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'Young Minds of C3S'- Call for Membership

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Dear Readers,

Greetings from Chennai Centre for China Studies (C3S)!

Did you know that International Relations have a dynamic dress-sense? Trends change. New political views become fashionable. Economics sport a fresh avatar. Defence takes the ‘modern’ route. East meets West. We at C3S realize these seasonal shifts in I.R., which demand youth-based perceptions. In this light, C3S has kick-started ‘Young Minds of C3S’.

Please find below the details about this innovative idea. We look forward to engaging with the evolving thinkers of Chennai and elsewhere. Those outside Chennai can join Young Minds in their online group discussions. A Google group has been setup, to which members are added. Online discussions will also be in tandem with the guidelines stated below.

You may browse the C3S website (www.c3sindia.org) to get a better idea about our organization.

For membership to Young Minds, please get typing right away! Email your details as listed below to the following email ids: Director, C3S at director.c3s@gmail.com and Asma Masood, Research Officer, C3S at asma.c3s15@gmail.com. Kindly read the membership requirements, guidelines and other details which are enclosed.

  1. Name

  2. Institutional affiliation [present and/or past academic institution(s)]

  3. U.G/P.G/ M.Phil/PhD and/or Post doctoral course and year of study (for those who have completed studies, mention the past courses undertaken)

  4. (For working persons): Place of employment and designation

  5. Areas of interest you are willing to contribute to (politics, economics, bilateral relations, regional cooperation, defense/strategy, science, technology, gender issues, human rights, development, media and/or culture)

Thank you.

Warm Regards,

Commodore R. S. Vasan IN (Retd.)

Director, C3S.

         Young Minds of C3S         

Aims and Objectives

“Quo Vadis (where do you go), oh thee of envious youth?” the question echoes through the strategic community in Chennai.

While there is a strong circle of established and experienced veterans in the field of international relations in the city, there is scope for building a community of young people in this field. ‘Young Minds of C3S’ aims to bring together the many rivers of knowledge flowing through the young blood of Chennai and elsewhere, and bring them to a common sea where information is shared. Members may discuss, debate and interact on a wide range of China related issues. The platter of topics is a diverse buffet, with ingredients varying from politics, economics, bilateral relations, regional cooperation, defense/strategy, science, technology, gender issues, human rights, development, media and culture.

The larger goals can be outlined along two spheres:

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A three step approach will be taken based on these objectives:


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Membership Requirements

Persons interested in enrolling in Young Minds of C3S must consider the following guidelines when applying for membership:

  1. The basic rule is you must be interested in China!

  2. Members must be students or graduates of undergraduate/postgraduate degrees/M.Phil/Ph.D degrees.

  3. Members are welcome from any stream of study.

  4. The group Young Minds of C3S, while channeling youthful energy into the strategic community, must be willing to maintain adherence to certain codes of conduct. These include:

  5. Avoiding topics not pertaining to China. However comparisons may be made or parallels can be drawn between China and other countries on various aspects.

  6. Avoiding using unparliamentary language at all times.

  7. Refrain from using Young Minds of C3S to engage in political activities of any kind.

  8. Maintaining decorum and decency during the proceedings.

  9. Not using Young Minds of C3S as a platform for any unethical or illegal activities.

  10. Not using Young Minds of C3S as a platform for any commercial activities.

  11. Members must attend meetings regularly. If three meetings are missed in a row, then it will lead to automatic disqualification. However those outside Chennai can join Young Minds in their online group discussions. A Google group has been setup, to which members are added. Online discussions will also be in tandem with the above guidelines.

If the above codes of conduct are not met, members are subject to disqualification.

Framework

Members will meet once a month at C3S. Contemporary China issues will define the trending topics of the brainstorming sessions. Based on the ideas generated, Young Minds’ members can then take up projects. Discussions will also be posted in Google group, where further insights can be shared. Keeping in mind the budding nature of Young Minds, a flexible framework has been setup. Based on inputs from members, we will guide the process to build a more concrete framework.

We are the Young Minds of C3S. Are you?

Join us to share the power of young minds!

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