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AIRF has been visited by many dignitaries in India and abroad and they have widely appreciated the set up. Some of them have been eager to use this facility in future and have given new ideas for further improvement of this facility to maximize its usage.

Some of these distinguished guests include:


  • Dr. Sachin Gangwar, Alipur, Jasola (April 20, 2023)
  • Dr. Archana, Dr. Rakhi and Dr. Sikha with the Students from SRM, University, Sonipat (November 11, 2023)



  • Participants of DST-STUTI workshop organized by SPS JNU ( November 13, 2022)
  • Delegation from Germany (April 01, 2022).
  • Prof. Meththika Vithanage, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka (October 1, 2022)
  • Dr. Oksana Lastochkinq, Instititute of ofBichemistry and Genetics, RAS, Russia (December 05, 2022).
  • Dr. Nilesh Chandra, Scientist-E, ICMR, New Delhi (March 07, 2023).



  • Dr. Rajeev Varshney, Director, DIPAS, Ministry of Defense (March 18, 2021).



  • Faculty and students of Department of Botany, RGU, Guwahati (April 8, 2019).
  • Kashmiri students with 53 Rajasthan Rifle “Sadbhawna Tour”, Budgam, Jammu & Kashmir, (July 05, 2019).
  • Participants of the 3rd Refresher Course in Environmental Studies (Interdisciplinary) organized by HRDC (July 24, 2019).
  • Mr. R. Kamalakannan Minister of Education, Govt. of Puducherry with delegates (July 30, 2019).
  • Faculty and students of Sri Aurbindo College, Delhi University (August 02, 2019).
  • Faculty and students from Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Dwarka (September 24, 2019).
  • Dr. SumanTapryal, Central University of Rajasthan (September 27, 2019).
  • Faculty and students of  M Sc. Biochemistry, Amity University, Gurgaon (November 5, 2019)
  • Faculty and students participants of course on Structural Biology under GIAN organized by School of Life Sciences, JNU, visited on November 18, 2016.
  • Faculty and Students of CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala,visited on November 27, 2019.
  • Faculty representing different state and central universities and institutes as participants of the refresher course organized by Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) visited on November 28, 2019
  • Faculty representing different state and central universities and institutes as participants of the Orientation Programme organized by Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) visited on December 04, 2019.
  • Officials of DST PURSE from Department of Science & Technology visited on December 10, 2019.
  • Shastra Pratibhas and Science India Forum Qatar (SIFQ) volunteers visited on August 3, 2019.



  • Participants of Summer School, School of Life Sciences (July 09, 2018).
  • Teachers of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) (18th July, 2018).
  • Participants of 110th Orientation Programme organized by HRDC, JNU (August 8, 2018).
  • Delegation from Ph.D. Chamber of Commerce (August 17, 2018).
  • Prof. MEC Rey, Wits University, South Africa (September 04, 2018).
  • Participants of 16th Refresher Course in Physical Science/Nano Science (September 7, 2018)
  • Dr. Jyotsna Sharma with Dr. R K Thakur, Prof. & Head, Deputy Director Amity University, Manesar, Haryana with M. Sc. (III Sem) Physics students (October 09, 2018).
  • Dr. Rachna, Dr. Manish Nigam and Dr. Deepah, HRDC (October 17, 2018).
  • Dr. Mohd. Tashfeen Ashraf, Gautam Budhha University, Greater Noida (October 17, 2018).
  • Integrated MSc-PhD students (5th semester) of SCMM, JNU (November 27, 2018).
  • 2nd Refresher Course in Environmental Studies (Interdisciplinary), HRDC (December 03, 2018)
  • Prosun Bhattacharya, KTH-Stockholm, Sweden (January 02, 2019)
  • Dr. Mohd. GhaznaviIdris, Nioeneryt& Tech, Guwahati Assam with students (January 07, 2019)
  • Prof. N.V.Chalapathi Rao, Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, Institute of Science Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, (January 16, 2019).
  • Dr. Swati Tiwari with students of the M. Sc. 2nd semester, School of Biotechnology, JNU (February 11, 2019).
  • Prof. M. Afzal Zargar participant LEAP Programme, HRDC/JNU , MHRD, University of Kashmir with  participants (February 13, 2019)
  • Dr. Shashank K Prasad, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular Biology, Yuvaraja’s College, University of Mysore with students (February 26 , 2019)
  • Prof. G. D. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Atal Bihari Vajpayee University, Bilaspur (March 08, 2019).



