JNU has been Mecca for the students of research and journalism over the years and JNU is the only premier university in India, which has not only contributed towards quality education and research work, but has also emerged as the first institution promoting area-studies and international relations as an academic discipline in India.
School of International Relations is the oldest school of the university, established in 1955 has acquired an international reputation as a center for area and region studies, where students can develop expertise on various countries and regions of the world.
Apart from these international courses there are number of area courses like Canadian studies, Latin American studies and West European studies.
All these courses have attracted young students from India and abroad as well and so the admission process has become fiercely competitive. MA in political science is the most sought course, which offers a specialisation in international relations and has an intake capacity of 69. The only criterion for this course is the entrance test.
The school holds national and international seminars on aspects of inter country relations, international affairs and area studies and extensive lectures on a theme related to contemporary international issues as well.
Presently there are 75 faculty members besides 3 researchers and documentation officers, who not only contribute to the dissemination of knowledge in international studies but have also done extensive research on various international issues.