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Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies

The Centre for Sanskrit Studies in JNU set up in 2001, has been established to:

Negotiate between, and bring together, through interactive projects, the traditional scholars/scholarship and the mainstream university scholars/scholarship,

Undertake maintenance and preservation of heritage texts and mansucripts

Constitute and expound theoretical framework from the primary intellectual texts of the Sanskrit tradition, and

Extend and validate the classical theories by applying them both to contemporary Indian reality (modern Indian languages, literatures, etc.) and to contemporary European Languages and literatures (to reverse the existing data-theory relationship between the Indian academy and the Western academy and to recover theory status for the Indian thought),

Undertake comparative research in Indian and Western traditions of thought in linguistics, literary and cultural theory, philosophy including philosophy of language,metrics and prosody, sociological thought, polity, gender, and ethnic studies and culture.
These objectives are sought to be achieved by training students and researchers through a carefully evolved teaching and research programmes at M.A. and M.Phil./Ph.D. levels.

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Special Centre for Molecular Medicine

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Centre for Biotechnology

The special Centre of Biotechnology was established in the year 1985 under joint sponsorship of the UGC and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. Realizing the importance of availability of trained manpower in the area of Biotechnology in the country a Master of Science programme in Biotechnology was started at the Centre in JNU in the same year with funding from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

This programme aimed at generating skilled manpower in different areas of biotechnology which would not only feed the Biotechnology related industries but also would provide trained and motivated persons required by other institutions. With a modest beginning of two faculty members and eleven students in the year 1985-86 the Centre now has 8 faculty members and two research associates to help in the teaching programme and 35 students in the Masters programme. Over the years the Centre has established a very successful M.Sc. programme which selects the best of the students from the merit list prepared on the basis of an All India Entrance Test conducted by JNU.

Analysis of the merit list indicates that during the past five years about 50-60 percent of the students from the top hundred give their first preference to JNU for admission. But only 20- 25 students are taken every year from the top on the basis of their preference.Till now most of the M.Sc. students have gone to do research in different institutions in the country and abroad and few have taken up jobs in different industries and other institutions. One of the strongest points of the M. Sc.programme is emphasis on teaching of technological aspects of modem biology. Our M.Sc. students undertake a project work over a period of two semesters (6 months) with one of the faculty members during which time they are exposed to actual research work. This helps them tremendously in building up their confidence and understanding of Biotechnology.

The Centre started a Ph.D. programme in Biotechnology in the year 1987. Under this programme there are now 40 students selected through entrance examination and interview, 4 selected directly by interview and two students are foreign nationals. Four Ph.D. students have completed their viva voce examination for Ph.D. during the period I st April 1997 to 3 1 st March 1998. 20 students have been awarded M. Sc. degree in July 1997.

THRUST AREAS AND PERSPECTIVE PLANS

The thrust areas in which the faculty members of the Cenre for Biotechnology are conducting their research are:-
Protein Engineering
Eukaryotic gene expression
Molecular biology of infectious diseases
Immunology
Protein stability, conformation and folding
Over-expression of recombinant proteins
Transcription of eukaryotic genes
Gene expression and regulation in mammalian systems

Although interdisciplinary theoretical teaching is imparted at M. Sc. level, providing adequate hands on training to the students has not been possible yet largely due to lack of appropriate infrastructure and availability of teachers with expertise in different disciplines of Biotechnology. It is realized that creating a real impact on the development of Biotechnology in the country, which can help in providing better living conditions to people, will not be possible bly training students at M.Sc. level only. Problem solving and knowledge generating multidisciplinary projects can be taken up only at post M.Sc. level. It requires a high component of research and its application for which Ph.D. or M. Tech. training is required.

The Ph.D. programme is mostly supported by the grants generated by our faculty and money given by the University. But due to lack of adequate infrastructure it is confined to mostly basic research or at the best peripherally applied research. This can not continue any longer.