  • Dr. Mona Sharma, Department of Environmental Sciences, Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh, Haryana (April 24, 2017).
  • Dr Shaili Srivastava Nigam, academic visit of masters students of environmental science, Amity University, Gurugram Haryana (April 28, 2017).
  • Dr. Ghazala Parveen, IGNOU (May 25, 2017).
  • Participants of 2nd Refresher Course in Life Sciences & Biotechnology organized by UGC HRDC, JNU (October 20, 2016).
  • Dr. Navrinder Kaur, Deen Dayal Upadhyay KAUSHAL Kendra, Central University of Haryana, Mahendergarh, Haryana, students of B.Voc. Biomedical Sciences (August 03, 2017).
  • Iranian delegation with Prof. Ashwani Pareek, SLS (August 04, 2017).
  • Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat, Chancellor, JNU (August 09, 2017).
  • African delegation of ITEC- Capacity Building Programme (September 11, 2017).
  • NAAC Peer Team (October 10, 2017).
  • Master’s Student from SCMM, JNU (November 06, 2017).
  • Dr Suneel Onteru, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute (Deemed University), Karnal (December 19, 2017).
  • Peter Fule, Northern Arizona University, USA (December 21, 2017).
  • International participants under ITEC Programme of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India. CSIR-CSIO Delhi centre (A Regional centre under CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) ( December 22, 2017).
  • Dr. Sarita Saraswati, CNIC, Madrid, Spain (January 11, 2018).
  • Delegates from 4 countries under Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) (February 01, 2018).
  • Delegates from Mississippi State University, USA (February 27, 2018).
  • Pre PhD Student from SBT, JNU (March 22, 2018).
  • Delegates from Amity University, Harayana (March 23, 2018).



  • Students of Amity University Haryana, Manesar, (April 05, 2016).
  • Participants of Refresher Courses at HRDC, JNU (August 12, 2016).
  • Students of Botany department, Sri Aurbindo College, Delhi University (October 18, 2016).
  • Participants of 2nd Refresher Course in Life Sciences & Biotechnology organized by UGC HRDC, JNU (October 20, 2016).
  • Students of Department of Biochemistry, Shivaji College, University of Delhi (October 26, 2016).
  • Students of School of Basic & Applied Sciences, K R Mangalam, Gurgaon, ( November 4, 2016).
  • Delegates from the EACEA (an agency of the European Commission), BRAVE co-ordinator - Dr. Andreas Voloudaikis and other European and Indian Scientists (November 15, 2016).
  • Professor  Carw Potti, University of HILAN, ITAY (November 15, 2016).
  • Participants of course on Structural Biology under GIAN is being held at SLS, JNU (November 18, 2016).
  • Participants of workshop on Urban Air Pollution in India and UK Cities: Characterization and Prediction of Chemically Reactive Air Pollutants in association with British Council on (November 30, 2016).
  • Professor Debu Chakrabarti, from North –Western University, Chiago, IL, USA (December 9,  2016)
  • Participants of 1st Refresher Course in Chemistry at HRDC, JNU, (January 11, 2017).
  • Post Graduate students Handique Girl’s College, Guwahati, (January 16, 2017)
  • Students of  Gragi College, University of Delhi (January 18, 2017).
  • Students of Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, (February 10, 2017).



