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One Year pg diploma in “Conflict Management & Development”

One Year PG Diploma in “Conflict Management & Development”

This Special Course of Study awarded by the UGC under the Scheme of Innovative Programmes of Teaching and Research in Interdisciplinary & Emerging Areas (TRIEA) offers state of the art training for students and practitioners concerned with conflicts and community development. With conflict situations on the increase at every level of global society, the ability to gain the skills needed to analyze and then manage conflict is widely felt in international arena as well as in community settings. In particular, the development community is exploring the two-way link between community development and conflict as also the relevance of conflict management and problem-solving techniques to carry though their development work. Assisted by highly trained faculty from within & outside the country including Fulbright Scholars, this unique course takes you step-by-step through the process of analyzing & handling conflict situations and provides knowledge and skills that are increasingly sought in today's job market.

The Malaviya Centre for Peace Research (, an interdisciplinary centre established in 1998 within the Faculty of Social Sciences, is one of the first of its kind in the Indian university system and has already made a mark as a hub of intellectual synergy through the quality of its research & practical activities.


Under the powers conferred by section 4 A of the Banaras Hindu University Act, 1915, as amended, and under the provisions of Clause 3 of Section 18 of this Act, the Banaras Hindu University hereby institutes the ^ One Year Post-Graduate Diploma in Conflict Management and Development and makes the following Ordinances governing admission, course of study, examinations and other matters relating to this Diploma under the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Banaras Hindu University.

^ Admission & Eligibility:

Minimum qualifications for entry to the One Year Post graduate Diploma Course in Conflict Management and Development shall be as follows :

  1. Graduate or higher degree of this University or equivalent degree from any other University.

B) For admission to the above course, candidates who fulfil the conditions given under Clause 1(a) shall apply on a prescribed form on payment of the requisite fee.

2. The Post Graduate Diploma Course will be open to candidates who fulfil the qualifications given under Clause 1(a) and also for those candidates who satisfy the conditions given below:

  1. Candidates who are recommended for admission to the above Post Graduate Diploma by the Government, Public Bodies and Institutions, Industrial Concerns, other Public Organizations, Members of the Staff of any recognized University including B.H.U., Deemed Universities, Autonomous Institutions and Colleges and registered NGO’s. These Candidates shall fall under the sponsored candidates.

  2. Foreign students as per University rules.


The University examination for the PG Diploma Course will be held at the end of each semester. The results shall be declared on the basis of the cumulative marks obtained by the candidates in the sessional and the semester end examinations.

3. Number of Seats

Ordinarily there will be 25 seats. In addition there will be 5 more seats including 3 under the Sponsored Category and 2 under the Foreign Nationals quota.

^ 4. Tuition and Other Fee

The tuition and examination fee for the One Year Postgraduate Diploma Course in Conflict Management and Development shall be as follows:

Tuition Fee : Rs. 10,000/ per annum ( For Indian & Foreign Nationals)

Examination & other Fee : As per university rules

5. Examination : As per university Rules


The Course spread over two semesters consists of the following three theory papers

Paper I: Introduction to Conflict Studies: Credit 5

Paper II: Conflict Management: Approaches & Methods: Credit 5

Paper III: Conflict and Community Development: Credit 5

In addition, there will be one more paper based on extensive Case Studies and Field work:

Paper IV: Project and Networking (Four Segments) : Credits 25 :

  • Skills of Identifying and Analyzing themes of Conflict & Development: Credit 5

  • Report Writing on some case study assigned by the Instructor: Credit 5

  • Final Seminar Presentation: Credit 5

  • Field Study with some leading NGO’s/Organization with Disputes/Development Activities: Credit 10



  • Understanding Conflict & Violence: Structural & Cultural Violence, Major Indian & Non-Indian Approaches, Gandhi and his heritage.

  • Conflict Resolution & Peace Research: Recent Paradigms & Theories.

From Cold War to Deadly Peace: Problem of Peace building in 21st Century.

Conflict within States : Nation - State ( Nationalism ), Cultural Identity & Civil Society.

  • Self-Determination, Human Rights, Human Development & Human Security

  • Religion, Language, Ethnicity, Clash of Civilization

Select Readings:
Bose Anima, 1987, Dimensions of Peace & Non-violence: The Gandhian Perspectives

Chomsky, Noam, 1999, World Orders: Old & New, Oxford University Press

Gandhi M.K., 1948, Non-violence in Peace & War ,2 vol. Ahmedabad: Navjeevan, Galtung, John, 1996, Peace by Peaceful Means, Sage.

