Hyderabad: Addressing the 19th meeting of the Governing Council of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) in virtual mode from here on Saturday, Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naidu termed the Covid-19 pandemic as the most serious challenge that has faced humanity in living memory and wanted the Indian strategic and academic community to focus on the world after Coroana virus and its implications for India.
Addressing the meetings, Vice President noted with satisfaction that the analysis of the global impact of the pandemic has been a cross-cutting theme at ICWA in all its deliberations and areas of research. He expressed appreciation for ICWA’s activities through the past year notwithstanding the disruptions of the pandemic.
It may be noted that in the past seven months, apart from its research activities, ICWA organized a total of 28 events which were a mix of conferences, panel discussions, lectures, track-II dialogues and book discussions.
Vice President expressed happiness that apart from its traditional focus on area studies in its programme activities, the ICWA has made recent efforts to also focus on broad themes such as Gandhiji and the World, maritime affairs, advancing reformed multilateralism, Gender within International Relations and Diplomacy, and contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War.