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Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS) aims to promote translational, India–centric research in sciences

Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS) aims to promote translational, India–centric research in sciences

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Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru - 560 012.(India)


Call for Proposals under STARS Program of MHRD

The Schemes for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS) aims to promote translational, India–centric research in sciences. The key objective is to take stock of the existing problems and work backwards towards conducting research for a solution. It also seeks to promote interdisciplinary and translational research, which will help to orient science towards addressing needs and issues of the country in key sectors like health, agriculture, energy, environment, security, etc. STARS is launched by MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India) and will be implemented, monitored and managed by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Several priority areas for socially relevant research have been identified under the following six basic thrust domains: Physics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Nanosciences, Data Science and Mathematics, and Earth Sciences. All Higher Educational institutions viz., the MHRD – funded technical institutes (IISc, IITs, IISERs, NITs) and Central Universities and Non-MHRD funded institutions with NIRF ranking within 100 or NAAC 3.26 and above (colleges or universities) will be eligible for applying for the project. Proposals are invited for the above scheme to be submitted by May 31st, 2019.Further details are available at https//




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.