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Monsoon Semester 2022 Courses


SM 621: Operational Research and Systems Analysis in
SM 612: Communicable Diseases
SM 611: Population Problem and the Family Planning Programme in India


Time-Table Monsoon Semester 2022


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The Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health (CSMCH) was established in 1971 in order to shape, and to provide academic content, to the discipline of public health, making it relevant to the situation in India. It was recognized that the discipline of Preventive and Social Medicine needed a paradigm shift that could only be provided if this Centre was set up outside the confines of a medical college.


Over the past four decades, the Centre has acquired vast experience in evolving problem-oriented inter-disciplinary academic programmes in public health, in addition to building an active research base. At the same time, efforts have also been made at establishing institutional links with various academic, research, policy-making and non-governmental organizations.


Under the overall objectives of creating academic programmes for making health services meaningful to the people of the country, the Centre has set out as its objective the task of understanding the health problems and health needs of the mass of Indian people. The endeavour is to understand how health problems are shaped by socio-economic factors and to examine the social structure itself, to delineate the structural constraints that contour the scope of technical health knowledge and health interventions. The task requires an interdisciplinary approach, involving disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, history, politics, demography, statistics and public administration, apart from the disciplines that are traditionally included in public health. It was for this reason that the Centre was located in the School of Social Sciences.


Beginning in the nineteen seventies, the academic content of the Centre were shaped by Prof. D. Banerji (a doctor with added training in anthropology), Prof. Imrana Qadeer, (a paediatrician), and Prof. P. Ramalingaswamy (a social psychologist). Over the next decade, they were joined by Dr. Binayak Sen (a paediatrician), Prof. Dipankar Gupta (a sociologist) and Dr. SK. Sahu (an anthropologist). The current faculty is the third or fourth generation of such scholars of diverse backgrounds adding to the inter-disciplinary mix of the faculty in our Centre. We have today an equal number of scholars with a medical background as those with social science backgrounds. All faculties supervise the research of students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines. This makes the Centre a uniquely creative one in the country. No other public health school for instance offers courses in the political economy of health, or gender and health or teaches the politics of nutrition and communicable disease programme and family planning.


Overview of Academic Programmes


The Centre provides facilities for the following academic programmes:


  1. M.Phil. in Social Sciences in Health
  2. Master of Public Health
  3. Ph.D. Programme


All courses have an interdisciplinary content covering areas such as organization of health services, national health programmes, epidemiology, nutrition, maternal and child health, communicable diseases, research methodology, health systems research, community health nursing and various concepts and methods in social sciences relevant for public health. The course work includes exposure to field work in both urban and rural areas and attempts to develop capacities for critical analysis using qualitative and quantitative data. Students are offered a number of optional courses covering issues in public health. They get an opportunity to familiarise themselves with current issues through an intensive Journal Club in the second semester. Assessment is through written tests, assignments, seminar presentation and group discussions.

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.