6th All India Conference of China Studies (AICCS) begins at IIM Kozhikode


Kozhikode, December 12, 2013: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) today announced the inauguration of 6th All India Conference of China Studies (AICCS).The conference is hosted by the institute in collaboration with the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi from December 12-14, 2013. The conference was inaugurated by Mr. Ashok Kantha, Ministry of External Affairs & Ambassador-Designate to the People's Republic of China, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Prof. Alka Acharya, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies & Convenor of the Conference and Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, Chairman, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS).

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, said "China's self-description of itself as 'socialism with Chinese characteristics' has its contradictions but there is no denying the fact it has served the cause of China's economic and social change remarkably and for that reason alone it deserves our serious attention. In this sense the theme of the sixth All India Conference of China studies is quite aptly summed up as 'Reforms, Management and Social Transformation in China'."

He further added, "
Emerging economies such as China and India have borrowed all they can by way of technology and resources and they now need to start innovating and inventing on their own. The richer our countries get, the tougher the growth challenge and the more is the need for innovation and experimentation."

Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, Chairman, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), emphasized the need for understanding and learning the strengths of China and India without getting swayed away by emotions, creating a shining place of new thought.

Prof. Alka Acharya, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies & Convenor of the Conference, highlighted the convergence and similarities of the two nations and to build bridges not only in political space but also in the cultural, social and economic spheres.

The annual All India Conference of China Studies (AICCS) is a flagship event of the Institute of China Studies (ICS), New Delhi which is partially funded by the Indian Council of Social Research. Its principal objective is to spread interest and strengthen research in China and East Asian Studies in India. This conference will provide a glimpse of the current research on China and on China-India comparative studies in India across a range of disciplines from history to culture, from internal Chinese political developments to Chinese foreign policy.  The Conference is attended by over 60 participants, with over 50 papers lined up for presentation. The event is slated to provide the delegates a knowledge sharing platform to understand the role of economic reforms in bringing economic well being in China and important lessons it holds for the developing world. The best papers presented in the conference will be selected for publication in the ICS journal, China Report, which will receive even wider dissemination nationally and internationally.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr. Ashok Kantha, Ministry of External Affairs & Ambassador-Designate to the People's Republic of China stated the focus of Chinese government on social equity and on extending prosperity across the board in order to deal with the complexities  of Chinese society that have resulted from unbridled economic growth in the past few decades. He further highlighted as to how China's socialist market economy hold lessons for democratic developing countries like India.

He further highlighted that, "China's contribution to the transformation of the society is improvisation. Improvisation being the norm, the path that China was treading a road, less taken by others."

China has made rapid economic progress at a speed unprecedented in world history since the introduction of social reforms in 1978 and is projected to become the world's largest economy by 2029. In this regard the theme of the conference is, 'Reforms, Management and Social Transformation'. In addition to this special theme animating the conference, it will also have sessions that are devoted to topics like review of the field of China Studies in India across multiple disciplines including society, economy, politics and foreign policy, Sino Indian bilateral economic relations and the research work of young, emerging scholars in East Asian Studies across disciplines.

The AICCS is held once every year, in an Indian academic institution where research and teaching on China Studies are conducted. The conference has three principal parts: an examination of the state of the field of China Studies in the country, a special theme for the conference and, a focus on the latest work of MPhil/PhD scholars.

For further details please refer to the conference webpage:

About Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Started in 1997 with its Postgraduate Programme (PGP), the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) is on a high growth trajectory today, offering widest range of academic programmes in the field of management education. PGP student's intake for 2009 was 309 students i.e. 5 times in 7 years thus making it the fastest growing management school in the country to reach that landmark. This was done keeping the quality of the programme high, as the Institute continued to maintain its sound placement record, ranking among the top 5 institutes in the country.

IIMK pioneered Interactive Distance Learning (IDL) for working executives in India. The Institute is today a leader in Faculty Development Programmes (FDP) and is the major QIP (Quality Improvement Programme) Centre of the All Indian Council of Technical Education, in the field of management education. A significant step was taken for incubation of a Centre of Excellence jointly with Government of Kerala, which is one of its kinds in India, to help the Scheduled Castes/tribes students overcome their deficiencies in communication, personality, etc. Spread over about 100 acres of land, the Institute is situated on two hillocks in Kunnamangalam area of ancient city of Calicut in Kerala, is one of the most picturesque oxy-rich campuses in the country. A strong fleet of highly experienced and dedicated faculty coupled with the state-of-art knowledge resources and cutting edge computing & communication infrastructure enables IIMK offer a life time experience to the student as well as the research community. The Institute has recently opened the Indian Business Museum, the first of its kind in the country, which aims at promoting entrepreneurship among the youngsters as well as acknowledging the profound contributions of the business houses and other visionaries. IIMK, today, is synonymous with a thought leader globalizing Indian thought systems and driving its application to the current corporate scenario.

IIMK has now set up a Satellite campus at Infopark, Kochi, dedicated to Executive Education.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. M.G. Sreekumar            |    Ms. Meghana Bangalore
Head, Media Relations, IIMK |    Adfactors PR, Kochi
+91- 9447654066              |    +91-9742660399
mgsree@iimk.ac.in             |    meghana.bangalore@adfactorspr.com

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
IIM K Campus P.O., Calicut 673 570, Kerala

Source: By E-mail (December 12, 2013)

Published on IndianMBA.com on December 13, 2013


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