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Dean's Message

Dean's Message


The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) is one of the pioneering centres of environmental research and education. It was founded in 1974. The school is inter-disciplinary in nature having world class faculty from different disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology and geology etc.
The school has made significant contributions towards generation of new knowledge and providing solutions for various environmental problems related to climate change, global warming, acid rain, air quality, arsenic in water, carbon sequestration, bioaerosols, river systems, landfills, geochemistry mapping, biodiesel,  glacier melting, toxic metal accumulation, microwave radiation, sustainable development, Himalayan ecosystem, agro-ecology, remote sensing etc.
There are a number of ongoing activities for enhancement of learning and skills of the students. We need a breakthrough research about the utilization of crop residue burning, dust air pollution, environmental safety, environmental impact assessment, solid wastes management, wet land management, river rejuvenation, reactive nitrogen, atmospheric mercury, bioaerosols, long range transport of pollutants, green technologies etc. I wish that the SES faculty will be making efforts for providing solutions for such environmental problems. I am sure that the SES faculty will be considering the suggestion which will be leading to some new grants and global collaborations too.

To enhance global visibility and leading role in environmental policy making by means of modern education, research, awareness and futuristic policies through nurturing the best young minds. 
To educate students for serving the society through advanced learning about various environmental processes and materials.
To nurture critical thinking of the youths and engage them in innovative environmental research.
To link degree education with entrepreneurship through skill development approach.
To facilitate the students by all possible means to make them a world class human resource.   


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.