As an independent discipline, 'Peace and Conflict Studies' is being studied in different parts of the world for the last few decades. The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies in the University of Dhaka was established in 1999. However, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research of Uppsala University, Sweden arranged for a few teachers of the Department of Political Science of this University to participate in their 'Conflict Resolution Programme' in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996 and the programme on 'Conflict Resolution- Regions in Change' in 1996 and 1997. Although the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies came into being on 8 June 1999, the academic activities of the Department started from the academic session 2000-2001. The Department offers BSS Honours, MSS, M. Phil. and Ph. D. Programmes in Peace and Conflict Studies. In course of time, it will also offer courses for people coming from different disciplines aspiring to build their career on conflicts, conflict resolution and peace related areas. The courses will specifically be designed to benefit strategists, law enforcement officers, journalists, NGO workers involved in humanitarian works, military officers, officers of paramilitary forces, government officials involved in policy formulation, foreign service personnel, officers of the intelligence services, teachers involved in teaching military science and arts, instructors of security studies, students of international relations, students of war and strategic studies etc. The purpose of the Department is to advance the interdisciplinary study and research into the conditions of peace and the causes of war and other forms of violence. The long-term aim is to make a contribution to the advancement of a peaceful world.