Malaviya Centre for Peace Research

UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding


Activities of MCPR 


27th February 2019

Special Lecture on "Nonviolent Social Movement in Globalized Era: Retrospect and Prospext" by Professor Anand Kumar, eminent Social Scientist and Thinker. Professor Rakesh Bhatnagar, Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University presided the lecture.

15th February 2019

Special Lecture on "Gender Equality in Japan: A perspective for Education Sector Refomr" by Ms. Satsuki Shioyama, an exchange program student at BHU from Kyoto University. Dr. Sanjay Mehrotra, President of Indian Association of Japan  presided the lecture.

27th November 2018

An Interactive Session with students and teachers by Mr. Conrad Turner, Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the American Embassy on Education – the Importance of Academic integrity: Avoiding Plagiarism, staying away from Contract Cheating, Predatory Publishing

21st November 2018

International Conference on Women, Conflict and Peace Processes in South Asia organised by Malaviya Centre for Peace Research.

23rd October 2018

A special lecture on Present PoliticalSscenario of Nepal and Challenges of Democracy and Development by Former Ambassador of Nepal to Nordic countries Denmark, Finland and Norway Ambassador Vijay L. Karna

7th August 2018

A special lecture on   Challenges of and Conflict: Global and Regional Framework by Former Ambassador of India to Denmark Ambassador Niraj Srivatava (IFS 1983).

25th July 2018

A talk by Padma Bhushan Prof .Ved. P Nanda, former Provost of Denver University, USA and a book release in India ‘Long Walk of Peace towards Conflict Prevention’ authored by Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya, Coordinator & UNESCO Chair, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU.

13 July 2018

Special Lecture on "India's Security Dilemma" by Prof. Harsh V. Pant in collaboration with Kashi Manthan.

24 May 2018

The keenly-awaited UN volume ‘Long Walk of Peace Towards Conflict Prevention” authored and edited by UNESCO Chair Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya of BHU was launched in Geneva at the UN Headquarters on 24 May 2018. Hailing as an epoch-making contribution, the book presentation was commemorated by many leading UN representatives and distinguished celebrities, including Michael Moller, Director General of UN at Geneva, Nada al-Nashif Additional Director General of UNESCO and a large number of diplomatic community, journalists and academia, from various Universities NGOs and the general public

31 March & 1 April 2018

International Conference on Youth, Peacebuilding and Nonviolent Communication in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi.

15 March 2018

Special Lecture on Field Work in Distance Places by Prof. Kristian Niemi , Karlstad University, Sweden.

14 March 2018

Special Lecture on Religion and Food: Food as Religion? by Prof. Katarina Plank, Karlstad University, Sweden.

12 February 2018

Special Lecture on Rwanda Genocide by Prof. Gerise Herndon  Co-director, National Prestige Scholarships; Professor of English, Nebraska Wesleyan University.

04 January 2018

Special talk on Religion, Faith and Peace building by Prof. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr, Excutive Director, United Religions Initiative (URI).

11 August 2017

Special talk on India's National Security: Issues & Challenges by Lt. Gen. Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM (Retd.).

26 July 2017

Lecture on Emerging political trends in the United States: Domestic and Global Implications  delivered by  Prof. V. P. Nanda, John Evans University Professor and Thompson G. Marsh Professor of Law and the Director, The Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law, University of Denver, USA.

2-4 April 2017

International Conference on Gender Activism and Politics in India and Sweden in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Karlstad  University. 

23 January 2017

One day Seminar cum panel discussion on ‘Emerging trends of India’s foreign policy’

9 December 2016

Seven members of European Union have visited UNESCO chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding in Malaviya Centre for Peace Research to be acquainted   with inter-  cultural relations and community relations in Varanasi.

12 October 2016

A Interactive session with Janel B. Galvanek, Senior Project Manager, Berghof Foundation, Germany on Researching for Peace: Experiences from the field

10 October 2016

A Workshop on Dialectics in Education by the Dean of Education, Karlstad University, Sweden.

28 & 29 September 2016

International Seminar on Food Security Debates in India: Experiences from the Grassroots organised by UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding in collaboration with PRIO, Oslo and IDSA, New Delhi.

26 August 2016

A presentation on Japanese way of doing things by Mahesh Gogate, Kyoto University, Kyoto.

8-14 August 2016

A one week International Workshop on Advanced Training in Peace Building and Mediating Conflict by Luis P. Torner, Lecturer, Human Right and Peace Building College of the University of Closter of Sor Juan, Mexico and Dr. Sweta Singh , South Asian University, New Delhi and Prof. Priyankar Upadhyaya, UNESCO Chair Holder and Coordinator, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

19-20 July 2016

A series of lectures on Conflict Resolution in Contemporary World  by Jermy A Rinker, Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of North Carolina, Greenboro.

