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CIAS Programme

CIAS Programme

The Centre offers the following courses:


Ph.D Course List

SA 635N : Great Power Interest in Central Asia 19th Century (2 Credit) - Prof. Sharad K. Soni

SA 634N : Government and Politics in Central Asia (2 Credit) - Prof. Sharad K. Soni

SA 658N : Human Security in Central Asia (2 Credit) - Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata

SA 655N : Political Economy of Regional Cooperation in Central Asia (2 Credit) - Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal

SA 671N : Modern Tibetan Language (2 Credit) - Dr. Tsetan Namgyal

SA 645N : Government and Politics of Mongolia (2 Credit) - Prof. Sharad K. Soni

SA 639N : Great Power Interest in Central Asia 20th Century (2 Credit) - Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal

SA 654N : Ethinicity Religion & Politics in Afghanistan (2 Credit) - Dr. Ambrish Dhaka

SA 661N : Society, Culture and Politics of Xinjiang (2 Credit) - Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata

SA 663N : Society, Culture and Politics of Tibet (2 Credit) - Dr. Tsetan Namgyal

SA 669 : Research Methodology (4 Credit) - Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata



SA 201 : Introduction to Central Asia (3 Credit) - Dr. Sharad K. Soni

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.