The Centre for Peace and Development seeks to wedge the gulf between theory and practice in policy making through synthesis of the academic findings and experiential inputs from practitioners, leaders and professionals. Facilitating and coordinating mutual interaction through dialogues between leaders, social activists, researchers and practitioners from South Asia as well as other part of the world is one of the core missions of the centre.

Two premises guide CPD’s work- establishing a wide peace constituency of resource persons and scholars stretching beyond South Asia through mutual interactions in seminars, workshops and dialogues; and to create a community of activists committed to the cause of peace and development in the society. Towards this end, the center engages with scholars, academicians, policymakers and practitioners in analysis of and dialogue on critical issues to generate a wider understanding of concepts such as interfaith dialogue, multiculturalism, multi-dimensional process of peacebuilding, youth-led activism, gender equality, inclusion, and social security among others. 

Research Work

The centre works towards bringing out an interface between research, prescriptive analysis, policy evaluation and recommendations. CPD offers to impart conflict resolution and peace building techniques in the aspirants who could be a politician, administrator, practitioner, non-governmental organization worker, scholar, academician, military personal or a social worker. The academic and researcher at the centre are involved in developing theories and pedagogy of peace and development research and a self- sufficient research base to support the CPD’s programmes and activities.


Prof Priyankar Upadhyaya


Prof Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya

Member Secretary

Mamata Tiwari


Prof Kaushikee


Prof Manoj Mishra


Prof Ghan Shyam



CPD was established in 2004 to promote normative and practical streams of peace work in the South Asian region. It is indeed befitting to have such peace initiative in the ancient city of Varanasi which traditionally exemplifies the intercultural understanding and peace through the life and work of Buddha, Kabir, Tulsi among others. CPD takes a comprehensive vision of peace and construes in the context of human security and development.