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Centre for Media Studies
Centre for Media Studies
Centre for Media Studies
Centre for Media Studies



The Centre for Media Studies (CMS) aims to emerge as a prime academic location for the development of a critical understanding of media and its engagement with society, polity, and the economy in India.


Envisaged primarily as a center for research and academic study, it concentrates on developing a critical understanding of the role of the media in contemporary times. The media's functioning, and its intersections with contemporary society, polity, economy, and culture are primary areas of its research concerns. The Centre also engages itself with the constituting and determining factors of media such as its social, regional, and language base, commercialization and the profit motive, institutionalization, and organizational scale, media institutions and media houses, infotainment content, and search for alternative niches through new media, etc..


CMS promotes interdisciplinary approaches to study and assess the evolution, role, relevance, and impact of media in India. Towards this purpose, it engages closely with scholars working in this field in allied schools and institutions. Taking cognizance of the roles that media structures as well as how these structures are embedded in society, play in defining its functions of legitimation and critique, the areas with which the Centre will engage in research and teaching activities include:


► Structure, ownerships and corporatization
► Interface between media, politics, society and technology
► Linguistic and regional diversities
► Media and democratization
► Media, law and regulation
► Internet and social media
► Media and the creation of social values
► Media and popular culture


The Centre initiated its Direct Ph.D. programme from the Monsoon Semester 2013 and may initiate an MA programme from the academic session 2025-27.

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.