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CSPILAS Research

CSPILAS Research

The founding of the Centre gave a tremendous boost to the teaching, research and development of Spanish language in India. This is the first centre in the country which has introduced research programme of studies in Spanish leading to award of the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree. Over the last forty years the Centre has made a significant contribution in many areas of research and has awarded many Ph.D. and M.Phil. on subjects related to Spanish language, linguistics, translation, society, art & culture of Hispanic world. Faculty members have undertaken several research projects and have been actively involved in the development of language in India. To this end many books have been published by them in India and abroad and numerous research articles have been published on Hispanic studies in important national and international journals.

The broadly identified areas of research the Centre are:
»    Spanish Society, Culture & Literature
»    Latin American Society, Culture & Literature
»    Latin American Post-Coloniality
»    Gender & Marginalities
»    Latin American Cultural Studies
»    Teaching Methodology (ELE)
»    Translation Studies
»    Inter Cultural Communication
»    Applied Linguistics
»    Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) and
»    ICT Enabled Language Learning.


National Mission Project funded by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India
»    “Spanish e-PG-Pathshala”
»    “Spanish MOOC”

In addition, the faculty of the Centre has collaborated with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Sahitya Akademy (National Academy of Letters) and other academic institutions involving projects of publication of books on Indo-Hispanic themes.

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.