14 July 2016

An interactive session on Corporate Social Responsibility by Chinmay Pattnaik, Senior Lecturer, MIB Director and Programs Coordinator International Business School, University of Sydney.

21 June 2016

The Coordinator & UNESCO Chair holder Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya participated in UNESCO hosted a path-breaking Consultative Meeting on  the       contribution of the UN system to the promotion of peace. The meeting was attended by heads of 28 United Nations entities (programmes, funds, specialized agencies and bodies), who discussed the advancement of the global peace agenda and took stock of the present situation – and the future of the agenda in the new millennium.

19 March 2016

Screening of a Film, Well  founded Fear by Ms Shari Robertson and Mr. Michael Camerini followed by discussion on Democracy and Immigration in our Times

19 February 2016

A book titled ‘Idealizing India’ authored by Prof Per-Olof Fjallsby of Karlstad University was formally released by Prof GC Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University at Malaviya Center for Peace Research, UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, in the presence of Prof. P. Krishna, Trustee, Krishnamurti Foundation India,  and various dignitaries of the University, followed by a discussion on "Idealizing India: Theosophists Contribution."

19 & 20 December 2015

Banaras Hindu University organized an International Summit on Peace & Harmony during December 19-20, 2015 in collaboration with Manav Ekta Mission, National Foundation for Communal Harmony and UNESCO Chair for Peace, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU

7 November 2015

A Special lectures led by Prof. Annika Malmsten Saltin, Karlstad University on ‘Conflict Negotiations in Intercultural Communications’.

2 November 2015

A special lecture on “Climate change Policy & Practice; The Swedish experiences”. The discourse in the form of a presentation was given by Prof Mikael Granberg, Director, Centre for climate and safety, Karlstad University, Sweden

May 4-17, 2015-

A two week workshop “Researching for Peace: Approaches and Methods: Capacity Building Program for Social Science faculty members

20 April 2015

A one day seminar on “Building Sustainable Peace in South Asia: Challenges and Opportunities” led by Prof. Bhaskar Mazumdar, GB Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad.

10 February 2015

A special lecture on “Masculinity Studies: An Introduction and Overview” by Professor Ulf Mellström Professor of Gender Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden.

21 January 2015

A one day seminar on “Conflict Resolution Perspective from Northern Ireland” led by Dr. John Doyle, Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences & Director, Institute for International Conflict Resolution, Dublin City University, Ireland, Dr. Eileen Connolly, Dublin City University, Ireland, Dr. Satyabrat Sinha, Presidency University, Kolkata.

26 December 2014

 An interactive session with Ms. Kathleen Stephens, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in India and students and researchers at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research.

 4 December 2014  

A one day seminar on Ganga River and Its Management with a delegation of 65 students and faculty members from Singapore National University led by Prof. M. Joshi, BHU, Father Chandrakant, Maitri Bhawan, Vrinda Dar, Kautilya Society etc.

29-30 November 2014

A two day International Seminar “Celebrating Multiple identities in India” led by Dr. Karan Singh, Hon’ble Chancellor, BHU, Prof. G.C. Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, BHU, Jason Miklian, Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Rajan Harshe, Former VC, Allahabad University, M. Satish Kumar, Director, Queen's Academy India, Queen's University, UK, M.D. Thomas, Former Director, National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, Rajiv Nayan, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, J. S. Rajput, Former Director, NCERT, New Delhi, Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, Secretary, National Foundation for Communal Harmony, New Delhi, Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University, New Delhi, Prof. Rekha Chowdhary, University of Jammu, Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University, New Delhi, Moe Chiba, Section Chief for Cultural Affairs, UNESCO, A.K. Merchant, General Secretary, Temple of Understanding (India Chapter), Uttam K. Sinha, Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi, Former Director, Shah-I-Hamadan Institute of Islamic Studies,     University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Kokila Kalekar, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, A.K. Merchant, General Secretary, Temple of Understanding (India Chapter)

3 November 2014

A special lecture on “Development of Women’s Personal Writings in Northern Europe” by Jessica Eriksson, Head, Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden.

5 March 2014  

One day self development workshop on “Peace in - Peace out” organized by Peace Revolution ( and Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, BHU.

4 February 2014

An Interaction on the issues of “The Challenges that a city like Varanasi faces” led by Jason Miklian and Kristian Hoelscher, Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and Observer Research Foundation Team, New Delhi organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, FSS, BHU. 

