Navigating South Asian Realities: Public Policy and the Role of IMPRI South Asian Studies Centre (SASC)

Arjun Kumar


South Asia, a region rich in cultural diversity, historical significance, and complex geopolitical dynamics, presents a unique canvas for the interplay of public policy and societal development. Public policies shape the trajectory of nations within South Asia, addressing challenges, fostering cooperation, and promoting sustainable growth. The IMPRI South Asian Studies Centre stands as a catalyst, fostering evidence-based policy discussions, research, and initiatives in this region of immense importance.

Relevance of Public Policy in South Asian Studies

Public policy’s relevance in South Asian studies lies in its influence on regional integration, social equity, economic progress, and conflict resolution. The region’s diverse nations, each with challenges and opportunities, require tailored policies that respond to their unique contexts. Effective policies are instrumental in addressing poverty, healthcare, education, gender equality, and regional cooperation.

Contribution of IMPRI South Asian Studies Centre

The Center serves as a hub for research, analysis, and advocacy that informs public policies in the context of South Asia. IMPRI brings together scholars, policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to deliberate on pressing issues through research papers, policy dialogues, and collaborative efforts. The Center significantly shapes policies that drive positive regional change by conducting rigorous research and offering evidence-based insights.

Scope of South Asian Studies

The scope of South Asian studies within the public policy realm is vast and multifaceted. It encompasses regional security, cross-border trade, cultural diplomacy, political stability, and social development. By delving into these areas, South Asian studies enrich policy discussions with nuanced perspectives. The interdisciplinary nature of South Asian studies ensures comprehensive understanding and holistic solutions.

Career Prospects in South Asian Studies and Public Policy

Professionals interested in South Asian studies and public policy have promising career prospects. Opportunities exist within government agencies, international organizations, research institutions, diplomatic services, academia, consulting firms, and think tanks. Career paths encompass policy analysis, international relations, regional development, diplomacy, research, advocacy, and policy advising. The Center offers a platform for networking, skill enhancement, and contributing to impactful policy changes.

IMPRI South Asian Studies Centre’s Role

The Centre plays a pivotal role in influencing policies that resonate with the diverse realities of the region. Its collaborations ensure that research translates into actionable policy measures. By bridging the gap between research and policy implementation, IMPRI empowers policymakers, scholars, and communities. The Center’s contributions extend to fostering cooperation, advocating for social progress, and enhancing regional stability.


South Asia’s complexities demand nuanced and informed public policies that navigate the region’s diverse landscapes. The IMPRI South Asian Studies Centre exemplifies how research, collaboration, and advocacy can lead to policies that drive positive transformation. As the Center continues to delve into the intricacies of South Asian realities, it reaffirms its commitment to building a future where policies respond to local needs, nations cooperate harmoniously, and societies prosper through well-crafted governance.



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  • Arjun Kumar

    Arjun Kumar is the Director of the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. With training in development economics, he specialises in quantitative and qualitative research methods, econometrics and the use of statistical software to crunch big data. He has been a Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) amongst others and has been associated with several think tanks, research institutes, governments, civil society organisations, and private enterprises. He is President of a Jharkhand based NGO (registered in 2010), Manavdhara- a youth social organisation working for humanitarian causes in backward regions and for marginalised communities. He has also taught Economics at the University of Delhi. His research interests are in the economy, development studies, housing and basic amenities, urban and regional research, inclusive and sustainable development, data and evidence-based policy, and, research methods. He has several research publications to his credit and has experience of being involved in research projects of international and national repute. He is also a member and part of various government and non-government formed committees, groups, and advisory boards overseeing the deliberation as subject matter expert and for possessing strong research acumen. He is an avid writer and frequently writes on various dimensions of economic issues, policies, and their impact for several eminent media platforms.

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