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In the midst of continuous churning of news and policies everyday, the Cogitatum series is an attempt to equip curious minds with a strong fundamental base on contemporary topics. It is a 4-week online series designed to provide a nuanced take on one present-day policy issue. This series is designed for anyone who wants to go beyond peripheral knowledge on a public policy topic and dig deeper.

Admissions for the second Cogitatum on "Understanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy" will be open from November 2-16, 2017.

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The Cogitatum series is designed such that it can be taken from anywhere and by anyone. The series creates an opportunity to start a conversation between smart minds and experts from across the world. In doing so, it helps create intelligent citizens, practitioners and policymakers. Our first Cogitatum series was on Understanding Xi Jinping's China: An Indian Perspective.

Cogitatum on Understanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy


More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since 25 August as the fresh wave of violence sweeps the north western Rakhine state. Most of them are currently seeking refuge at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

On the other hand, the Government of India has shown concern regarding the 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India and has categorically stated its plans to deport those living illegally. While India hosts a large number of refugees within the subcontinent, there is no specific policy regarding that.

In this Cogitatum, we will be discussing the context of Rohingyas in India. The series will focus on humanitarian crisis faced by Rohingyas, India’s existing perspective towards refugee policy, and the future of Rohingyas in the country.

Faculty: Dr. D. Suba Chandran, Ambassador U Nyunt Maung Shein, Major General A K M Abdur Rahman, Dr Maung Zarni, Mr. Pratap Heblikar, Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, and Ms Priyadarshini Hariharan

The second Cogitatum commences on November 18, 2017.

Series Schedule

  • Context of Rohingyas for India- The Story So Far: Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am IST
  • Conflict in the Rakhine State: Wednesday, November 22, 8:00 pm IST
  • India's Response to the Rakhine Conflict: Saturday, November 25, 9:00 am IST
  • Cogitation amongst Discussants: Wednesday, November 28, 8:00 pm IST

Any change in the above schedule will be informed in advance.

Programme Features

  • Four-week fully online series focused on one policy issue at a time.
  • A joint brainstorm and solutioning series that allows you to deep-dive into a current topic through live webinars with experts and comprehensive readings on the topic.

Programme Structure

Students will be eligible for the certificate if they complete an online assignment.

If you have any queries regarding Cogitatum, please write to:


Rs 1179 (999 + 18% GST)

Note: The fee covers expenses for accessing Takshashila's Learning Management Suite which includes curated readings, Takshashila's in-house frameworks and webinars.

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Do I need to attend all webinars to get the certificate?

No, you do not have to attend all the webinars. We will provide webinar recordings after the live session. You will be eligible for the certificate only if you successfully complete the assignment at the end of the Cogitatum. This assignment will be in the form of an Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) or an essay question. That said, we strongly insist that you do not skip any webinars in order to extract maximum value.

Is the Cogitatum just a set of webinars?

No, as a part of Cogitatum, you will also be added to a Flock Team where you can cogitate i.e. you can reflect, comment, and interact with the fellow students and faculty even after the webinars. All readings will also be posted here.

Once you have completed the admission process, you will get an e-mail with the details on how to access Flock.

Can this series be taken by someone without being familiar with the topic? 

Yes, we have designed the Cogitatum such that the students do not need a background on the topic. Anyone interested in the topic can cogitate.

How will the series be taught?

The Cogitatum will be held completely online. The live webinars by our faculty will serve as pointers to help you explore more about the topic under discussion. At the end of the Cogitatum participants will have to complete an online assignment to be eligible for the certificate.

What happens after the webinars are over? 

You remain a part of the Flock Team and you can continue the discussions on the topic with the fellow students and the experts. You will also continue to have access to the readings shared on the topic.

Will I have access to any learning material? 

Yes, you would be provided reading material after every webinar to help you dig deeper on the topic covered in the webinar. The reading material will mostly be in the form of one to two online readings like research papers, articles etc.

Whom do I get in touch with regarding my doubts about the Cogitatum

Please write to:


We will get back to you within 24 hours.

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