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  • Institute of Chinese Studies-AnantaCentre CHINA SYMPOSIA SERIES In collaboration with Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune

Institute of Chinese Studies-Ananta Centre
In collaboration with Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune
Whither China? Politics, Economy, Society and Education
Background on the China Symposia

Session Report

India and China are large and populous neighbours, with each country having a long history and a rich civilisational heritage. During the first millennium A.D., there was considerable trade and cultural interflow between the two civilisations, the legacies of which are to be found in the art, science, poetry and literature of the two countries. But today, this historical memory has faded, and modern Indians know very little about China.  The discourse on China in the popular media tends to be both limited and polarised around the security and geopolitical issues on which there are divergent perspectives. At a time when both nations -- with a joint population of nearly 3 billion  -- are powerful actors rising on the world stage, such mutual ignorance can lead--at best--to missed opportunities for common prosperity, and at worst, to conflict born out of misunderstanding and misapprehension. It is thus of vital importance to develop a broader and deeper multi-dimensional understanding of China within a broad range of opinion-leaders in India, particularly amongst the younger generation (and likewise in China).

 "The China Symposia" developed jointly by the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi  and Ananta Centre, New Delhi, was launched in 2015 aiming to generate a broader and deeper multi-dimensional understanding of China. Consisting of a series of one and a half an hour long sessions spread over a period of six months followed by a Round Table discussion, the programme was designed to address key questions about China that arise amongst many of us, but are rarely discussed in depth.  Panels of experts from both India and China were mobilized to initiate un-depth discussions, with the aim of both informing and providing new insights and also provoking general interest and curiosity in the themes selected. In the first season 2015-2016, the three symposia explored the dynamic regional and global context of India- China relations, and the changing Chinese domestic situation. The final session in this series critically analysed the future of bilateral economic relationship between Two Asian giants.

The upcoming session, in collaboration with the Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune commencing on 29 November 2016, will look at the broader issues arising out of China's polity and economy along with its social structure and education strategy. The conference is titled as, “Whither China? Politics, Economy, Society and Education”. Questions of identity and ethnicity in China, the evolution of society and politics in China and the impact of demography, education and finally the course of Chinese politics, its alternative "China Model" and its likely impact on the world would be the issues to be discussed in the conference.

29 November 2016
Venue- Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune

Session 1

3:00 - 3:10 PM

Welcome Remarks:

Ms. Shivali Lavale Director, Symbiosis School of International Studies


3:10- 4:45 PM


Moderator - Kishan Rana

Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies


1. China in World Politics

Alka Acharya, Director and Senior Fellow, ICS

2. The Chinese Economy

Sridhar Venkiteswaran, Executive Director, Avalon Consulting and OC&C Strategy Consultants, India

3. How China Sees the World

Wenjuan Zhang, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for International Collaborations of JindalGlobal Law School


4:45- 5:00 PM:

Coffee/Tea Break

Session 2

5:00-6:45 PM


Moderator- Dr. John Kurrien, Director Emeritus, Centre For Learning Resources, Pune


1. Change and Stability in Chinese Society

Ravi Bhoothalingam, Honorary Fellow, ICS

2. Education in China

Abhimanyu Singh, Former Director to office in Beijing and at present, International Consultant to UNESCO

3. The Party in Chinese Life

Wenjuan Zhang, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for International Collaborations of Jindal Global Law School


6:45 -7:00 PM:

Conclusion and Vote of Thanks

Ms. Shivali Lavale Director, Symbiosis School of International Studies

CVs and Contact Details

Ms.Shivali Lavale
Ms.Shivali Lavale

Prior to joining the Symbiosis School of International Studies, Ms. Lawale, worked for over more than a decade at the United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris, France. She has worked in the capacity of Programme Specialist on two of the UN’s priority programmes in education and international development – Education for All and Education for Sustainable Development. These programmes covered a variety of contemporary issues like peace and conflict, human rights, climate change and gender issues, among others.

She has also taught the post-graduate programme in French studies at the University of Pune. Ms. Lawale has an M.Phil in International Cooperation in Education and Training from the Sorbonne University and an M.A. in International Relations from the prestigious Sciences Po, Paris. She also has an M.A. and M.Phil in French studies from Pondicherry University.

She has authored articles on education and sustainable development that have been published in international journals and publications and has presented papers at prestigious international conferences like the biennial International Conference on Education and Development, UK, and the Human Development and Capability Association (HDCA) annual conferences. She is also member of the HDCA, an association that was established in 2004 by Prof. Amartya Sen and Prof. Martha Nussbaum.

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