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AIRF has been visited by many dignitaries in India and abroad and they have widely appreciated the set up. Some of them have been eager to use this facility in future and have given new ideas for further improvement of this facility to maximize its usage.

Some of these distinguished guests include:


  • University of Hyderabad, India (Dr. Irfan A. Ghazi);
  • Director ICGEB, New Delhi, India (Dr. V. S. Chauhan);
  • Director NIPGER, New Delhi, India (Dr. Sudip Chattopadhyay);
  • Director NII, New Delhi, India (Dr. A. Surolia);
  • Vice President- German Research Foundation-DFG (Dr. Heinz Wirth);
  • Stockholm University, Sweden (Dr. Henning Rodhe);
  • SBRI Seattle, USA (Dr. David Sherman);
  • University Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, USA (Prof. Shivender Singh);
  • Chairman UGC, India (Prof. S. K. Thorat);
  • Secretary DBT, India (Dr. M. K. Bhan);
  • IIT Kharagpur, India (Prof. D. Das);
  • University of Colorado, Denver, USA (Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal);
  • Chairman University Hospital Freiburg, Germany (Prof. H. E. Blum);
  • University of Wurzburg, Germany (Prof. Jurgen Kreft).


  • Waters, Mass Spectrometry (Dr. John Gebler);
  • BIOCON Bangalore, India (Dr. Laxmi Adhikary);
  • NEHU Shillong, India (Prof. B. K. Tiwari);
  • Director Biotech Anna University Coimbatore, India (Prof. N. M. Ramaswary);
  • JNCASR, Bangalore, India (Prof. Hemlatha Balaram);
  • UNSW/SMSE Sydney, Australia (Prof. S. B. I. Bandopadhyay);
  • Vice President & Managing Director Waters Mass Spectrometry, USA (Dr. Tim Riley);
  • AIIMS New Delhi, India (Dr. A. K. Dinda);
  • Case Western University, USA (Dr. Neena Singh);
  • Vice President Bruker Mass Spectrometry (Dr. Ian Sanders);
  • IRSHA, BVU, Pune, India (Prof. Abhay Harsulkar);
  • MSD, IGCAR, Kalpakkam, India (Dr. A. Bharathi);
  • University of UTAH, USA (Prof. Ashutosh Tiwari);
  • Secretary DG-ICMR, India (Dr. V. M. Katoch);
  • DG-CISR, India (Prof. S. K. Brahmachari);
  • Uppsala University, Sweden (Dr. Santanu Dasgupta);
  • Missouri, USA (Dr. Jerry L. Warkman);
  • UK (Prof. Martin Henson);
  • Secretary DST, Govt. Of India (Dr. T. Ramasami);
  • General Manager, Nikkon, Japan (Dr. Hideaki Okamoto);
  • European Director Waters Mass Spectrometry, UK (Dr. John Rontree);
  • LVEPI- Hyderabad, India (Prof. D. Balasubramanian);
  • Director - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Prof. P. Balaram);
  • President/ CEO Easy Energy Systems Inc, USA (Mark Gaalswyk);
  • Business Development Advisor to President/ CEO Easy Energy Systems Inc, USA (Sam Roy);
  • CEO Atter Recycling, Noida, India (Nitin Gupta);
  • Professor of Virology, LSHTM, United Kingdom (Prof. Pally Roy);
  • Head Systems & Synthetic Biology Group, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany (Prof. Vitor Martins Dos Santos);
  • Honorary Professor/ Distinguished Biotechnologist, Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Prof. M. Vijayan);
  • Professor, Department of Pathobiology,Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics BIOMED, Seattle, USA (Prof. Peter Myler);
  • Director of Scientific Operations & Full Member Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle & Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, USA (Prof. Marilyn Parsons);
  • Dept. of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Prof. Parag P. Sadhale);
  • Product Manager, Business Development Department; Zaktady Farmaceutyczne Polpharma S. A., Poland (Dr. Roland Wakiec).


  • President & Chief Operating Officer, Vaccines & Biopharmaceuticals, Panacea Biotec, Ltd., India (Dr. Lallan Giri);
  • Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Department of Biological Sciences, Birbeck, University of London (Dr. Sanjib Bhakta);
  • Chancellor, JNU, New Delhi, India (Prof. Yashpal);
  • Chairman, The University of Texas at EL PASO, Dudley & Professor of Chemistry, USA (Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey);
  • Biochemical Sciences Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India (Dr. Mukund V. Deshpande);
  • Former Vice Chancellor and Professor Emeritus - School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, India (Prof. P. N. Srivastava);
  • Professor of Microbiology, Institut fuer Mikrobiologie, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany (Prof. Joachim F. Ernst);
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Technology & Biochemistry, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland (Prof. Slawomir Milewski);
  • Department of Organic Chemistry, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland (Dr. Maria J. Milewska);
  • Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH & Chief, Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI-Bethesda) & former acting Director for the National Center for Human Genome Research, USA (Dr. Michael M. Gottesman);
  • Section Chief, Biochemical Genetics Section, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI-Bethesda), USA (Dr. Susan Gottesman);
  • Head, Transport Biochemistry Section, Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI-Bethesda), USA (Dr. Suresh V. Ambudkar);
  • University of Bonn, Germany (Prof. Milan Hoefer);
  • Zentrum fur Infektionsforschung, Universitat Wurzburg, Germany (Prof. Joachim Morschhauser);
  • Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico (Prof. Antonio Peña);
  • Faculty Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore (Dr. Kaustav Sanyal); Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Vídeňská, Prague, Czech Republic (Dr. Hana Sychrová);
  • Head of Dept. of Molecular Microbiology, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) or Flanders Institute for Biotechnology,Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (Prof. Johan Thevelein);
  • Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Chandigarh, India (Dr. Nilanjan Roy);
  • Group Leader, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) Dept. of Molecular Microbiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (Dr. Patrick Van Dijck)
  • Chief Scientist & Director of Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Saitama, Japan (Dr. Tahei Tahara);
  • Professor and Head, Institute for Biochemistry, Technical University of Graz, Graz, Austria (Prof. Günther Daum);
  • Vice Rector, The L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana City, Kazakhstan (Prof. Rakhmetkazhi Iskendirovich Bersimbay).

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.