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Centre for Canadian, US & Latin American Studies (CCUS&LAS)

The Centre for Canadian, US & Latin American Studies (CCUS&LAS), consists of three programmes viz - US, Canadian and Latin American Studies. The centre offers an integrated M.Phil/Ph.D. programme and also offer optional courses for the Masters' Programme of the School. All teaching faculty are engaged in teaching, research, guidance, participation in conferences and seminars both in India and abroad, organizing special lectures, round tables and discussions. The Centre has several activities involving the students: they initiate discussions on their Ph.D. themes with the rest of the Centre and defend their synopses; they also participate in relevant media programmes and assist the faculty in the course work.

The Centre routinely invites specialists, diplomats, media persons, librarians, etc. to interact with students on various themes relevant to the research programmes. The faculty also gives lectures at various government institutions, such as Foreign Services Institute, New Delhi, Army War College, Indore, and Academic Staff Colleges of various other universities in India. In addition, the faculty of the Centre publishes regularly in various journals. The Centre follows a rigorous academic schedule by holding regular classes, tutorials and examinations in order to equip the students in the subject. It maintains a cordial atmosphere by encouraging the students to initiate and take part in discussions and in project related research activities. The Centre encourages students to publish their work according to the rules of the University and guides them in pursuing a fruitful academic career.


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.