ISSJS - Admissions To Next Batch For Study Of Jainism In Summer School In India

Posted: 20.12.2007
Updated on: 02.07.2015

ISSJS - Admissions To Next Batch For Study Of Jainism In Summer School In India

The Program of Summer school in Jainism started with just 7 scholars in 2005 and grew to 14 in 2006 and 33 in 2007. The total participation so far is of 50 Scholars. They came from USA, Canada, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia (more than 85% from North America) and represented about 20 universities from six countries. At least 5 Alumni of ISSJS have already started offering regular classes in Jainism at their school/university. Last year, nearly 500 hundred students were exposed to Jainism and its philosophy. University of Ottawa, Canada, University of Bombay, Rajasthan University, Maglayatan University (in Aligarh, U.P) and Lal Bahadur Shastri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in New Delhi are providing Academic support to ISSJS program. As a result of visit to Harvard University in August 2007, we have engaged two highly motivated and qualified Graduate Students from Harvard Divinity School under the work-study program to help us in publicizing ISSJS program at University campuses throughout the world. The aim is to draw the best qualified students and faculty from a larger pool to participate in future ISSJS programs. This program is jointly funded by JAINA, ISJS and the Harvard University Work-study Grants.

Applications have now been invited from very bright and highly motivated Scholars, (Undergraduate and post graduate students and professors) from Universities to study Jainism in summer school, conducted by International School of Jain Studies (ISJS) under the able leadership ("Mission with a Vision") of Prof. Cromwell Crawford (University of Hawaii), Dr. Sulekh Jain (U.S.A) and Dr. Shugan Jain (India). This is 4th successive year for ISJS course and successful applicants will study along side students from universities in America, Canada, England and few other countries. It has been planned to send 1-2 Scholars from each of the countries. This is a 1 month and 2 months' intensive course and all tuition fees, course material, local travel, lodging and boarding expenses within India will be borne by ISJS and the return airfare between the country of applicant and India including Indian visa will have to born by the applicant.

"The ISSJS is structured around a two-tier system, designed to meet scholarly needs of all applicants. The goal of the first level (1 month course) is 'The understanding of the fundamentals of Jainism' in the areas of Religion, Philosophy, History, and Culture. The second level (2 months' course) builds on the first in terms of scope, depth, and intensity, and aims at a proficiency of knowledge that qualifies the student to study at the M.A. level in university. If any Culture, Religion/Philosophy department in Universities in your country or above mentioned countries have any post graduate students/ teachers interested in studying Jainism, then please request them to contact any of the following organizers:

Dr. Sulekh Jain, E-Mail: scjain(at)earthlink.net
Dr. Shugan C. Jain, E-Mail: svana(at)vsnl.com
For details, plesae visit the web site: http://www.jainstudies.org

The deadline for applications is January 1st, 2008.

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