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Common Courses for Dual degree programmes

Common Courses for Dual degree programmes

Common Courses for Dual degree programmes


Humanities and Social Sciences      

History and Society: What is history; sources of history; historical methods; evolution of society; folk culture, a historical society Society and Culture: Different types of Society; Meaning of Social Structure;  Social institutions and their role in the society; Elements of Culture, Difference between culture and civilization;  Social values, Norms ,Tradition and custom; Village community, Tribal  community; social Stratification- caste, class  systems Social Change and Development: Concept of change, evolution, social process and development; theory of development; social justice and development; Environmental issues and sustainable development, modernization and globalization. Economy and Society: Traditional and modern economy; exchange system; Agrarian and industrial society; urbanization and its impacts on society Polity and Society: Different political system; role of state; forms of government; democracy; socialism and Communism, Idea of republic; concept of nation and state Post-colonial Society: Feature of post-colonial society; different paths of development; issues and challenges.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • E. H.Karr, What is History?
  • Giddens, A (2009), Sociology, Polity, 6th edn
  • Desai, A.R. (2005), Social Background of Indian Nationalism, Popular Prakashan
  • Oommen,T.K.(ed.) (1997), Citizenship and National Identity: From Colonialism to Globalization, Sage
  • Guha, Ramachandra (2007), India After Gandhi, Pan Macmillan
  • Rao, M.S.A. (ed.) (1974), Urban Sociology, Orient Longmans


Environmental Studies

Concepts of Matter and Energy; Planet Earth-Basic Facts: Basics of Solar System, Characteristics of Solar Energy received by the EarthStructural Features of the Earth: Lithosphere, Glaciers, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, BiosphereNatural Resources: Basis of Biogeochemical cycles, Air/Water/LandEcology: Ecosystem, Types of Ecosystem, Foodweb/Energy and Material Flow, Forests/Plants/Biological Diversity, Hot-spots of Biodiversity, Threats to Biodiversity (Habitat loss, poaching of wildlife, Man-made conflicts)Impact of human activities on environment: Concept of EIA, Concept of sustainable development, Case studies, Wasteland Reclamation, Consumerism and  waste products, Environment Protection act, Issues involved in enforcement of environmental legislation, Air (Prevention and control of pollution act), Water (Prevention and control of pollution act), Wildlife Protection Act, Forest Conservation Act, Public awareness, Rain water harvesting;Environmental Pollution and remedial measures: Concepts and reasons underlying pollution, Water pollution, Soil pollution, Marine pollution, Air pollution, Role of individuals in prevention of pollution, Pollution case studies, Noise pollution, Thermal Pollution, Nuclear Pollution, Solid waste management (causes, effects and control measures of urban and industrial wastes); Contemporary environmental issues: Disaster management (floods, earthquakes, cyclones and landslides), Global warming, Ozone layer depletion, Acid rain, Deforestation; Environmental standards and role of institutions: MOEF/CPCB/SPBs, Laws to protect environmental quality, Importance of environmental education                  


Text/ Reference Books:

  • Gilbert M. Masters, Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science,
  • Saumitra Mukherjee, Text Book of Environmental Remote Sensing
  • Eugene P. Odum, Gary W. Barrett, Fundamental of Ecology
  • A.K. De, Environmental Chemistry,
  • Press and Siever, Understanding Earth
  • Tom Garrison, Essentials of Oceanography


Engineering Mathematics-I  (Calculus and Transform) 

