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Centre for the Study of Regional Development
Centre for the Study of Regional Development
Centre for the Study of Regional Development
Centre for the Study of Regional Development



The Centre for the Study of Regional Development was established in 1971 with a mandate to focus on interdisciplinary programme of studies for teaching and research, placed in an overall framework of regional development in India. Over the years, an interdisciplinary team of scholars is engaged in realizing this dream..

The Centre offers M. A. (Geography) and M. Phil/Ph.D. programmes in three major fields: Economics, Geography and Population Studies. In keeping with the interdisciplinary tenor and focus of the Centre, these programmes interface socio- economic, human, institutional, technological, infrastructural and environmental factors with issues of regional development in multi-various and pluralistic manner. In doing so, research and teaching in the Centre over the years have evolved appropriate paradigms and tools of analyses including remote sensing and GIS.

The M. A. Geography curriculum in the Centre is unique in terms of a judicious mix of courses which combine the classical with the modern and the theoretical with the practical in response to emerging disciplinary challenges, particularly in the Indian context. In the classical traditions in geography, fieldwork occupies a prime place. The M. A. students are exposed to two compulsory courses that are exclusively based on physical and social field surveys. Apart from getting trained in specific methodologies and gaining first hand field observations -often in rural settings - prolonged group living under spartan conditions helps students develop interpersonal skills and mutual interdependencies and team spirit.

In terms of students and faculty strength, the Centre for the Study of Regional Development is one of the largest centres in the School of Social Sciences in the University. The Centre presently has two Professors Emeritus, nine Professors, ten Associate Professors, and three Assistant Professors. The research and post-graduate students in the Centre form an important academic hub of the Centre. Apart from supporting regular and remedial teaching programmes, as well as co-curricular activities of the Centre, research students have presented papers in a number of national and international conferences in India and abroad. They have also published in leading academic journals. Students of the Centre have visited Queen's university, Belfast, UK and the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, under exchange programmes of the Centre. Students from these foreign universities, have in turn, visited the Centre and have benefited from its teaching programmes and other activities.

The Centre for the Study of Regional Development was granted the status of 'Centre of Advanced Studies' (CAS) under the Special Assistance Program (SAP) of the UGC in April 2003. With this, the Centre became the first department in Geography in India to get this status. In view of the Centre having successfully completed the first phase, the support as CAS was renewed in April 2009 for a period of five years (2009-March 2014). The CAS has enabled us to enhance our teaching and research activities in continuing as well as new research areas including building up of infrastructural facilities. The thrust areas identified for the Second Phase are: Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS, Climate Change and Disaster Management, Natural Resource Management, Globalization/Urbanization/Population, and Regional Disparities and Social Exclusion.

The teaching and research activities of the Centre are supported by professional and technical staff and the centre is equipped with necessary infrastructure for this purpose. The Centre has a Documentation Centre and six laboratories. The Centre is maintaining the School's Computer Unit and has a laboratory for computer aided GIS and cartography.


List of the PhD Courses to be offered in Winter Semester 2022

List of the Courses to be offered in M.A. Geography 2nd Semester

Time-Table of MA Geography 4th Semester (Winter Semester - 2022)

UG Time-Table (Winter Semester - 2022)

List of MA IV semester courses for Winter Semester 2022

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.