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CESP Administrative Staff

CESP Administrative Staff

Administrative Staff


Being one of the largest Centres in the University, CESP needs to have competent administrative assistance from its office. Without an effective office it is impossible to run a Centre like ours where many other Programme activities viz. UGC-CAS, PC Chair, RBI Chair, Exim Bank, and Projects function simultaneously and the people behind the curtain deserve to be mentioned. The University has provided two regular employees, Shri Prasanta Sen, a well-qualified and experienced person managing the CESP Office as PA-cum-Office in-Charge and the other Shri Ranjit Kr. Ekka, Office Attendant, besides, some temporary people under different programmes of activities. There are three temporary staff, namely Shama, as a Computer Operator, a contractual staff provided by the University; Prem Chand, a temporary staff under CAS programme; and Sitaram under the Sukhamoy Chakravarty Chair. Needless to mention that the Centre is running vibrantly with the help and coordination of the Office staff.

Contact Information
Contact Person : Mr. Ajay Kumar Mishra
Mailing Address :

Centre for Economic Studies and Planning

School of Social Sciences II

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi 110067

Telephone : 91-11-26704421
Office Hours : Monday-Friday 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm
Email Address :


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.