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CKS Programme of Study

CKS Programme of Study


B.A. Programme

The courses in B.A. Programme are designed in such a way that at the end of three years the students would have acquired not only a sound knowledge of the language but also of the culture, customs, society and literary history of Korea. As the writing system of Korean is different from other languages, a considerable amount of time during B.A. first year is devoted to mastering the basic skills like speaking, reading and writing Korean, besides laying the foundation for grammar. From the second year onwards a course in Hanja, the Chinese characters used along with Korean, is also introduced. Besides these, tool courses in English on the culture, history, geography and society of Korea are also offered to the first and second year students. Courses on translation, interpretation, literature etc. are also offered in the second and third years.

Besides these core courses and tool courses, students of B.A. programme are expected to complete a minimum of 24 credits in the optional courses offered by other schools and centres in the University.  For the award of B.A. (Hons.) degree, a student has to complete a minimum of 68 credits in core courses, 10 credits in Tool Courses and 24 credits in optional courses.

M.A. Programme

The M.A. courses in Korean programme are designed with an objective of taking the students to the high level of language skills through intensive and specialised lectures on literature, culture, society, history, linguistics, translation and interpretation. Textual analysis, criticism and appreciation of literary texts, translation, interpretation and analysis of current affairs are some of the specialized courses in M.A. programmes.

For the award of M.A. degree, a student has to complete minimum 64 credits.


The M.Phil. Programme is of four semesters.  The first two semesters are for course work. A student of expected to complete four courses carrying 4 credits each as part of their course work and submit a dissertation (8credits) latest by the end of the fourth semester for the award of M.Phil. Degree.

A student who has scored a CGPA of 6 or above, on a 9-point scale, in his/her M.Phil. Degree, can register for a Ph.D. degree. The Ph.D degree will be awarded to the research scholar upon his/her completion of a thesis in the field of his/her choice.

Certificate of Proficiency in Mongolian Language

The Centre also offers a part-time, one year Certificate of Proficiency course in Mongolian language.

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.