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International/National/Regional Seminars/Conferences/Workshops


2019:   International Young Scholar’s Conference on ‘Margins and Connections’, 7–8      February.

2019:   National Colloquium on ‘Illegal Migration and NRC: Lessons from North East      India’, sponsored by ICSSR, 24–25 January.

2018:   International conference on ‘Between Empires: The Making and Unmaking of       Borders, 19th–20th Century’, 1–2 February.

2015:   National Conference on ‘Understanding North East India: ‘Exception’ and            Beyond’, 16–18 November.

2015:   National Conference on ‘Rethinking Development: Challenges in North East         India’, jointly organised withOmeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and          Development, Guwahati, 30–31 July.

2015:   National Conference, on ‘Framing a Region: New Perspectives on North East        India’, organised in collaboration with JNIAS, held on 25–27 March.

2014:   International Conference on ‘State and Society in North East India,’ 26–28           February.

2013: National workshop on ‘Fixity and Fluidity: History, Politics and Culture of North   East India’, 18–20 March.



Jayshree Roy Memorial Lectures


  • 2018 November (7th lecture): Prof. TiplutNongbri, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, JamiaMilliaIslamia, ‘Heritage, Conservation and Tourism in the Age of Globalisation
  • 2017 November (6th lecture): Dr. Rana P. Behal (Rtd.), Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi, ‘Indentured/Adivasi Labour of Assam Valley Tea Plantations’
  • 2016 November (5th lecture): Prof. Tanka B. Subba, Vice Chancellor, SikkimUniversity, Gangtok.‘Migration, ILP and AFSPA in India’s Northeast: A Ringside View’
  • 2015 November (4th lecture): Prof. GunnelCedelof, Uppsala University, Sweden, ‘Corridors, Networks, and Pathways in India’s Colonial Northeast’
  • 2014 November (3rd lecture): Prof. FelixPadel, Independent anthropologist, ‘Identity and Ecosystems in Northeast India: Challenges from Rapid Changes’
  • 2013 November (2nd lecture): Mr. P.D. Rai,Hon’ble Member, LokSabha, ‘Consolidating Peace through Development’
  • 2013 March (1st lecture): Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, Former Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh, ‘Colonialism and Christian Missions in North East India’


NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award in the name of freedom fighters of NE India




  • NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award in the name of Rani Ma Gaidinliu of Nagaland: GaithoiluGangmei, PhD scholar, Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU
  • NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award in the name of LokpriyaGopinathBardoloi of Assam: KumariMunimiPathak, PhD scholar, Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU
  • NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award in the name of BirTikendrajit Singh of Manipur: Md. Chingiz Khan, PhD scholar, Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU
  • NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award in the name of U Triot Singh of Meghalaya: ShriAdityaBordalai, Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU
  • NAMASTE Governor Acharya Award in the name of PasalthaKhuangchera of Mizoram: KumariSikhaDutta, PhD scholar, Special Centre for the Study of North East India, JNU

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.