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SSIS Programmes of Study

SSIS Programmes of Study

M.A. in Sanskrit

Courses are offered in Indian Intellectual and Cultural Traditions , Vedic Studies, Navya-Nyaya, Sanskrit Language and Literature, Pali & Prakrit Language & Literature, Indian Philosophical Systems, Computational Linguistics, Indian Discourse Analysis, Sanskrit Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Puranas, Epics, , Sanskrit Poetics and Aesthetics, Environmental Ethics, Manuscriptology, Indian Socio-Political Thought. Specialized courses are offered in third and fourth semesters in the following areas




►Computational Linguistics

►Sanskrit Linguistics

►Social Thought

►Indian Aesthetics & Poetics

►Pali & Prakrit Studies


There are FIVE immediate objectives before the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies: 

(i) to increase the access of the texts of Indian thought by making them available in the modern Indian languages and media, 
(ii) to expound the texts of thought in a modern idiom to explicate their intrinsic intellectual content, 
(iii) to examine the Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East culture and intellectual matrix in terms of Indian thought, 
(iv) to evaluate the traditions of thought not only for their evaluatory power but also for their inbuilt potential for adaptation and evolution. 

The M.Phil/Ph.D. programme will organise: expositional and developmental research (in seminal texts of thought, and two-fold comparative research between classical Indian theoretical frameworks and texts on the one hand and on the other hand.

(a) modern Indian Languages and literatures and cultural practices, 
(b) Persian and Asian languages, and 
(c) modern European languages and cultural practices. 

M.Phil/Ph.D. Research facilities are available in the following areas: 

►Vedic Studies

►Agamic Systems

►Sanskrit Literature

►Indian Philosophical Systems and Schools

►Indian Aesthetics & Politics

►Indian Discourse Analysis

►Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics

►Navya Nyaya Language & Methodology

►Environmental Ethics

►Scientific Traditions in Sanskrit

►Computational Linguistics

►Sanskrit Lexicography

►Indian and Western Logical Systems

►Indian Socio-Political Thought


►Pauranic Literatures

►Pali and Prakrit Studies


►Contemporary Sanskrit Writings

The Centre plans to have inter-disciplinary approach in both teaching and research.

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.