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Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jawaharlal Nehru University is the foremost university in India, and a world-renowned centre for teaching and research. JNU was ranked no 2 among all universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, Government of India, in 2020 and 2021. JNU also received the Best University Award from the President of India in 2017.

About Department

The Centre was originally established as the Centre of Spanish Studies in the early 1970s and subsequently expanded to include Portuguese and Italian programme. It was renamed in 2004 as Centre of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Latin American Studies (CSPILAS) as part of School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. This is one of the leading Centres of Spanish and Latin American Studies in South East Asia. The Centre has developed relations with several international Universities and Institutes to carry out research in various fields related to Hispanic Studies. It has grown into a specialized Centre dealing with language, linguistics, literature of Spain and Latin America, culture & civilization of the Hispanic world, inter-disciplinary studies and also involves inter-action with other disciplines like History, Sociology, Philosophy and Political Science as well as Comparative literature. Besides this the Centre has its own research focus on Acquisition of Spanish language and FLT especially on L3 & L4 platform. Recently, “ePG-Pathshala” under the National Mission on Education through ICT of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India is being run in the centre on pan India level to cater to the needs and aspirations of Indian students.

The Centre has been integrated as a participating institution in a European Commission’s (EU) Erasmus Mundus Consortium for a Masters’ Programme in the Learning of Spanish in Multicultural and International Contexts. The Centre also annually publishes a research journal “Hispanic Horizon”, a one of its kind journal in India which began thirty years back and which has high academic visibility in India and outside. Apart from this, the Centre also organizes International/National Conferences and Seminars regularly.

The Centre is a pioneering institution in the country. The founding of the Centre gave a tremendous boost to the teaching, research and development of the Spanish language in India. This is the first Centre in the country which has introduced Graduate, Master’s and doctoral degree programme of studies in Spanish. CSPILAS faculty members are recipient of several prestigious International Fellowships and International awards.

For more information: https://www.jnu.ac.in/sllcs/cspilas