  • Participants (Students and teachers) of Summer School -2015 in School of Life Sciences, JNU (July 29-30, 2015).
  • Participants from colleges and universities from all over country during the Ist refresher course in Life Science & Biotechnology (August 05, 2015).
  • Participants of 16th refresher course in Biotechnology organized by Academic Staff College (August 7-8, 2015).
  • Students of KIIT College of Engineering (October 19, 2015)
  • Participants of 8th Principal’s Workshop organized by Academic Staff College (October 27, 2015).
  • Delegation from University of Massachusetts Amherst-UMA (December 17, 2015).
  • Participants of 1st Interdisciplinary Course in Contemporary Studies organized by Academic Staff College (February 26, 2016).
  • Faculty members from Mississippi State University, USA (March 11, 2016).



  • Dr. Samir Iqbal, from  University of texas, USA
  • Dr. Amit Roy,  from VECC, Kolkata, India
  • Prof. T.C. Tag, from AIIMS, Delhi India
  • Dyn San, Susan Ehhiott, Robert, Vinod from University of Melbourne
  • Participants of 14th Refresher Course in Physics  organized by the Academic Staff College of the University Grants Commission in association with the School of Physical science, JNU (October 09, 2014).



  • Participants of Summer Training Programme in the School of Life Sciences; JNU (May 27, 2013).
  • Participants of the 15th Refresher Course in Biotechnology organized by the Academic Staff College of the University Grants Commission in association with the School of Biotechnology, JNU (June 26&30, 2013).
  • Prof. David Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor , Prof. Andrew Taggart,  Pro.  Vice Murdoch University, 90 South Street.
  • Participants of 19th Refresher Course in Life Science  organized by the Academic Staff College of the University Grants Commission in association with the School of Life Science, JNU (January 30-31, 2014)
  • Students of European Countries (November 26, 2013).
  • Participants of 13th Refresher Course in Physics  organized by the Academic Staff College of the University Grants Commission in association with the School of Physical science, JNU (September 27, 2013 and   October 01, 2013).



  • Participants of University Grants Commission in association with the School of Physical science, JNU ( October 09, 2014)



  • President & Chief Operating Officer, Vaccines & Biopharmaceuticals, Panacea Biotec, Ltd., India (Dr. Lallan Giri);
  • Senior Lecturer in Microbiology, Department of Biological Sciences, Birbeck, University of London (Dr. Sanjib Bhakta);
  • Chancellor, JNU, New Delhi, India (Prof. Yashpal);
  • Chairman, The University of Texas at EL PASO, Dudley & Professor of Chemistry, USA (Dr. Jorge Gardea-Torresdey);
  • Biochemical Sciences Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India (Dr. Mukund V. Deshpande);
  • Former Vice Chancellor and Professor Emeritus - School of Life Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, India (Prof. P. N. Srivastava);
  • Professor of Microbiology, Institut fuer Mikrobiologie, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany (Prof. Joachim F. Ernst);
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Technology & Biochemistry, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland (Prof. Slawomir Milewski);
  • Department of Organic Chemistry, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland (Dr. Maria J. Milewska);
  • Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH & Chief, Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI-Bethesda) & former acting Director for the National Center for Human Genome Research, USA (Dr. Michael M. Gottesman);
  • Section Chief, Biochemical Genetics Section, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI-Bethesda), USA (Dr. Susan Gottesman);
  • Head, Transport Biochemistry Section, Laboratory of Cell Biology, National Cancer Institute (NCI-Bethesda), USA (Dr. Suresh V. Ambudkar);
  • University of Bonn, Germany (Prof. Milan Hoefer);
  • Zentrum fur Infektionsforschung, Universitat Wurzburg, Germany (Prof. Joachim Morschhauser);
  • Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico (Prof. Antonio Peña);
  • Faculty Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore (Dr. Kaustav Sanyal); Institute of Physiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Vídeňská, Prague, Czech Republic (Dr. Hana Sychrová);
  • Head of Dept. of Molecular Microbiology, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) or Flanders Institute for Biotechnology,Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (Prof. Johan Thevelein);
  • Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Chandigarh, India (Dr. Nilanjan Roy);
  • Group Leader, Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB) Dept. of Molecular Microbiology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (Dr. Patrick Van Dijck)
  • Chief Scientist & Director of Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Saitama, Japan (Dr. Tahei Tahara);
  • Professor and Head, Institute for Biochemistry, Technical University of Graz, Graz, Austria (Prof. Günther Daum);
  • Vice Rector, The L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana City, Kazakhstan (Prof. Rakhmetkazhi Iskendirovich Bersimbay).



