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Census Data Centre

Census Data Centre

Census Data Centre
Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Census Data Centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru University is a collaborative effort by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India and the Jawaharlal Nehru University. While the census organization does publish important summary indicators and tables from the data collected, the massive data at the unit level have huge potential for in-depth analysis of social-economic-demographic conditions of India’s population. In order to allow the use of this valuable data, it was proposed by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner to permit access to researchers to the micro-data at designated centres in a manner that would not reveal the identities of individuals on whom the information is collected. The first such centre has been established at the Jawaharlal Nehru University with a grant from the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner.

The centre is located on the first floor of the JNU Convention Centre. This has one server and four terminals for use of researchers. Appropriate software for analysis has also been provided. Initially, the 1991 and 2001 census tables have been loaded on the computers. Gradually, more data would be loaded as these become available and thus be made accessible for research. A Steering Committee consisting of members of the JNU faculty and officers from the Office of the Registrar General oversees the functioning of the centre.

The Centre is open to all students and researchers from universities and colleges and research institutions in India. The centre will be open from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. on all working days of the university. The users could register in the Centre and convey to the Census Data Manager the specific requirements of tables. On checking availability, the tables would be released on the terminal for access by the user. The Data Manager could guide the users on availability of tables. The users could carry out the analysis with the help of the software loaded on the system. In case the specific tables are not available in the repository, the user could make a request to the manager who will forward this to the Steering Committee. The Committee will examine the feasibility of preparing and releasing the tables and such tables that can be prepared without revealing individual identities would be provided.

Contact no.: 26741952, 26742223

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.