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The Energy Studies Programme in the School of International Studies (SIS) at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) aims to foster excellence in teaching and research on issues related to international and domestic energy politics and policies. With an interdisciplinary approach being one of the cardinal elements, the programme promotes the integration of academic and policy research expertise on international relations, geopolitics, economics, international law and area studies. The Energy Studies Programme began in 2014 and is still in its infancy, with one core faculty member and six adjunct faculty members from other centres with proven area expertise in energy and international relations. Experts in academic areas pertaining to international studies enrich the programme’s curriculum.


Energy Studies is a flagship program of the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Its goal is to achieve recognition as a leading institution in the global academic community by promoting excellence in teaching and research in energy. The faculty members of the programme regularly contribute to academic research and current affairs on energy. Apart from regular academic and research activities, the faculty members are involved in various media and public policy activities, both domestic and international, to facilitate better knowledge sharing and informed policy-making.

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.