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Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)


Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)

Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)

Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)

The Ministry of Education, Government of India, funds a program titled  Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) that is aimed at tapping the international talent pool of eminent faculty members, scientists and entrepreneurs and to encourage their engagement with the institutes of Higher Education in India so as to augment the country's existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India's scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.

Since its inception in 2016, GIAN-JNU has conducted over 35 Courses.

Please note that GIAN Phase-4 calls are open now. Please visit for more information.

In brief, 8000 US dollars (for 12-14 lecture hours in 5 day duration) and 12000 US dollars (24-28 hours in 10 day duration) will be paid for each course to support (i) travel and honorarium for the foreign faculty (ii) honorarium for the host faculty (iii) video recording (iv) incidental/contingency expenses.

Attached, please find necessary documents for submitting a GIAN proposal. Please send an e-mail to so that a proposal upload link can be sent to you. Note that GIAN courses with integrated MOOC component will have higher priority towards acceptance, but it is not mandatory to have a MOOC component.

It is better that proposals from JNU are submitted within three weeks. Colleagues who submitted a proposal in 2019 (that were not sent for review due to the pandemic) may please resubmit the proposal with updated consent letter from the foreign faculty.


For more details, Click below for 

GIAN Lectures on YouTube 

Brief Guidelines

Project Format

Consent letter from foreign Faculty

Brochure template

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.