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CES Programme

CES Programme

M. Phil. Programme: Limited number of seats

Ph. D. Programme: Limited number of seats


Consolidated List of Courses


Every year, the Centre for European Studies admits a limited number of students in its M.Phil. Programme and Ph.D. Programme.

Admission to the M.Phil Programme and Ph.D Programme are by an annual entrance examination and viva voce. The main objective of the programme is to prepare candidates for inter-disciplinary research on Europe. The M.Phil and Ph.D research programmes in the Centre are of high-quality, both in academic rigor and relevance. Since the research in the Centre is interdisciplinary in nature, efforts are made to expose students to other social science subjects which go beyond their parent disciplines. Learning of at least one European language (apart from English) is a critical component of the research programme of the Centre. In the newly emerging globalizing international environment, the emphasis is given to broad social science concepts along with specific European issues. Apart from empirical research on Europe, students are also encouraged to develop skills in broader theoretical research and analysis. While selecting research themes on Europe, students can focus from country specific study and issues themes and also expand their research with the broader theoretical concepts in their lead disciplines as well as in the international relations theory.

The students can specialize in the following areas:

European Union, Issues in European Security, European Economic Integration, Identity Issues in Europe, Politics & Society in Central & Eastern Europe, Foreign and Security Policy of the Baltic States, Social Structure & Dynamics in Europe, Europe and the Mediterranean Region and Research Methodology.

Eligibility for M. Phil. Programme and Ph.D. Programme

Master’s degree with at least 55% marks in Political Science, History, Economics, International Relations and Area Studies or Master’s degree in Humanities, other Social Sciences with at least 55% marks or Master’s degree in Natural Sciences with at least 55% marks. Relaxation to SC/ST/OBC (Non creamy layer)/Differently abled as per the UGC Regulations in force.



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.