Some of the fastest growing areas in Biotechnology are Recombinant DNA technology, Microbial biotechnology, tissue culture technology and cell biology, Immuno technology and Protein engineering.

It is strongly felt that for fulfilling the mandate i.e. imparting real interdisciplinary training in Biotechnology with a problem solving approach, a post M.Sc. research based M.Tech. programme of one Ana half year duration ought to be started. Industrial and applied biotechnology problems related to health care delivery e.g. development of diagnostic kits etc., production of recombinant proteins, their purification and stabilization, generation and propagation of strains expressing intermediate metabolites and creation oftransgenic animals and plants, which will need a thorough interdisciplinary facility will be addressed.

Each research project will be guided and monitored by a team of well qualified faculty. Such a programme will attract a lot of interest from industry and candidates sponsored by industry can be trained. If adequate infrastructuref or such purposes is built up, these facilities can be rented to industry to solve their problems. By this way proper University industry interaction which is an essential component for development of real biotechnology in the country will be ushered in. This will also generate revenue and help immensely in placement of students in the industry.

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School of Social Sciences

Established in 1970, this School now has the largest faculty in the university. From the beginning an attempt has been made here to dismantle the narrow disciplinary compartments found in traditional academic structures, and this objective can be seen reflected even in the unusual appointment pattern. Thus, one may find a linguist or an anthropologist in the Centre for Historical Studies; or a demographer and an economist along with geologists or geographers in the Centre for the Study of Regional Development; an economist, a psychologist, a sociologist and a historian in the Centre for Educational Studies.

The M.A. programmes are relatively discipline oriented, but the students are encouraged to offer some courses in the other Centres as well. At the research level the interdisciplinary thrust of the School comes to the fore. Innovation in course contents as well as in the directions of research testify to the achievements of the School.In recognition of the valuable work done by them many centres within the School have been recognised by the U.G.C. as advanced centres for research under their Special Assistance Programme (DSA).

The centres which are managing DSA programmes are Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Centre for Historical Studies, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Centre for the Study of Social Systems and Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies. The underlying philosophy that guided the evolution of initial structure of the School was based on the view that for a proper understanding of social reality, an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of social sciences was imperative. It is in pursuit of this objective that the academic programmes of centres within the School and their faculty composition do not exactly conform to the conventional department wise structure which one comes across most of the other Indian universities.

Teaching at the M.A. level is, to a considerable extent , discipline oriented, aiming at ensuring proficiency of students in the basic knowledge and analytical methods employed in the various social science disciplines.

The research level programmes, namely the students’ theses, course component of the M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes, the faculty project profile and individual research, are much more inter-disciplinary. The extent of this inter-disciplinary element varies from centre to centre, and depending upon the nature.of the discipline concerned, conceptual framework of teaching and research programmes of different it centres.For example, some Centre such as Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Zakir Hussain Centre for Educational Studies and Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, have a fairly large representation of two or more disciplines amongst its faculty, while the others are relatively more specialised. Moreover not all the centres of the school run M.A. Programmes.

Those centres which run M.A. level programmes naturally impart a high dose of discipline based knowledge, although even here, the students are encouraged to take some courses outside their own centre, and sometimes outside the School of Social Sciences as well. The five disciplines in which M.A. level instruction is imparted in the School are Economics, History, Political Science, Geography and Sociology.

These M.A. level programmes are located in the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Centre for Historical Studies, Centre for Political Studies, Centre for the Study of Regional Development and Centre for the Study of Social Systems. Total admissions offered at the M.A. and the M.Phil/Ph.D level programmes within the School have increased substantially since the early years of the School in the beginning of nineteen seventies.

The admission process to all the programmes takes place through a Competitive Admissions Examination. Keeping in view the All India character of this University, laid its objective of providing an easy access to students from all parts of India, the admission test is held in thirty nine centres located in the State capitals and a few other important towns.

