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Fourteen Summer Schools

Admissions for ISSJS-2019

Last Date for Submission of Applications MARCH 15th, 2019


International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS-2019)

June 10th to July 30th, 2019
The ISSJS-2019 programs are the 15th annual summer program started in 2005. Every year the number of participants attending various programs is increasing with improved schedules and better facilities to enhance learning.

The ISSJS programs are intended to provide scholars/students in philosophy, religion, anthropology, theology and South Asian studies associated with any recognized/accredited university systems; an opportunity to pursue experiential and academic studies of Jainism in India.

The course of study follows a daily schedule of academic lectures by eminent Jain scholars covering a range of topics from Jain history, philosophy, rituals, ethics and contemporary Jain life. An important part of this program is the opportunity to conceptualize what is learned in the class room by visiting academic, historical places of interests, interacting with Jain communities and participating in cultural activities. Saturday’s are kept for social interactions, visiting holy places of Jains, observing rituals and travelling to ISSJS locations. Sundays are kept free for the participants to attend to their personal agenda like visiting touristy and sightseeing places /shopping etc on their own. 


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Each ISSJS program is designed for a target group of participants depending on their interest in and exposure to Jain studies. To provide closer attention to participants, for ISSJS-2019, we plan to offer following distinct and stand alone programs in 2018. All these are improved versions of similar ISSJS-2018 programs.

  • ISSJS.2019-4W: June 12th to July 10th, 2019. For senior undergraduate and graduate students from philosophy/religion/anthropology streams. Graduate, PhD students and faculty members (from other streams can also apply for this program. The class size is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. If the number of accepted participants is more than 30 or if an individual university sends a batch of 15 to 20 students, then the ISSJS-2019.4W programs will be divided into two separate classes.
  • ISSJS.2019-6W: June 12th to July 21st, 2019. For senior graduate and PhD students, research fellows and faculty members in religion studies/philosophy/South Asian studies. The class size is limited to 20 participants to enable serious discussions and participation by the attending scholars.
  • ISSJS.2019-Teaching for Peace: July 09th to 30th, 2019. Primarily for school teachers (KG-12) but other graduate and PhD students and faculty members of universities engaged in education programs can also apply. The participants are offered an opportunity to learn the doctrine and practice of Ahimsa (non violence) to enhance discipline and absorption of academic content by the students primarily. Case studies and discussions concerning application of Ahimsa in other areas like health, society and business will also be discussed during the program. Since the enrollment for 2019 is being limited this year to lesser numbers than those admitted in 20187 we strongly recommend that you submit your application at the earliest.
NOTE: All the three programs can be custom tailored/designed programs of two to three weeks duration in India or home country of a university or the school system (ISSJS-2019.Teaching for Peace mainly) and delivered separately. Please contact director ISJS at