Review of limits, continuity, differentiability, Mean value theorem, Taylors Theorem, Maxima and Minima. Riemann integrals, Fundamental theorem of Calculus, Improper integrals, applications to area, volume.  Partial Derivatives, gradient and directional derivatives, chain rule, maxima and minima, Lagrange’s method of undetermined multipliers. Double and Triple integration, Jacobians and change of variables formula. Parametrization of curves and surfaces, vector Fields, line and surface integrals. Divergence and curl, Gauss Theorem, and Stokes Theorem. The Laplace Transform for continuous time signals and systems, system functions, poles and zeros of system functions and signals, Laplace domain analysis, solution to differential equations and system behavior. Generalization of Parseval's Theorem. The z- Transform for discrete time signals and systems- eigen functions, region of convergence, system functions, poles and zeros of systems and sequences, z-domain analysis. Generalization of Parseval's Theorem.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • H. Hallett et al., Calculus - Single and Multivariable, John-Wiley and Sons, 2003.
  • J. Stewart, Calculus, Thomson, 2003.
  • T. M. Apostol, Calculus, Volumes 1 and 2, Wiley Eastern 1980.
  • G. B. Thomas, R. L. Finney, Calculus and Analytic Geometry, ISE Reprint, Addison-Wesley, 1998.
  • Erwin Kreyszig, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Wiley


Engineering Foundation (Computer Programming)       

Stored program concept (with simple computer simulator), machine language and instruction formats, assembly language for the simple computer. Characteristics of Computers, Evolution of Computing, Binary Number Systems, Types of Computer Software, Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Problem Solving Techniques using Computers: Algorithm, Flow Charts, Pseudocode. Introduction to Computer Networks, Internet, World Wide Web, Getting Connected to Internet. Problem Solving, Concept of Algorithms, Introduction to Computer Programming, Editing and Compiling a Program.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • V. Rajaraman, N. Adabala, Fundamentals of Computers, PHI, 2014
  • P. Pannu, Y. A. Tomer, ICT4D Information Communication Technology for Development, I     K International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd, 2010.
  • S.K.Basandra, Computer Today, Galgotia Publications, 2009


Engineering Drawing & Visualization                                                                               

Sketching of engineering objects and interpretation of drawings as a visualisation and communication tool. Creating 3D components through the use of a CAD package. Simple assemblies, generation of assembly views from part drawings, animation of simple assemblies.

Text/ Reference Books:

  • Bhatt N.D. and Panchal V.M., “Engineering Drawing”,Charotar Publishing House, 50th Edition, 2010.
  • Sikka V.B, A course in Civil Engineering Drawing, S.K. Kataria& Sons publication, 1997.
  • B. Agrawal, C M Agrawal “Engineering drawing”, Tata McGraw Hill Education Private Limited.


Principles of Economics      

Definition of economics, subject matter, scope and nature of economics, Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics, Normative vs. Positive Economics, Stock vs. Flow variables; consumer behavior and demand. Consumer pText Books. Indifference curve. Consumer equilibrium. Demand function. Income and substitution effects. The Slutsky equation. Market demand. Elasticities. Average and marginal revenue. Revealed preference theory of firm. Theory of production. Production functions. Laws of returns to scale. Isoquants. Input substitution. Equilibrium of the firm. Expansion path. Cost function. Theory of costs. Short Run and Long run costs. Economies and diseconomies of scale. Market equilibrium under perfect competition. Aggregate demand and supply. Equilibrium under alternative forms of market. Monopoly: pure and discriminating. Monopolistic competition. Oligopoly.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • N. G. Mankiw, Principles of Economics, South-Western College Publishing, 2014.
  • P. A. Samuelson, and W. D. Nordhaus, Economics, McGraw Hill Education, 2010.
  • H. R. Varian, Intermediate Microeconomics, W. W. Norton & Company, 2003.
  • A. S. Guha, Economics with-out Tears: A New Approach to an Old Discipline, Penguin
  • Random House India, 2016.