Galteng John, (1998) Peace by Peaceful Means, Sage.

Huntington, Samuel P., 1997, The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order, Penguin Books.

Kautilya, The Arthashartra (Penguin India, 1992).

Lederach John Paul, 1995 Preparing for Peace: Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, Syracuse University Press

Sandole, Dennis J.D., and Hugo Van der Merwe, 1996, Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice.

Smock, David R., 1995, Perspectives on Pacifism: Christian, Jewish and Muslim Views on Non-violence and International Conflict, United States Institute of Peace.

Wallensteen, Peter (ed.), 1988, Peace Research: Achievements and Challenges, Westview Press.

Sponsel, Leslie E & Thomas Gregor (eds) 1994, The Anthropology of Peace & Non- Violence, Boulder, Colo: L.Rienner



Conflict Management & Conflict Resolution, Analytical Problem Solving Approach, Conflict Transformation, Communication; Inter-personal Mediation

Transforming Inter-group Relationship: Interfaith/Intercultural Dialogue

& Ethnic Conflict Management

  • Indigenous Approaches,Village Disputes & Panchayat : Past & Present

  • Non-violence, Satyagrah, Bhudan & Jai Jagat Ideals

  • Legal means for Conflict resolution: International & Municipal Law,

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

  • Role of Civil society & NGO’s

  • Managing International Conflict, Confidence Building Measures, Track-two Diplomacy

  • Pre-negotiation & Negotiation, Third-party Mediation

  • Transnational Actors in Conflict management.

Select Readings:

Banks Michael & Mitchell Christopher (Eds), A Handbook on the Analytical Problem –solving Approach, 1990, Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University

Burton, John & 1993, Conflict: Practices in Management, Settlement and Resolution, St. Martin’s Press.

Fisher, Roger and William Ury, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In, Penguin Book, 1991.

Fisher Ronald J , The Social Psychology of Intergroup & Intergroup Conflict Resolution,1990,Springer-Verlag

Stutzman Jim (ed) , Mediation & Facilitation Training Manuel : Foundations & Skills for Constructive Conflict Transformation, 1995, MCS Akron



  • Development & Conflict: Two way links

  • Differential Consequences of Globalization & Market

  • Environment Conflict & its Resolution: Narmada River Dispute

  • Conflict for Natural Resources: Water Disputes
Sources of Community Conflicts: Colonial Legacy, Communalism, Secularism & Religious Tolerance
Militarism, Development & Human Rights
Ethnic, Communal & Caste Violence & Development Issues
Refugee and Migration as a Source of Conflict

^ Select Readings:

Banuri, T &, 1997, Just Development Beyond Adjustment with Human Face, Oxford Univ. Press

Dreze, Jean &, 1998, India-Economics Development & Social Opportunity, Oxford Univ. Press.

Elseinhana, Hartmut, 1991, Development and Underdevelopment: The History, Economics and Politics of North-South Relations, Sage

Engineer, Asgar Ali, 1991, Sufism and Communal Harmony, Printwell, Jaipur.

Guha, Ramchandra, 2000, Environmentalism; A Global History, Oxford University Press.

Hassan Zoya & (eds.), 2000, Transforming India: Social and Political Dynamics of Democracy, Oxford University Press

Held, David &, 1999, Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture, Stanford University Press.

Jayaram, N &, 1996, Social Conflict, Oxford University Press.

Johnston, Douglas & et. Al., 1994, Religion: Missing Dimension of Statecrafts, Oxford

Kakar, Sudhir, 1996, The Colours of Violence, Penguin Books.

Keyman, E. Fuat, 1997, Globalization, State, Identity Differences: Towards a Critical Relations, Humanities Press., New Jersey.

Krishnaraj, Matithreji &, 1998, Gender, Population and Development, Oxford

Weiss, T. G. &, 1996, NGOs, The UN and Global Governance.

World Development Reports: 1994 Onwards, Oxford University Press.

Human Development Report: 1994 Onwards, Oxford University Press

Paper IV


  • Skills of Identifying and analyzing themes of Conflict & Development

  • Field Study with some leading NGO’s/Organization with Disputes/Development Activities

  • Report Writing on some case study assigned by the Instructor

  • Final Seminar Presentation


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