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Prof. James Jaffe, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Project: Legal History of Panchayats in Bombay and Bengal Presidencies.
Prof. Alan Mayne, Research SA Chair and Professor of Social History and Public.
Policy in the Hawke Research Institute for Sustainable Societies, University of South Australia.
Project: From Slum Redevelopment to Community Empowerment.
Prof. Ann Stewart, Faculty of Law, University of Warwick, Coventry.
Project: Relationship between Gender Training and Socially Just Patterns of Judging in the Context of Globalisation: An Impact Assessment of the Gender and Law Project under which Indian Judges were trained in gender justice at the University of Warwick.
Prof. Daniel Drache, Professor of Political Science & Associate Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, Canada: International Trade Governance and its Future Trajectory.
Project: India’s New Role in the WTO and Global Governance along with Emerging Citizenship Practices.
Prof. Julian Ronald Moti:  Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Project: ‘ The Right to Redress in International Law’.


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.