English in Practice

Grammar in Use: Parts of Speech, Agreement of Subject and Verb, Articles, Prepositions, Tenses, Voice (Active/Passive), Conditional Clauses, Use of connectives in Complex and Compound sentences, Direct and Indirect Speech, Question tags and short responses, Collocations, Common Errors in English LanguagePhonetics/ Vocabulary Building: Basic introduction to Phonetics (IPA Symbols, Vowels and Consonants, Place and Manner of Articulations), Basic transcription, Syllables and Stress pattern in English, Accentuation and Pronunciation, Speech mechanism & Spoken exercises, Group discussion & Public speaking, Basic introduction to Group presentation, Concept of word formation and technical Vocabulary, Etymology - Root words from foreign languages and their use in scientific terminology, Prefixes and suffixes to form derivatives used in science and technology, Synonyms/ Homophones/ Homonyms/ Homographs / One word substitution, Proper Usage of a Dictionary (Spelling/ Meaning / Pronunciation & correct usage of the word) Reading Skills: Effective reading strategies, Skimming a text vs. Scanning a book for specific details, Effective Reading techniques, Note taking for literature reviews and term papers, Comprehension of Unseen Passage – literary works (poems/ short story/ novel) and a scientific article,Note Making, Interpretation of Non Verbal DataWriting Skills: Function of sentence structures, Use of phrases and clauses in sentences, Importance of proper punctuation, Common Errors in writing, Organizing principles of paragraphs and documents, Techniques for writing precisely, Summarizing and Paraphrasing techniques


Text/ Reference Books:   

  • M.Swan, Practical English Usage, Oxford, 2013. 
  • R. Murphy, Intermediate English Grammar, Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • M. Hewings, Advanced English Grammar, Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • M. McCarthy, F. O'Dell, Academic Vocabulary (50 units of academic vocabulary reference and practice Self-study and classroom use), Cambridge University Press, 2008.


Electrostatics: Gradient, divergence, curl, Gauss divergence theorem, Stoke’s theorem, Gauss’s law of electrostatics, Relationship between Electric Field & Potential.Electromagnetics: Maxwell’s electromagnetic wave equations, magnetic Induction, Ampere’s circuital law, Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction,  Dielectrics,  Types of polarization, Poynting theorem, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Equation of continuity, EM Wave equation and its propagation characteristics.Quantum Mechanics & Statistical Physics: De-Broglie Hypothesis, Davisson Germer experiment, wave function and its properties,Wave Packet, Uncertainty principle. Schrodinger Equation for free Particle, Time Dependent Schrodinger Equation, Particle in a box, Single step Barrier, Tunnelling effect, Maxwell Bollzman, Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac statistics distribution, functions & their comparison. 


Text/ Reference Books:

  • D J Griffth, Introduction to Electrodynamics, Pearson, 2014
  • Jordan & Balmain, Electromagnetic waves and Radiating Systems, Pearson, 2015
  • Purcell, Electricity and Magnetism, Berkeley Physics Course, McGraw-Hill, 1984



Schrodinger equation; interpretation of wave function; hydrogen atom; atomic and molecular orbitals. Structure, bonding and energy levels in molecules and solids. Intermolecular forces. Chemical Potential; fugacities activities and equilibrium constants; Relation between G and emf; Standard potentials; Chemical Kinetics: steady state approximation; Collision theory. Trends in the periodic table; metallurgy; basic principles and applications; purification of elements and metals; transition metal ions and complexes; coordination chemistry, magnetochemistry, role of metal ions in biological processes; some relevant uses of transition elements; catalysis; semiconducting and super conducting materials; zeolites; VSEPR; spinel. Conformations of alkanes and cycloalkanes; configurations, molecular chirality, geometrical isomerism. Linear and cyclic conjugation, benzene, aromaticity, properties of conjugated systems. Reactivity, reaction types, reaction mechanisms, reaction energetics and kinetics. Study of selected reactions and their mechanisms; nucleophilic substitution reaction, electrophilic and free radical addition reactions, electrophilic aromatic substitutions, nucleophilic addition; principles of nucleophilic addition to carbonyl groups. Molecular systems of technological and biological importance.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • P. W. Atkins, Physical Chemistry, ELBS/Oxford, 7th Edition, 1995.
  • B.H. Mahan and R. J. Myers, University Chemistry, 4th edition, Benjamin, California, 1987.
  • D. A. McQuarrie and J.D. Simon, Physical Chemistry - a molecular approach, Viva Books Pvt. Ltd. (1998).
  • R.T. Morrison and R.N. Boyd, Organic Chemistry, Prentice Hall of India Pvt. Ltd., 5th edition,1990.
  • M. J. Sienko and R. A. Plane, Chemical Principles and Applications, McGraw Hill, 1980.
  • J. D. Lee, Concise Inorganic Chemistry, 4th Edition, ELBS, 1991.
  • D. D. Ebbing, General Chemistry, Houghton Miffin Co., 1984.


