MPSE-001: India and World

By Prof. Satish Kumar   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 922

India has emerged as a power to reckon with in world affairs. As India rises in the world order, it should not only visualize its interests, strategies and vision with great clarity but also communicate them effectively to the world. This course offers a comprehensive overview of India’s foreign policy, bilateral relations with other nations, regional and international organizations etc. It gives insights about changing contours of the world politics and India’s evolving images of the world.  It imparts knowledge about India as a rising economic powerhouse, nuclear-armed state and as an important regional power also. The course engages discussion and analysis of the key contemporary global issues such as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, ecological issues, international terrorism, migration and human security. In fact,  it is a comprehensive course which is intended to make you aware at an advanced academic level about the theoretical issues and specific themes that are central to India’s World view and Vice versa. It will be quite helpful for the aspirants of different competitive examinations and interviews also. 
Course Credit-4

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 01 Sep 2021
End Date :
Enrollment Ends : 30 Oct 2021
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Evolution of India's World view

Prof S. D. Muni

India’s Foreign Policy: An Overview

Prof Satish Kumar

Approaches to the Study of India’s Foreign Policy

Dr Amitabh Singh



Determinants of India’s foreign policy

Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar

Decision-making Institutions of India’s Foreign Policy and Function

Dr Rajiv Nayan

India’s Foreign Policy in Nehru Era

Prof. Satish Kumar

India’s Foreign Policy during Cold War

Dr. Maheep



India’s Foreign Policy after Cold War

Prof. S. D. Muni

India’s Foreign Policy under NDA – I

Prof.. Satish Kumar

India’s Foreign Policy in NDA-II

Mr. Prafulla Ketkar


India-US Relations

Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra

India-European Union Relations

Amb. Arun Kumar Singh

India-Russia Relations


India-Russia Relations

Prof. Swaran Singh

India-China Relations

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan

India-Japan relations



India’s first Neighbourhood-first policy

Prof.  Rajen Harshe

India-Pakistan Relations

Prof. Satish Kumar 

India-Nepal relations

Prof. Sanjay K  Bhardwaj

India – Sri Lanka Relations

Dr. Saurabh

India-Myanmar Relations

Dr. Maheep

India-Bhutan Relations

India-Maldives Relations



India’s Look East and India's Act-East Policy

Prof. Harsh V. Pant

India’s Look West Policy

Dr. Amit Singh

India-South East Asian Countries

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

India in Indo-Pacific Theatre


India and West Asia

Prof. Girijesh Pant

India and Central Asia

Dr. Aprajita Kashyap

India – South America Relations

Dr. Maheep

India-Latin America-Caribbean (LAC)

India-GCC States Relations 



India’s National Security

Dr. Maheep

India’s Nuclear Policies and Nonproliferation

India and Terrorism

Humanitarian Intervention


India and Regional Organisations

Amb. Rajeev Sikri

India’s Foreign Economic Policy 

Non-Government International Institutions (World Bank, IMF and WTO etc.)


India’s Geopolitics, Strategic Stature and Leadership

Dr. Uttam Singh

India’s Environmental Challenges

Dr. Maheep

India and Energy Security Issues

India’s Non-Traditional Security


India’s Policy towards Africa

Dr. Nivedita Ray


Prof. Amitabh Mattoo

India and United Nations

Books and references

IGNOU Study Material available at www.egyankosh.ac.in

Instructor bio

Prof. Satish Kumar

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Dr. Satish Kumar is a Professor in Faculty of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi since January 01, 2021. He had started his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, MMH College, Ghaziabad affiliated to Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. He had also worked as Associate Professor in the Centre for International Relations, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He served as professor and was the Head of Department of Political Science at the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh. He pursued his academic research in higher studies viz. MA, MPhil and Ph.D. in International Relations from School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As part of his administrative experiences, he served as the Dean of School of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, and was the Chief Proctor at the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh. He was the Dean of School of Social Sciences at the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He served as the Head of the Centre for International Relations, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He was the member of Executive Council as well as of Academic Council of the Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh. Currently, he is a member of the University Court representing Learned Professions and Special Interests at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong also. 

  Prof. Kumar’s major fields of academic interest are International Relations and Area Studies – Politics, Society and culture of South Asia, Central Asia, Indo-Pacific and South East Asia. India’s Foreign Policy, India’s bilateral Relations with other countries, International and regional Organisations, National Defence, Security and Strategic Studies, Globalisation, Gandhi and Peace studies, Conflict Resolution, Government & Politics of India, Non-Government Organisation and Civil Society,  Environment and Sustainable Development.

He is a prolific writer and published more than three thousands articles in national dailies (Hindi & English both) in the above-mentioned fields on contextual and concurrent issues. He has written 04 books (Solo & Edited) and 26 research articles to his credit, published in reputed national and international peer-reviewed journals. Under his able guidance and supervision, 10 MPhil and 05 PhD Research Scholars had submitted their theses and were conferred their degrees. He has also been a member of the Editorial Boards of national journals. He has delivered more than 25 invited lectures in different universities across the country. He participates as Panelist for different Electronic Media: Lok Sabha TV, Doordarshan, Republic Bharat, India News, TV-18 and others. His research articles and chapters in edited volumes have appeared in many collections as well as internationally reputed journals.

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