BOOK RELEASE- Fourth Admiral A K Chatterji Fellowship
| The Fourth AKC Fellowship book project
The fourth book project under the aegis of the Admiral A K Chatterji Fellowship, was released by the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC. The book titled “Leveraging of High-Technology Developments by China in the Military and Maritime Domains” has been authored by Captain Kamlesh Kumar Agnihotri, IN (Retd), who is a Senior Fellow at the NMF.
About the Fellowship
Admiral Adhar Kumar Chatterji, the sixth Chief of the Naval Staff and the first Indian officer of the navy to hold the rank of full Admiral was a strong advocate of naval intellectual development as the foundation of the sustained and coherent resurgence of India as a maritime power. To support this drive for intellectual growth and research-based rigour, the family of the late Admiral Chatterji had instituted “The Admiral A K Chatterji Fellowship” in 2011.
“The Admiral A K Chatterji Fellowship” is offered to encourage researchers drawn from the naval and civilian fraternity alike to undertake research on maritime issues of relevance.
The Fellowship, which is administered by the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), financially supports original research projects, each of an 18-month duration, relevant to India’s maritime development. Three research-projects have thus far been completed under this Fellowship.
For details on projects undertaken under the Fellowship, please visit here.
Captain Kamlesh Kumar Agnihotri (Retd)
Captain Kamlesh Kumar Agnihotri (Retd.) is a Senior Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation (NMF). Prior to this assignment, he was a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS), New Delhi, till his retirement in June 2021. His specialised field of work for last 15 years, has been on Chinese Defense Forces, particularly the Chinese Navy. His current areas of Study include Chinese maritime issues, Indian Ocean security matters and the complex dynamics in the broader Indo-Pacific Region.
He has earlier worked at the Maritime Doctrine and Concepts Centre (MDCC) at Mumbai in the Strategic Maritime Assessment Team (SMAT); where he carried out detailed measurement of China’s maritime and naval capabilities relating specifically to the Chinese Navy’s platforms, equipment, training effort, technological ascendency and evolving operational patterns. Foundation for this intensive research was laid during his tenure at the Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC), Visakhapatnam; where he was involved with detailed planning for addressing the increasing intensity and frequency of Chinese naval presence in the Indian Ocean Region.
The Officer has had a prolonged tenure at NMF earlier too, during which he developed specialised knowledge-base on China and consolidated the same to a great extent. His in-depth knowledge of the China related security matters enabled him to publish four books, and author several research articles in various think tanks’ Journals. His last Book is titled “Strategic Direction of the Chinese Navy: Capability and Intent Assessment” (2015).
He is a naval missile and Gunnery specialist. He commanded a Landing Craft Utility ship (LCU) at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has also qualified as a Remote Sensing, satellite imagery interpretation and Photogrammetry analyst. He has also acquired an Advanced Diploma in Chinese language in order to complement his scholarly and research work.
About the Event
The event was hosted by the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), on a virtual platform (CISCO Webex), on Monday, 22 November 2021, from 1430 h to 1530 h (IST).
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