Prof. Ravikesh, Centre for Korean Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has been awarded with the prestigious Citation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister of Republic of Korea in recognition of his achievement and contribution to the successful execution of research activities and promotion of academic excellence in the field of Korean Studies in India.
Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, the Vice Chancellor of JNU congratulated Prof. Ravikesh for his achievements and hoped that the Academic as well as cultural relation between the two countries will witness new heights and JNU, as a hub of Korean Studies, will further excel in disseminating quality education in the field of Korean Studies in India.
Prof. Ravikesh has been one of the pioneers of Korean language program at JNU. He studied Korean as the first batch when B.A. (Hons.) was introduced for the first time in India at JNU in 1995 which was subsequently elevated to M.A. in 1998. His area of interest and study include Korean language teaching, modern Korean literature, aesthetics, literary translation and E-Learning.
Apart from vast teaching and research experience (about 20 years) in the area of Korean language, literature and culture, he has also been entrusted with many academic and administrative positions. He is currently the Chairperson of Centre for Korean Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He is also the Chairperson of the “Special Centre for E-Learning” and “Alumni Affairs Office” at JNU.
He has published a number of research papers and books in English and Korean. Some of his selected publications include: “India and Korea: Perspectives on Language, Literature and Culture” (ed.) supported by the Korea Foundation (2008), “A textbook on Korean Culture (Raju in Korea)” (co-authored) published in 2008, “Korea: Ek Parichay (trans. & ed.) supported by The Ministry of Cultural and Tourism, Republic of Korea in 2013, “Modern Korean Literature for Foreigners” (Korean) (co-authored) in 2014 and “Towards Asian Poetics (Inter-Cultural Space of India, Korea, China and Japan) (co-authored)” in 2016, “Korean Studies in Indian & South Asia” Vol-III in 2016 and “Dimensions of India-Korea Relations” in 2019.
He has undertaken 2 major research project namely AKS Korean Studies Incubation Project titled “Towards an Asian Poetics: A Study in Inter-Cultural Space with Special Reference to the Works of Han Yong-un and Rabindranath Tagore” (2010-2013) and AKS Core University project titled “Emerging Korea and Korean Studies in India and South Asia: Comparative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches” (2016 to present).
This comprehensive five-year project aims to critically examine cultural, social, historical and literary aspects of Korean society in modern times. This project consists of 6 Core faculty members along with 19 participating members from several different academic departments/schools representing social sciences, humanities and other disciplines from within India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar.
The project undertaken to promote awareness and knowledge about Korea amongst those involved in Korean Studies as well as students, instructors and researcher from other disciplines who may desire to complement courses that already exist thereby making it interdisciplinary. Demand for Korean Studies in India is growing at a phenomenal rate but there is a need of experts as well as nativised material on Korean Studies for generating interest as well as bridging the gap between demand and supply.