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CSLG Staff


Shri A.N. Aggarwal is a consultant with prior experience in government. He supervises the administration of the Centre office as a whole.

Shri M.L. Meena, Jr. Assistant, is the backbone of the Centre’s office. He is the interface between the Centre and the University administration. He also acts as a possessive caretaker of the building, and takes great delight in gardening.

Ms. Anju Gupta is a competent computer operator who assists the Chairperson and ensures that the students’ interaction with the Centre office is both efficient and pleasant. She provides assistance with student paperwork and the maintenance of the records of the Centre.

Shri V.P. Gupta has, for the last two years, maintained the Centre’s specialised library, and diligently overseen its incorporation in the digitised catalogue of the University’s library resources.

Shri Sunil Kumar as office attendant is invaluable in the running of our everyday activities, from making filter coffee to conveying papers to the university administration.

Shri Rakesh is a dedicated gardener who in his two years at the Centre, transformed the small corner of Delhi’s southern ridge that the Centre inhabits. He has given us the gift of a beautiful garden that students and faculty alike appreciate. The Centre’s garden won the first prize in the Pusa Horticulture Show 2013.

Several security guards keep a vigil on the Centre by rotation in three shifts round the clock.


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.