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CIPOD Alumni

CIPOD Alumni

The Centre’s record indicates a diversity of destinations. Several former students have gone overseas to pursue doctoral and post-doctoral programmes. Many students end up in faculty positions in the university system, both in India and abroad as also in civil services. A number of important think tanks and research institutes in New Delhi – such as the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Institute of Conflict Management – count former CIPOD students among their research personnel. Journalism, both print and electronic, and the voluntary sector are other areas in which CIPOD alumni have made a mark over the years. The Centre also has on its rolls government officers, military and civilian, who return to their parent institutions after completing their programme of study.

A select, certainly not exhaustive, list of CIPOD alumnus is given below.

  • A. P. Vijapur, Professor, Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University
  • Adirupa Sengupta, Chief Executive, Common Purpose (Asia-Pacific), UK
  • Anusha Shrivastava, Assistant Director, Career Services, Columbia Journalism School
  • Arun Dalvi, Professor and Head, Geopolitics/ Military Geography, Professor of Strategic Studies, Geopolitics, Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Pune
  • Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, International Strategic & Security Studies Programme, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore
  • Ashish Vachhani, IAS
  • Ashok Kumar Behuria, Research Fellow, The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi
  • Ashok Swain, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University
  • Ashutosh Misra, Research Fellow/Associate Investigator, Centre of Excellence in Policing & Security, Griffith University, Australia
  • Atul Mishra Hari, Assistant Professor, Centre for Studies in International Politics and Governance, School of International Studies, Central University of Gujarat
  • Bhupendra Brar, Professor, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Brahma Chellaney, Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • C. Raja Mohan, Head, Strategic Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
  • Devika Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Harun Rasid Khan, Deputy Governor, the Reserve Bank of India
  •  Jayashree Vivekanandan, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, South Asian University
  • K. Savitri, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
  • M. Rajendran, Senior Assistant Editor, Hindustan Times.
  • Manish, Associate Professor, Department of International Relations/Politics, School of Global Studies, Sikkim University, Gangtok
  • Manoranjan Mohanty, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business and Economics, School of Government, Development and International Affairs, The University of the South Pacific, Fiji
  • Meenal Shrivastava, Associate Professor & Academic Coordinator, Global Studies & Political Economy, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Canada
  • Neela Nila Mohanan, IAS
  • Om Prakash Mishra, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
  • P. S. Jayaramu, Professor, Department of Political Science, Bangalore University
  • Priya Naik, Assistant Professor, Zakir Husain College, University of Delhi
  • Priyankar Upadhyaya, Professor and UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding, e Banaras Hindu University
  • Rajiv Nayan, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi
  • Ronki Ram, Professor, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Saumitra Mohan, IAS
  • S. Kalyanaraman, Research Fellow, The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi
  • Seema Narain, Associate Professor, Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi
  • Shrikant Paranjpe, Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Pune
  • Sucharita Sengupta, Department of Political Science, Jamia MIllia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Sudhir Jacob George, Professor Department of Political Science, Hyderabad Central University
  • Sunil Adam, US based journalist, commentator and cartoonist.  
  • Suparna Bhattacharjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, North-Eastern Hill University
  • T. V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Uttam Kumar Sinha, Research Fellow, The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi
  • Vasudha Dhingra, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Zakir Husain College, University of Delhi


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.