The Special Centre for National Security Studies (SCNSS), established in 2018, is one of the newest centres of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The Centre is dedicated to studying national security issues in a comprehensive and holistic manner. It has a prime focus on analysing, comparing and theorising all security issues that concern India. As a super speciality hub of national importance on the domestic and external security issues of India, the Centre’s core expertise revolves around examining, reflecting on and providing policy inputs and alternative policies to relevant government and security agencies of India. In dealing with national security issues, the Centre inclines towards examining them through the prism of Indian civilizational knowledge and its security traditions, with the sole objective of protecting India’s vital national security interests and its territorial integrity and promoting world peace. The Centre is an interdisciplinary body combining social sciences and civilizational/cultural insights of India with latest emerging technologies in cyber, space, chemical, biological, nuclear, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other related disciplines.
The Centre is currently located at Annex building of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, Birsa Munda Marg, JNU New Campus. Presently it is offering Ph.D. programme in National Security and plans to offer Masters programme in the near future.