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Institutional Grants

  • Grants from the Ford Foundation for the Centre’s academic activities:
    • First Phase: successfully completed 2005.
    • Second Phase: successfully competed 2011.
  • Endowment Grant to fund a Visiting Professorial Fellowship in Law and Governance from the Ford Foundation.
  • Grant from Tata Education Trust for a Specialised Library on Law and Governance.

Individual Faculty Research Grants

  • The Role of Governance in the Resolution of Socioeconomic and Political Conflict in India and Europe (CORE). European Commission - 2011-2013 (Dr Amit Prakash).
  • Princeton University Project on State-Building in the Developing World. (2009-13) Co-Director of Asian hub: Prof. Niraja Gopal Jayal.
  • 6th Round of ICSSR Research Survey and Explorations in Political Science on the Thematic volume titled India and World – 2010-11 (Dr. Amit Prakash).
  • Governance Knowledge Centre for Capacity Building for the Poor with the Department of Administrative Reforms, Govt. of India & DfID (Prof. Amita Singh).
  • Nationwide Survey of Women’s Participation in Panchayati Raj Institutions, sponsored by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India. (2007-08)  (Niraja Gopal Jayal).
  • Dialogue on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia. Ford Foundation (2003-2007) (Prof. Niraja Gopal Jayal).
  • Mapping Indicators of Governance in India. Ford Foundation (2003-2008). (Dr. Amit Prakash).
  • Grant from the British Council to develop academic collaboration with the University of Lancaster (Dr Amit Prakash).
  • Grant from Department of Administrative Reforms, Government of India for research project on  E-Governance Projects and Process of Administrative Reforms (Prof Amita Singh).
  • Grant from Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India for research project on  Telecom Regulations and Consumer Protection: Case Study of Bangalore, Chennai and NCR (Prof Amita Singh & Dr Jaivir Singh).
  • Poverty, Employment and Food Security to Tea Garden Workers in North Bengal, with NALSA and Matri Raksha Sangha of WB (Prof. Amita Singh).
  • Tribal Rights in Jharkhand. UNDP Project (2006) (Dr. Amit Prakash).

A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.