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Special Centre for National Security Studies
Special Centre for National Security Studies



The Special Centre for National Security Studies (SCNSS), established in 2018, is one of the newest centres of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The Centre is dedicated to studying national security issues in a comprehensive and holistic manner. It has a prime focus on analysing, comparing and theorising all security issues that concern India. As a super speciality hub of national importance on the domestic and external security issues of India, the Centre’s core expertise revolves around examining, reflecting on and providing policy inputs and alternative policies to relevant government and security agencies of India. In dealing with national security issues, the Centre inclines towards examining them through the prism of Indian civilizational knowledge and its security traditions, with the sole objective of protecting India’s vital national security interests and its territorial integrity and promoting world peace. The Centre is an interdisciplinary body combining social sciences and civilizational/cultural insights of India with latest emerging technologies in cyber, space, chemical, biological, nuclear, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other related disciplines.


The Centre is currently located at Annex building of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, Birsa Munda Marg, JNU New Campus. Presently it is offering Ph.D. programme in National Security and plans to offer Masters programme in the near future.


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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.