CENERS-K Bangladesh Research Programme 2021

CENERS-K invites academics and research scholars to write in English original papers of 6000 words, including footnotes, following the latest Chicago Manual of Style, upon any of the issues listed below regarding India-Bangladesh relations. Submitted papers will be reviewed by peers. If found acceptable, authors will be given an honorarium of INR 2500=00 only per paper, which thereafter shall become the property, physical and intellectual, of CENERS-K. Authors may be called upon to present their papers at discussions on India-Bangladesh relations organized by CENERS-K or its international partners. Papers may also be published at the discretion of CENERS-K in its Calcutta Journal of Global Affairs.

First draft of Research Papers are required to be submitted before 30th October 2021 by email to info@ceners-k.com

A hard copy typed in 1.5 space 12-point Arial font also may be mailed by Speed Post to our Kolkata address, to reach by 4 November 2021 :-
The Outpost,
S-73, Unnayan Commercial Complex
1050/1 Survey Park
Kolkata - 700 075
W. Bengal, INDIA.

1) Economic & Trade Issues
  • Comprehensive Economic Cooperation
  • FTA & Strategic Partnership Agreements
  • Bilateral Economic Corridors
  • Increase cooperation between standards and quality control institutions
  • Mutual recognition of phytosanitary standards and lab certifications to improve trade in fresh foods, fish and perishables
  • Strengthening Customs training and cooperation
  • Promotion of mutual investment - Encouraging Indians to use exclusive
  • SEZs in Bangladesh-why does neither side want to invest in the other-what are the bottlenecks-possible solutions
  • Integration of bilaterial transport infrastructure
  • Future of BBIN-MVA road links
  • Increasing air links between regional airports in both countries
  • Promotion of dual-gauging of railway lines
  • Interoperability and maintenance of railway rolling stock
  • Trade, investment and joint venture systems
  • Integration of supply & value chains-settlement of transactions, etc.- possibility of trade transactions in national currencies
  • Work and residence permit systems- mutual transfer of social security benefits
  • Mutual movement of Academics and skilled professionals
  • Turning smuggling of non-prohibited goods into formal trade
  • Maritime domain, coastal shipping, UNCLOS, Continental shelf, blue economy, seabed resource exploitation
  • Greater cooperation between chambers of commerce & industry
  • Port and waterways development
  • Strengthening telecommunications & ITES services
  • Cooperation in animal husbandry, fisheries and agriculture
  • Cooperation in textile and fabric manufacture
2) How can relationship between NE States with Bangladesh flourish?
  • Role of Bangladesh in development of North-East
  • Issues of NE States about Bangladesh
3) Healthcare
  • Healthcare promotion-mutual recognition of medical qualifications
  • Improving diagnostic and treatment facilities, telemedicine and referral
  • Creating healthcare clusters at Durgapur and Bagdogra
  • Manufacture of pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Training healthcare professionals
  • Sharing medical research – joint research
  • Strengthening healthcare delivery in rural and remote areas
  • Improving vaccine production and delivery to mitigate incidence of preventable disease
  • Reducing water-borne and vector-borne diseases
  • Establishment of primary diagnostic and telemedicine centres within 150 - metre strip of Indian territory between Indian border fence and international border with Bangladesh
4) Energy
  • Ensuring 24-hour power supply to all
  • Linking bilateral energy transmission grids to access power supply from Bhutan and Nepal through India on payment of wheeling charges, etc.
  • Renewable energy & off-grid solutions
5) Education
  • Cooperation in research and exchanges
  • Easing process of Equivalence of secondary and tertiary education and professional qualifications, mutual recognition of educational and professional qualifications allowing professionals to work in each other’s countries, esp in law, medicine, engineering, ICT sectors
  • Indian support to tertiary education in Bangladesh - encouraging BD students to study in India-Employment in India of our students trained in Bangladesh
6) Security & Deradicalisation issues
  • Police cooperation and training
  • Anti-terrorism cooperation
  • Early identification and exchange of illegal infiltrators
  • Serving sentences in own countries
  • Improving Border management & efficiency of legal cross border movement for pax and goods
  • Teaching Bangladeshis not to violate the 150-metre difference between the international border and the actual border fence
  • Better communication between BSF & BGB – joint patrols and training exchanges
  • Best practices in handling bilateral consular issues - control of smuggling and human trafficking
  • Police cooperation anti-smuggling, anti-trafficking, anti-terrorism, illegal cross-border movement
  • Strategies to prevent social and religious radicalization
  • Increasing and strengthening ICPs
  • Increase in number and better management of border haats and access to them
7) Military cooperation
  • Ceremonial exchange of batons between Service Chiefs
  • Ceremonials, history and traditions
  • Cooperation between think tanks and defence institutes
  • Training and exchanges, including in sports
  • Cooperation in and sharing best practices of UN Peacekeeping
  • Enhancing inter-operability
  • Manufacture, supply and maintenance of defence products and stores
8) Environment and climate change management and resource sharing
  • Sharing best practices, technology and resources to mitigate climate change
  • Strategies to improve water conservation, groundwater recharging
  • Afforestation and biodiversity preservation
  • Integrated river basin management
  • Coastal preservation
  • Achieving targets to mitigate climate change
  • Water supply, sanitation and sewerage management
  • Recycling practices and technologies
9) Cooperation in International & Multilateral fora/agencies
  • Achieving UN SDG and MDG targets
10) Social and community issues
  • Promotion of tourism, preservation of museums and archaeological sites and artifacts
  • Preserving and dissemination of common values of freedom movements
  • Promoting common language, culture, history and secular values
  • Cooperation between diaspora of both countries
  • Achieving freedom from hunger and malnutrition
  • Enhancing sports cooperation and exchanges
  • Exchange of theatre and Jatra troupes
  • Exchange of television and cinematic content