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Vigyan Manthan Series-2020

Committee Hall, Convention Centre, JNU

22 January 2020, 3:30-5:00pm

Speaker: Prof. Heeraman Tiwari, Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU

Title of the talk: Memory, Smrti and Text: Science of Learning and Preserving in Ancient India

Speaker: Prof. Girish Nath Jha, School of Sanskrit & Indic Studies, JNU

Title of the talk: Big(Lingustic) Data and Heritage Computing

Moderator: Prof. Pawan K Dhar, School of Biotechnology, JNU

All are cordially invited


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                       Lecture Series

Prof Suman Kumar Dhar, SCMM/JNU



FUSION - Framework to Unify Sensor Information for Observing Nature (Earth observation applications using remote sensing data) -  (Lecture-1)


Internet of Things: An Upcoming Technology - (Lecture-2)

Prof. P. K. Joshi, SES/JNU


Prof. D. P. Vidyarthi, SC&SS/JNU



Methodology of Social Sciences - (Lecture-1)


Empathy Driven Algorithms for Artificial Intelligence – (Lecture-2)

Prof. Vivek Kumar, SSS/JNU


Mr. Rishabh Sharma, CEO, Poletus Intuitive Intelligence, California, USA



Biotechnology in Crop Improvement - (Lecture-1)


Getting ready to feed 9 billion through agricultural innovations - (Lecture-2)

Prof. Ramesh V. Sonti,   Director, National Institute of Plant Genome Research,
 New Delhi


Prof. Ashwani Pareek, SLS/JNU



Integrated Genomics Approaches for Crop Improvement - (Lecture-1)


Myth of Natural Plants: A Ten Thousand Years History of Modern Agriculture - (Lecture-2)

Dr. Mukesh Jain, SC&IS/JNU


Dr. Praveen Verma, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi



Ancient Indian Science and Technology and the World - (Lecture-1)


Dharmashastra : Science, Society and Judiciary –  (Lecture-2)

Dr. Shashibala, Dean, Centre for Indology, Bhartiya Vidhya Bhwan, New Delhi.


Dr. Santosh Kumar Shukla, Associate Professor,  School of  Sanskrit and Indic Studies, JNU

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.