The All India character of the University and the School is evident from the state-wise student composition which shows that only 15 per cent or so of total admissions are from Delhi, the rest being from all parts of India. The competitive character of admission to JNU, ensures the student getting admitted to all the various programmes of study in the School are of academically high caliber. Many of them have won prestigious scholarships for pursuing higher studies in various institutions around the world.

The School of Social Sciences has eight Centres.

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School of Physical Sciences

The School of Life Sciences (SLS) was established on the basis of a report prepared by a working group headed by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan in the year 1970. The School stands today as a unique institution in the country where multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research in life sciences have established permanent roots. The uniqueness of the School essentially lies in the fact that within the School’s faculty there are experts and active researchers representing almost all areas of modern biology. Life sciences in its entirety constitute wide range of our research programmes.

The School believe that postgraduate teaching, in order to be effective, must be done by teachers who are also actively involved in research in their respective areas of specialization. The School have developed a teaching programme which stresses on the uniformity principals of molecular and cellular mechanisms in all living systems. The School have also made pioneering efforts in integrating physical sciences with biological sciences.

In SLS, students from physical sciences are also inducted to study life sciences. Remedial courses in biology are offered to students from physical sciences stream, and students from biological stream are given courses in physical sciences and mathematics. For a total of approximately 50 seats School offer each year in M.Sc. and M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes. Selections are done through an all India written test and interviews. The School has been recognized as Center of Excellence under UGC-COSIST and DSA Special Assistance Programmes. In addition, UGC also provides JRF/SRF Fellowships to M.Phil/Ph.D. students of science streams who qualify the national entrance test of JNU.

Research and Activities

Quality teaching requires ongoing research activities which needs a good deal of financial support. While it is our national mandate to provide training of the highest quality of life sciences, university system due to its own constraints, provides little intramural support for the research programmes. SLS is fortunate to bring in research funds through national and international agencies in the form of research projects.

National funding agencies like Department of Bio-Technology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Indian Council for Medical Research, Department of Science & Technology, Defence & Ordinance Department, Department of Atomic Energy also DAAD etc. and even international agencies like WHO, USDA, European Commission, German Indo-French, Indo-US and host of others have generously supported the ongoing research of the School.

The School has through various research grants, obtained a cumulative sum of about Rs. 17 crores, for its ongoing research activities. But for the research project funding obtained by the SLS faculty, it would have been impossible to run our research training programmes.

Research projects thus not only enable the faculty members in running their research programmes, but also enable the students to take challenging and modern research topics for their M.Phil. and Ph.D. thesis.

Students trained at SLS are in demand. Almost all the students completing Ph.D. degrees from SLS(285 till date), get opportunities for post-doctoral work abroad, and a great many return to serve the country . School’s faculty and students publish extensively in reputed national and international journals. To date, SLS has to its credit, over 2000 research publications.

These research efforts have resulted in numerous awards, honours and recognitions to the students and the faculty of SLS. There are three Bhatnagar Awardees, four fellows of the Indian National Science Academy, four fellows of the Indian Academy of Sciences and six fellows of the National Academy of Sciences within the SLS faculty. First international patent from India (AmA I) was obtained from SLS. Several other patents are in the pipeline including one for a very sensitive immunodiagnostic method for detecting tuberculosis antigens.

Collaborations

Since SLS has faculty with expertise in all major areas of Modern Biology, School’s faculty is very often called upon to teach in other Universities. The School has also extended support and help in developing teaching programmes and organizing refresher courses in other Universities.

The faculty of the School plays important roles in University Grants Commission/Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), National testing for NET examinations/research fellowships for RAs, JRFs and pool officers. Our faculty members also serve on a vast array of national committees and task forces. Two SLS faculty members (Prof. P.N. Srivastava and Prof. Asis Datta) have occupied the University VC’s position and one (Prof. P.N. Srivastava) served as President, Indian National Science Congress. The School provides a pool of experts for governmental agencies like University Grants Commission, Department of Bio-Technology, Department of Science & Technology, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Indian Council for Medical Research, CSIR, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), National Council for Educational Research & Training (NCERT) and others.

