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Organising a conference on "India's Energy Security- Focus Africa and Eurasia"
Admission Announcement for Certificate Course in International Trade (Africa)
Application form for Certificate Course in International Trade (Africa)
Speech of H.E. Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, Former President of India


The University Grants Commission (UGC) established the Centre for African Studies in 1971-72, at the University of Mumbai, as a part of its efforts to develop Area Studies Programme at the University level. The Centre became a Department of the University in 1984. The Department is housed in the Area Studies Building located at Vidyanagari Campus of the University of Mumbai in Kalina, Santacruz (East).
The Centre is actively involved in research and inter - disciplinary teaching at the postgraduate level. An M.A. degree in African Studies is offered in combination with other social science disciplines. The Centre also offers an M.Phil and Ph.D programme in African Studies. The current research focus of the Department are; India- Africa- China Trade Relations, Issues of Governance and Democracy in Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
In addition to teaching, the Centre has achieved academic excellence through its research programmes. The Centre is financed by the UGC, which provides grants every five years on the basis of Centre's performance. The UGC has provided faculty positions and grants for the enhancement of academic activities and for the maintenance of infrastructural facilities. The Mumbai University too provides grants to the Centre from its annual budget.
Over the years, the Centre has successfully undertaken several projects on Africa from governmental and non-governmental agencies and conducted national and international seminars, conference and workshops. It also encourages visiting fellows to come and share their academic expertise with the students and faculty members. The main purpose of research and academic interactions is to enhance mutual understanding, co-operation and friendship between people of India and Africa.
The Centre has an in- house documentation unit that provides documentation services to the faculty and researchers. It receives documents / reports from academic institutions and international organizations on a complimentary / exchange basis. The Centre has entered into Exchange and Cooperation agreements with academic institutions in South Africa and Russia.
The University's Jawaharlal Nehru Library is located on the Campus. It has a large collection of books and journals on Africa purchased from the UGC grants provided to the Centre. The library provides research space and readership facilities for doing research on Africa.
The Centre's faculty has published books and research papers in national and international journals. The Centre publishes an in- house newsletter called 'African Currents'. It is published bi-annually and contains research articles written by the Centre's faculty, updated bibliography prepared by the documentation unit of the Centre and complete text of lectures delivered at the Centre by eminent Africanists. Research papers and reports are also published in the form of occasional papers since the inception of the Centre.
At the local level the Centre has built a successful relationship with trading and business houses which have constantly supported the Center's academic endeavors through their participation and financial support.

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