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The M.Phil./Ph.D. is a continuous programme and students are admitted to the Ph.D. programme after they clear M. Phil. in accordance with the provisions of university ordinances. Direct admission to the Ph.D. programme is also possible provided a student has M. Phil degree or equivalent research experience/publications. Students admitted to direct Ph.D. are advised to credit or audit courses relevant to their research topics. 

The M.Phil. teaching and research programme has three streams:

  1. Economics Stream
  2. Geography Stream
  3. Population Stream

In each stream, a number of courses are offered by the faculty and they are open to students across various streams. In tune with the Centre's overall approach of taking into account economic, geographical, demographic and other dimensions in dealing with issues of regional development, the courses are interdisciplinary in content. Accordingly, a number of faculty members are associated in teaching and research activities in more than one stream.

The courses that have been designed over the years for the M.Phil/Ph.D. Programme are listed below.




Course No

Course Title


RD 601

Introduction to Economic Development


RD 602

Regional Economic Analysis


RD 603

Elements of Indian Regional Structure


RD 604

Levels of Regional Development In India


RD 605

Fluvial Processes in Geomorphology


RD 606

Regional Hydrology


RD 607

Regional Geomorphology and Facies Analysis


RD 609

Social Factors in Indian Regionalism


RD 612

Agriculture in Regional Development


RD 613

Industry in Regional Development


RD 614

Urbanisation and  Regional Development


RD 617

Quantitative Methods in Regional Analysis


RD 618

Advanced Quantitative Methods in Regional Analysis


RD 624

Institutions and Agricultural Development


RD 625

Introduction to Demographic Methods


RD 626

Advanced Methods in Demographic Analysis


RD 627

Census and Vital Statistics System


RD 628

Population Policies and Programmes


RD 629

Fertility, Mortality and Social Structure


RD 631

Population, Urbanization and  Migration


RD 632

Population, Settlements and Human Ecology


RD 634

Labour Force, Employment and Manpower Planning


RD 636

Population Growth and Food Policy


RD 637

Economic Growth, Population and Structural change


RD 640

Social Indicators of Development with Special Reference to Health and Education


RD 641

GIS: Concepts and Methods


RD 645

Demographic Change - Mortality and Health


RD 646

Gender and Development: Regional Dimensions with Special Reference to India


RD 647

Agriculture and Natural Resource Management


RD 650

Applications in GIS


RD 651

Image Processing and Environmental Assessment



Agricultural Trade and Trade  Policy in a Regional Perspective


Each M.Phil./Ph.D. student is assigned the optional courses by the faculty according to his/her research topic. However, some of the courses are compulsory.  Each student is required to do at least one methodology course, particularly in quantitative research. The following courses in research methodology are offered by the Centre.  

Research Methodology Courses

Sr. No.

Course No.

Course Title


RD 616

Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research


RD 617

Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research


RD 618

Advanced Quantitative Techniques


RD 625

Introduction to Demographic Methods


RD 626

Advanced Methods in Demographic Analysis


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.