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Centre for the Study of Social Systems
Centre for the Study of Social Systems
Centre for the Study of Social Systems
Centre for the Study of Social Systems



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Center Overview


List of courses being offered in Monsoon Semester 2024
List of courses being offered in Winter Semester 2024


The Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS) was established in 1971 with an objective of conducting teaching and research on problems related to the processes of social change in the context of development and modernization. From its inception and in keeping with the mandate of the JNU Act, the core thematic concerns of the Centre included questions of national development and problems of the marginalized social groups such as the scheduled castes, the scheduled tribes and the others. This thrust has been a persistent feature of the CSSS ever since and it is not surprising that our teaching and research show engagement with pressing questions of development, marginalization, social justice and social movements to name a few.

Our teaching and research programs have been conceptualized with an aim to develop systematic and comparative approaches to the analysis of social phenomena. Drawing upon the extant social anthropological and sociological perspectives and combining them with interdisciplinary orientations facilitate such approaches. Read more..

Event Calendar

"The Antinomies of Postcolonial Theory", Professor Vivek Chibber, Departmentof Sociology, New York University, USA, 24 July 2014.

"Teaching Sociology: Explorations in Critical Pedagogy", Workshop for Sociology teachers of Delhi, 14 March 2014.

"State of Injustice: The Indian State and Poverty", Professor John Harriss, Simon Fraser University, 5 February 2014.

Faculty Publications

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.