Established 18 June 1972 as the Defence Affairs
Study Centre at the Servants of India Society under
patronage of Pandit Hirdaynath Kunzru.
Renamed Kunzru Centre for Defence Studies and Research in January
1980 after the death of Dr Kunzru.
Today, the Kunzru Centre is recognised by the Governments of India
and Maharashtra as a research and cultural centre for defence affairs.
under the Societies Registration Act – 1872
Registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act – 1950
Any other matter pertaining to the Defence of India.
training courses for Defence personnel authorised
by the Government of India
research in various areas of defence including
Defence finance and Defence
Produce research publications
training for re-settlement of ex-servicemen
Conduct defence awareness programmes
Guide PhD research in Defence studies
HOW IS KUNZRU CENTRE
Vision and Foresight
- Founded as Defence
Affairs Study Centre soon after the India Pakistan war 1971 in realisation
of the importance of defence preparedness in all its aspect. It
was visionary because very little attention was paid to this subject.
It was not until our nuclear tests of may 1998, that the country
has realised the importance of these issues.
An independently funded organisation, the centre retains its independence
of thought and action on defence issues and thereby meaningfully
contributes to defence policy making,whilst providing support in
other areas of its interest.
Towards this end the Kunzru Centre has a comprehensive mandate to
take necessary steps for the achievement of its objectives. The
Kunzru Centre Memorandum of Association states that:
"With the sole purpose of carrying out the foregoing object, the
Centre shall have vested in it the authority and power:
a. to establish relations with persons, associations, institutions
and also government departments having aims and objects similar
to those of the Centre, both in and outside India so as to exchange
ideas and generally to promote mutual liaison;
b. to initiate and hold meetings, lectures, discussions, seminars,
exhibitions and similar functions in connection with the object
of the Centre;
c. to prepare, compile and publish information and analytical exposition
of problems connected with Defence of India through the media of
books, theses, short papers, periodicals and newspapers in English
as well as in some selected Indian languages;
d. to encourage students and others proposing to take up research
work in Defence topics and topics allied to defence by founding,
maintaining and allotting scholarships, endowing prizes or by any
other form of support to help them in their work;
e. to assist other institutions, universities and educational establishments
with academic and technical information and guidance on defence
matters so that their work supplements directly or indirectly the
achievement of the object of the Centre;
f. to build up and maintain a comprehensive reference library with
books, periodicals, journals and other publications, published in
India and abroad".