Several faculty members have worked for the working groups of the Planning Commission, on health, education and biotechnology and members on state councils. The School also provides research supports to the students, teachers and researchers from other state university by allowing them to use its CIF facility. The School therefore, serves as a catalyst in the vital scientific and educational activities of India and has commitment to continue its service for the nation.

The School has link-research activities with other institutes in the country, like Nuclear Science Centre (NSC), National Institute of Immunology (NII), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), Institute for Nuclear Medicine and Applied Sciences (INMAS), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB) etc. and several other universities. The School is also the nodal affiliating body for CCMB, Hyderabad and NII, New Delhi. Most faculty members have collaborative research programmes with institutions in Germany, France, Russia, Poland, USA, Israel and several other national and international institutions.

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School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences (SLS) was established on the basis of a report prepared by a working group headed by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan in the year 1970. The School stands today as a unique institution in the country where multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research in life sciences have established permanent roots. The uniqueness of the School essentially lies in the fact that within the School’s faculty there are experts and active researchers representing almost all areas of modern biology. Life sciences in its entirety constitute wide range of our research programmes.

The School believe that postgraduate teaching, in order to be effective, must be done by teachers who are also actively involved in research in their respective areas of specialization. The School have developed a teaching programme which stresses on the uniformity principals of molecular and cellular mechanisms in all living systems. The School have also made pioneering efforts in integrating physical sciences with biological sciences.

In SLS, students from physical sciences are also inducted to study life sciences. Remedial courses in biology are offered to students from physical sciences stream, and students from biological stream are given courses in physical sciences and mathematics. For a total of approximately 50 seats School offer each year in M.Sc. and M.Phil/Ph.D. programmes. Selections are done through an all India written test and interviews. The School has been recognized as Center of Excellence under UGC-COSIST and DSA Special Assistance Programmes. In addition, UGC also provides JRF/SRF Fellowships to M.Phil/Ph.D. students of science streams who qualify the national entrance test of JNU.

Research and Activities

Quality teaching requires ongoing research activities which needs a good deal of financial support. While it is our national mandate to provide training of the highest quality of life sciences, university system due to its own constraints, provides little intramural support for the research programmes. SLS is fortunate to bring in research funds through national and international agencies in the form of research projects.

National funding agencies like Department of Bio-Technology, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Indian Council for Medical Research, Department of Science & Technology, Defence & Ordinance Department, Department of Atomic Energy also DAAD etc. and even international agencies like WHO, USDA, European Commission, German Indo-French, Indo-US and host of others have generously supported the ongoing research of the School.

The School has through various research grants, obtained a cumulative sum of about Rs. 17 crores, for its ongoing research activities. But for the research project funding obtained by the SLS faculty, it would have been impossible to run our research training programmes.

Research projects thus not only enable the faculty members in running their research programmes, but also enable the students to take challenging and modern research topics for their M.Phil. and Ph.D. thesis.

Students trained at SLS are in demand. Almost all the students completing Ph.D. degrees from SLS(285 till date), get opportunities for post-doctoral work abroad, and a great many return to serve the country . School’s faculty and students publish extensively in reputed national and international journals. To date, SLS has to its credit, over 2000 research publications.

These research efforts have resulted in numerous awards, honours and recognitions to the students and the faculty of SLS. There are three Bhatnagar Awardees, four fellows of the Indian National Science Academy, four fellows of the Indian Academy of Sciences and six fellows of the National Academy of Sciences within the SLS faculty. First international patent from India (AmA I) was obtained from SLS. Several other patents are in the pipeline including one for a very sensitive immunodiagnostic method for detecting tuberculosis antigens.

