PPFP – Defence Studies

This Defence Studies course enables a rigorous overview of defence and strategic studies and how they ought to shape public policy making in India, today. With a healthy mix of veterans, defence and strategic experts, the 20 session course is an immersive deep dive experience on understanding the making of India’s defence and strategic studies with a focus on the future and the challenges that confront us as a nation. This course also importantly highlights how defence studies must be an integral aspect of India’s public policy decisions and the education apparatus. 

Eligibility – Anyone above 18 years of age with a reasonably good command over English.

Format – Online

Duration – 20 sessions

Broad Timeline – June to July

Registration Fee – Rs.500/- (all inclusive)


Indian Military Culture

The historicity of Indian military culture, what makes an Indian soldier and what importantly makes the Indian armed forces stand apart are some of the basics covered in this module. Special emphasis is also laid on code of conduct and ethics that are integral to Indian military culture. The participants are equipped with case studies of various regiments, battles and veterans of the Indian armed forces to gain a better understanding.

Be it pre-independence or post independence, India’s military history is a wide spectrum that deserves attention and learning. This module is exactly aimed at exploring some of the unknown aspects of India’s military history, accounting for key battles from ancient India to contemporary India and drawing lessons that can be applied for today are key areas of focus. A thorough SWOT( Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threat) analysis is done across various aspects of history.

Indian Military History

Internal Security

India’s internal security is a vast and complex subject that needs to be analysed and spoken about. This module provides an overview of the historicity of India’s internal security scenario, what led to the situation where we stand today and what is the way forward. The important players in safeguarding India’s internal security scene, their capabilities and the future are also expoundedin this module.

As a civilisational power, India’s military and strategic capabilities have received worldwide acclaim. This module while detailing aspects of historical advancements of India’s defence co-operation with countries abroad will expound recent developments in cooperation with countries that enable India’s consistent foreign policy orientation of strategic autonomy and also give a glimpse into what could be the way ahead in honing these cooperation mechanisms in national interest and for global good such as maintenance of rule of law and helping those in times of distress and disaster.

Overseas Defence Co-operation

Indian Military Architecture: Structure and Overview

This module across sessions explains the importance, vision, mission, basics and scope of the Indian military architecture. Army, navy, air force, coast guard, India’s special forces are some of the key areas of focus. History behind their inception, current capability that includes manpower and a roadmap for the future are touched upon.

What is the role of media in gennext warfare? Does it enable information warfare or not, are some of the key questions that seek to be explained in this module. Mainstream media and social media are discussed separately, an overview of their contribution to the overarching defence and security architecture of our country is also discussed.

Role of Media

New Forms of Warfare

The form and shape of conflicts is fast changing in a rapidly digitized 21st century. How well is India equipped to handle this hybrid warfare techniques? What are emerging threats for us as a national and populace when it comes to hybrid warfare are key areas of focus. Importantly, this module seeks to cover what is India’s current preparedness in facing this recent new forms of warfare and what more needs to be done from a contemporary perspective.



Air Marshal S Varthaman

India's Air power in contemporary context

Lt Gen Gurmit Singh

Indian Borders - LAC, LOC, Siachen, IB, AGPL

Lt Gen P R Shankar

The Indian Armed Forces : Structure and Weaponry - Overview
China- Pak nexus: Can India face a two front war?

Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain

Indian Military Culture - ethos, code of conduct

Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia

India's Internal security challenges

Fl Lt Dr. Aruna Sri

Role and Journey of Women in Armed Forces

Major Gen Amardeep Bhardwaj

India's land power in contemporary context

Commodore Raja Narayanasami

Changing face of conflict: India's readiness for hybrid war

Commodore R S Vasan

India's Maritime Prowess in contemporary context

Col Ajay Singh

India's Military History: Pre-Independence
India's Military History: Post Independence

Col S Dinny

Comprehensive National Power, Grand Strategy and India's Defence incl. Nuclear Doctrines
Chief of Defence Staff & Future of Theatre Commands

Col Krishnadas T R

India's Special Forces incl Lessons from Uri & Balakot Strike

Col Nikhil Apte

Imperatives of Energy Security

Col Sajan Moideen

Entering the Defense Forces: Aim, Scope and Opportunities

Major Gaurav Arya

Role of Media in present day conflict situations

Maj Manik M Jolly

India’s Defence Co-Operation with special focus on Diplomacy, Military Alliances and Overseas Bases
Indian Intelligence: Agencies, Opportunities, Threats and Challenges

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