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The Centre has organised a range of national and international round tables, seminar, symposia, workshops with regional and international experts, policymakers and academics and civil society members. The Monday seminar organised by the centre has been a major attraction for the students and faculty members both in the Centre and the School. The Monday seminar is addressed by very eminent scholars from India and abroad, experts, professionals and also social activists. The centre also holds an annual lecture in memory of late Prof. Urmila Phadnis. This annual lecture has been delivered by a galaxy of public figures in the past including President Chandrika Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka, Major General Kalkat, Shri IK Gujral, former Prime Minister of India, Shri JN Shyam Saran, Foreign Secretary of India. The centre also hosts a reference section named after late Prof. Urmila Phadnis.


The Centre has hosted and conducted projects for various Ministries, Indian Council for Social Science Research, University Grants Commission, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Ford Foundation, International Development Research Centre, Canada, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, USAID, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNESCAP and many other national and international bodies.

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.