Peace Conflict Resolution and Policing Unit
The Peace, Conflict Resolution and Policing Unit is functioning within a broad context of the changed character of nation-states, the consolidation of
democracy, questions of migration throughout the region, security sector reforms with special reference to policing, post-conflict management and reintegration.
The purpose of this unit is to present a strong case for the importance of a regional perspective and to illustrate that the conflicts in South Asia are interconnected.
The main focus of peace and conflict resolution studies is to analyse conflict, peace and reconstruction. And also creation of research partnerships for evidence-based
research as an input to context specific informed decision by the actors or parties to conflict and enhance civil society’s ability to hold
accountable these actors for their actions. Peace building, to this end, is one of the best examples of how bottom-up and top-down approaches go together
The focus of police reforms programme is three-fold:
- Institutionalisation of community-oriented reforms with major thrust on involvement of
community particularly to protect the rights of vulnerable sections;
- Formulation of programmes and undertaking activities for improving the delivery of police services to the people.
IDC was in lead for the conceptualisation and implementation of CPRCs (Community Policing Resource Centres) in collaboration
with human rights groups, NGOs and Punjab Police. It also initiated a process of police stations reforms through its programme of Police Stations Visitors Week in the states of Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Assam, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh launched in the year 2006;
- Multi-cultural thrust with an inclusive approach forms an integral part of its justice and policing programme with special focus on gender and scheduled castes rights.IDC has also been involved in developing a methodology for Criminal Justice System in India. It has contributed a manual
on Criminal Justice System Index published in 2008. IDC is part of a global core group working on developing justice index.
Director – Research
(Peace, Conflict Resolution and Policing Studies )
Dr. Pramod Kumar is Director, Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), Chandigarh. His work focuses on three interrelated themes of politics of development, violence and governance; politics of conflict management and resolution and practice of democracy through empirical methodologies and analysis of public policy and people’s movements. He is a recipient of the prestigious Homi Bhabha Award for the year 1988-1990 for his work on Causation and Forms of Ethnic Conflicts and Inter Ethnic Co operation in India.