Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi, Director of the Center for International Understanding at Bluefield State College, has been reappointed to the Northeast Regional Panel of the Department of Defense's National Security Education Scholarship Program (NSEP) for Undergraduate Study Abroad.
The program is designed "to lead in developing the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens about cultures and languages and, in the process, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and enhance international cooperation and security," according to a NSEP guidelines.
Created in 1991, the NSEP awards undergraduate study abroad, graduate fellowships, and institutional grants to promote the program's goal of "improving U.S. capacity for international leadership through increased knowledge of less commonly studied languages and world regions." It focuses on countries identified as critical to U.S. national security, and reflects a commitment to supporting the development of long term political and economic stability.
"Beginning in 1997," Jamkhandi said, "The NSEP has identified specific countries critical to U.S. national security. These include selected countries in Latin America, the NIS, Eastern Europe, Egypt, South Africa, the PRC, and selected Asian countries."
"The qualifications of the applicants and their diverse backgrounds reflect the attractiveness of NSEP scholarships," he continued. "To ensure a return on the dollars invested in these future international relations personnel, the NSEP requires candidates selected to receive a scholarship to work at a federal or higher educational institution in the field of international relations within eight years, upon completion of the study abroad project."
NSEP's northeastern regional review panel will evaluate more than 200 applications from undergraduates at institutions of higher education in 17 states, including West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Additional information on the NSEP may be obtained by calling the Center for International Understanding at Bluefield State College, (304) 327-4036.