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Winters Semester 2021:
PhD (Disaster Studies)


Semester 2nd
Course No. Course Title Type Number of Credits
DR621 Governance, Institutions and Crisis Leadership Optional 3
DR622 Remote Sensing, GIS for Emergency Management Optional 3
DR623 ICT, Early Warning systems and Computational Intelligence Optional 3
DR624 Disaster Economics, Project Management, Emergency Budgeting Optional 3
DR625 Public Health, Epidemics and Emergency Preparedness Optional 3
DR 601 Universe of Disaster Research: Theory, Ethics and Interdisciplinary DRR - 3 credit
DR 602 Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience: Concepts and Understanding - 3 credit
DR 603 Research Methodology for DRR - credit

Direct PhD course in Disaster Studies


An enormous amount of research is needed to fill the gaps created by an age old hazard based focus of disaster management. A social science based approach has been on the margin in disaster research as a result disciplines of science, institutions of capital intensive research and non-participative and political decision making has largely dominated the focus of sustainable ends of nation building through disaster management. The research ends of DMA 2005 can only be achieved through a more intensive analysis of communities, disaster affected regions and city and rural planning for infrastructure growth, management of human and nonhuman lives. An emerging need for science and social science to collaborate and fulfil the need for a more holistic and sustainable development of the country is the need of the hour. As retrofitting and corrections of plans is nearly more counterproductive, disaster planning should focus upon source based planning and development. The research in disaster studies would attempt to achieve these ends.  


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.
Eligibility for admission:
Masters in any branch of social sciences and natural sciences, law or a transdisciplinary public policy area. Mid career administrators working in the field of disasters would be encouraged to apply.
Credit Structure of PhD Course (one year/2 semesters):
9 credits (3 credit/course)
Three Core Courses 
9 credits (3 credit/course)
Three  Elective Courses
18 credits
Core Courses (3 credits each)
Unlike the courses offered in the Masters programme, these PhD courses would be increasingly hybrid, transdisciplinary and emphasis would be given to field experience, surveys and problem solving skills.
Electives Second Semester (3 credits each):
  1. Governance, Institutions and Crisis Leadership
  2. Remote Sensing, GIS for Emergency Management
  3. ICT, Early Warning systems and Computational Intelligence
  4. Disaster Economics, Project Management, Emergency Budgeting
  5. Public Health, Epidemics and Emergency Preparedness
  6. Role of ICT in Disaster Mitigation , Preparedness and Management

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.