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Eligibility for admission: Students with a Master’s degree in social sciences and other allied subjects such as sociology, economics, history, social work, anthropology, psychology, nutrition, public administration etc. (with a minimum of 55 per cent or equivalent grades) are eligible for admission to M.Phil. programme (UGC Guidelines). Admission is based on a national level entrance examination followed by an interview. For updated information, please visit JNU’s Admission Webpage.


About the course: It consists of two semesters of course work, followed by a dissertation during third and fourth semester. The programme has a total of 24 credits, of which, 18 credits are allocated to course work and 6 credits are allocated to field study. There are two types of courses - core courses (12 credits) and optional courses (6 credits).


Course No.



First Semester (Core)

SM 601

Community Health and Its Organization in India


SM 606

Research Methodology


SM 607

Social Science Issues in Community Health


SM 608

Social Sciences: Towards an Integrated Approach


Second Semester (Core)

SM 609

Review of the Current Issues in Social Sciences in health


Third and Fourth Semester




Optional Courses*

SM 602



SM 613

Nutrition and Maternal and Child Health


SM 622

Application of Anthropology in Health


SM 626

Women and Health


SM 632

Political Economy of Health


SM 640

Worker's Health in India


SM 619

Rural Health Services Systems


SM 629

Environment and Health


SM 642

Urbanization and Public Health in India


SM 643

Population Health and Development



*Optional Courses are offered during second semester as per availability of concerned faculty.


Dissertation: The students choose a research topic based on their area of interest which is then confirmed by the faculty of the Centre. It could comprise review studies on a subject; it could also involve primary data collection or a combination of both. The dissertation is assessed both internally and externally.


Note:  M.Phil. scholars need to obtain a minimum of 55% of marks or its equivalent grade in the UGC 7-point scale in the course work in order to be eligible to continue in the programme and submit the dissertation/thesis [UGC Guidelines].


Contact Current M.Phil. Students

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.