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Special Centre for National Security Studies
Special Centre for National Security Studies

SCNSS

SCNSS

Special Centre for National Security Studies (SCNSS) is one of the newest centre established in JNU (2018) to study National Security in comprehensive and holistic manner. It has a prime focus on analyzing, comparing and theorizing the security issues of India.  The centre intends to examine, reflect on and provide policy inputs and alternative policies to relevant security agencies of India.  The Centre will be a super speciality centre of national importance on the domestic and external security issues of India.  The Centre intends to examine all core national security issues from the prism of Indian civilizational knowledge and its security traditions, to protect its national interest, territorial integrity and world peace. It is  an interdisciplinary center combining social sciences and  civilizational/cultural insights of India with latest emerging technologies in cyber, space, chemical, biological, nuclear and Artificial intelligence (AI) related disciplines.

The centre will be currently located at Annex building of Jawaharlal Institute of Advance Studies, Birsa Munda Marg, JNU New Campus. It  is going to offer a Ph.D. programme in National Security and plans to offer Masters programme in the near future.

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.