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Eligibility for admission: The minimum requirement for admission to this programme is an MBBS degree or an M.Sc. in Nursing (with a minimum of 55 per cent marks or equivalent grades) and one year experience in community health. Admission is based on a national level entrance examination followed by an interview. For updated information, please visit JNU’s Admission Webpage.


About the course: It consists of three semesters of course work and an intensive district health systems field study during the inter-semester breaks and the fourth semester. The programme has a total of 36 credits, of which, 27 credits are allocated to course work and 9 credits are allocated to field study. There are two types of courses - core courses (14 credits) and optional courses (13 credits). 


Course No.



First Semester (Core)

SM 601

Community Health and Its Organization in India


SM 603

Health Services and the Community


SM 604

Research Methodology


Second Semester (Core)

SM 602



SM 605

Review of Current Issues in community Health


SM 613

Nutrition and Maternal and Child Health


Third Semester(Core)

SM 611

Population Problem and the Family Planning Programme in India


SM 612

Communicable Diseases


SM 621

Operational Research and Systems Analysis in Community Health Research


Fourth Semester


Field Study


Optional Courses*

SM 607

Social Science Issues in Community Health


SM 618

Community Health Nursing Education and Administration


SM 620

Comparative Studies in Health Systems


SM 622

Application of Anthropology in Health


SM 626

Women and Health


SM 629

Environment and Health


SM 632

Political Economy of Health


SM 640

Worker's Health in India


SM 619

Rural Health Services Systems


SM 642

Urbanization and Public Health in India


SM 643

Population Health and Development



*Optional Courses are offered during second and third semester as per availability of concerned faculty


Field Study: It comprises a description and an analysis of the health structure at District, Community Health Centre (CHC), Primary Health Centre (PHC) and Sub-Centre and village level. Relevant data is to be gathered at all levels on health services structures, health programmes and their outreach. The village study comprises qualitative work on how the health system relates to the health needs of different sections of the population.


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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.