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CJS organises International Seminar on "Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: A New Integration"

CJS organises International Seminar on "Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: A New Integration"

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CJS organises International Seminar on "Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: A New Integration"
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Centre for Japanese Studies
School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between India and Japan. In a bid to commemorate the remarkable diplomatic success of the two nations as well as “Japan-Southwest Asia Exchange Year,” we are happy to organize an international seminar (online mode) on “Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: A New Integration” (インド・南アジアにおける日本研究
: 新時代への統合), which has been made possible by a ‘Special Grant’ provided by the Japan Foundation to JNU. The seminar consists of two parts. The first part will be held on February 3-4, 2022 at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the second part will be held on February 7-8, 2022 at Dhaka University.

You are cordially invited to the Inaugural Session of the JNU Seminar on 3rd February at 11:00 am.
Meeting ID: 77731028929
Passcode: Yb4iU8

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.