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 Post-doctoral fellows and short term visitors with external funding are welcome to apply. Please write to Prof. Riddhi Shah at 


Dr. Gaurav Bhatnagar, Visiting Faculty.
Areas of Interest: Special functions, continued fractions, elementary number theory


Past Visitors


Dr. Tali Pinsky, Visiting Fellow, TIFR, Mumbai
March 20, 2017
Areas of Interest: Low dimensional Topology and Dynamical Systems



Dr. Sebastien Palcoux, Postdoctoral Fellow, IMSc, Chennai 
September 20-23, 2016
Areas of Interest: Operator Algebras, Subfactors, Planar Algebras 


Prof. Easwara Senapathi Rao, Professor, TIFR, Mumbai 
March 14-15, 2016
Areas of Interest: Representation Theory, Infinite dimensional Lie algebras 


Prof. Anish Ghosh, Professor, TIFR, Mumbai 
February 25-26, 2016
Areas of Interest: Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems, Number Theory 


Prof. Fabien Trihan Professor, Department of Information and Communication Sciences Faculty of Science and Technology, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan 
February 22-26, 2016
Areas of Interest: Number Theory 


Ms. Sonica Anand, Senior Research Fellow, IISER Mohali, Chandigarh 
August 21-22, 2015
Areas of Interest: Algebraic Geometry 


Prof. Stephan Baier, Visiting Professor, TIFR, Mumbai and HRI, Allahabad 
August 9-15, 2015
Areas of Interest: Analytic Number Theory 


Dr. Sharan Gopal, Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore 
April 07-10, 2015
Areas of Interest: Dynamical Systems 


Dr. Dipramit Majumdar , IISER Pune 
December 1-5, 2014 
Areas of Interest: Algebraic Number Theory


Dr. Sutanu Roy , Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata 
October 13-17, 2014
Areas of Interest: Quantum Groups 


Prof. François Labourie, Université Paris-Sud 
Januray - December, 2013 
Areas of Interest: Differential Geometry, Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory, Hyperbolic Geometry, Topological and Lie Groups 


Prof. Indira Chatterji, Université d'Orléans 
Januray - December, 2013 
Areas of Interest: Geometric Group Theory, Topological and Lie Groups


Dr. Krishnan Rajkumar 
May, 2013 
Areas of Interest: Number Theory - Analytic and Transcendental, Fourier Analysis, Cryptography


Dr. M. Sundari , Chennai Mathematical Institute 
August - December, 2012 
Areas of Interest: Harmonic Analysis 


Dr. Abhik Ganguli
February - March, 2012 
Areas of Interest: Number Theory 

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.