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Centre For Studies In Science Policy
Centre For Studies In Science Policy
Centre For Studies In Science Policy
Centre For Studies In Science Policy



List of courses offered by the CSSP in the Monsoon/ Winter Semester 2024

S. No.

Course No.

Title of the Course (PhD Level)

Compulsory/ Optional


1 SP601P Analysis in Science and Technology Policy Compulsory 4
2 SP604P Research Methodology Compulsory 4



Science & Technology in Social Context





Technology Futures Analysis



3 SP611P Research and Publication Ethics Compulsory 2







Centre for  Studies in Science Policy offers following optional course for the undergraduate students of School of Language Literature and Cultural Studies, JNU  in the Winter Semester 2024.
Name of the course:  Science, Technology and Society Interactions
Course Code:  SP201P
Credit:  03
Course Teacher : Prof Madhav Govind
Time Table : Every Tuesday and Friday: 3:00-4:30 PM
Total number of intake: 40


The Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP) is unique to the Indian University system. Designed as a combined teaching and research effort, the CSSP explores various dimensions of the science-technology-society interface. Though oriented principally as an academic programme, the CSSP is nonetheless also committed to engaging with contemporary policy challenges. Research themes that currently comprise faculty and student concerns involve:  science, technology and innovation policies; university – industry relations; intellectual property rights; gender relations in science and technology; globalisation of innovation;  internationalisation of R&D; technology and environment; scientists in organisations and technology futures studies.

The Centre is open to students for admission from a variety of social and natural sciences, technology studies, engineering, medicine, law and management disciplines. The current focus of teaching and research at the Centre is on science and technology policy analyses including innovation policies; sociology of science and technology; social history of science and technology; economics of technological change and innovation studies; technology futures studies; gender studies in science and technology; science and technology for development; international affairs in science and technology and management of intellectual property rights.

The Centre offers direct PhD programme. This programme requires completion of 24 credits in four semesters. PhD programme is open to scholars who have completed an post-graduate degree in one of the social or natural science disciplines or demonstrated their research capability in science policy studies. 

Students while pursuing research have received research fellowships from various sources such as University Grants Commission through NETSDL Achievers ScholarshipJawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund FellowshipsSenior Research Fellowships from CSIRICSSR and other institutions and agencies.

Currently in 2024, over 30 research scholars are on the CSSP rolls pursuing research in the PhD programme. During the last few years CSSP students were employed by leading national and international institutions such as the Planning Commission, New Delhi; National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) New Delhi; Central Universities, University of Delhi, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI); National Research Development Corporation (NRDC); National Productivity Council (NPC); Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI); National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM); Institute of Development Studies (IDS, UK); WWF-India, New Delhi; Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad); Centre for Technology and Trade, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (New Delhi); Indian Institute of Public Administration (New Delhi), Research and Information Systems (RIS), New Delhi; World Bank; UNDP; and Innovation Management and Policy Programme, The Australian National University (Canberra, Australia).

Information on Admissions, Consultancy and Research

Prof. Kaushal Kumar Sharma


Centre for Studies in Science Policy 

School of Social Sciences

Jawaharlal Nehru University 

New Delhi - 110067, India 

Tel:+91-11-26704461/ 26704570 / 26704470

Email: kaushalkumar[@], cssp1[@]

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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.