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Meet Director


The centre has Prof. Shatendra K. Sharma as its fulltime regular Director.

He has  versatile experience of research and academic administration with more than 28 years experience  of teaching, R&D, Defence Research , Educational Planning, Administration, anagement & co-ordination. His research publications at national /international level are in the areas of Atomic and Nuclear Radiation Physics, Fluorescent -rays, electronic material processing and characterization of semiconductors, solar energy and pollution control. He has been a supervisor / examiner of M.Tech. and Ph.D. students.  Has vast teaching experience from undergraduate to M.Phil./ Ph.D. level in Physics/ Electronics/ Instrumentation and Computer applications.  He was honoured by DRDO for his outstanding an meritorious work on electronic materials for integrated guided missile project. He is scientific tampered visionary with technology for common man as mission. During his professional career as Lecturer, Scientist with DRDO, Associate Professor, Head of Instrumentation Centre of Instrumentation Centre JNU, Director AICTE and Advisor  AICTE he has made significant contributions in the field of education particularly for the expansion of technical education in India. He also contributed in the planning of three National Institutions i.e. IIMs at Calicut, Indore and IIITat Gwaliar. He initiated the process of accreditation of technical education programs as Member Secretary of National Board of Accreditation of AICTE and developed basic criteria and scheme for evaluation and quality control of technical education programs.  He operated and formulated several new schemes in AICTE for development of technical education, Grant of Charter , professional organizations/ bodies, matching grants and grant of autonomy.  Received several honours in the form of Fellowships and membership of national and international professional societies/ bodies and invited to chair sessions in seminars/ conferences and deliver lectures as honorary/guest faculty on various subjects. Current areas of his interest are ion-atom collisions characterization of semiconductor materials, solar energy, pollution control, sensors, multimedia and computer animation, biomedical instrumentation and  Intellectual property rights and Patents. Developed courses on computer hardware, Internet/ multimedia and training on popular computer packages.

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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.