Malaviya Centre for Peace Research

UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding

Banaras Hindu University

UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding

UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding has been formally established in Decmber 2010 at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research, Banaras Hindu University with the following mandate.

bullet Explore and highlight the potentials of cultural and, in particular religious diversity as a resource for peace rather than a barrier;
bullet Create a critical mass of trained and sensitized peace workers in this particular field;
bullet 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 cultural diversity;
bullet Develop a curriculum for Asian and African Universities focusing particularly on the cultural and religious dimension;
bullet 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.
bullet 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.


Dr. Priyankar Upadhyaya 
Professor of Peace Studies & Coordinator 
Malaviya Centre for Peace Research
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005, India
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