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CPS celebrating 50 years

CPS celebrating 50 years

Welcome to the Centre for Political Studies. Founded in 1971, it has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. The Centre launched ita M.Phil./Ph.D. programme with 15 students in the very first year of its existence. The MA program was launched in the following academic year. In keeping with the spirit of the JNU Act of 1966, the Centre for Political Studies came to incorporate a strong interdisciplinary emphasis in the structure and design of its syllabi. Since then, the Centre for Political Studies has become one of the largest Centres of the School of Social Sciences drawing students from all parts of the country as well as abroad.

The Centre offers degrees both at the Masters and the Doctorate levels. It represents all the major streams of Political Science as a discipline, including Political Theory, Philosophy and Thought, Indian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Administration. The courses taught at the Masters level equip the students with various ideas, concepts, analytical tools and approaches to the discipline. By the end of the last semester, students are in a position to choose a career based on their Masters training and/or develop an interest to pursue research on a topic or theme in a particular stream of the discipline.

There is an excellent blend of young, mid-career and senior level faculty at the Centre. Together, these faculty members present expertise in all the streams of the discipline.They teach the students and guide different researchers in their respective areas of specialization using a multidisciplinary approaches.

The all-Indian and international composition of students, coming from diverse social, regional, cultural and economic backgrounds, provides a unique exposure conducive to learning about each other and the rich diversity of our society well beyond the classroom teaching.

Different kinds of fellowships are made available for students coming from relatively poorer sections of the society who show a commitment and passion to pursue higher studies.


To read more about the Centre access the Handbook by CLICKING HERE


Commemorating CPS@50: Foundations and Frontiers

Inaugural Session 


Technical Session 1 - Political Theory and Philosophy

Link - https://youtu.be/Ma4Q1V6EVbs


Session 2- Public Policy and Development

Link - https://youtu.be/2yq-FHoAVPk


Session 3 - Indian Politics 

Link - https://youtu.be/LOCWsrL0s9c

Session 4 - Indian Political Thought

Link - https://youtu.be/vpLh3ofDZnQ


Session 5 - Institutions & Political Processes 

Link - https://youtu.be/PxzSPxdkmIM

Valedictory Session 

Link - https://youtu.be/ucnzg8rAGgg



Courses for Winter Semester 2024


Courses for Monsoon Semester 2023


Summer/Winter Semester Courses 2022-23



**CPS Alumni are requested to CLICK HERE to submit their information to get invite for CPS@50 Commemorative Events

Faculty Publications


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.