Collaborations

Since SLS has faculty with expertise in all major areas of Modern Biology, School’s faculty is very often called upon to teach in other Universities. The School has also extended support and help in developing teaching programmes and organizing refresher courses in other Universities.

The faculty of the School plays important roles in University Grants Commission/Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), National testing for NET examinations/research fellowships for RAs, JRFs and pool officers. Our faculty members also serve on a vast array of national committees and task forces. Two SLS faculty members (Prof. P.N. Srivastava and Prof. Asis Datta) have occupied the University VC’s position and one (Prof. P.N. Srivastava) served as President, Indian National Science Congress. The School provides a pool of experts for governmental agencies like University Grants Commission, Department of Bio-Technology, Department of Science & Technology, Indian Council for Agricultural Research, Indian Council for Medical Research, CSIR, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), National Council for Educational Research & Training (NCERT) and others.

Several faculty members have worked for the working groups of the Planning Commission, on health, education and biotechnology and members on state councils. The School also provides research supports to the students, teachers and researchers from other state university by allowing them to use its CIF facility. The School therefore, serves as a catalyst in the vital scientific and educational activities of India and has commitment to continue its service for the nation.

The School has link-research activities with other institutes in the country, like Nuclear Science Centre (NSC), National Institute of Immunology (NII), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR), Institute for Nuclear Medicine and Applied Sciences (INMAS), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB) etc. and several other universities. The School is also the nodal affiliating body for CCMB, Hyderabad and NII, New Delhi. Most faculty members have collaborative research programmes with institutions in Germany, France, Russia, Poland, USA, Israel and several other national and international institutions.

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School of Language Literature & Culture Studies

Ever since it was established in 1969. The School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies has emerged in India and abroad as a major centre for teaching and research in Languages, Literatures and Cultures of India, Asia and Europe.The school first initiated the study of mainly European and some Asian languages in its five- year integrated B.A./M.A. programmes and part-time Certificate and Diploma courses.Today, in addition, there are two-year post graduate and research programmes in English, Hindi, Linguistics, and Urdu. Besides, research programmes are available in philosophy and semiotics.

In major modern European languages French, German, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Persian and Arabic-the school offers under graduate, post-gratuate and research programmes focussing on languages, Literatures, translation, interpretation and culture studies.There are post graduate and research programmes in English, in Lingustics, in Hindi and in Urdu and research fecilities in Semiotics. The school also organises Certificate and Diploma programmes in some foreign languages such as Italian, Mongoiian, Portuguese, Bhasa Indoneasia, Pushtu and Urdu. It is the only school in the country that offers a B.A. programme in Korean language.

Besides the foreign languages and literature’s, study and research in Indian languages and literatures, including English is also major focus. Though at present these programmes exist only in English, Hindi and Urdu, the school hopes to add other Indian languages in a phased manner, perhaps beginning with Sanskrit, Bengali, Tamil and Marathi.

An equally important input to the School’s academic and research activities is provided by the Group of Philosophy which, in conformity with the inter-disciplinary ethos of JNU, focusses in its programmes on the origin and development of philosophy within the framework of specific socio-historical contexts and conditions.

There are plans to enrich the philosophy programme by introducing progressively Hebrew, Latin and Greek studies the Buddhist and the Jaina philosophy and the theistic Indian School.

The School has its own journal, “Journal of the School of Languages” (JSL), which started publication in the seventies and has over the years published significant research on literature’s, languages, comparative studies, translation and semiotics on themes that cut across language boundaries and enable an exploration of the whole problematic of inter and intra cultural communication.

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School of International Studies

Established in 1955, the School of International Studies is the oldest school of the University. During the forty-six years of its existence, the School has established itself as one of the premier institutions in the country for the study of international relations and area studies.

