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Dean's Message

Dean's Message


Vision of SES:

School of Environmental Sciences (SES) aims to be among the world’s topmost academic institutions through the pursuit of excellence in research and innovation as well as introduce a high-quality platform for the county and beyond by offering world-class education to train future leaders in Environmental Sciences. 

Mission of SES:

Our mission is to fulfill our vision by:

• Imparting world-class higher education in environment sciences.

• Carry out high-impact research, generating new knowledge, and disseminating it through publications in high impact journals, monographs and books.

• Applying faculty expertise towards the success of national science and technology initiatives and policy making.


Welcome to school of Environmental Sciences (SES). SES is the place where environmental sciences is taught in depth as it has multi and inter disciplinary research areas with experienced faculty members who are there to create the right atmosphere for the students to flourish in the field, excel in their career as academician, research professional, consultant, entrepreneur etc. in India and across the globe.


SES has emerged as a leading and an exemplary school in field of environmental sciences by accomplishing its objective of high-class education and cutting-edge research which resulted in achieving 250 rank in the QS World University Rankings (2022-23).


We can proudly mention here that the SES, JNU is the first school in India to offer MSc (Environmental Sciences) programme.


In the coming years, SES aims to position itself among the world’s topmost academic institutions. We will focus on building our core research strengths in all frontiers of Environmental Sciences, develop world-class teaching programmes, and nurture translational research.


We will continue to empower researchers from diverse disciplines to work together to solve pressing environmental challenges. We will also continue to carry out activities with direct impact on society such as promoting sustainable and responsible environmental practices, understanding climate change, livability and health, and air, land and water quality management and conservation, and renewable energy etc. Its work will remain relevant and essential in addressing the environmental challenges facing India and the world.


As Dean, my role will be to facilitate students to become best scholars and researchers, and provide diverse and inclusive work environmental to colleagues. A collaborative and integrated approach towards teaching, learning and research will be emphasized. I strongly believe that the team SES will put in all the best possible efforts for delivering the best services and make all the desired goals attainable


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.