Engineering Mathematics –II (Probability and Statistics)

Probability definition, conditional probability, Bayes theorem, random variables, expectation and variance, specific discrete and continuous distributions, e.g. uniform, Binomial, Poisson, geometric, Pascal, hypergeometric, exponential, normal, gamma, beta, moment generating function, Poisson process, Chebyshev’s inequality, bivariate and multivariate distributions, joint, marginal and conditional distributions, order statistics, law of large numbers, central limit theorem, sampling distributions - Chi-sq, Student’s t, F, theory of estimation, maximum likelihood test, testing of hypothesis, nonparametric analysis, test of goodness of fit.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • S. M. Ross, "Probability Models", 8th Edition, Academic Press, 2003
  • K. S. Trivedi, "Probability and Statistics with Reliability, Queuing and Computer Science Applications", 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2004


Engineering Foundation (Thermodynamics)

Introductory Concepts of Thermodynamic Systems and variables, Work, Heat, Internal Energy, Thermodynamic Equilibrium, Reversible and Irreversible Processes; PhaseRule; Significance of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics; Equations of State and Generalized Correlations for Prediction of Volumetric Properties of Fluids; First Law: Closed and Open Systems, Steady and Transient Flow Processes; Second law and Entropy; Entropy Balance and Availability, Isentropic Efficiency; Maxwell Relations and Fluid Properties Estimation, Application to Flow Processes; Single Phase Mixtures and Solutions; Ideal Solutions; Partial molar quantities; Gibbs-Duhem Equation; Criteria for Thermodynamic Equilibrium; Phase Equilibrium Criteria, Non- ideal Solutions; Residual and Excess Properties; Fugacity and Activity Coefficient models; Pure Component Phase Equilibria, Vapour-Liquid Equilibria (VLE), Raoult's Law and Modified Raoult’s Law; High-Pressure VLE; Henry's law; Chemical Reaction Equilibrium: Homogeneous and Heterogeneous reactions; Multi-reaction Equilibria; Liquid-Liquid Equilibria; Solid – Liquid Equilibria; Solid – VapourEquilibria


Text/ Reference Books:

  • J.M. Smith, H.C. Van Ness, M.M. Abbott, Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 6th Ed., McGraw-Hill, 2001
  • S.I. Sandler, Chemical, Biochemical and Engineering Thermodynamics, 4th Ed., Wiley India, 2006
  • Y. V. C. Rao, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 1st Ed., Universities Press, India, 1997
  • P. K. Nag, Engineering Thermodynamics, 5th Ed., Tata Mc-Graw Hill Education, 2013
  • J.M. Prausnitz, R.N. Lichtenthaler, E.G. Azevedo, Molecular Thermodynamics of Fluid-Phase Equilibria, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1998
  • J.W. Tester, M. Modell, Thermodynamics and its Applications, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1999
  • R.C. Reid, J.M. Prausnitz, B.E.Poling, Properties of Gases and Liquids, 4th Ed., McGraw-Hill, 1987


Product Realization                                                                                                             

This course introduces students to design principles, enables them design using software tools, and then provides them the experience of realizing the design in a manufacturing environment using modern prototyping machines and tools. The emphasis would be on building working models integrated with the use of embedded devices like motors and electronic controllers as necessary.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • Tomovic, Mileta M., and Shaoping Wang. Product Realization: A Comprehensive Approach. Springer, 2009.


IPR and Law

Nature of Intellectual Property; Patents, Industrial Design, Trademark and Copyright; Process of patenting and development; technological research, innovation, patenting, development; International cooperation on Intellectual Property; International treaties on IPRs; Patenting under PCT. Procedure for grants of patents. Scope of Patent Rights; Licensing and transfer of technology; Patent information and databases; Geographical Indications. Module III: Administration of Patent System. New developments in IPR; IPR of biological systems, plant varieties, computer software’s etc. Traditional knowledge; Case Studies; IPR and IITs.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • Cornish, W. R., David Llewelyn, and T. Aplin. Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks and Allied Rights (4th). London: Sweet and Maxwell, 1999.
  • Bently, Lionel, and Brad Sherman. Intellectual property law. Oxford University Press, USA, 2014.
  • Kumar, Ashok. Intellectual Property Rights. No. 1. Allied Publishers, 1994.


