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Dear all,

JNU has taken initiatives to promote the Digital Financial Literacy campaign recently launched by MHRD, Government of India. To make the faculty, students and staff aware about the use of online transactions and promote a cashless economy, various awareness programme and workshops have been arranged by the university to encourage them to use online payment modes and e-wallets for their daily expenses. Communication and Information Services (CIS) will provide Digital Financial Literacy Training and facilitate access to such instruments, implement online payment systems for JNU Community.

It is requested all JNU community to encourage their colleagues to use cashless transactions and also instructed to start all procurement process either official or non-official through e-medium. Special sessions will also be organized by the CIS, bank representatives to make JNU personnel aware about the online system in the campus. The move will also help the JNU community to aware with the new age banking, online payment systems. The efforts are also being made to improve the online infrastructure to ensure that each and every personnel of JNU can be benefited and motivate their family members as well as relatives.

The personnel of JNU are highly delighted as online payments is the safe and easiest medium to carry out transactions and credit amount to their family members without standing in long queues. This move will definitely encourage the overall cashless transactions of the campus as well as procurement system in the university and encourage all personnel to go cashless as it is convenient, secure and reduce time and cost. Let us be part of this transformatory programme that takes the University from a 'Cash' to Less Cash by moving towards a digital economy.

Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar,

Vice Chancellor

Digital Financial Literacy Campaign

Dear Colleagues,

As part of a significant initiative by the Government of India for ushering in Digital India and move the country in the direction towards making the economy less cashless, and the MHRD's initiative for promoting an awareness programme across the universities and colleges in the country, the JNU Community is requested to peruse contents/presentation about digital payment initiative on the MHRD website (

The basic concept and approach for establishing a cashless economy and adopting the digital mode of payment is explained therein for the convenience of all. The process requires your active participation so that all levels of transactions (receipts and payments) in the campus becomes digital. The role of the students and their active participation is critical to spread awareness among people within the JNU campus as well as nearby areas/villages/shops and market places etc., including select households and family members.

All JNU students are requested to offer their participation as volunteers to help those who are in need for learning the use of digital mode of payment. For registration facility and acknowledgement/recognition to such participation, the students/NCC & NSS volunteers and employees may visit the MHRD link ( for more details. There will be workshops and training programmes for student volunteers, staff and faculty in the campus during the coming week. The details of digital financial literacy workshop and training will be made available at JNU Website ( shortly. The participation and cooperation of all is solicited to make the campaign for digital financial literacy a success.

Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra


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.