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PhD (Systems Medicine)


PhD programme 1st year course  structure


Course Structure for 1st Year PhD Programme

A limited number of scholars will be admitted to PhD programme. The courses are offered to make a strong foundation in systems medicine. The credit courses will be divided in first two semesters of the programme that include both basic and applied aspects. The second semester will mark the beginning of hands-on training in various aspects and techniques in systems medicine. In no case, a research scholar is allowed to repeat any course either in case of failure or for improving the grades. The programme being interdisciplinary, the research scholar will work under the joint supervision of faculty members.



Salient Features of Teaching and Training Programme

  1. Advances in systems biology and biological data 
  2. Molecular basis of human diseases 
  3. Advances in genomics and transcriptomics
  4. Advances in proteomics and metabolomics
  5. Advances in immunomics and pathomics
  6. Ethics in research, regulatory compliances, IPR and entrepreneurship 


In addition, students admitted to the SCSM PhD program shall be trained in the following areas:  


  1. Research methodology and lab techniques
  2. Research manuscript writing and editing 
  3. Critical analysis and presentation of research output 
  4. Writing and defending research proposals 
SCSM faculty members’ laboratories are well equiped with state-of-the-art facilities for the cutting-edge research in the area of systems medicine. Additionally, the campus houses Central Instrument Facilities and Advanced Instrumentation Research Facility. 


For the academic year 2021-22, candidates those who have qualified NET/JRF or its equivalent category as permitted by the University, will be called for an interview.


The interview of the candidates will be conducted by the Admission Committee of the Special Centre, where the candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation. The competence of the candidate to undertake the proposed research; the suitability of the research topic/area at the Special Centre; and the potential of the proposed research to contribute new/additional knowledge, etc will be considered.



Name of Centre
Sub. Code & Sub. Code Number
Special Centre for Systems Medicine (SCSM)
Systems Medicine – SSMH (917)

Master's degree (M.Sc., MBBS, M.VSc, M. Pharma)/ B.Tech, B. Pharma or a professional degree declared equivalent to the Master's degree by the corresponding statutory regulatory body, with at least 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade 'B' in the UGC 7-point scale (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed); or an equivalent degree from a foreign educational institution.

Relaxation to SC/ST/OBC (Non creamy layer)/PWD as per the UGC Regulations 2016.

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.