IIT- Madras has decided to take on China. In an attempt to study the route of China's progress, IIT-M will set up an observatory to study China- right from Mao Tse Tung's revolution and Deng Xioping's reforms to every step that the Dragon takes today.
The proposal, approved by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, calls for every IIT to pick any country they want and establish an observatory and study the developments of nations that are important to India.
The idea of setting up such centres has been borrowed from the West. The burgeoning Indian economy led many universities in UK and the USA to start observatories that most commonly watched India and China. These observatories are as much international watchdogs as they are vehicles for turbocharging bilateral relations.
According to experts, a centre of studies on a foreign country may be established with a view to develop expertise on countries of strategic importance to our home country. These centres will not only act as watchdogs but also as advisory boards to officials in external affairs.
The reason why IIT-Madras has picked China is that China is India's closest and strongest rival on the world stage. IIT-M believes that an engaged study of policy would provide a sound basis for creating an interpretative framework which will help in understanding the Dragon.
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