  • Waters, Mass Spectrometry (Dr. John Gebler);
  • BIOCON Bangalore, India (Dr. Laxmi Adhikary);
  • NEHU Shillong, India (Prof. B. K. Tiwari);
  • Director Biotech Anna University Coimbatore, India (Prof. N. M. Ramaswary);
  • JNCASR, Bangalore, India (Prof. Hemlatha Balaram);
  • UNSW/SMSE Sydney, Australia (Prof. S. B. I. Bandopadhyay);
  • Vice President & Managing Director Waters Mass Spectrometry, USA (Dr. Tim Riley);
  • AIIMS New Delhi, India (Dr. A. K. Dinda);
  • Case Western University, USA (Dr. Neena Singh);
  • Vice President Bruker Mass Spectrometry (Dr. Ian Sanders);
  • IRSHA, BVU, Pune, India (Prof. Abhay Harsulkar);
  • MSD, IGCAR, Kalpakkam, India (Dr. A. Bharathi);
  • University of UTAH, USA (Prof. Ashutosh Tiwari);
  • Secretary DG-ICMR, India (Dr. V. M. Katoch);
  • DG-CISR, India (Prof. S. K. Brahmachari);
  • Uppsala University, Sweden (Dr. Santanu Dasgupta);
  • Missouri, USA (Dr. Jerry L. Warkman);
  • UK (Prof. Martin Henson);
  • Secretary DST, Govt. Of India (Dr. T. Ramasami);
  • General Manager, Nikkon, Japan (Dr. Hideaki Okamoto);
  • European Director Waters Mass Spectrometry, UK (Dr. John Rontree);
  • LVEPI- Hyderabad, India (Prof. D. Balasubramanian);
  • Director - Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Prof. P. Balaram);
  • President/ CEO Easy Energy Systems Inc, USA (Mark Gaalswyk);
  • Business Development Advisor to President/ CEO Easy Energy Systems Inc, USA (Sam Roy);
  • CEO Atter Recycling, Noida, India (Nitin Gupta);
  • Professor of Virology, LSHTM, United Kingdom (Prof. Pally Roy);
  • Head Systems & Synthetic Biology Group, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany (Prof. Vitor Martins Dos Santos);
  • Honorary Professor/ Distinguished Biotechnologist, Molecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Prof. M. Vijayan);
  • Professor, Department of Pathobiology,Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics BIOMED, Seattle, USA (Prof. Peter Myler);
  • Director of Scientific Operations & Full Member Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle & Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, USA (Prof. Marilyn Parsons);
  • Dept. of Microbiology and Cell Biology, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Prof. Parag P. Sadhale);
  • Product Manager, Business Development Department; Zaktady Farmaceutyczne Polpharma S. A., Poland (Dr. Roland Wakiec).



  • University of Hyderabad, India (Dr. Irfan A. Ghazi);
  • Director ICGEB, New Delhi, India (Dr. V. S. Chauhan);
  • Director NIPGER, New Delhi, India (Dr. Sudip Chattopadhyay);
  • Director NII, New Delhi, India (Dr. A. Surolia);
  • Vice President- German Research Foundation-DFG (Dr. Heinz Wirth);
  • Stockholm University, Sweden (Dr. Henning Rodhe);
  • SBRI Seattle, USA (Dr. David Sherman);
  • University Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, USA (Prof. Shivender Singh);
  • Chairman UGC, India (Prof. S. K. Thorat);
  • Secretary DBT, India (Dr. M. K. Bhan);
  • IIT Kharagpur, India (Prof. D. Das);
  • University of Colorado, Denver, USA (Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal);
  • Chairman University Hospital Freiburg, Germany (Prof. H. E. Blum);
  • University of Wurzburg, Germany (Prof. Jurgen Kreft).

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.