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 Communication & Information Services
Communication & Information Services




In 1996 JNU initiated efforts for setting up a campus-wide computer network in the academic complex of the university. The network was carefully planned, keeping options in mind for future expansions, using fiber-optic cabling to connect all the major buildings. Given the extent of the work, it was decided then that a separate centre was needed to look after Network Operations centrally. This led to the formation of the CIS. 
The Communications & Information Services Centre was set up in February 1997 as an independent Centre headed by a senior professor as the Director. By May 1997, the site was ready, and it started functioning with a small workforce of about half a dozen select persons drawn from different departments.

CIS launched the official University website, in 1997.

In 2001, CIS became part of the School of Information Technology. The focus of the SIT is on the use of information technology in education and research, and the study of how increased availability of information in all spheres of enquiry---biological, geographical, economic etc.---can be effectively utilized in an academic context.

The bandwidth has been rising gradually. In 2002, the Internet bandwidth was increased to 2 Mbps. This doubled in 2003, tripled in 2004, and Intranet bandwidth went up to 1Gbps in 2005. JNU had 20 Mbps of Internet bandwidth coming from two different ISPs and integrated at our end to give seamless access from both the ISPs. Presently, the University has the bandwidth of 10Gbps through National Knowledge Network (NKN).

CIS has a firewall software that both protects the JNU network from outside hackers, and in addition can balance the load that we get from separate fibre one through MTNL fibre and another through the Power grid fibre. A Unified Threat Management Solution has been implemented to further secure the network from hackers, for filtering unnecessary traffic, streamlining traffic by specifying priorities, and blocking unwanted sites.

Mail software has been upgraded to Groupwise 8.0 that has many additional features that are useful for the academic community. Instant messaging, document sharing, archiving the personal mailboxes by the individuals would be possible with this new software. Additional hardware is being procured during this year for making mail server more stable with a high capacity common storage and a cluster configuration of servers.

In August 2011, The Vice-Chancellor approved the re-structuring of Communication & Information Services (CIS) by merging the Technical & Computer staff working in CIS, E-Governance & University Computer Maintenance Cell (UCMC) for smooth functioning of E-Governance & network related activities.

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.