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Guest Lectures

Guest Lectures

Guest lecture/Visitors to the School/Centre (2019-2023)

Visitors to the School/Centre
  1. Dr. Abhay Shukla, National co-convenor, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Campaign) delivered Lecture on “Critiquing privatization, demanding regulation: Tackling private healthcare through emerging patients’ rights campaigns, on 5th March, 2020.
  2. Dr. Niels Brimnes, Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Society University of Aarhus, Denmark delivered Lecture on “Halfdan Mahler, Director General of WHO 1973-88: How to Contextualize His Life and Work” on 20-02-2020.
  3. Deepak Padhi, Senior Programme Officer (Health & Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation)Aga Khan Foundation, delivered Lecture on “Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative: The Aga Khan Development Network Experience”, on 24-10-2019.
  4. Garima Dalal, Assistant Professor, Linguistic Empowerment Cell, JNU, delivered Lecture on “English for Academic Writing”, on 23-10-2019.
  5. Dr. Indranil Mukhopadhyay, Associate Professor Jindal School of Government and Public Policy delivered Lecture on “Current Discourses on Health Care Financing” on 29-08-2019.
  6. Dr. Bikramaditya K Choudhary, CSRD/SSS/JNU delivered Lecture on “Space, Spatiality and Disease” on 22-08-2019.
  7. Dr. Thaneshwar Bir, Retired Professor, National Institute of Health & Family Welfare and Senior Fellow, ICSSR delivered Lecture on “Population Policy in India: A Public Health Perspective” on 08-08.2019.
  8. Dr. Ghazala Javed, Scientist - IV, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of AYUSH. GOI, delivered Lecture on “Architecture of Research in Unani Medicine in India”, on 04.04-2019.   


