The Department of African Studies is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Delhi. It was established in December 1954 at the personal initiative of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. He inaugurated it formally on August 6, 1955 with a mandate to promoting awareness about Africa. The Department undertakes inter-disciplinary teaching and research studies leading to M.Phil. and Ph.D. Degrees of the University of Delhi along with Certificate and Diploma in Swahili Language. The Department provides a forum for fostering mutual understanding, friendship and cooperation between peoples of India and Africa. Thus, the mandate of the Department extends beyond its primary function of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge to promotion of India-Africa relations.

Seminar & Events

  • National Conference on "African Studies Programme in India: Prospects and Challenges", organized on 18th March 2016.
  • Two Day National Conference on "Africa since 2000: Transition and Change", organized on 18th – 19th February 2016.
  • Two Day National Conference on "Africa on the Move & Indian Soft Power", organized on 29th- 30th January 2015.
  • Two Day National Conference on "the Rising Africa: Opportunities & Challenges for Africa", organized on 12th September 2013
  • National Conference on "African Renaissance: From Movement, Democracy to Development", organized 24th- 25th January 2012.
  • International Seminar on "Contemporary Africa: Issues and Challenges", organized on 22nd November 2012.

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