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Former Faculty

Former Faculty




  • Shankar P. Das
    Areas of Interest :
  • S.S.N. Murthy
    Areas of Interest :

  • Himadri B Bohidar
    Professor (1998 - 2019)
    Areas of Interest : Soft Matter, Nanosciences, Biophysics

  • Akhilesh Pandey
    Associate Professor (1987 - 1996), Professor (1996 - 2019)
    Areas of Interest :Random Matrix Theory, Quantum Chaos, Statistical Nuclear Physics.

  • Aranya Bhuti Bhattacharjee (UGC-FRP)
    Associate Professor (2013 - 2018)
    Research interests: Physics and applications of light-matter (ultra-cold atoms, ions, quantum dots in semi-conductor micro-cavities, thermal atoms) interaction,
    Equilibrium and Non-equilibrium properties of Bose-Einstein condensates; Dynamics of low dimensional systems such as quantum dots; Quantum Optics and Quantum Opto-Mechanics, Nonlinear Optics, Mathematical modeling of Bio-Films.

  • R. Ramaswamy
    Associate Professor  (1986 - 1990),  Professor  (1990 - 2018)

    Areas of Interest : Nonlinear Science, Systems and Computational Biology

  • Rupamanjari Ghosh
    Professor  (2003 – 2018), Associate Professor  (1995 – 2003), Assistant Professor  (1988 – 1995)
    Areas of Interest : Experimental and Theoretical Quantum Optics, Laser Physics, Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Information, Quantum Measurement, Magneto-Optics

  • Ashok Rastogi
    Professor  ( - 2017)

  • Jaideep Saha (UGC FRP)
    Assistant Professor ( )

  • (Late) Deepak Kumar,
    Professor (1988 - 2011); Distinguished Professor at SPS (2011-2016).
    Areas of Interest : Condensed  Matter Physics, Statistical Mechanics and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

  • R. Rajaraman  
    Emeritus Professor : (2004 - present), Professor  (1993- 2004)
    Areas of Interest : Theoretical Physics : High Energy Physics, Nuclear theory, Quantum Field Theory, Soliton physics, Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Hall systems
    Public Policy: Nuclear Disarmament, Civilian Nuclear Energy, Higher Education and Science Policy

  • Baidyanath Misra
    Professor ( )

  • Debashish Chowdhury
    Professor ( )

  • Kapilanjan Krishan
    Professor ( )

  • Sushanta Dattagupta
    Professor ( )
  • Vijay Patankar,
    Associate Professor  (2014 - 2019)

    Areas of Interest : Number Theory: Iwasawa Theory, Galois Representations, Abelian Varieties, Certain aspects of Algebraic Complexity Theory, Elliptic Curve Cryptography

  • Stephan Baier 
    Professor  (2016 - 2017) 

    Research interests: Analytic Number Theory

  • Somnath Jha
    Assistant Professor (2014 - 2015)  

    Reserch interests: Number Theory and Arithmetic Geometry

  • Kalyan B. Sinha,
    Professor (1996-10 to 1997-06)


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.