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Centre for African Studies
Centre for African Studies



Course list for Winter Semester 2022


Course NO

Course Title

Course Incharge



Political System In Africa

Dr. Gayettri Dixit



Africa And The World

Prof. Ajay Dubey / Dr. J.M.Moosa


List of courses being offered in Monsoon Semester 2021 for New Students


The Centre for African Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for study of Africa. It aims at promoting African studies as an academic discipline for advancing knowledge and understanding of African affairs through inter-disciplinary perspective. It brings together scholars having an active interest in Africa from all over the country and abroad. The primary programme of the Centre  is Ph.D. in African studies. It also offers courses for the M.A. programmes of the School of International Studies. The teaching and research programme of the Centre has been designed to cover both the traditional as well the contemporary issues relating to the region. For Master in International Relations and Area Studies, the Centre offers courses on 'Diaspora in International Relations'.

The current academic curriculum of the Centre focuses on the following thrust areas: regional organizations, government and politics, state and civil societies, ideologies, governance, Diasporas, bilateral relations, issues of development and foreign policy of major African countries. Besides this the Centre has its own research focus on Asian engagement with Africa and Global Indian Diaspora.


Nelson Mandela Chair:

To facilitate the development of research, training and interaction with scholars from abroad, the Centre holds a Nelson Mandela Chair, funded by ICCR, through which visiting faculty from African countries are invited every semester. The visiting faculty participates in various programmes and activities of the Centre.

Seminars and conferences are organized regularly by the Centre in order to strengthen its academic programmes by facilitating exchange of views among scholars. In pursuance of its aim, the Centre is involved in several academic outreach programmes on African affairs involving Indian academic institutions. It currently hosts the secretariat of African Studies Association of India (www.africanstudies.in), which is an apex academic association of Indian Africanist coming from all disciplines and from all Indian Universities and academic institutions.


UGC area studies Centre on African Studies (UGC-CAS)

The Centre has a regular UGC Centre for African Studies. It provides funding support to faculty for field visits to Africa and supports academic activities like research seminars, and publications.


Diaspora and International Migration Programme (DIMP)

The centre has a major research programme on Diaspora in Development: Comparative Assessment of Harnessing Globalization" funded under UPE II Scheme by JNU. The Principal Investigator of the project is Prof. Ajay Dubey.

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.