Bandhan has been dedicated to transforming lives through its holistic and differentiated programmes and interventions. To achieve its goal of creating meaningful impact, the H.P. Ghosh Research Centre was established under the aegis of Bandhan-Konnagar to provide a forum to Kolkata’s intellectual community to engage themselves with issues of nation-building in India and world politics. The Governing body of the Research centre consists of Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University, Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University and Prof. Sujit Basu, Working President, Rabindra Bharati Society, former Vice Chancellor, Visva Bharati University.
The goal of the research center is to enable interactions among relevant stakeholders, enhance research opportunities, academic excellence, real-world problem solving, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Initially it is proposed to have four verticals:
16th of May 2022 witnessed a glorious evening of upcoming strategic relationship building and overseas collaboration efforts pursued by Bandhan-Konnagar. Ms. Sarah Storey, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission New Delhi; Ms. Rowan Ainsworth, Australian Consul-General Kolkata and Mr. Daniel Sim Australian Deputy Consul-General Kolkata, visited HP Ghosh Research Centre, an Unit of Bandhan-Konnagar at the Bandhan Konnagar Head Office at Newtown Kolkata for discussions on strategic cooperation and potential joint initiatives around education, research and other ventures as part of overall strategic overseas collaboration efforts fostered by Bandhan-Konnagar.
The high officials of Australian High Commission met Prof. Suranjan Das Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University and Honorary Governing Body member of HP Ghosh Research Centre; Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor of Sister Nivedita University and Honorary Governing Body members of HP Ghosh Research Centre; and other senior members of HP Ghosh Research Centre and Bandhan Konnagar. The evening saw a great deliberation and way forward layout on India-Australia dialogue in the coming months.
HP Ghosh Research Center, Bandhan-Konnagar has successfully organised a seminar on “Geopolitical tensions in the Indo-Pacific: Towards a New Cold War?” on 16th September 2022 at Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Kolkata. Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne marked his presence and delivered a talk.
On the occasion, Professor Frank Vetere, Deputy Dean at the University of Melbourne, Mr. Brett Galt Smith Australian High Commission in India, Mr. Daniel Sim Deputy Consulate General Australia, Ms. Rowan Ainsworth, Australian Consul-General Kolkata, and Ms. Angelina Nair, Australian Consulate-General, Kolkata were present as other eminent international guests. Prof. D.J. Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University, and Prof. Surnjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University also attended the discussion.
Prof. Wesley touched on the significance of value-based Indian foreign policy. The session enlightened the participants with in-depth knowledge about the various aspects of developing a successful foreign policy to ensure a healthy cross-border relationship.