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CSRD Programme

CSRD Programme

The Centre offers programmes of postgraduate teaching and research leading to the award of degrees of Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography, Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Geography, Economics and Population Studies. The Centre also offers teaching at the undergraduate level for students enrolled in Five Year Master's Programme in languages from the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies.

The Centre is equipped with a conventional Cartographic Laboratory, Computer-aided Data Processing Laboratory, Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory, Photogrammetry and Digital Mapping Unit, Geomorphology Laboratory, and a large Departmental Library. The Centre has Internet facility available to faculty and students to aid and to facilitate teaching and research.

All the lecture halls, class rooms, the Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory, and the Moonis Raza Committee Room have been equipped with LCDs and computerised screens. The public address system has been installed in large lecture halls. The Centre has provided space for an air conditioned project room which has the capacity of housing 8-10 project staff/researchers, essentially for Centre's projects.

Shortage of space has always been a matter of concern. The centre has been allocated space in the new building (SSS-Annexe). This is likely to be available soon.


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.