Engineering Foundation (Engineering Mechanics)

Rigid bodies Degrees of freedom Equations of equilibrium, Structural systems and modeling Trusses - Intro, axial members, method of joints Method of sections, stability, etc Method of sections, Method of force equilibrium, Zero force members and stability, Beams, Shear Force Diagram & Bending Moment Diagrams, Friction, Plane kinematics - fixed frame Plane kinematics - moving frame, Laws of plane kinetics, Plane kinetics, Vibrations, Free undamped vibration, Forced undamped vibration, Forced damped vibration


Text/ Reference Books:

  • H. Shames, Engineering Mechanics: Statics and dynamics, 4th Ed, PHI, 2002.
  • F. P. Beer and E. R. Johnston, Vector Mechanics for Engineers, Vol I - Statics, Vol II – Dynamics, 9th Ed, Tata McGraw Hill, 2011.
  • J. L. Meriam and L. G. Kraige, Engineering Mechanics, Vol I – Statics, Vol II – Dynamics, 6th Ed, John Wiley, 2008.
  • R. C. Hibbler, Engineering Mechanics: Principles of Statics and Dynamics, Pearson Press, 2006.



Biomolecules & Cellular Organization: Cell Structure and evolution, Structure & function of biomolecules: Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids and Nucleic Acids, Cell division & cell cycle

Fundamental Processes: Replication, repair & recombination, Transcription and RNA processing, Protein synthesis and Processing

Genome Organization & Regulation: Structure and organization of genome, Concept of Gene, Gene Regulation

Methods in Molecular Biology: DNA sequencing and PCR, Gene Expression Analysis, Proteomics & Metabolite Analysis, Recombinant DNA TechnologyApplications of Omics sciences in Health & Agriculture


Text/ Reference Books:

  • Gerald Kalp,Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments;
  • Lodish, Molecular Cell Biology
  • LubertStryer, John L. Tymoczko And Jeremy Mark Berg,Biochemistry;
  • Klug, Cummings, Spencer And Palladino,Concepts of Genetics;
  • Dale, Schantz And Plant, From Genes to Genomes: Concepts Applications of DNA Technology;
  • Julia Lodge, Pete Lund And Steve Minchin,Gene Cloning: Principles and Applications;
  • T.A. Brown,Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction;
  • P.S. Verma and V.K. Agarwal,Genetics
  • P.K. Gupta,Cell and Molecular Biology



Spectroscopy- Introduction and classification, Fundamental principles, Instrumentation and applications of Ultra Violet-Visible Spectroscopy, Infra-Red Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance SpectroscopyPolymer Chemistry- Introduction, Polymerisation, Properties, Polymer processing, Industrial polymers, conducting polymersFuels and Combustion- Properties of fuels, Calorific value, Petroleum and petrochemicals, biofuels Electrochemistry- Applications of electrochemistry at the interface of science and technology, Batteries, Fuel cells, Biomedical devices,Corrosion and its controlLubricants- Mechanism of lubrication,Types,Propertiesand selection of lubricants


Text/ Reference Books:

  • H.D. Gesser, Applied Chemistry - A Textbook for Engineers and Technologists Springer Engineering Chemistry, Wiley, 2011
  • J. M. Hollas,Modern Spectroscopy, Wiley
  • Colin Banwell and Elaine McCash,Fundamentals of molecular spectroscopy, Tata McGraw Hill Education Pvt. Ltd.
  • Fred W. Billmeyer, Text Book of Polymer Science, Wiley India Pvt. Ltd.