The School has made pioneering contributions in promoting the study of international relations as an academic discipline in India and in advancing knowledge and understanding of international affairs in an inter-disciplinary perspective. The School is also the first institution in the country to promote “Area Studies” and to develop expertise on various counties and regions of the world. It has also acquired an international reputation as a center of advanced learning.

The need for an institution of this type was first felt in years immediately following Independence. The Indian Council of World Affairs, which was then the only institution in the country concerned with foreign affairs, realized that to promote study of international affairs in India effectively, it was important to train young men and women in interpreting current global developments in economic, social and political spheres. It was in pursuance of the recommendations of a committee headed by Pandit Hriday Nath Kunzru that the Indian School of International Studies was established in October 1955 with Dr. A. Appadorai as the first Director of the School.

To begin with, the School was affiliated to the University of Delhi. From September 1961 till the School was merged with the Jawaharlal Nehru University in June 1970, it functioned as a deemed university. Following the merger, the prefix “Indian” was dropped from the name of the School and it became the School of International Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

For a long time, the academic programme of the School focused exclusively on research and the only degree it awarded was Ph.D. Soon after the School became a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the M.Phil curriculum was introduced in 1971-72. In the following academic year 1973-74, the School started offering a 2 year MA (Politics: International Studies) programme. Much later in 1995-96, a new and unique M.A. programme in Economics (with specialisation on World Economy) was introduced by the Economics Division of the Centre for Studies in Diplomacy, International Law & Economics.

All these courses have attracted interest from young students all over the country and abroad. Year after year, the admission process has become fiercely competitive. For example, in 2001 for 69 seats in the MA (Politics) programme, as many as 1416 candidates appeared at the nationwide written test. For the MA (Economics) programme 748 candidates applied to compete for 20 seats in 2001. Likewise, in the same year a total of 901 applicants competed for 139 M.Phil/Ph.D seats in all the nineteen programmes of study in the School.

A large number of our M.Phil/Ph.D students qualify in the written tests for UGC fellowships. Moreover, almost every State Government has instituted a fellowship (in some cases more than one) to be awarded to students meeting the criteria of domicile status in the state concerned.As for the output of the School, it may be noted that, as of January 2002, 527 scholars have been awarded Ph.D and 1734 M.Phil degrees.

Presently, there are 75 faculty members in the School, including 40 professors, 27 associate professors and 7 assistant professors. We also have 5 Emeritus Professors and Distinguished Scholars in the School. Besides, there are 3 research officers/ documentation officers.

In the recent years, several Chairs have been instituted in the School. These are Appadorai Chair, Nelson Mandela Chair, State Bank of India Chair and Chairs in Environmental Law and Space Law. Members of the faculty of the School have contributed to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in International Studies, not only through their teaching and research supervision but also by publishing books and journal articles of highest international repute.

The School faculty have also been invited as Consultants to various Government and non-Government Organisations for their specialised expertise and they have been participating in radio discussions and television programmes on subjects relating to international affairs.The School holds national and international seminars from time to time on important aspects of area studies, inter-country relations and on themes relating to the study of international relations as an academic discipline.

The School also holds a series of extension lectures every year on a theme relating to contemporary international relations. Pursuant to a decision of the Academic Council in February 1989, these lectures are now known as “Hriday Nath Kunzru Memorial (Extension) Lectures on International Relations”. The theme of this Lecture series in 2000 was Regional Dynamics in International Relations.

Under an endowment funded by Asia Publishing House, Bombay, it holds lectures in memory of the great poet and patriot, Sarojini Naidu and invites a distinguished scholar or statesman to deliver the memorial lecture. For over two decades, at the request of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, the School organized a training course for each batch of Indian Foreign Service probationers for a period ranging from three to four months and gave them the necessary orientation for their diplomatic career.

The School publishes a quarterly journal, International Studies. Founded in July 1959, this journal has acquired an international standing as the leading Indian academic journal in the field. It publishes original research articles on issues and problems, including problems of theory of contemporary relevance in the broad field of international relations and area studies.

