International School for Jain Studies ‘ISJS’, a leading institution for academic studies of Jainism was set up in 2005. Its mission is to introduce Jain studies in universities globally. So far 945 participants from 315 universities/ schools/ institutes of 38 countries primarily from the USA have attended our summer & winter programs. ISJS also conducts seminars, undertakes funded research projects, and publishes papers and books on various aspects of Jainism and its application and relevance in today’s society. ISJS is associated with a number of universities and research organizations and leading scholars of Jainism globally.
Our Mission is to support a comprehensive, scholarly, and experimental introduction of Jain academic studies in universities around the world in general and North America in particular. Therefore, ISJS implements their programs by a process of careful screening of potential participants and faculty, well research curriculum, engaging participants in intensive academic studies, living in Jain hostels, enjoy Jain food, providing interactions with Jain laity and monks, observe and participate in rituals and pilgrimage to make it a lived Jain experience.