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Indian and Israeli institutions explore deepening of bilateral cooperation
Jindal School of International Affairs, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya Israel and The Indian Council of World Affairs organized a day-long workshop on India-Israel bilateral relations

Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel and The Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) together organized a workshop titled India-Israel Track II Dialogue. Convened by the Jindal Center for Israel Studies (JCIS) at JSIA, the day-long event featured Indian and Israeli academicians and diplomats in three panel discussions on the Israel-Palestine Conflict, Israel's strategic position in West-Asia and India-Israel bilateral relations.
Addressing the inaugural session, Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, Director-General, Indian Council for World Affairs, said, “We need objectivity and reduction in negativity, there is hope of light at the end of the tunnel for India and Israel to understand each other better and move forward.”
Prof. C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of O. P. Jindal Global University, said, “There is continuing tension in understanding Israel as a nation not only in this country but all over the world. This dialogue gives an opportunity for free discussions on a number of issues which otherwise would be difficult to discuss at the government-to-government level.”
Mr. Yahel Vilan, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel, said, “Between Marrakesh and Bangladesh, Israel and India are the only democracies and Islands of stability. Our diplomatic relationship is 23-years-old. It started in the upside down fashion with strategic-defence alliance being established first and then the other aspects of the relationship have followed. It is extremely important to build an academic collaboration between scholars in Israel and India, and to focus on areas of cooperation which are important for both the countries.” Mr. Vilan also pointed out that more than 45,000 Israeli tourists come to India every year and student mobility between academic institutions of both countries is necessary to further people-to-people linkages.
Since 2012, JCIS has fostered institutional networks and exchange on Israel Studies. Besides IDC Herzliya, it has set up a learning network with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, USA and has an MoU with Tel Aviv University, Israel. 
Speaking about what JCIS aims to do, Rohee Das Gupta, Convener JCIS said, “We want to build a research colloquium of scholars interested in the study of modern Israel, Jewish culture, Israeli politics, society and economy and the betterment of Israeli-Arab relations (including Israeli-Palestinian relations).”
The Other eminent speakers at the day-long included Dr. Dmitry Adamsky, Associate Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya, Professor Zvi Eckstein , Dean Of the Arison School Of Business and the School of Economics at IDC Herzliya, Dr. Eric Zimmerman, Academic Secretary and Director of Research at IDC Herzliya, Professor Bansidhar Pradhan , Chairperson at the Centre for West Asian Studies, SIS, JNU., Mr. Dan Alluf, Agricultural Counsellor, International Cooperation (MASHAV) of the Embassy of Israel in India and Dr. Mohammad Sohrab, faculty at the Academy Of International Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia to name a few. 
O.P Jindal Global University (JGU) is a non-profit global university established by the Haryana Private Universities (Second Amendment) Act, 2009. A philanthropic initiative of Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU envisions to promote world-class education in India. Located on an 80-acre state-of-the art residential campus in the National Capital Region of Delhi, JGU is one of the few universities in Asia that maintains a 1:15 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from across the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. JGU has established five schools: Jindal Global Law School, Jindal Global Business School, Jindal School of International Affairs, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy and Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities.

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