Being a referred journal, it attracts contributions not only from the members of the School faculty and other Indian universities/ research institutions but also from scholars all over the world.

Programmes of Study

The School offers the following M.Phil./Ph.D. programmes of study:

i) American Studies

ii) Latin American Studies

iii) West European Studies

iv) Canadian Studies

v) Diplomatic Studies

vi) International Legal Studies

vii) International Trade and Development

viii) Chinese Studies

ix) Japanese and Korean Studies

x) International Politics

xi) International Organisation

xii) Disarmament Studies

xiii) Political Geography

xiv) Russian and East European Studies

xv) South Asian Studies

xvi) South East Asian & Southwest Pacific Studies

xvii) Central Asian Studies

xviii) West Asian and North African Studies

xix) Sub-Saharan African Studies

The profiles of the individual Centres which follow contain a detailed description of these M.Phil./ Ph.D programmes.

M.A. Politics (International Studies)

The M.A. programme in Politics (International Studies) was introduced in the School in the academic year 1973-74 to fill the great demand for an MA Political Science programme with specialisation in International Studies. This programme, apart from core courses in Political Science, also offers core courses in key disciplinary areas of International Studies, as well as a wide range of courses which are both discipline and area based. This is one of most popular and largest post graduate programmes of the University with a present intake capacity of 69.

M.A. Economics (with specialisation on World Economy)

This programme is run by the Economics Division of CSDILE. A detailed description of this programme of study is given under the profile of CSDILE.

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School of Information Technology

The School of Information Technology which was established in the University in 2001, consists of the Centre for Computational Biology and Bio-Informatics (CCBB) (previously known as BioInformatics centre (BIC)), the Computer Centre (CC) and the Communication and Information Services (CIS). The focus of the School is on the use of information technology on education and research, and on the study of how the increased availability of information in all spheres of enquiry, be it biological information, geological information, economic information, etc. can be most effectively utilized in an academic context. The Centres (CCBB, CC and CIS) were existing as independent bodies in the University prior to the formation of the School.

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School of Environmental Sciences

The School of Environmental Sciences was established in the year 1974. The academic programme of the School has been periodically reviewed, revised and updated, keeping in mind the need for sharper focussing, the available expertise at any given time, and the changes desired in curriculum of individual courses or specific programmes.

An M.Sc. programme was originally run in 1976 but it was discontinued for some time to allow for major revision. Subsequently, a revised M.Sc. programme in Environmental Sciences was introduced in 1987. Based on experience gained in running this revised package, a further revision was undertaken and starting from the academic year 1993-94, two streams in the M.Sc. programme were initiated, viz. one based on Physical sciences, and the other based on biological sciences.Syllabus (M.Sc.)

The M.Phil./Ph.D. programme started since 1975 has also undergone periodic changes in the curriculum. Indeed the School was the first to start M.Sc./M.Phil. programme in Environmental Sciences in the country.Syllabus (M.phil)

The School has diversified interest in various earth, atmospheric and biological processes. Linkages between Ecological and Social processes give an additional dimension to School’s interest, making the work relevant. Therefore, the curriculum has components of disciplinary areas such as physical sciences, earth and atmospheric sciences, environmental biology, and environmental monitoring and management. With such a high level of diverse research interests, over 100 students have so far successfully completed their Ph.D. programme in different aspects of Environmental Sciences. The number of students on the rolls of the School as on 1.9.97 was 119 - M.Phil. /Ph.D.91 and M.Sc.28. In the year under report, a total of 28 students were awarded degrees, M.Sc. 13, M.Phil. 8 and Ph.D .7.

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School of Computer and Systems Sciences

Ever since its inception in 1974, this School has been trying to meet the computing needs of different Schools in JNU and offering specially designed courses for their students.

