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PhD in Women’s Studies (contact JNU administration for prospectus and further details).

Direct admission to Ph.D. programme: The Centre welcomes applications in all subjects of Social Sciences & Humanities. Ph.D. scholars will be required to complete course work in the first year after admission. Direct Ph.D. candidates seeking admission to the Programme are required to submit a synopsis of roughly 1000 words on a research theme of their interest, indicating its scope, statement of the problem, methods and a preliminary review of literature.

In addition to the essential qualifications as prescribed by JNU for the direct Ph.D. programme, the candidates should have been awarded M.Phil degree in any area of Social Sciences or at least research experience of 2 years in a reputed institution with research publications of commensurate standard.


Course Work – Students must take 2 courses, which have to be completed within the first two semesters.

Students are required to present regularly at Work-in-Progress seminars.

Students are also expected to participate regularly in the academic activities of CWS.

Guidelines for Ph.D Students:

A minimum of two years registration is required before a Ph.D dissertation can be submitted.

Within two/three semesters of registering for the Ph.D., a synopsis presentation has to be made by the student before the Faculty/Examination Committee.

As per University rules the Ph.D. students have no leave. If the students require leave, they need to inform the Department, the Supervisor and/or the Chairperson before leaving the University. S/he also needs to let the Department know how long the student is going to be away, the reason, and the date of return.

A Ph.D. dissertation should be submitted within four years from the date of admission to the Ph.D. programme.

De-registration – Requirements:

Confirmation of the Synopsis.

If after 4 years in the Ph.D. programme, the candidate fails to submit the thesis then the candidate has to make an application requesting de-registration.

9B/ Re-registration - Requirements:

The students need to inform the supervisor about the progress of their work.

The 9B Committee is constituted by the Chairperson. It will normally have the supervisor, some of the faculty, and at least one or two external members, usually from the University who work in a related area. The supervisor, on behalf of the student, will make a case for a one- year extension to the Committee. This can be done only if the Supervisor is convinced that the student has successfully completed at least 80% of her/his work. However, a recommendation by the Supervisor to the Committee does not imply an automatic granting of 9B, as each case is assessed independently by the Committee.

If the evaluation is satisfactory then 9B/extension is granted.

9B/Re-registration refers to submission of the complete thesis within a year of re-registration. 

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.