 Visitors to the School/Centre (With Online Mode)
  1. Doctor in Delhi Hospitals in the Times of COVID-18 Dr. Navin Sethi, Senior Consultant, MAMTA and National Manager Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust,  7 June, 2020.
  2. Listening To the Muffled Voices of Frontline Caregivers - Nursing The Covid-19 Iris James, Clinical Nurse and Nursing Leader; Jibin TC, Registered Nurse, Director, Reverso Health Care, founding member United Nurses Association; Fameer CK, JPN Ape trauma Centre, AIIMS, Abhayam Blood Donors’ Forum; and Gulab Rabbani, Medical Lab Technologist, GTB Hospital, New Delhi. CSMCH Lecture Series on COVID-19, July, 2020.
  3. Current Health Scenario: conversation on vaccines. Dr. Jagannath Chatterjee, Health and Human Rights activist and an ardent bloggers. CSMCH Covid-19 Lecture Series: Lecture 3, Google 7 October, 2020.
  4. Tribal Life in Troubling Times: Gaddis of Himachal Pradesh and COVID-19 Reeta Devi, Gaddi folk singer and former Fulbright language Teaching Assistant at Yale University; Atul Kumar, Tribal Studies Centre,  Himachal Pradesh Central University; Stephen Christopher, Metropolitan University Tokyo, Japan. CSMCH Covid-19 Lecture Series: Lecture 4. Goggle Meet- 12 October, 2020.
  5. Pandemic and media: How to inform and alert and not to sensationalise and scare- Kasushk Deka Deputy Editor, India Today. CSMCH Covid-19 Lecture Series: Lecture Date: Wednesday 17 October, 2020.
  6. ‘Migration, Migrants and COVID-19’ Dr. R. B. Bhagat, Professor and Head, Department of Migration and Urban Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai, India. CSMCH Covid-19 Lecture Series: Lecture 6,Google 20 October, 2020.
  7. ‘Economic Impacts of the Lockdown’ Dr. Sonalde Desai (Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland and Professor and Centre Director, NCAER-National Data Innovation Center, New Delhi. CSMCH Covid-19 Lecture Series: Lecture 7, Google Meet- November, 2020.
  8. ‘Gendered Experiences of COVID-19: Intersection of Inequalities’. Dr Vibhuti N. Patel has been Professor at the School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Head, Dept. of Economics, SNDT Women’s University Mumbai, CSMCH Covid-19 Lecture Series: Lecture,Goolge Meet 28 January, 2021.
  9. “Agriculture in India: Understanding the Deep Agrarian Crisis & the ongoing Farmer’s Agitation’ by Dr. Ashish Mittal (Gen.Sec., National Committee, “All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha’’) through Google meet link:  Organized by Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Science-II, JNU, 5 February, 2021.
  10. ‘India’s Economy since Independence, Structural Adjustment Reform & the Prospects Thereafter’ by Prof. Arun Kumar (Malcolm Adiseshiah Chair Professor, Institute of Social Sciences) through Google meet link: Organized by Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Science-II, JNU, 12thFebruary, 2021.
  11. Basic demographic measures for planning and monitoring public health programmes.’ by Prof. Purushottom Kulkarni (Former Professor, Centre for Studies in Regional Development, JNU, New Delhi) through Google meet link:, Organized by Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Science-II, JNU, 19 February, 2021.
  12. ‘The materiality of the women’s question?’ by Dr. Jyoti Bhonsale (Assistant Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics & Political Theory, School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) through Google meet link:, Organized by Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Science-II, JNU, 26February, 2021.
  13. ‘Reconciling Indian Rulers’ Trillion Metric Economic Hallucinations and the increasingly monstrous reality of India’s huge unorganized sector.’ By Prof. Surajit Mazumdar (Professor, Centre For Economic and Studies and Planning, SSS, JNU) through Google meet link:, Organized by Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Science-II, JNU, 5 March, 2021.
  14. Engendering COVID-Situation, Management and Outcomes. Invited Speaker Dr. Ravi Verma, Director, Asia Region International Center for Research on Women. CSMCH Covid-19 Lecture Series: Lecture 9, Google Meet- 8 March, 2021.
  15. Guest Lecture by Prof Ajay Gudhavarthy, Organized by Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Science-II, JNU, 12 March, 2021.
Visitors to the School/Centre (With Online Mode)
  1. Dr. V.S. Dhruvey, District TB Officer in Porbandar district of Gujrat delivered lecture on ‘Disease Surveillance and Integrated Disease Surveillance Program’, on Friday March 11, 2022 Online link,2.00-4:00pm.
  2. Prof G Hargopal, delivered lecture on Friday Mar 4, 2022 Online link, 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
  3. Dr. R. Srivatsan, Political theorist, delivered lecture on Fri Feb 18, 2022 Online link, 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
  4. Prof. Atul Sood, delivered lecture on ‘The Unorganized Sector of the Indian Economy’’, on Friday Feb 11, 2022 Online link—yip, 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
  5. Prof. Surazit Mazumdar, Centre of Economic Studies and Planning (CESP), JNU delivered lecture on ‘'Indian Economy since Independence', on Friday, January 28, 2022 Online link  · 2:00pm – 4:00pm.
Visitors to the School/Centre (With Online Mode)
  1. Dr. Aravinda Meera Guntupalli, Senior Lecturer in Global Health, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom delivered distinguished Lecture on The Complex Association between Migration and Nutrition, 11th March 2023, 5.00pm - 7:00pm on Zoom.
  2. Dr. P. Bilimale, Professor, CIL, School of Language, JNU delivered Film Screening and Guest lectured on SAMSKARA DRAMA, 1970, KANADA Novel organized by CSM&CH and CSM&CH Film Club, Friday 03-03-2023, Venue: Room 206, SSS-II, at 2:30 pm.
  3. Discussion on The Wellbeing of Women Health, livelihoods and lives Discussants by Dipa Sinha (Economist) Simran Arora Consultant, (Transgender division) NBCFDC, MoSJE Radha (Anganwadi Worker) Nancy Pathak Pension Parishad campaign, organized by Public Health Connect Team, JNU, in front of SSS-II, 1st March 2023 (Wednesday) 4:00 p.m.
