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Centre for Philosophy  Jawaharlal Nehru University
Centre for Philosophy Jawaharlal Nehru University
Centre for Philosophy
Centre for Philosophy Jawaharlal Nehru University



MA Sem-II: 04 Compulsory Courses (starting from January, 2024)

-- PH405S: Philosophy of Social Science; Course Incharge: Prof. Bhagat Oinam

-- PH406S: Philosophy of Language; Course Incharge: Dr. Manidipa Sen

-- PH407S: Readings in 20th century Indian Philosophy; Course Incharge: Prof. Bindu  Puri

-- PH408S: Analytic Philosophy and Phenomenology; Course Incharge: Prof. Adrasupally Nataraju/ Prof. Smita Sirker


MA Sem-IV: 01 Compulsory paper and 04 Optional papers (Starting from January, 2024)

-- Compulsory Course: PH410S: Seminar Course: Project on a Philosophical Theme (all faculties); Course In-charge: Prof. Bhagat Oinam

-- Optional Paper 1: PH413S: Diversity of Cultures and Multiculturalism: A Philosophical Study; Courses Incharge: Dr. Kh. Romesh Singh

-- Optional Paper 2: PH420S: Debates in Contemporary Political Philosophy; Course Incharge: Dr. Bhaskarjit Neog

-- Optional Paper 3: PH423S: Nagarjuna’s Critique of Essence (Svabhava); Course Incharge: Prof. Ajay Kumar Verma

-- Optional Paper 4:   PH424S: Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science; Course Incharge: Prof. Smita Sirker


(Students can opt maximum of two papers from outside the Centre)


PhD Semester-I (compulsory courses) Starting from January, 2024)

-- Course No.PH601S: Concepts in Philosophy; Course In-Charge: Dr. Bhaskarjit Neog
-- Course No.PH602S: Philosophical Method; Course In-Charge:  Dr. Manidipa Sen


BA Optional Course Starting from January, 2024)

-- Course No.PH407: Ethics; 03 Credits; Course In-Charge: Dr. Kh. Romesh Singh


Centre for Philosophy was set up in 1999 in the School of Social Sciences. The Centre aims at studying problems and concerns of philosophy cutting across traditions and narrow disciplinary boundaries. Issue-oriented interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research is the core focus of the Centre.


The academic programmes are intended to provide students a strong foundation in the discipline of philosophy by encouraging engagements with substantive questions and contemporary concerns. Along with the study of foremost themes in ontology, epistemology, ethics, and Indian Philosophy, the curricula of the Centre have been designed to explore newer enterprises in philosophy. The courses of study also focus on training students to read original texts, both classical and contemporary, and to write philosophical essays.


Seminars, conferences, workshops, lectures, and discussions on issues of general and interdisciplinary nature are an integral part of the activities of the Centre. Students are provided with ample opportunities to meet distinguished philosophers and scholars from India and abroad for discussions and debates on a regular basis.

The Centre for Philosophy constantly strives to create a body of scholarly work that can yield newer and richer reflections on philosophical issues and problems.


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.