Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar

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Department of MA in South and South-East Asian Studies


M.A. in South and South-East Asian Studies

Studies on South and South-East Asia are abundantly relevant to Odishan history and culture. The great maritime tradition of ancient Odisha establishes an unbroken linkage with countries of South and South-East Asia. The cultural interaction between the Kalinga and the South-East Asian countries constitute important chapters of respective histories. Hence, further studies on this aspect of Odishan history are relevant because of inadequacy of works in the field.

Emergence of regional cooperation has become a global trend in the past few decades. South Asia and South-East Asia are such regional identities, politically endorsed by SAARC and ASEAN. The ‘Looking East’ policy of India in recent times has given a new thrust for a comparative and comprehensive study of the said regions. Among the new Indian Universities, which got the cue, the Utkal University of Culture is the first to introduce an M.A. programme in South and South-East Asian Studies with a stress on the region’s classical as well as contemporary culture including study of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.


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