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Building a career in defence and strategic studies: The roadmap to success

Takhellambam Nepolin *



In the intricate tapestry of career choices, navigating the dynamic landscape of Manipur's education scenario can be a daunting task. Among the many promising avenues available to students today, Defence and Strategic Studies stand out as a discipline that is both relevant and rapidly growing, offering numerous opportunities for those interested in security issues.

Manipur, located in the conflict-ridden and insurgency-affected North Eastern comer of India, holds a crucial strategic position as a border State and plays a significant role in India's Act East Policy as a gateway to South East Asia. Against this backdrop, the introduction of dedicated programs in Defence and Strategic Studies marks a significant milestone in the State educational narrative.

For the first time, Manipur is witnessing the introduction of such programs at Naorem Birahari College, Khundrak-pam, which has pioneered the initiative by offering an Undergraduate degree in Defence and Strategic Studies under the establishment of Manipur University.

This significant step forward is complemented by Manipur University with the introduction of Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in National Security Studies. These programs are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and address complex security issues, making them highly valuable in today's global landscape.

The Bachelor program offers a comprehensive curriculum that includes subjects on recruitment and counselling for those willing to join the Indian Tri-Services and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). This component of the curriculum is particularly beneficial as it provides students with valuable insights and preparation, aiding them in fulfilling their dreams of joining the Armed forces.

The program encompasses a wide range of topics, including Military History, Strategic Theories, Defence Management, Non-Traditional Security and International Relations. By studying these subjects, students gain a broad perspective on national and international security challenges, enhancing their analytical and strategic thinking skills. The key benefits of these programs extend beyond academic knowledge.

Graduates of Defence and Strategic Studies are well-prepared for a wide array of career opportunities. They can pursue careers in the armed forces, intelligence agencies, defence research organizations, and international bodies.

The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach of the curriculum, which integrates elements of Political Science, History, Economics, Geography, International Relation and Science &Technology, provides a well-rounded education that is highly valued in various professional fields.

Additionally, advanced degrees like MA and PhD open up higher-level opportunities in policy-making, research, and teaching, allowing graduates to contribute significantly in the field of security and strategic planning.

The current geo-political of Manipur allowed the subjects to build a career in the security sector. The State’s unique position and the challenges it faces make Defence and Strategic Studies an ideal field of study for those who wish to make a meaningful impact on National Security.

Interested students must take advantage of the course to carve out a successful career in this field. By doing so, they not only fulfil their personal and professional aspirations but also contribute to the security and strategic objectives of the Nation. The establishment of these programs in Manipur signifies a strategic move towards fostering a robust educational framework that aligns with security needs.

It represents an opportunity for students in Manipur to access high-quality education in a field that is of paramount importance. The presence of the program highlights the evolving educational priorities in Manipur, positioning it as a significant player in the realm of security studies in India.

In essence, the advent of Defence and Strategic Studies programs in Manipur heralds a new era of educational excellence intertwined with strategic foresight. By providing a platform for students to explore their interests and pursue their aspirations in the security sector, these programs open doors to a realm of possibilities.

Through their academic journey, students not only embark on a path of personal growth but also contribute to the broader goal of securing the nation's future. In a world fraught with uncertainties, Manipur's foray into security studies stands as , a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a safer and more secure tomorrow.

It is incumbent upon the students to grasp these opportunities and chart their career towards a fulfilling career dedicated to the service and security of the Nation.


* Takhellambam Nepolin wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on May 26 2024.



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