Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies
Named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, JNU was established in 1969. Today, the very Nehruvian objectives of national integration, social justice, secularism, the democratic way of life, international understanding, self-questioning and a scientific approach to the problems of society, remain embedded in the University’s ethos.
Jawaharlal Nehru University’s attention towards the (former) Soviet space dates back to the late 1960s, in fact preceding the formal establishment of the University. The Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies is one of JNU’s premiere centres for interdisciplinary research, focusing on a diverse range of themes within Russia, Central Asia and other republics of the former Soviet Union. The centre houses a thriving community of scholars specializing in a wide variety of disciplines ranging from Political Science, International Relations, History, Economics and Sociology to Russian Language and Literature. Since its inception, it has worked in close co-operation with policy makers and the larger academic community, and regularly hosting international/national seminars, round table discussions, talks and lectures. The Centre also offers a variety of region-specific research postgraduate programmes, and conducts modules for taught postgraduate programme at the School of International Studies (SIS).
Located on the outskirts of Delhi, on the lush green Aravlli hill range, the 1000-acre campus is enmeshed with idyllic forests, sustaining a variety of wildlife and a birdwatcher’s paradise.