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Faculty Club Activities


JNU Faculty club organizes tennis tournament for the children, who are learning tennis from the tennis academy in JNU campus. Tennis coaching classes are being held in the campus for faculty children for the past 8 years, organized by faculty club.


JNU faculty club celebrates 15th Aug. and 26th January by organizing a football/Cricket match and painting competition for faculty children in the stadium. Every year on this auspicious day, faculty club organizes events for the faculty and their families. This has been a practice for the past few years. There are nearly 100 children of faculty ranging between age 2 to 18 years old, shows the importance of having a club like faculty club to take care of their needs, especially sports and other co-curricular activities in the campus.


Dance, Music and Art Classes for Faculty and their Children


JNU Faculty Club has started dance and art classes for the faculty and their children in the Faculty Centre.


Current Activities are

1.  Kuchipudi Dance classes are held on Tuesday and Saturday at 4.30 by the renowned Kuchipudi maestro Jayaram Rao and his wife Vanashree Rao, recognized today as outstanding exponents of the Kuchipudi style of dance. They are acclaimed nationally and internationally. Guru Jayarama Rao received ‘Padmashri’ in 2004, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman and many other awards. Some of his illustrious students include Swapnasundari, Meenakshi Seshadri and Vanashree. Their website is


2.  Oddisi Dance classes are held on Thrusday 4.30 and Sunday 11 a.m. under the guidance Guru Shri. Hari Krishna Behera and his daughter Kalyani Behera. He is the first Guru to introduce Oddissi dance in Delhi. Honored with the Central Sangeet Natak Academy Award, has renowned disciples like, Sonal Mansingh, Radha Reddy, Madavi Mudgal and many more. Their website is


3.  Painting Classes: Renouned artist Ms. Indira, the art teacher teaches creative art and traditional Tanjore style and belongs to traditional art family. She is Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Chandigarh University and has been selected by the Min. of H.R.D. to train and take classes. She holds workshops both nationally and internationally and teaches at Tamil Sangham.


4.  Dance Classes: Shri. Ghanshyam Pandit from Bharatiya Kala Kendra, is an all round artist, proficient in Classical Hindustani music, plays instruments like tabla, congo, bongo, etc. also knows kathak, folk, ballet, chow dance is coming to Faculty Centre to teach Hindustani Vocal Music. For learning instruments, if there are enough enthusiasts, Teacher will take classes separately.


5.  Abacus Classes: Ms. Indira Mani, a faculty from Ramjus School teaches abacus to faculty children.This course has been very popular among children. She is taking classes on Saturday and Sunday.


6.  Chess Classes: Mr Gagan Chitkara, renowed Chess master (FIDE Elo -20171;Ranking- Asia; 1589; India-337)organizes chess classes on every Sunday at faculty club. Mr Gagan also teaches chess at Sanskrit School.

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.