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Tackling terrorism course in India for the first time

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An initiative of Pune-based NGO Sarhad that works in insurgency-battered Jammu and Kashmir, the two-year post- graduate course called Counter Terrorism and Peace Management starts on October 2 – the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi – at the Sarhad Research Centre in Pune. Sarhad runs a chain of colleges, including technical institutions. This course will be run by Sarhad Research Centre for Counter-terrorism and Peace Management. They have applied for recognition of the course by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The brainchild of Sanjay Nahar, the founder of Sarhad, the course was designed after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Of the 18 students, four girls and 14 boys, many are masters in business administration (MBA), hotel management graduates and media professionals. The course fees are INR 30,000 a year. The center has received a good response from people abroad also. However, due to some legal technicalities none of them is enrolled in this batch. The centre is planning to accommodate them in the next batch. Nahar said they had contacted some 10 five-star hotels and 200 companies for campus recruitment and a majority of them have shown interest. The first year of the course will include the etymology and philosophy of terrorism, terrorist ideologies and modus operandi, national policy and role of the print and electronic media. The second year will focus on different terrorist groups, socio-economic factors that mould a terrorist's mindset, control strategy, retention camps, drugs and arms trafficking. There will be visiting faculty from other terror-affected Asian countries — Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iraq.

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