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CIPOD Courses

CIPOD Courses

Course Requirements

The M.Phil. degree involves both course work and dissertation-writing. The course work must be completed in the first two consecutive semesters, followed by the preparation and submission of a dissertation within a period of two semesters. The entire M.Phil. course has to be completed in four consecutive semesters. The credit requirement for M.Phil. course work and dissertation-writing is 24 credits, with 18 credits for the course work, including Research Methodology, which is compulsory, and 6 credits for the dissertation.

The synopsis for the Ph.D must be completed and approved by the appropriate Centre and School level committees, within a year from the date of registration to the Ph.D programme. Submission of Ph.D theses may be completed after a minimum of four semesters (two years) and a maximum of eight semesters (four years) from registration in the Ph.D programme. Under exceptional circumstances – and subject to the approval of the Centre and School level committees – an extension of one year may be granted on a case-to-case basis, as per rules laid down in the JNU Ordinances.


Course Offered

The Centre offers a number of courses under its four M.Phil./Ph.D programmes of study. M.Phil. students are required to take six courses over two semesters, and these courses are specified by the programme of study that students join. It is notable that students are also allowed to choose courses offered by programmes other than the one they are admitted to, as optional course/s. In other words, insularity is something that the Centre deliberately avoids in its teaching. Centre faculty also teach courses at the M.A. and B.A. programmes.

The courses offered at the Centre are listed below:


MPhil Courses


MPhil in International Politics


MPhil in International Organization


MPhil in Diplomacy and Disarmament Studies


MPhil in Political Geography


MA Courses

The courses offered by the Centre faculty form the nucleus of the teaching of one-third of the compulsory and core courses (besides several optional courses) offered as a part of the MA programmes in international studies at the SIS. Some courses are taught in a collaborative teaching mode with other faculty members of SIS.


BA Courses

CIPOD offers two courses for undergraduate students of the School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies.

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.