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Centre for Political Studies
Centre for Political Studies
Centre for Political Studies



Welcome to the Centre for Political Studies. Founded in 1971 the centre has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. In the first year of its existence, the Centre launched the M.Phil. /Ph.D. programme with 15 students. In the following academic year, the M.A. programme was launched. In keeping with the spirit of the JNU Act of 1966, the Centre for Political Studies incorporated a strong interdisciplinary emphasis in the structure and design of its syllabi. Since then the Centre for Political Studies has become one of the largest Centres of the School of Social Sciences drawing students from all parts of the country and abroad.

Please read the instructions carefully before registration. You are requested to follow the guidelines given below before filling up details regarding courses.




Course requirements for the Master's Degree in CPS

  • Students in the M.A. programme at the Centre for Political Studies are required to take 16 courses in total with 4 credits for each of the courses to obtain the Master's degree.  They need to have a total of 64 credits for the 16 courses for completing the course work required for obtaining the MA degree in CPS.  

  • Out of these 16 courses, they are required to take 10 compulsory courses with 4 credits for each course to be taken in the centre.

  • Out of the remaining 6 courses of 24 credits, four optional courses of 4 credits each have to be taken from the centre.  Only two optional courses with 4 credits each can be taken from outside the centre.


Courses offered for the MA first semester joining in December 2020/January 2021

All students have to take the following four compulsory courses.

  1. PO410N: Indian Politics I: Political Thought in Modern India- Manindra Thakur, Rinku Lamba

  2. PO411N: Indian Politics II: Political Institutions- Anupama Roy, Tapan Kumar Bihari

  3. PO414N: Political Philosophy: Key Concepts I- Vidhu Verma, Jubilee Shangrei

  4. PO417N: Comparative Politics- T.G. Suresh and V. Biju Kumar


Course requirements for M.Phil. and PhD. Students (Admitted in the academic year 2020-21 and registering in December 2020/January 2021)

  • The M.Phil. and Ph.D. students admitted to the Centre for Political Studies are required to do course work. They must do four courses with four credits each, spread over a period of one year, divided into two semesters in the Centre. 

  • The students are required to take two compulsory courses and two optional courses.

  • These courses can be taken from the list of courses approved for the M.Phil. program.

  • These include two compulsory courses (as given below) and two optional courses.

  • The optional courses have to be chosen from a series of M.Phil. optional courses offered in the Centre each semester. The optional courses for Monsoon semester are given below.

  • The optional courses should be taken in both the semesters with at least one optional course in each semester.


Courses for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. First semester (Monsoon semester) students registering in December 2020/January 2021

Compulsory Courses

  1. PO601N: Philosophy and Methods in Social Sciences- D. Bhattacharyya, Shefali Jha

  2. PO602N: Approaches, Concepts and methods of Political Analysis- Asha Sarangi, Papia Sengupta

Optional Courses

  1. PO 622: Agrarian Movements and Politics in India- Sudhir Suthar

  2. PO 630: Texts in Political Philosophy- Gurpreet Mahajan

  3. PO 636: Politics and Ecology: Environmentalism and Political Theory- V. Biju Kumar

  4. PO 637: Dalit movements in Contemporary India- Narender Kumar

  5. PO639: Citizenship in India: Laws, Politics and Institutional Practices- Anupama Roy

  6. PO 640: Body, Power, Knowledge: Introduction to Biopolitics- Rajarshi Dasgupta


(Click on the Course title for details)
M.A.IIInd Semester
Compulsory courses:
  1. PO 412N: Indian Politics III: Political Process- 4 Credit course
  2. PO 419N: Methods in Social Sciences- 4 Credit course 
Optional Courses:  (All courses are of 4 credit each)
  1. PO 512: Interpretation in Social Theory
  2. PO 524: Ideas and Issues in Public Administration 
  3. PO 527: Theories of Social Stratification
  4. PO 534: Feminism and Political Theory
  5. PO 539: Issues in Political Philosophy in Modern India
  6. PO 540: Classical Political Philosophy
  7. PO 546: Political Reading of Classical Intellectual Traditions in India
B.A. Optional Course:
  • PO 201: Government and Politics in India- 3 Credit course- Dr Jubilee Shangrei
Click here to see time table for Monsoon Semester 2020


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.