Properties of Matter: Hooke’s law, Factors affecting elasticity, Bending moment, Depression of a cantilever, Young’s modulus by uniform bending, I-shaped girders. Thermal Physics: Thermal properties  of materials,  Specific Heat of Solids, Einstein Model, Debye Model, Lattice Vibrations, Phonons, Modes of heat transfer, Thermal conductivity, Newton’s law of cooling, Linear heat flow, Lee’s disc method, Radial heat flow.Oscillation and Waves: Simple harmonic oscillation, damped harmonic oscillation, forced vibration, resonance, coupled oscillation. Waves as periodic variation quantity in space and time, wave equation, Reflection and transmission of waves at boundary of two media.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • C. Kittle, W. D. Knight, and M. A. Ruderman, Mechanics, Berkeley Physics Course, McGraw-Hill, 1965
  • C. Kittle, H.Kroemer, Thermal Physics, W. H. Freeman, 1980


Engineering Foundation (Numerical Methods)                                                                

Computing Arithmetic, Significant Digits and Numerical Instability, Root finding methods. Bisection, Newton Raphson, Secant and RegulaFalsi, methods for multiple roots. System of Linear Algebraic Equations and Eigenvalue problems-Gauss Elimination, LU Decomposition. Jacobi-Gauss-Seidel and SOR methods, Interpolation and Approximation-spline approximation. Linear, quadratic and Cubic, Differentiation and Integration-Richardson’s extrapolation, Gauss Quadrature methods, ordinary differential equations-Initial and Boundary Value Problems, introduction to numerical solutions of Partial Differential Equations.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • M.K. Jain, SRK Iyengar, R.K.Jain, Numerical Methods for Scientific and Engineering Computation, New Age International Publishers, 2003.
  • S.C. Chopra and R. P. Canale, Numerical Methods for Engineers, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2005.
  • S.D. Conte h C. de Boor, Elementary Numerical Analysis: An Algorithmic Approach, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1980.
  • E.W. Cheney and D. R. Kincaid, Numerical Analysis, Brooks Cole, 1996.


Engineering Foundation (Data Structure) 

Introduction to Data Structures, algorithms, pseudo-code, time and space complexities; arrays and their applications, sparse matrix, stacks and their applications such as recursion, queues including priority queues and their applications, linked lists and their applications, Introduction to trees, forest, static tree structures: binary tree, threaded binary tree, their traversal techniques, Binary Search Trees, including their applications, dynamic tree structures: AVL trees, B-trees, B+ trees, B* tree, including their applications, Introduction to Graphs, DFS, BFS. Sorting and searching algorithms, hashing.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • H Ellis, S. Sahni, Fundamentals of Data Structures, W H Freeman and Co. 1995.
  • J. P. Tremblay, P. G. Sorenson, Introduction to Data Structures: With Applications, McGraw Hill Higher Education, 1983.
  • Kruse Robert L., “Data Structures and Program Design”, Prentice Hall, 2007
  • R. Gilberg, B. A. Forouzan, Data Structures: A Pseudocode Approach with C, Course Technology Inc, 2004.


Professional Practices & Ethics

Basics of Professional Ethics, Ethical Human Conduct, Humanistic Constitution and universal human order, To identify the scope and characteristics of people.

Professional Ethics in practice: Profession and Professionalism, Engineering Profession and Ethics, Professional Responsibilities.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • R. Subramanian, Professional Ethics, Oxford University Press.
  • Prof. D.R. Kiran, Professional Ethics & Human Values: Tata McGraw Hill Education.
  • Edmond G. Seebauer& Robert L. Barry, Fundamentals of Ethics, Oxford University Press.


Technical Writing

Significance of literature review, Writing scientific report, structure and components of research report, revision, writing project proposal, writing a Research Paper, Citation counting and Impact factor, Science citation index (SCI)/ Science citation index Expended (SCI-E), H-index, Academic Ethics and Plagiarism, Intellectual Property Rights and Patent law.


Text/ Reference Books:

  • P. Oliver, Writing Your Thesis,New Delhi:Vistaar Publications, 2004.
  • Gregory, Ethics in Research, Continuum, 2005.

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.