Centre for Peace Research
The ancient city of Varanasi has traditionally been a site of intercultural and interreligious dialogue and discourses peace. Continuing this tradition, the
Banaras Hindu University has taken the lead in institutionalizing an interdisciplinary centre of peace research and conflict resolution. Deriving its name from the illustrious founder of the university, the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research (MCPR) was launched in 1998 under the VIII UGC Plan as the first centre of its kind in the Indian University system
Since its inception,the MCPR has established itself globally as a hub of scholarly and practical activities concerning varied dimensions of conflict analysis and sustainable peace. The granting of UNESCO Chair for Peace has been worthy recognition of the continuing peace work a
Coordinator & UNESCO Chair holder Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya
has been invited by the US President Barack Obama to participate
as an academic expert in a meeting on Peace and Inter-Faith
Understanding at the White House. He will also deliver
a special lecture at Berkeley Centre for Religion, Peace and
Global Affairs, Georgetown on 22 September 2016
Peace is a Process:-
On 21 June 2016, UNESCO hosted a
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.
for Peace and Intercultural Understanding
UNESCO Chair for Peace and
Intercultural Understanding has been formally established in December
2010 at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu
University with the following mandate.
highlight the potentials of cultural and, in particular
religious diversity as a resource for peace rather than a
||Create a critical mass of
trained and sensitized peace workers in this particular
||Create an integrated regional
hub for research, training, information and documentation in
the fields of peace, human rights, conflicts resolution and
human development sensitive to the issues of structural and
||Develop a curriculum for Asian
and African Universities focusing particularly on the
cultural and religious dimension;
||Promote the preservation of
public spaces of communally inclusive heritage and cultural
practices in India and elsewhere, and sensitize media and
civil society about the common grounds between diverse
cultures; and peace building.
Create and reinforce networks
of academic institutions in India and abroad concerned with
intercultural peace and intercultural practices, to initiate
Masters/ PhD programs for peace and development.
Conference on Gender Activism and Politics in India and Sweden
held from 2nd to 4th April 2017 at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research
and the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, Banaras
Hindu University, in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Social
Sciences, Karlstad University, as part of a series of conferences to be held
in Sweden and India.