Defence think tank IDSA renamed after Manohar Parrikar
New Delhi: The government has renamed the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) as Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses on Tuesday.
The decision has been taken to honour the commitment and legacy of late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
“It will align the vision and aspiration of the premier defence institute with the contribution of the former Defence Minister and Padma Bhushan awardee,” the Ministry of Defence said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chairs the executive committee of the institute’s society.
“An epitome of integrity and dedication in public life, throughout his career, the late Manohar Parrikar showed a tremendous fighting spirit, taking on the odds with fearlessness,” the ministry said.
Parrikar was Defence Minister from November 9, 2014 to March 14, 2017 and steered the ministry through tough challenges of attacks like Pathankot and Uri and responded to these with exemplary boldness.
An autonomous body under Ministry of Defence, IDSA was established as a registered society in New Delhi in 1965, dedicated to objective research and policy for relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security.
Its aim is to promote national and international security through the generation and dissemination of knowledge on defence and security-related issues. To achieve its goals, the institute undertakes scholarly research, policy-oriented research, dissemination of research findings, training and capacity building and public education.
IDSA has a well-qualified multi-disciplinary research faculty drawn from academia, defence forces and others representing a diversity of views. Research at the institute is driven by a comprehensive agenda and the need to provide impartial analyses and policy recommendations.
Since its inception, IDSA has served as a forum to debate important aspects of national and international security. The institute conducts several national and international conferences every year and regularly holds roundtables and workshops on important developments.