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Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Praveen Jha, Chairperson, CIS&LS 

Praveen Jha completed his Ph.D. from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University and is currently a Professor in the same Centre. He is also the Chairperson, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies. Prior to this he has also taught at St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at University of Bremen, Germany; Tianjin University of Finance and Economics Tianjin, China and Visiting Senior Research Economist at International Labour Organisation, Geneva. His areas of interest/specialization are Labour Economics, Agricultural economics, Development economics, Economics of Education, Resource Economics and History of Economic Thought.



Select Publications:

  • Progressive Fiscal Policy in India, (edited) Sage Publications, 2011.

  • Land Reforms in India - Issues of Equity in Rural Madhya Pradesh, (edited) Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2002.

  • Contested Transformations: Changing Economies and Identities in Contemporary India, (co-edited with Mary John and S.S. Jodhka) Tulika Books, 2006.

  • Agricultural Labour in India, Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 1997.

  • 'Devil Take the Hindmost - Economic Reforms and Agricultural Labourers in India' Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 32, Nos. 20 & 21, 1997.

  • 'India After 1947: Promising the Moon', in Zubeida Mustafa (ed.) Asian Century 1900-1999, Oxford University Press, 2001.

  • 'Poverty in Developing Countries: Stating a Longue Duree and Unfashionable Perspective', Working Paper No. 17, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, 2003.

  • 'Withering Commitments and Weakening Progress: State and Education in the Era of Neoliberal Reforms', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 40, No. 33, 2005.

  • 'State's Growing Intolerance Towards Labour in India: A Note Based on Recent Developments', Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 48, No. 4, Oct.-Dec. 2005.

  • 'Causes of Poverty in Developing Countries" in Paul Nkwi (ed.) Human Resource System Challenge IV: Poverty as part of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, UNESCO and Oxford, U.K, 2005.

  • 'Policies for the Marginalized in India: How Many Roads and Miles More Before they become Really Effective?' Labour and Development, June 2006.

  • 'Fiscal Strains in the Era of Neoliberal Reforms: A Study of Uttar Pradesh', (With Subrat Das) in Sudha Pai (ed.) Political Process in Uttar Pradesh: Identity Economic Reform and Governance, Pearson India, 2007.

  • 'The Well-being of Labour in Contemporary India Economy: What's Active Labour Market Policy got to do with it?' Economic and Labour Market Analysis Department, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2009.

  • 'Labour Market Reforms in India: Barking up the Wrong Tree', (With Peter Auer) The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol-52, No-1, 2009.

  • 'Labour Regulation and Economic Performance: What do we know?' The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol. 53, No. 1, Jan-March 2010.

  • 'Imperialism and Primitive Accumulation: Notes on the New Scramble for Africa' (With Sam Moyo and Paris Yeros) Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy, Volume-1, No.2, 2012

  • 'Transnational Labor Migration, 1970s to Present' in Ness, Immanuel (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, Willey Blackwell, 2013.

  • 'Labour Conditions in Rural India: Reflections on Continuity and Change' in Carlos Oya and Nicola Pontara (eds.), Rural Wage Employment in Developing Countries: Theory, Evidence and Policy, (Forthcoming) Routledge, 2013.

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.