Greetings and good wishes from C3S!
It has been an eventful year full of achievements and promises for the future. The notable achievements have been the launching of a new revamped website, conduct of the Chinese language course, providing internship opportunities for eight interns, publishing four occasional papers and a monograph etc., The launch of the Young Minds of C3S has provided a much-needed forum to engage the youth in understanding issues related to China in all its manifestation.
Overall in addition to publishing over 200 articles, there were many national and international events conducted to sensitise the stakeholders on the current day developments and challenges. It has been the policy of C3S to reach out to the students in various institutions through joint programmes and competitions.
Next year, C3S will complete a decade of productive existence as a think tank in the South. We have been successful in carving out a niche position as a think tank providing a peninsular view of the issues concerning China, India and the rest of the world. To commemorate the tenth anniversary which falls on April 04, 2018 we are scaling up on our range of activities. We are also working on establishing institutional relations with reputed think tanks and other establishments.
I would like to place on record my deep appreciation and gratitude to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India (GoI) for supporting us in our mission. We have also had some donors who found it appropriate to lend a shoulder to our activities by providing material and moral support. I would like to thank all our well-wishers for their whole-hearted support.
Likewise, the young researchers as part of the C3S team have toiled hard to maintain an enviable track record in terms of our academic output and outreach. Two of the young researchers have been part of the ICS delegation that went to China in 2016 and this year. The senior members of C3S have been pillars of strength in terms of their unstinted support for our activities and this has motivated us to strive for enhanced output and excellence.
As they say, “Sky is not a limit” and we would like to extend the scope of our activities to provide quality research-based analysis that will help policy makers and the academia in their work.
Last but not the least, the quality of any think tank is dependent on the kind of constructive feedback from those who regularly access our website and participate in our events in India. I would urge all our readers to send us feedback on our activities and work to help us improve on what we do.
Commodore RS Vasan IN(Retd)
Director Chennai Centre for China Studies