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CRCAS Achivements

CRCAS Achivements

In recognition of its high quality academic and research programme University Grants Commission has accorded the Centre the status of an advance Centre of Russian and Central Asian Area Studies in India. The following two areas of teaching and research are identified by the University Grants Commission as priority areas:

a) Political System/Foreign Policy of Russia b) Socio-economic and Cultural Changes in Central Asian Republics. Other areas of research and teaching interests in the Centre are Russian economy, Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia and Baltic Republics.
Some of the new courses, which are identified to be introduced in due course are:

  1. Population and Ethnographic Studies of Russia and Central Asia
  2. Environmental Problems in Russia and Central Asia
  3. Siberian Region
  4. Security and Conflict Issues
  5. Gender Issues
  6. Human Rights

The faculties of the Centre have been honoured with national and international awards and honours for their precious service in the Academic field.

Prof. Devendra Kaushik, Senior Professor (Retd) has been honoured by Government of Russian Federation in the year

Prof. R. R. Sharma, Senior Professor (Retd.) honoured with Gold Medal and Cash Award for Eminent Personalities of Jammu&Kashmir State for their precious service as educationist to the nation in the years 2002 and 2006, by State Government of Jammu&Kashmir, INDIA.


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.