The Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies was established in 2004 with the objective of conducting research and teaching on development issues. The Centre has conducted many national and international conferences since its inception. The Centre conducts M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in Development Studies, which are highly popular amongst the students. The Centre has enrolled students for doctoral research on the topics related to contemporary development issues. The Centre has also undertaken a member of research projects. The Centre is committed to evolving into a nodal point for research on the processes that have led to major changes in the polity, economy, society and culture of contemporary India by organizing activities that help build a spirit of scientific inquiry, a democratic spirit and secular values within the university community.
The Centre is bringing out a highly regarded peer reviewed bi-annual journal called History and Sociology of South Asia, which is published by SAGE.