Proff. Warikoo Profile

Professor Kulbhushan Warikoo is an eminent educationist, author and scholar, who has been teaching for over 25 years at the Central Asian Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Internationally known for his distinguished service to Himalayan, Central Asian, Eurasian and Silk Route Studies, Prof. Warikoo is a leading thinker and writer having published 18 books, most of them of pioneering nature. These include Himalayan Frontiers of India, Religion and Security in South and Central Asia, Cultural Heritage of Jammu and Kashmir, Afghanistan: Challenges and Opportunities, Bamiyan: Challenge to World Heritage and Central Asia: Emerging New Order. He is the Founder Editor of Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, a quarterly journal being published regularly and uninterruptedly since 1997, devoted to the study of various issues pertaining to the Himalayan and Trans-Himalayan region in South and Central Asia. Thias journal (all back files) is included within the ProQuest Products. He has supervised more than 25 Ph.D and 40 M.Phil research scholars, thus inspiring, guiding and training the young generation in the field of Himalayan and Central Asian studies.

Prof. Warikoo has actively contributed to promotion of academic and cultural linkages with neighbouring Central Asian Republics, Mongolia and Siberian Region of the Russian Federation. He has conducted extensive field studies in the Central Asian countries of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan; Mongolia; Xinjiang and Tibet regions of China; and Siberia. He has been making strenuous and sustained efforts, through his writings, lectures and by organizing national and international Seminars for promoting ethno-cultural, literary and historical heritage of Central Asia and Eurasia and its deep rooted linkages with India.

Prof. Warikoo is the recipient of NAIRAMDAL Friendship Medal of Mongolia (2002), the highest Mongolian Award for foreigners and UNESCO’s Hirayama Silk Route Award (1992). He has been International Observer to Parliamentary Elections in Uzbekistan (2004), Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan (2005) and Presidential Elections in Uzbekistan (2007).

Prof. Warikoo has been Visiting Professor, Al Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty , Kazakhstan (2007,2008,2010,2011) ; Member, Executive Council, Maulana Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata (1998-2005);Scientific Committee, Central Eurasian Reader, CNRS, Paris(2007 onwards); Board of Management, Academy of Third World Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi(2009-10); Board of Research Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar (2008 onwards); Member, Advisory Committee, Area Studies Centre for Afghanistan Studis, Jamia Milia Islamia , New Delhi ;Board of Studies, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi(2010 onwards); Board of Studies, School of International Studies, JNU (1997 onwards); Academic Council, JNU 2001-02,2008-09) ; IDSA Task Force on Water Security (2009-10) ; Expert Committee, “Cultural Heritage of Himalayas”, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (1998-99, 2004-08) ; Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Leh ( 2008-10).

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