with Presentations
Semester Two Course Work of Three Papers: 2 Core and 1 Elective and Research Paper One Tutorial/One Book Review along with Presentations
Semester Three Course Work of Three papers: 2 Core and 1 Elective and Research Paper Writing Research Proposal along with Presentations
Semester Four M.A. Dissertation (100 to 120 Pages).

And one Skilled Based Paper

Any Theme/Topic of the Course Content and Policy-oriented So that it could be published as Policy-Brief.



Post-Graduate Course

Programme Name M.A.(Hons) in International Relations and Strategic Studies
Eligibility Any Graduate from any field/discipline is eligible to apply for MA Degree Course subject to the clearance of entrance examination
Examination Scheme Choice Based Credit System (60:40 Pattern) (External & Internal)
Admission Admission procedure starts in the month of Mid-June
Fee Structure Fees for Indian Students – Rs. 46,171/- (Annually)
Duration 2 Years (04 Semesters)
Career Avenues: Civics Services, Research and Teaching, Think Tanks, Journalism and Media, NGO’s etc.


Diploma Course

Programme Name Post Graduate Diploma Course in International Relations and Strategic Studies
Duration One Year (2 Semester)
Eligibility Graduate in any subject/ discipline
Examination Scheme Choice Based Credit System (60:40 Pattern) (External & Internal)
Admission Admission procedure starts in the month of Mid-June
Fee Structure Fee for Indian Students – Rs. 46,171/-
Career Avenues Research and Teaching, NGO’s and Think Tanks Government Projects, Law, Journalism, etc.



Prof. Shailendra Deolankar, Director, School of International Relations and Strategic Studies (SIRSS). Sir is a renowned researcher and columnist on international relations and foreign affairs for the last two decades. He completed his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the prestigious School of International Studies – Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a gold medallist of the Pune University for his Masters in Political Science. He has authored 10 books on international relations and foreign affairs and published research articles in national and international journals. He is a recognized research guide on International Relations.  He has been teaching international relations and he is a renowned strategic analyst on contemporary world politics.



Mr. Bhushan Thakare, I/c. Co-ordinator and Assistant Professor, School of International Relations and Strategic Studies (SIRSS)

Mr. Bhushan is the faculty of Political Science in Institute of Distance and open learning, University of Mumbai.  He has completed his Master (Hons) in Politics from University of Mumbai. He is Research Scholar in International Relations and Foreign Policy.



Visiting Faculties:

1.      Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gautam, Retd. Colonel (Indian Army)

2.      Prof. Bharat Desai, SIS, JNU

3.      Prof. Manish Dabhade, CIPOD, JNU

4.      Ms. Anehi Mundra, Research Scholar, JNU

5.      Dr. Pawan Kumar, University of Delhi

6.      Dr. Urbi das, Jadhavpur University

7.      Dr. Avinash Godbole, OP Jindal global University

8.      Dr. Nihar Nayak, Fellow, MP-IDSA, New delhi

9.      Dr. Abhishek Srivastava, School of International Relations, JNU

10.  Dr. Moumita Mondal, Fellow, SIS, JNU

11.  Dr. Priya Sawant, University of Mumbai  

Guest Speakers

  1. General Manoj Mukund Narvane, Chief of Army Staff, PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC
  2. Lieutenant General D. B. Shekatkar PVSM, AVSM, VSM
  3. Shrikant Paranjpe, Adjunct Professor, Dept of Defence and Strategic Studies, SPPU, Pune
  4. Sreeram Sundar Chaulia – JSIA – OP Jindal Global University
  5. Professor Harsh V Pant is Vice President – Studies and Foreign Policy at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi.

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School of International Relations and Strategic Studies (SIRSS)

Rajiv Gandhi Centre, Near Sanskrit Bhavan, Vidyanagari,

Santacruz East, Mumbai-98


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