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M.A. Economics (with specialisation in the World Economy)


A new and unique Master's programme (M.A.) in Economics was introduced by the department in 1995/96. Keeping in mind the changing economic environment of India and its growing integration with the global economy, this new M.A. programme was designed with a clear emphasis on emerging global issues like trade, technology, environment, natural resources, development, currency and finance, regulatory economics, information economics, which makes it unique and distinct from conventional M.A. programmes in economics offered elsewhere in India. The programme provides sound theoretical background in the principles of economics and equips students with analytical tools and techniques for understanding the evolution of the world economy. Apart from preparing students for advanced research work, the programme also aims at training students as professional economists for the government, non-government and the corporate sectors.

The MA programme has proved to be highly successful which is evident from the increasing number of applications we receive every year (exceeding 1500 + for about 35 seats). After completing the MA, our students have gone for higher studies in India and abroad including LSE, Princeton, Yale, Rochester, NYU and Ohio State. Some have received lucrative job offers from the top corporates (GE, HSBC, ICICI, Infosys, American Express, Exim Bank, CII, Churchill India among others). There is an active placement cell in the Centre run by students themselves.

Course Structure

The M.A. in Economics (with specialization in the World Economy) is a full-time programme of study spanning two years. Each year is divided into two semesters – the monsoon semester and the winter semester.

On the whole the student has to study nine core and seven optional courses, each carrying a credit of 4 points.

Eligibility Criteria

(Please see the Prospectus)

Admissions Procedure

The admission to the programme is through an all-India written test. The test is intended to evaluate the knowledge of candidates in micro-economics, macro-economics, mathematics, and statistics and some related subjects such as public economics and economic development. (Please see the Prospectus for details). Sets of previous questions papers for the programme can be obtained from the University at a nominal cost.

Evaluation and Grading System

The minimum credit requirement for the programme is 64. This is over duration of four semesters, extendable by two extra semesters. Each student is graded in each course as per JNU grading norms. At CITD, special emphasis is laid on developing the articulation skills of students. Many of the courses are evaluated on the basis of mid-semester and end-semester written examinations as well as class presentations and term papers.


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.