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Mission & History


Welcome to Institute of Chinese Studies

The Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi (ICS) is one of the oldest research institutions on China and East Asia in India. With support from the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, it is the mandate of the ICS to develop a strategic vision for India’s dealings with China and to help adapt India’s priorities quickly and appropriately to address the research and educational demands arising from China’s emergence. The ICS seeks to promote interdisciplinary study and research on China and the rest of East Asia with a focus on expertise in China’s domestic politics, international relations, economy, history, health, education, border studies, language and culture, and on India-China comparative studies. It also looks to fostering active links with business, media, government and non-governmental organizations in India through applied research, executive training programmes, and seminars and conferences, and to serve as a repository of knowledge and data grounded in first-hand research on Chinese politics, economy, international relations, society and culture.


The Institute encompasses a variety of disciplinary specializations and professional expertise, and pursues common objectives regarding the study of China and East Asia in India. The ICS therefore aims to:

Promote research in areas of history, culture and literature, society, international relations, the economy and the polity of China and East Asia;

Lead public discourse with regard to India-China relations;

Support teaching programmes on China and East Asia in Indian Universities;

Train young social scientists and China scholars;

Build a national network of China and East Asia scholars;

Facilitate new research by offering Internships and funding for projects;

Provide informed and objective inputs in policy formulation;

Publish the quarterly journal, China Report;

Produce ICS Occasional Paper, Monographs, Books and Policy Analyses;

Foster active links with business, government and non-governmental organizations in India; and

Promote international collaborations and exchange programme.

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