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SLS Courses

SLS Courses

The School of Life Sciences (SLS) was established in the year 1970-71. The School offers programs of study leading to M.Sc. and M.Phil./Ph.D. degrees in Life Sciences. Students are assessed and evaluated throughout the semester by a continuous system of tests, seminars, assignments, mid and end-semester examinations. The School follows the University-wide format of grading on a 10 point scale worked out on the basis of possible 9 points.


A student pursuing a course in M.Sc. Life Sciences has to complete 64 credits and has to take both core courses and optional courses spread over four semesters, and practical courses in the first two semesters. During the final two semesters, students also have to carry out a research project on a specific topic under the supervision of a faculty member in a laboratory and submit a dissertation for evaluation by a committee of experts followed by open oral presentation defending the project. Students also have to present a seminar and submit a term paper on a current topic in life sciences. The final evaluation for the grades is on a 9.0 point scale Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).


A student registered for an M.Phil./Ph.D.program in Life Sciences has to take pre--Ph. D. courses for the initial two semesters. For subsequent registration to the Ph. D. program, the student has to secure a minimum CGPA of 6.5 (for SC/ST and physically challenged students, the minimum CGPA requirement is 6.0) in those courses. At the end of two initial semesters, the student, in consultation with the supervisor, has to submit a synopsis of the research proposal and defend it in an open seminar. Based on the above criteria, the Special Committee of the School approves the enrollment of the student to the Ph. D. program. After sufficient amount of the research work is carried out by the student and with due approval by the supervisor, the student can submit the Ph.D. thesis. Although Ph.D. thesis can be submitted upon completion of at least 2 years of research work, normally it is between 2 to 4 years from the date of confirmation to the Ph.D. program. Under special situations, a student may apply, for consideration by the Special Committee, for an extension of one more year (5th year) to submit the Ph.D. thesis, provided the research work has been examined and recommended by an expert committee including the supervisor for this purpose. In case a student opts for an M.Phil. degree or obtains a CGPA between 6.5 and 6.0 for candidates belonging to the general category and 6.0 to 5.5 for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST/PH category, the student has to carry out research work under the guidance of a designated supervisor for two semesters and submit an M.Phil. dissertation. The M.Phil./Ph.D. degrees are awarded on the basis of evaluation and recommendation of the thesis by one/two external examiners respectively from within the country followed by successful oral defense of the research work by the candidate.


Under the clause 9(a) of the Ordinance relating to the award of degree of Doctor of Philosophy, no candidate is permitted to submit his/her thesis for Ph.D. degree unless he/she has pursued a course of research at the University for not less than two years after his/her admission has been confirmed.  However, with respect to candidates who had discontinued after obtaining their M.Phil.  and who are readmitted by the School, the period for which such candidates had discontinued shall not be counted while calculating the period of six years as above. Under the clause 9(b), The Committee for Advanced Studies and Research on the recommendation of the School may however, subsequently accept the request of candidate whose name has been removed from the rolls of the University under sub clause (a) above to get re-enrolled and become eligible for submission of his/her thesis, provided that he/she submits his/her thesis within one year from the date of his/her enrolment.


One credit comprises of 16 lectures, of one hour duration each. 

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.