New development opportunity for Monash researcher

Kamala Kanta Dash

Kamala Kanta Dash

Kamala Kanta Dash of the School of Political and Social Inquiry has been invited to develop a new School of International Studies at his alma mater, Ravenshaw University. 

Mr Dash, a current PhD Candidate at the Monash Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), studied his Masters in Political Science and World Affairs at Ravenshaw, based in Odisha, India. He will work with academics there to develop the school, which is modeled on the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. 

Ravenshaw is the first university to start a dedicated international studies school in the state of Odisha. Mr. Dash is an alumnus of Ravenshaw where he studied for his MA in Political Science and World Affairs. 

Mr Dash who has been recently appointed as a Carnegie New Leader (CNL) at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, USA takes a decade long experience in teaching, training and policy analysis to shape the new school. Kamala is also a current Australian Ambassador for the Parliament of World’s Religions, Chicago, USA.  

Professor Niranjan Barik, the Coordinator of the School with whom Kamala has been working for last two years to develop the school, said he has great confidence in Mr Dash. 

“With his Australian experience and higher academic training at Monash, Mr Dash is a rare combination of expertise in teaching political science and international relations with a demonstrated career in community service,” Professor Barik said. 

Mr Dash's role as one of the founding members of the School will involve Curriculum Development, Teaching, Mentoring and Training MA and MPhil/PhD students in International Relations, Political Thought, Public Policy and Social Research Methods. 

He will also be involved in preparing the communication and branding strategy, collaborating with the faculty to design new courses, fundraising, establishing journals and seminars, exploring academic collaborations, developing projects for research funding and creating other required resources and support for students and teachers at SIS.