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COMPLETION OF 2ND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME

LT GEN (R) KHALID AHMED KIDWAI, NI, HI, HI (M), AWARDS INTERNSHIP CERTIFICATES TO TWENTY STUDENTS

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Twenty students of eight universities and institutes have completed Internship Programme held at the Center for International Strategic Studies Sindh (CISSS) Karachi from 19 July to 18 August 2023. Lt Gen (R) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, NI, HI, HI (M), Advisor Development National Command Authority (AD NCA) of Pakistan, was the Chief Guest at the ceremony held at CISSS to mark the completion of the Programme. He awarded Internship Certificates to the participants. Executive Director CISSS Ambassador Qazi Khalilullah (R) and all members of Team CISSS were present on the occasion.

The following received the Internship Certificates: (i) University of Sindh Jamshoro students Mr. Habibullah Kalhoro, Mr. Jai Kumar, Ms. Johra Mustafa, Mr. Muhammad Waseem Brohi, Ms. Rabia Habeeb, Ms. Sadia Memon, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed, Mr. Waqar Ali Bughio, Ms. Zam Zam Channa, Mr. Abdul Wasio and Ms. Nageen Chohan; (ii) DHA Suffa University students Mr. Jian Khan and Mr.  Haroon Rashid; (iii) IBA Karachi students Ms. Nawal Aamir and Ms. Soofya Wajih; (iv) Bahria University Karachi student Ms. Hafsa Azam; (v) University of Karachi student Ms. Areeba Mumtaz; (vi) Institute of Business Management Karachi student Mr. Huzaifa Abdul Rehman; (vii) National University of Modern Languages Islamabad student Ms. Saeeda Summbal; and (viii) Dawood University of Engineering and Technology Karachi student Mr. Muhammad Jawad.

AD NCA congratulated the students on successful completion of the CISSS Internship Programme and conveyed his best wishes for their future endeavors. He expressed appreciation for the presentations made by Interns on the occasion to demonstrate the knowledge of strategic issues acquired and research produced during the Internship Programme.

The CISSS Internship Programme included reading and research assignments, group discussions, writing book review and op-eds and PowerPoint presentations. The Interns also had an opportunity to participate in a Seminar-cum-Webinar held at CISSS on 3rd August to observe the 4th Anniversary of Revocation of Special Status of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and Twitter Space to Celebrate 76th Independence Day of Pakistan.

A wide range of national, regional and international strategic issues were covered during the Internship Programme including global power competition, nuclear dynamics of South Asia, Jammu and Kashmir dispute, rise of Hindutva and its implications for strategic stability in South Asia,  role of nuclear and space technologies in the socio-economic development of Pakistan, arms control, disarmament, non-proliferation, emerging technologies, climate change, India’s hegemonic designs in the region, impact of shifting global order on South Asia, hybrid warfare, human rights  abuses in India, Indo-Pacific strategy, Indian Cold Start Doctrine, implications of growing India-US technology collaboration and China Pakistan Economic Corridor. CISSS was established in 2021 as a non-profit, non-partisan, non-commercial and multidisciplinary research-oriented organisation. Its core mandate is to connect with the people of Sindh and promote Pakistan’s narrative on key issues of national interest. Outreach is a priority area of CISSS activities.

Internship Programme is part of CISSS objectives to establish positive linkages with academic institutions of higher learning in Sindh, and sponsor and groom a talent pool of young scholars with a view to presenting Pakistan’s strategic narrative through effective writing, talks and wide participation in seminars and conferences.

First Internship Programme of CISSS was held in September-October 2022 with eight students of DHA Suffa University. It was indeed a milestone for CISSS. Team CISSS was delighted to have twenty students from eight institutions of higher learning in the 2nd Internship Programme. It was reflective of the confidence Interns and their institutions have in professional competence of CISSS, which seeks to impart knowledge and provide exposure to a professional research-oriented environment to young students in Sindh.

CISSS Internship Programme is paid and open to students of all universities in Sindh.

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