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Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff


AIRF is headed by the Director - Prof. Kedar Singh from School of Physical Sciences


Honorary Associate Director:

Honorary Associate Director of AIRF is Prof. Pawan Kumar Kulriya from School of Physical Sciences


AIRF Faculty Members:

At present AIRF has the following two faculty members at the level of Assistant Professor:

1. Dr. Tulika Prasad
2. Dr. Kavita Arora


AIRF faculty members facilitate the following:

A) Technical and intellectual support:

i) Providing technical support to the users of this facility by facilitating their analysis on these instruments.
ii) Providing intellectual support/ inputs as per their expertise for analysis of the data produced as a result of usage of AIRF and designing future experiments for the users.
iii) Facilitating the day today smooth running of AIRF and conducting/ organizing seminars/ trainings/ workshops for all users.

B) Academic Activities:

i) Training summer trainees on the techniques and the applications of existing AIRF facilities.
ii) Supervising research students.
iii) Carrying research work with their own research grants and awards.
iv) Providing theoretical and practical training on AIRF related topics to graduate and postgraduate (B.Sc./ M. Sc./ M.Phil./ Ph.D.) students of Science schools of JNU and outside JNU.

Of special mention is that AIRF functions efficiently essentially taking the technical and intellectual inputs from the respective JNU faculty member in-charges from the JNU Science Schools who are having specialized expertise in existing and upcoming AIRF facilities.



Members of AIRF Director's Office:

1. Mr. Parveen Kumar - Laboratory Assistant
2. Mr. Shanker Dutt - Laboratory Assistant 

AIRF Instruments In-charge of Operation:

1. Mr. Sandeep Sarpal - Technical Officer
2. Dr. Manoj Pratap Singh - System Analyst
3. Dr. Ajai Kumar – System Analyst
4. Mr. Saroj Kumar Jha- Technical Officer
5. Dr. Ruchita Pal – Senior Technical Assistant
6. Mr. Plabon Borah - Senior Technical Assistant
7. Dr. Neetu Singh - Technician B


AIRF Building/ Laboratory Maintenance:

1. Mr. Ashu - Cleaner
2. Mr. Bhurelal- Cleaner


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.