10-23 January 2014

A two week “Capacity Building Programme for Social Science Faculty” led by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director General, IDSA, New Delhi and Prof. R.R. Jha, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, BHU sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, FSS, BHU.

19 December 2013

One day seminar on “Interrogating Peace in Meghalaya” led by Dr. Bishwajit Mohapatra, Associate Professor, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, FSS, BHU.

12 September 2013 

A special lecture on “America’s Evolving Policy in Asia: From Syria to North Korea” led by Mr. Donald Kirk, A world renowned journalist, Washington DC and Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar, USA organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, FSS, BHU.

4 May 2013

Workshop on “Teaching Inter-religious Peace in Indian School : Norms, Practices and Prospects” led by Mr. Kabir Shaikh, Director, MG Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, New Delhi, Ms. Sandhya Gupta, Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Dr. John Dayal , Secretary-General of the All India Christian Council, Dr. Jeremy Rinker, Fulbright Nehru Scholar, USA, Dr. Kaushikee, Assistant Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia, Mr. Amitabh Mohan, Director, Human Learning System, Kolkata, Ms. Sadhna Bedi, Principal, City Montessori School, Lucknow, Maulana Mustafa, Principal, Madarsa Nur, Lucknow, Dr. Priti Nimarshini, Principal, Panini Kanya Vidhyalaya, Varanasi, Mrs. Madhavi Dhir, Principal, Guru Nanak Khalsa Girl’s Inter College, Varanasi, Dr. Shyamjeet Pandey, Manager, Adarsh Shankar Sanskrit Uchhatar Vidyalaya, Marvi, Varanasi, organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, FSS, BHU in collaboration with Tony Blair Faith Foundation & W.H. Smith Memorial School, Varanasi.

1-2 April 2013  

An International Workshop “Conflict Resolution Strategies in Global Perspective” led by Prof. Ashild Kolas, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway; Dr. Jeremy A. Rinker, Senior Fulbright Scholar at MCPR, Guilford College, USA and Prof. Mohammad Gulrez, Coordinator, Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies Program, Aligarh Muslim University organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU in collaboration with United States-India Educational Foundation, New Delhi.

13-22 March 2013 

An ICSSR, New Delhi sponsored ten days Training Workshop for SC/ST on “Research Methodology in Social Sciences” led by Prof. Samir Kumar Das, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, University of North Bengal organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU.

14-27 December 2012  

An International Workshop “Non-violent Approaches to Peace” [David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Schweitzer, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.] led by Prof. Predrag Cicovacki, Fulbright Visiting Professor at MCPR, College of Holy Cross Worcester, USA and Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty, Former Director, Gandhi Centre, University of Delhi and Prof. P. Krishna, Secretary, Krishnamurti Foundation, Rajghat and many others. 

20-21 September 2012 

A two day “All India American Studies Workshop”. Led by Mr. David Mees, Cultural Attache, American Embassy, New Delhi, Dr. Shirley Teresa Wajda, eminent American Historian and Prof. Predrag Civovacki, Senior Fulbright Professor at MCPR in collaboration with Cultural Affairs Section, American Embassy, New Delhi and UNESCO Chair for Peace, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU.

23 March 2012 

“Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi Young Scholar Award” for Best Research Paper organized by Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal & Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, BHU.

18-19 March 2012 

A two day International Workshop “The Role of Governance in the Resolution of Socioeconomic and Political Conflict in India and Europe” led by Angela Liberatore, Director General Research, European Commission; Peter R. De Souza, Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study;  J. Peter Burgess, Peace Research Institute, Oslo; Oliver Richmond, Director, CPCS; Ranabir Samaddar, MCRG Calcutta; Samir K. Das, University of Calcutta; Jagdeep Chhokar, Association for Democratic Reforms; Amit Prakash, JNU; George Mathew, Institute of Social Science; Rajesh Tandon, Society for Participatory Research in South Asia; Navnita Behera, University of Delhi; Chetan Bhatt, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, The London School of Economics and Political Science organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research.

11 January 2012 

An International Symposium “Intercultural Perspectives from Scandinavia” led by Prof. Per Bäckström, Karlstad University, Sweden, Prof. Maria Jansdotter Samuelsson, Karlstad University, Sweden, Prof.   Eva Zetterman, Karlstad University, Sweden, Prof. Anjan Chakravarty, Dean, Faculty of Visual Arts organized by UNESCO Chair for Peace, Malaviya Centre for Peace Research in collaboration with Karlstad University, Sweden.


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