  4. Dr. Christa Wichterich, Sociologist and Lecturer at Centre for Gender Studies, University of Basel, delivered Lecture on Global Nursing Chains and Struggles of Health Workers: A Case of Indian Nurses in Germany, 27th February (Monday), 3:30 pm. Venue: Room 206, SSS-2.
  5. Dr. Himanshu (Associate Professor, CESP, JNU delivered lecture on Inequality and Poverty in India: An Overview, 24th February (Friday), 2.30 pm. Venue: Room 209, SSS-2.
  6. Discussion on “What Diversity and Inclusion have got to do with Science?'”, Friday, Feb 24, 2023, ⋅ 3:30pm – 5:30 pm, Venue: Room No m-2, Dean Committee Room, SSS-II, JNU.
  7. Dr. Hemant Shewade, Scientist - E, Division of Health System Research ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai delivered Lectured on the first differentiated TB care model from India, 21st February (Tuesday), 04.00 pm.Venue: Room 206, SSS-II.
  8. Dr. Joyadeep Darlong, Head of Knowledge Management for the Leprosy Mission Trust India delivered Lectured on Leprosy and its control in India, Friday 17th Feb 2023 Time: 2:30 pm Venue: Room no:206 SSS-2
  9. Dr. Karan P. Singh, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics The University of Texas School of Medicine, USA delivered Lectured on Building Bridges Between Public Health and Community Health, 16th February 2023 Thursday, Time: 4:00 pm Venue: Room no:206 SSS-2
  10. Dr. Sundeep Sahay, Professor, University of Oslo delivered Lectured on Between Failure and Hope: How can The Digital Help Mitigate Health (In) Equities, 11th February (Saturday), 10.00 am. Venue: Room 209, SSS-II.
  11. Dr. Ranvir Singh, Assistant Professor, Central University of Jammu, delivered Lectured on Geospatial Solutions for Better Health, 30th January 2023, Monday, Time 11:30 am -1:00pm, Room No-209, SSS-II, JNU.
  12. Ms. Sujatha Rao delivered lectured online to the MPH batch in the Health Systems Research course on: 'Learning’s from the National AIDS Control Programme: Governing participatory and multi-sectoral Health Systems'. 25th January 2023, Wednesday, Time; 9-11 am The link: Join Zoom Meeting
  13. Dr. Meri Koivusalo, Professor, Global Health Studies, Tampere University, Finland delivered lecture on 'From Inter-sectoral Coordination to Health in All Policies', Wednesday, 25th January 2023, 11.30am, Room no. 206, SSS-II.
  14. Dr. Vikas Rawal, Professor, delivered lecture on 'An overview of the Indian Economy’ Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Thursday, 19th January 2023Venue: Room no 206, SSS-II.
  15. Dr. Mohan Rao, Rtd. Professor, CSM&CH delivered lectured on “On a Public Health Cadre in the States of South India: Dissonant Voices”, Thursday 20th October 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 p, at Room NO-206, CSM&CH-II.
  16. Dr. Mohan Rao, Rtd. Professor, CSM&CH delivered lectured on “'Dog Whistling: UP State Population Policy' Thursday, July 28 2022, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Google Meet joining info Video call link:
  17. Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma, Professor, delivered lectured on "Population concerns as we touch the 8 billion mark -Is India surpassing China? What this means for our future", Thursday, July 14 2022, 5:30 – 7:00pm, Google Meet link:
  18. Dr. Indranil, Professor of the Jan Swastya Abiyan, Delhi chapter delivered lectured on the Right to Health Care, Friday, 08th July 2022 at 11:00am in the Centre, Room No. 206.
  19. Dr. Mary E. John, Professor delivered lecture on ‘Paradoxes and Challenges in Approaching Gender Inequality in India today', Thursday, 30th June 2022; 2:00pm-4:00pm, Google meet link:
  20. Dr. Harbans Mukhia, Professor (Retd.) of Medival History, Centre for Historical Studies (CHS), JNU, delivered lecture on “Distorting the Past Distorts the Present: Some Glaring Instances”, Thursday, 23rd June 2022; 2:00pm-4:00pm, Google meet link:
  21. Dr. Satish Deshpande, Professor at Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, delivered lecture on “'Neoliberalism, Hindutva and the Future of Caste in India', Thursday, 26th May 2022; 2:00pm-4:00pm, Google meet link:
  22. Dr. Sachidanand Sinha, Rtd. Professor at Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, delivered lecture on “Political Economy and Education Politics in India”, Thursday, May 19 · 2:00 – 4:00pm, Google Meet joining info Video call link:
  23. Dr. Gopal Krishna, is a Fellow of Berlin based International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter Strategies, delivered lecture on “Replumbing Mother Earth, Ecocide, Insectageddon and Human Health' Friday, April 8 · 2:00 – 4:00pm Google Meet joining info Video call link:
  24. Dr. Indiranil Mukhopadhaya, Professor atSchool of Government and Public Policy, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat delivered lecture on ‘An Introduction to Health Care Financing' Friday, April 1, 2:00pm–4:00pm Google Meet joining info Video call link:
Visitors to the School/Centre
  1. Dr. Jyotishmita Sarma, delivered a lecture on Incorporating Social Science Concepts in Implementation Research: Experience of Conducting a Qualitative Study on an Early Onset Chronic Disease on 31st August (Thursday) CSMCH at 2.30 PM, Venue - Room 206, SSS-2, JNU.
  2. Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar, (Scientist F & Head, ICMR, School of Public Health, ICMR-National Institute or Epidemiology, Chennai, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welafar, Govt. of India), delivered a lectured on Principles, Structure and Functions of Public Health Surveeillance in India, Thursday, June 8th 2023, 2:30 pm. Link- Collaborative Lecture Series (CSM&CH and ICMR-NIE)
  3. Dr. Pravinkumar Shirsat, (Senior Manager, Pathfinder International), delivered a lectured on Social Background of Medical Professional and its Influence on Individual Drive and Achievements, 25th May 2023 (Thursday), 02.00 pm. Link -
  4. Prof. Mathew George, Central University of Kerala, delivered a lecture on Interpreting Disease: Sociological underpinnings of Illness Narratives, 4th May 2023(Thursday), 02.30 pm.
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  6. Dr. Jacob Puliyel, delivered a lecture on The Political Economy of Immunization (Program), on 20th  April 2023 (Thursday), 02.00 pm. Venue: Room 206, CSM&CH, SSS-II.

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.