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Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor

Prof. Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit

Vice Chancellor

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi-110 067, India

Tel : 91-11-26704001, 91-11-26741500(O), Fax: 91-11-26742580


Born on 15 July 1962 at Leningrad [now Saint Petersburg], Russia [the former USSR]. Educated in Chennai at the Presidency College, both B.A. and M.A. Topper and Gold Medallist; Completed M.Phil and Ph.D in International Politics from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New-Delhi; Post-Doctorate in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Uppsala University, Sweden.


Appointed as the first woman and alumnus Vice Chancellor of India’s top University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New- Delhi. Joined on 7 February 2022 for a period of five years. Teaching and Research career spanning over three and half decades beginning with lecturer at the Goa University from 1988 and in 1991 joined the University of Pune, now Savitribai Phule Pune University. Previously Professor [since 2006] in the Department of Politics and Public-Administration holding the additional charge of Director-International Centre, since 2001-2007. Published four books and edited two. Have published several research papers and widely traveled. Completed several projects both major and minor. 30 students have completed their Ph.D under my supervision and 8 M.Phils. At present 4 students are working for their doctorate under my supervision. Was the General Secretary of the Pune University Teachers’ Association from 1996 to 2009. Was elected to University of Pune Senate and Management Council [Syndicate] 2001 to 2006]. On several Universities, board of Studies as an expert in my areas of teaching and research - International Relations, Asian Studies, Culture and Foreign Policy, Conflict, Violence and Gender. Member of several national academic and research bodies from 2015 and continue until now.


Languages Known – Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Hindi, Sanskrit, English. Can understand Kananda, Malayalam and Konkani.


Published several research papers and books. A few given below.
  1. Parliament and Foreign Policy in India, New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers, 1990.
  2. "Restructuring Environmental governance in Asia-Ethics and Policy", [Sole editor] [Hongkong: City University Press,2003].
  3. Cultural Diplomacy:  Buddhism and India’s Look East Policy [co-author Dr. Rimli Basu] [2012] Lambert Academic Pub.  [978-3-8465-8021-9].
  4. Retreat of the State: Implications of Drug Trafficking in Asia [co-author Dr.Rimli Basu] [2012][978-3-659-12896-7].
  5. Edited- Prof. Amulya. K.  Tripathi, Orissa, D. Santishree Pandit, Pune, Roshni Kujur. [Eds "Understanding Post 9/11 Cross –Border Terrorism in South Asia". My chapter is : "Indo-Sri Lanka Relations in the ‘Post –LTTE period", ESS Publisher, New Delhi, 2016. ISBN: 978-93-80036-84-7. [Second Author- Dr. Rimli Basu]
  6. Edited-Book: Covid-19 Crisis and the Future of Higher Education in India [2022] KVS Sarma; Santhishree Dhulipudi-Pandit; Saraswathi Unni; Raosaheb Bawaskar
Chapters in more than 36 books. So far published several articles in “The Hindu”{Madras}, "News Today"[Madras], Gomantak Times[Panaji], Sakal [Pune] and several “Letters to the Editors. Monthly column on International affairs in the New Swatantra Times’ [Hyderabad] Published several Book Reviews in New Quest, Freedom First, Bhavan’s Journal, International Studies, Indian Journal for Political Science, Indian Journal of Foreign affairs, Diplomatist. Editorial board of research journals.


Served as Vice- President of IPSA [2012-2015] and President [2021, December]. Member of Government of India national committees like ICSSR, ICCR, IIAS, MAKAIAS MPISS; President of India has nominated to several Central Universities as his nominee on Selection Committees. Member of Academic councils of University of Pune, and several other universities of India; as subject expert and up-gradation of syllabus; Guide and Consultant for students appearing for the Civil Services and career counseling; held positions on several academic and professional bodies Have been active in student and cultural organizations; connected with the working of a few social service institutions; founding member of two organizations working for society, New Life for India movement and Youth Forum for Gandhian Studies.


Several awards
Best All round student in Std XII - AdarshVidyalaya, Chennai.
Youth Forum For Gandhian Studies, Chennai- Woman Educator Award 2003.
Wisetex award for Women leaders in the next decade - Eduaction 2004.
Veer Savarkar Award for Education field, Pune, May 2010.
Smt. Sushma Swaraj Stree Shakti Award May 2022.
Universal Peace Federation - Ambassador of Peace Award 2022.
Deendayal Upadyaya Award - 2022.

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.