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Past Dean

Past Dean

1 Prof. S.N. Viswas 05.03.1975 - 14.06.1976
2 Prof. B. Bhatia 15.06.1976 - 07.05.1979
3 Prof. J. M. Dave 08.05.1979 – 07.05.1982
4 Prof. H.K. Das 08.05.1982 – 07.05.1984
5 Prof. Anjali Mukherjee 08.05.1984 – 07.05.1986
6 Prof. V. Asthana 08.05.1986 – 07.05.1988
7 Prof. L.K. Pandey 08.05.1988 – 07.05.1990
8 Prof. C.K. Varshney 08.05.1990 – 07.05.1992
9 Prof. V. Subramanian 08.05.1992 – 15.08.1994
10 Prof. P.S. Ramakrishnan 16.08.1994 – 15.08.1996
11 Prof. V. Rajamani 16.08.1996 – 15.08.1998
12 Prof. J. Subba Rao 16.08.1998 – 03.07.2000
13 Prof. D.K. Banerjee 03.07.2000 – 02.07.2002
14 Prof. Kashturi Datta 03.07.2002 – 02.07.2004
15 Prof. J. Behari 03.07.2004 – 02.07.2006
16 Prof. V.K. Jain 03.07.2006 – 02.07.2008
17 Prof. K.G. Saxena 03.07.2008 – 02.07.2010
18 Prof. Sudha Bhattacharya 03.07.2010 – 20.06.2012
19 Prof. Arun K. Attri 21.06.2012 – 20.06.2014
20 Prof. I.S. Thakur 21.06.2014 – 20.06.2016
21 Prof. Saumitra Mukherjee 21.06.2016 – 07.01.2018
22 Prof. A.L. Ramanathan 08.01.2018 – 07.01.2020
23 Prof. Umesh Kulshrestha 08.01.2020 - 07.01.2022
24 Prof. Paulraj Rajamani 08.01.2022 - 07.01.2024

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.