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Winter Semester 2021:

MA (Disaster Studies)
Semester 2nd
Course No. Course Title Type Number of Credits
DR405 Governance, Law and Crisis Leadership Core 4
DR406 Remote Sensing, GIS for Emergency Management Core 4
DR407 Disaster Economics, Project Management, Emergency Budgeting Core 4
DR408 Public Health, Epidemics and Emergency Preparedness Core 4
DR410 FieldWork Course for Identification of Disaster Vulnerabilities & Preparation of Disaster Management Core 2



Monsoon Semester, 2020:
MA (Disaster Studies)
DR401 Universe of Disaster Research: Theory, Ethics and Transdisciplinarity - 4 credit
DR 402 Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience: Concepts and Understanding - 4 credit
DR 403 Research Methodology for DRR - 4 credit
DR 404 ICT and Database Systems - 4 credit
DR 409 Academic Writing, Presentation & Communication Skills - 4 credit

MA students in the 3rd Semester
DR 501 Disaster Law, Politics and Implementation
DR 503 Regional Geography of Hazards and Disasters in India
DR 504 Early Warning Systems and Computational Intelligence
DR 505 Disaster Challenges for Vulnerable Populations: Physical & Age Related
DR 507 Disaster and Gender Concerns
DR 510 Application of Geospatial to Disaster Risk Mapping and Monitoring
DR 511 Ecosystem Approach for Disaster Risk Reduction


Masters Programme in Disaster Studies

(equivalent to LLM/Mtech/MPhil programmes)

Duration 2 years (4 Semesters)

Credits 72

Applicants to the this programme must have a Bachelor’s degree in any social sciences /natural sciences/ any other professional stream from any college in India or abroad which is duly recognized by UGC in India.
Government executives working in the field of disaster management  would be encouraged to apply.
Entrance Examination:
Admission will be based on the performance of the student in a written OMR based examination followed by a test of language, writing and communication skills. On qualifying in this two stage examination  there would be an interview of candidates who obtain a minimum qualifying percentage of 50% in the written examination. The written examination would evaluate the student on;
A general awareness about India  and neighbouring countries which share borders, land, rivers, forests and mountains with her, processes of governance, legal frameworks and environmental management, society and culture, basic sciences, mathematical skills and reasoning’.
Credit Structure 
20 (4 credits x 5 courses)
Four Core Courses & One Graduate Academic
Writing Programme
18 (4 credits x 4 courses=16 credits) + 2 credits  (excursion) 
Four Core Courses
one week excursion to ecologically fragile zones
4 credits (internship)
20 credits electives
4 credits: Summer internship after 2nd  sem. for 4 wks. 
(Attachment of NDMA/SDMA/DDMA) 
20 credits: Five electives selected from list of courses
10 credits
Dissertation Writing & Group discussion 
72 credits
Rubric of Courses:
The four rubrics of transdisciplinary social sciences based hazard/disaster studies has been designed around;
  • Anthropology of disasters and resilience systems of communities.
  • Governance and legal framework for disaster management
  • Technology Systems: geospatial, computational intelligence & database systems.
  • Economics of disaster management in the context of development and preparedness.
8- Core Courses ( Only three for PhDs)
  1. Universe of Disaster Research: Theory, Ethics and Critical Decision Making in transdisciplinary DRR Planning
  2. Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience: Concepts and Understanding
  3. Research Methodology for DRR
  4. Governance, Institutions and Crisis Leadership
  5. Remote Sensing, GIS for Emergency Management
  6. ICT, Computational Intelligence and Database Systems
  7. Disaster Economics, Project Management, Emergency Budgeting
  8. Public Health, Epidemics and Emergency Preparedness
(Most of these courses are collectively taught to address transdisciplinarity in teaching and  training in research)
Elective Courses
The following papers would be offered in the elective courses ;
Course Design and Contents
(most courses would be collectively taught with experienced faculty in social sciences and sciences)
Core Courses
Total Credits                      : 4 (FOUR) for each core course
Method of Instruction     : Lectures, Hands-on, Guest Lectures, Tutorials
Methods of Evaluation s : Mid- semester written Exam, Group discussions, Presentations, Quizzes/Surprise Test, test of analytical skills,  Laboratory assignments  End Semester Exam  


Elective Courses (4 credit each)
Methods of instruction: Lectures, group discussions, monograph writings, video conferencing with district administrations,tutorials Evaluation: Mid semester examination, presentations and case study analysis

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.