The Centre for North East Studies (C-NESt) was set up in January 2021in the Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva Viswavidyalaya as a specialised centre in area studies. The centre proposed to establish itself as an “academy” of international standard for the purpose of carrying out research, and imparting, disseminating, spreading and promoting knowledge. learning and education for a better understanding of the North East India. The Centre also has a focus on extending globally the philosophy of Srimanta Sankardeva, the 15th century vaishnavite saint, scholar, socio-religious reformer and cultural icon who aimed at an egalitarian, inclusive and holistically developed society. In addition, as a research, consultancy and extension centre, C-NESt will also engage with research that sits discretely in social, cultural and political history and with all related academic fields that is within and between these fields. C-NESt will thus explore linkages between economics, cultural, social and political aspects of life in North East India.
The objectives of the Centre for North East Studies (C-NESt) will be based on five activity pillars. These will focus on North East India and include as under:
The Centre is now in the process of finalizing PhD research in topics related to anthropology, political science, history, economics, geography, folklore and cultural studies. It is being managed by a Director, supervised by a Management Board, and has an Advisory Committee of renowned domain experts.