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Western Command launches think tank ‘Gyan Chakra’

April 01, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:42 am IST - JAMMU:

A think tank on Defence and Strategic Affairs has been formed by the Army’s Western Command, aimed at providing an outlet to veterans for pursuing research on strategic and national security issues.

“Western Command in a new path breaking initiative has launched a Defence and Strategic Affairs Think Tank aptly named Gyan Chakra. There are a large number of defence veterans who have settled in the Tri City,” PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta said on Thursday.

Lt Col Mehta said that many of these veterans are prolific writers and subject matter experts in their own domain.

Despite having a wealth of experience these veterans had no outlet for pursuing research and intellectual activity in an organized manner.

’Gyan Chakra’ is being launched to fulfil a long-standing requirement of defence veterans though not articulated, he said.

“There are a number of Strategic Affairs Think Tanks like United Service Institution, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, Centre for Land Welfare Studies, Vivekananda International Foundation, Observer Research Foundation etc active in the National Capital Region but the remaining portion of Northern India is devoid of any such institution,” he said.

PRO said that the idea behind conceptualising this think tank is to attract leading strategic thinkers, defence analysts, scholars and academicians and provide them a platform to deliberate on strategic and national security issues.

’Gyan Chakra’ will be an extension of the Khetarpal Officers Institute (KOI), Chandimandir and will be co—located.

The think tank will offer facilities like, library, internet, research, round table discussions, lectures and seminars.

The membership will be open to the veterans of the Tri-City and serving officers at nominal subscription, he said.

Lt Col Mehta said that the launch of the initiative was announced by Lieutenant General K.J. Singh, Army Commander, Western Command, on March 16 this year. -- PTI

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