Located in the heart of Allahabad, the University itself is quite rudimentary, yet the staff consists of well educated and dedicated members. Dr. Dwivedi, Coordinator of the SAF Programme at UPRTOU put together a seminar, drawing together professors of Political and International studies from local Universities across Allahabad.
Most of the selected speakers talked about how important the SAF Scholarships were to the University and to the students; many argued for the continuation of the programme. Dr Dwivedi’s speech was perhaps the most insightful for the students – and it was delivered in Hindi; he said that the process towards Regional Cooperation must be developed in parallel with respect to regional security, regional trade and of course the creation of national policies that are not based on fear. Dr. Dwivedi, quoted heavily from the SASIA story, and encouraged the students to take inspiration from the book.