Vohra unveils centre for discussion on national, regional, global issues
Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra on Saturday inaugurated a Ladakh International Centre (LIC) in Leh, an emerging think tank, which will provide platform to engage in informed discussion and research on national, regional and global issues.india Updated: Jun 17, 2014 18:23 IST
Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra on Saturday inaugurated a Ladakh International Centre (LIC) in Leh, an emerging think tank, which will provide platform to engage in informed discussion and research on national, regional and global issues.
Lt General Rakesh Sharma, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 14 Corps, and C Phunsog, former chief secretary, were special guest speakers on the occasion.
The LIC has been established by former ambassador P Stobdan without any financial assistance from either the Centre or the state.
The centre aims to provide information, analysis and dialogue facilitation for scientists, scholars, and policy-makers and hopes to become an information bridge between Ladakh and the rest of the country.
It will focus particularly on the problems and potentials of mountains and mountain people, such as food security and farming at the high altitude, energy, water, and ecosystem security, environmental monitoring, climate change and natural disasters.
The study of national and regional security is going to be high on the centre's agenda. It also aims to explore the strategic potentials of Ladakh not just for defence, but also as an outpost or as a spring board to advance India's interest across Asia.
Stobdan said the centre was designed to create a network of scholars and leaders of society with the objective of finding common interests and providing a platform for interaction and collective action.
It plans to bring out issue-briefs, a quarterly research bulletin and research paper series. This is perhaps the first think tank in Ladakh to undertake research with national perspective.
Ambassador (Prof) P Stobdan hopes to receive support from both the state and the Central governments. The Centre would eventually request the state and district administration to provide an adequate land for building a conference hall, conventional hall and a library.