Faculty Profile


Dr. Pavan Kumar


  • PhD (CIPOD- Jawaharlal Nehru University)- Examining Vallabhbhai Patel's Approach to India's Foreign Policy.

Past Experience

  • UPES Dehradun, National University of Singapore, Janki Devi Memorial College- University of Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • Theories of International Relations, Vallabhbai Patel,India's Foreign Policy, Caste and International Relations, Indo-China Relations, Climate Change, South Asia, Great Power Politics, Realism, Machiavelli


  • South Asian Futures Fellowship (SAFF) hosted by the Council for Strategic and Defense Research (CSDR), New Delhi, India and supported by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), 
  • Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), SRF in International Relations and Area Studies, from University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi in December 2012.
  • ISA travel grant for ISA Annual Convention 2022.
  • National Eligibility Test (NET-UGC) in International Relations and Area Studies.
  • National Eligibility Test (NET-UGC) in Defense and Strategic Studies, MAY 2013.
  • National Eligibility Test (NET-UGC) in Political Science, June 2014.


Seminar / Conferences

  • Presented a paper on ‘Women and Indian IR’ at the ISA Annual Convention 2022, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Appeared on a podcast on ‘Caste and it’s absence from critiques of Indian foreign policy’ hosted by Urvashi Sarkar at Suno India, Beyond Nation &State, 2022, Available at: https://www.sunoindia.in/beyond-nation-and-state/caste-and-its- absence-from-critiques-of-indian-foreign-policy/
  • Spoke on ‘Caste and International Relations’ at the Global South Adda hosted by Dr Vineet Thakur (Leiden University), Link available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcefzg6Zo24&t=2853s
  • Presented a paper titled, ‘Ambedkar’s China Policy’ at the workshop on International in Ambedkar organized by Shiv Nadar University, November 2020
  • Completed a certificate course on ‘Indian Military Strategy: its crafting and implementation’ coordinated by Lt. Gen D S Hooda (Retd.) and offered by Council for Strategic and Defense Research (5th September 2021- 26th September 2021)
  • Participated in Nordic Summer School from April 19-23, 2021, organized by Center for European Studies, JNU and Nordic Center in India on ‘Understanding European Integration through the Regional Lens’.
  • Presented a paper titled, ‘Getting China Wrong: Understanding Underbalancing From Nehru to Modi’, at the Young Scholars Summit 2020, NIICE, September 2020
  • Presented a paper titled ‘Belt and Road Initiative and Indian Response: Testing the Balance of Threat Theory’ at the workshop on Chinese studies, organized by Institute of Chinese Studies New Delhi and Shiv Nadar University, Noida, 19-21 July 2019
  • Presented a paper on ‘Examining India’s Ascendancy in Asia in Relation to China: Claims, Capabilities, Challenges and Possibilities’ at the All India International and Area Studies Convention 2019,’ organized by Jawaharlal Nehru University, 29 February 2019.
  • Attended winter school on ‘Life and Thought of M.K. Gandhi’ organized by Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla. December (1-15) 2016.
  • Presented a paper titled “Going Beyond Survival; The Analogy of Prodigious Indian Defense Expenditure and Human Security” at the conference on International Relations organized by Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, 2014
  • Presented a paper titled, “Climate Change- A threat to National Security of India- Understanding and Identifying the key threats to Indian National Security, emanating from Climate Change” at the Conference on Climate Change, Organized by Union Christian College, Umium (Shillong) , Meghalaya, 2015

Presented a paper titled, “Vallabhbhai Patel’s views on International Politics”, at the National Seminar on “Relevance of Modern Indian Political Thought: Gandhi, Hedgewar, Golwalkar, Savarkar, Patel, Ambedkar, Nehru, Md. Iqbal and Maulana Madoodi” on 4-5 October, 2017 organized by Department of Political Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (India)

  • Presented a paper on “Life of Manibehn Patel” at the National Seminar organized by G.B.Pant Institute of Social Science, December 2022
  • Presented a paper on ‘Yoga as Soft Power under Modi: Aims, Achievements, and Challenges’, at International Conference on India and Post Covid-19 International Relations: Prospects and Challenges, 14-15 December 2022, organized by Woxsen University.
  • Delivered an invited lecture on ‘India’s China Challenge: The Way Forward’ at the Department of Political Science, Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science on October 21, 2022.
  • Presented a paper on ‘India’s Strategic Blunder: The China case’ at National Seminar, Rajasthan University, January 2023.
  • Chaired a session on India and South Asia at National Seminar, Rajasthan University, January 2023.
  • Chaired a session on Women in India’s Freedom Struggle at the National Seminar organized by G.B.Pant Institute of Social Science, December 2022