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CIAS Programme

CIAS Programme

The Centre offers the following courses:


M. Phil : Monsson Semester

(A total of 9 credits to be opted by the students)

SSA 635 : Great Power Interest in Central Asia (3 Credit) - Prof. K. Warikoo

SSA 658 : Human Security in Central Asia (3 Credit) - Prof. Mondira Dutta

SSA 653 : Geo-Politics of Afghanistan (3 Credit) - Dr. Ambrish Dhaka

SSA 634 : Government and Politics in Central Asia (3 Credit) - Dr. Sharad K. Soni

SSA 661 : Society, Culture and Politics in Xinjiang (3 Credit) - Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata

SSA 636 : Modern Tibetan Language-I (1.5 Credit) - Dr. Tsetan Namgyal

SSA 655 : Political Economy of Regional Cooperation in Central Asia ( Credit) - Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal & Dr. Mahesh Ranjan Debata


M. Phil : Winter Semester

(A total of 6 credits to be opted by the students in addition to the compulsory course on Research Methodology)

SSA 617 : Research Methodology (3 Credit) - Prof Mondira Dutta & Dr. Mahesh Debata

SSA 639 : Great Power Interest in Central Asia during the Twentieth Century (3 Credit) - Prof. K. Warikoo

SSA 654 : Ethnicity, Religion and Politics in Afghanistan (3 Credit) - Dr. Ambrish Dhaka

SSA 662 : GIS for Area Studies (3 Credit) - Dr. Ambrish Dhaka

SSA 645 : Government and Politics in Mongolia (3 Credit) - Dr. Sharad K. Soni

SSA 638 : Modern Tibetan Language – II (1.5 Credit) - Dr. Tsetan Namgyal

SA 663 : Society, Culture and Politics of Tibet (3 Credit) - Dr. Tsetan Namgyal



512 N : Society and Culture in the Himalayas (3 Credit) - Prof. K. Warikoo

IS 529 N : Economic and Political Geography of South Asia (4 Credit) - Dr. Ambrish Dhaka



SA 201 : Introduction to Central Asia (3 Credit) - Dr. Sharad K. Soni

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.