The Centre for European and Latin American Studies (CELAS) has been established to promote research and teaching on Latin America and the Caribbean as well as on different European countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Russia. Keeping this objective in mind, the Centre undertakes various academic activities with an interdisciplinary focus that cover a wide range of areas like culture, society, politics, history, and literary and cultural studies of these regions.
The Centre offers an M.Phil programme in two streams: European Studies and Latin American Studies. Given the growing relations between India and countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and the existing relations between India and Europe, the Centre concentrates its activities on contemporary themes emphasizing on developing a body of research in India on issues relating to these regions. The Centre aims to foster research collaboration, sign memorandums of understanding, and hold seminars and conferences jointly with other institutions.
In addition, the Centre also offers language proficiency programmes in various languages in order to create a corpus of persons well versed in the languages of these societies like French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Catalan, who would be able to conduct study and research of the area specified in the languages of these regions. These programs also help students opt for professional careers given the growing demand for these languages in the current job scenario in India.