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Programmes of Study 

The Centre has three major programme of studies – M.A./ M.Phil./Ph.D.

M.A. Programme
The Centre for African Studies participates in M.A. Politics (International Relations) Programme offered at the School level. At the M.A. level the basic thrust of the courses is to prepare the students to pursue higher studies in/and research on African affairs.

Courses at M.A. level 
   Africa and the World 
   Government and Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa 
   Political Economy of Sub-Saharan Africa

M.Phil. /Ph.D. Programme

This is an integrated programme. At the M.Phil. level a student is required to put two years out of which the first year is devoted to course work and in the next year the student writes his/ her dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member. After fulfilling the minimum grade requirements at the M.Phil. level the student is enrolled into the Ph.D. programme which is for four years maximum. The entire period under Ph.D. is devoted to thesis writing and research publication.

Admission to the M.Phil. /Ph.D. programme is done through an annual all India level entrance examination and an interview by the Centre faculty. Foreign students can apply directly through their embassies. There is a 15% quota reserved for foreign students. Details regarding the eligibility and the time schedule of the annual entrance examination can be obtained from the university website.

Direct Ph.D. Programme
Apart from the integrated M.Phil./Ph.D. programme, the Centre also admits very limited number of students for its Direct Ph.D. Programme twice a year (July and January). Teachers and Researchers who have published research works equivalent to M.Phil. are eligible to apply. Students admitted to direct Ph.D. are required to do the taught course work for one year (two semesters) before proceeding to work on the thesis. Further information can be obtained from university website.

Courses at M.Phil. Level
    Government and Politics in North Africa 
    Colonial Impact and African Nationalism 
    Africa in the World 
    Development Strategies in Africa 
    Economic Development and Social Change in Africa 
    Political System in Africa 
    Ideologies in Africa 
    Research Methodology

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.