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The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is one of the leading departments of India in research and teaching in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Since its inception in 1986, the faculty of SPS has made significant contributions to these subjects as well as to interdisciplinary areas bordering them.


The School offers Ph.D. programmes in Physical and Chemical Sciences and in Mathematics. In addition, there are M.Sc. programmes in Physics (since 1992),  Chemistry (since 2017) and  Mathematics (since 2019).


In Physics, the research emphasis is on Chemical Physics, Complex Fluids, Disordered Systems, Granular Materials, Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Materials Science, Magnetism, Superconductivity, Semiconductors, Polymers, Nano-materials, other aspects of Condensed Matter Physics and Plasma Astrophysics. Moreover, Computational Physics, Mathematical Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Quantum Chaos, Statistical Nuclear Physics, Nonlinear and Quantum Optics, Neutrino Physics and String Theory are also active areas of research.


The focus of research in Chemistry is on Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, in particular, on Supramolecular Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Biomolecular Complexes, Synthetic OrganicChemistry, Organo-Metalics,Crystal Engineering, Ultrafast and Single Molecule Spectroscopy, and Biomolecular Dynamics.


Research in Mathematics focuses focuses primarily on Algebraic and Analytic Number Theory, Arithmetic Geometry, Elliptic Curves, Dynamical Systems, Probability Theory on Groups, Banach Algebras and Operator Algebras, Operations Research, Queueing Theory, Reliability Theory, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Numerical Simulations, Heat and Mass Transfer, Flow through Porous Media, Fourier Approximation, Summability Theory, Functional Analysis, Operator Theory, and Wavelets.


The School has state of the art computational facilities, modern laboratories and a well-stocked library. It runs an active seminar programme and attracts visitors from premier institutes across the world.


The research and teaching contributions of the School have been widely acknowledged. Most students graduating from SPS are well placed in academics and industry. Several faculty members have received prestigious awards and are elected fellows of renowned scientific academies.


The School has attracted generous funding from several agencies: to name a few, DRS (1994 – 2009), DSA-I (2009—2014) and DSA-II (2015 -2020) from the University Grants Commission, and FIST-I (2002 – 2007), FIST-II (2008 – 2013), FIST-III (2014-2019), COSIST (2000 – 2005) and PURSE (since 2009) from the Department of Science and Technology. In addition, faculty members have many individual research projects sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Department of Atomic Energy, National Board for Higher Mathematics, University Grants Commission, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Information Technology as well as collaborative Indo-French and Indo-US research projects.






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.