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The Academic /Research activities  at USIC

  • The USIC has been  actively taking part in all academic activities of the University. Some of them are listed below.
  • Conducting optional  course for school of Language, languistics and Cultural Studies of JNU. The course is of three credits for the undergraduate students of SLLCS. The title of the course is Basic Computer applications. (Code no. CS 206)
  • Conducting tarining programme for the students of Ph.D./ M.Phil. of school of Life sciences in Electronics and Instrumentation.
  • Taking part in the regular teaching of  Remedial Physics for M.Sc.  in Life Sciences.
  • The faculty and staff of USIC has been teaching a paper to the M.Phil./Ph.D. students of Centre of Biotechnology on Electronic Instrumentation.


The Research Projects

  • The centre has been taking part or continuing some research activities in allied areas. Some research projects were also completed at USIC. One important one was to design and fabricate the atomic physics beam line chamber for low energy x-ray studies installed at Nuclear Science Centre, New Delhi.


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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.