The teaching is specially designed to integrate inputs from statistics, operations research, algebra and combinatories, digital electronics, systems software, artificial intelligence, computer architecture and programming languages. A training and placement cell has beenset up at the School to maintain liason with various government and industrial organizations to facilitate employment for the students.

The various programmes offered in the School of Computer and System Sciences are M.C.A. (6semesters), M.Tech. (3 semesters) and Ph.D. These courses are designed to provide the necessary theoretical background and practical experience in Computer Science and Applications, to meet the growing manpower requirements of the Global Software Industry.

After the completion of the course, the students are fully competent to enter the Global IT- world as well as the fields of Research & Development at prestigious institutions in India and abroad.

The admission to M.Tech programme is based on an All India Examination , conducted by the University at different centres spread all over the country, followed by an extensive interview. On an average 25 students for M.Tech. are selected every year. On an average 30 students for M.C.A. are selected. These students are selected from about 12,000 applicants appearing for the Entrance Examination. This makes the success rate of getting through as tough as I in every 400 applicants. The last semester for M.C.A. course is meant for an Industrial Project, where as, each M.Tech. student has to work in the chosen field under the guidance of a Professor and has to submit a dissertation at the end of the third semester.

The courses in the School are well organized to provide a wide spectrum of choices to the students. The faculty and the students interests include a wide area of Computer’s

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School of Arts & Aesthetics

The School of Arts and Aesthetics is one of very few places in India that offer post-graduate degree courses in the theoretical and critical study of visual and performing arts. Moreover, it is the only place in India where performance and visual studies are offered in one integrated programme that allows students to understand a particular art in a broader cultural context.

The study of art has in recent years been enriched by methods and insights from many fields: sociology, linguistics, cultural studies, political science, economic history, semiotics and feminist studies to name a few. It no longer suffices to study a work of art as an ‘object’ in isolation, apart from the social forces that shape it, and social meanings that it creates. The School’s outlook has been formulated in response to new ways of thinking about culture, using a diversity of critical and theoretical approaches.

The School focuses on taught degree programmes. However, the faculty encourages students - and other interested persons - to take advantage of Delhi’s cultural riches by watching and discussing exhibitions, theatre, film and music festivals and organizing field trips. The School also hosts interactions with visiting scholars and artists and runs an annual outreach programme that brings the best scholars in a chosen field from all over India to conduct workshops and give talks that are accessible to the interested public.

Program of Study

MA in Arts and Aesthetics: The school currently offers an MA programme which offers cross-disciplinary study of the visual and performing arts. Students with an undergraduate degree in any discipline (minimum marks 50%) are eligible to appear for the entrance exam. Candidates seeking admission to the course are expected to have a broad knowledge of the history practice and theory of visual and performing arts.

Students will be required to take 64 course credits within the space of four semesters. 16 credits are dedicated to compulsory courses that survey the history of visual and performing arts in India, related aesthetic theory and methodologies for the study of the arts. Students are also obliged to take a language course, and are encouraged to take at least one course in another centre. The remainder of the credits will come from optional courses that offer a more intense focus on particular areas. The stream of specialization will be chosen by the balance of optionals taken (eg four visual and two performance studies). A list of the courses offered over the four semesters is given below. (Prospective students should note that some of the optional courses on offer may depend upon the availability of guest faculty) Syllabus (M.A)

Application forms will be available from the Admissions Branch in the Adminstrative Block, from 15th February to 31st March. The last date for receipt of completed applications is 31st March. The entrance exam will be held in May.

M Phil: The school does not at present offer an M Phil course.

PhD: A small number of direct PhD students may be admitted to the School. Candidates must have a good post graduate degree and must provide evidence of research capabilities through published work in an area related to the intended area of specialization. The direct PhD programme is advertised each year in conjunction with the general admission.

Contact Details
For more information, please contact
Dean,
School of Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi 110067
Phone-26717576 / 26704061
e-mail : aesthete@mail.jnu.ac.in

Source : http://www.jnu.ac.in/

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