Centre for South Central, South East Asian & South West Pacific Studies
The Centre, constituting three distinct Programmes—South Asian, Central Asian, and Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies—is the largest in the School of International Studies. It has about 20 faculty and 250 students, pursuing advanced degrees in research. Strongly underpinned by an inter-disciplinary approach, the Centre's academic activity encompasses a wide array of subjects and themes in teaching and research. The highly distinguished faculty constantly endeavours to undertake rigorous research and bring out quality publications.
South Asian Studies
South Asian Studies is the largest of all the Programmes of the School. Since it deals with India and its immediate neighbourhood, it has acquired considerable significance. The nine faculty members have diverse specializations and have published extensively on political, social, economic, geo-strategic and security issues. Aside from India's bilateral relations with its South Asian neighbours, the teaching and research and other intellectual activity lays particular emphasis on themes such as India's foreign policy, regional security concerns, economic issues, socio-cultural and ethnic dimensions, and those domestic issues that impinge on regional peace and stability and development.
Central Asian Studies
The Central Asian Studies Programme has attracted considerable attention because it deals with a region that is relatively new to global affairs although this Programme had been in existence much before the region emerged from the shadows of the former Soviet Union in the aftermath of the Cold War. Because of its geostrategic location dominating the crucial Eurasian landmass, developing understanding on and knowledge about Central Asia has been a major objective of this Programme. The uniqueness of the Programme is that, besides Central Asia, it also includes several parts of Inner Asia such as Mongolia, Xinxiang, and Tibet since there are many shared commonalities in terms of history, culture, and language. Thus, teaching and research are designed with the intent of analyzing this region from a larger perspective.
Southeast Asian and Southwest Pacific Studies
Because India shares a special bond with Southeast Asia since ancient times, this region expectedly has always been a prime area of focus. Cognizant of the fact that this region is at the heart of the world's most dynamic Asia-Pacific and developments here have larger implications for the region and beyond, including India, it is increasingly becoming a major area studies Programme. Given the complexity and vastness of the region, teaching covers a wide range of disciplines such as history, government and politics, security, India's relations, and regional multilateral mechanisms. In view of its growing importance, the geographical proximity, and enormous bearing on economic and security aspects, the Southwest Pacific region was added to the Southeast Asian Studies Programme. Apart from focused teaching on Southwest Pacific, a course on comparative perspectives of the two regions is also offered.