ISSJS 2018 programs begins at Vallabh Smarak Campus, Alipur, Delhi
Students attending the 2018 Summer School at Vallabh Smarak Campus, Alipur, Delhi
The first program on
experiential studies of Jainism began on June 12 with 17 scholars from USA, Ukraine, Ethiopia,
Sri Lanka and India. The Indian scholars came from Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, Dharampur.
As part of the curriculum, scholars were given lessons on Antiquity of Jainism, Metaphysics, Karma doctrine, Epistemology and Jain way of life.
The other three batches of scholars to study Jain Yoga, Indian Dharmik traditions and Peace are expected to arrive on July 1, July 4 and July 8 respectively. In all, 63 participants from these countries including Australia, Zimbabwe and Canada will be attending the programmes.
Dr Natubhai Shah from Jain
Centre UK meets ISJS management and faculty
Dr. Natubhai Shah (extreme left) with Dr. Priya Jain (Second from left)
Noted Jain scholar and leader from the UK, Dr. Natubhai Shah, met Dr. Shugan Jain, Prof. P C Jain and Dr. Priya Jain and exchanged ideas to
develop synergies in the activities of the ISJS and Jain Centre, London.
Both ISJS and Jain Centre London explored the possibilities of working closely in India and UK to enhance the Jain Way of life and develop platforms for people-to-people contact.
Incidentally, Dr. Shah had actively supported the ISJS activities in its formative years and was pleased to learn of its development. Dr. Shah suggested areas for greater engagement of
Jain Centre and the ISJS in India and the UK.
Prof. Samani Chaitanya Pragya from Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute visits ISJS
From Left: Dr. S. N. Pandey, Prof. Samani Chaitanya Pragya, Prof. Samani Him Pragya, Mrs. Uma Jain, Dr. Shugan C. Jain, Prof. Prakash C. Jain
Prof. Samani Chaitanya Pragya visited the
ISJS office in New Delhi on June 9 to understand its working. She also explored the possibilities of the ISJS and Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute working together to promote
Jain studies in India. Samani ji
had been involved in ISJS activities since its formative years. During her visit, she also met the staff of the ISJS.
Later, from June 13 to June 16, she taught Jain theories of reality and knowledge to participants of the ISJS summer school. Both Samani ji and participants appreciated the interactions.
The visit also gave her an opportunity to learn the working of ISJS Summer School Programme.
Online Journal "ISJS-Transactions"
The International School for Jain Studies is
inviting research papers, articles and book reviews for its forthcoming on-line peer-reviewed bi-lingual (English & Hindi),
quarterly, refereed research journal "ISJS-Transactions" (ISSN: 2457-0583). The objective of the Journal is to provide an intellectual platform to the international scholars
who are working in the areas of Jain studies in particular and Indic studies in general. It also aims to increase awareness about Jain studies, including their application and relevance
to today’s ever changing world and way of life.
Scholars are encouraged to contribute their unpublished articles/research papers. Experts and scholars of Jainism and
Indic religions can register themselves as reviewers of articles for our publication. In case you are interested, you can send
your credentials and area of specialization to us. You can also send us your suggestions for improving the Journal. You can visit
us at https://www.isjs.in/node/32 to read and review our articles.
Guidelines for submitting research paper
The submitted papers should be original and not have been published previously or sent for publication elsewhere.
The authors should give an undertaking in this regard.
The author/authors have to agree to automatic transfer the copyright to the publisher before its publication.
Use Times New Roman (font size 12) for English and Kruti Dev 010 (font size 14) for Hindi in single spacing on A4 size paper in word format.
ISJS invites Suzanne Maxwell Johar as guest: As part of its Teachers for Peace Program, ISJS has invited Mrs. Johar, a 2016 ISSJS-TFP Programme participant, to teach at ISJS partner school,
Jain Bharati Mrgavati School, Alipur, G T Karnal Road, Delhi for three months.
Mrs. Johar will teach students of classes 2 to 8 starting August 3rd 2018. The ISJS and the host school are sharing her expenses with Mrs. Johar offering her services on an honorary
capacity. It is
hoped that this program will open doors for teachers exchange programs between India and USA to gain knowledge from each other’s experience and studies at ISJS.
Yoga Day Celebration: International Summer School
for Jain Studies celebrated International Yoga Day on 21st June 2018 at Vallabh Smarak Jain Mandir, G T Karnal Road, Delhi.
The program was attended by the participants of the Summer School.
Jain Workshop at Dallas, North Texas: The Jain Society of North Texas and Jaina Education Committee are jointly organizing a three-day Jain workshop at Dallas,
North Texas, starting from July 20, 2018.
The purpose of the workshop is to educate adults and youth (over 14 years of age) about the fundamental principles and philosophy of Jainism and its application in everyday life through practical examples.
The workshop will be conducted in English with explanations in Hindi and Gujarati.
For details, you may contact workshop moderator Shri Pravin K Shah, chairperson, Jaina Education Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org (Mobile: 9198891900) or program coordinator Shri Jatin Shah at email@example.com.
Two Jain Chairs instituted in USA: Dr. Sulekh Jain,
former JAINA President has confirmed the establishment of two new Jain chairs in the USA. The two chairs are Bhagwan Vimalnath Lectureship in Jain Studies at University of California,
Santa Barbara and Bhagwan Ajitnath Endowed Professorship in Jain Studies at California State University at Northridge California.
The other existing Jain chairs are at the University of California at Irvine, CA; University of California at Riverside, CA, University of California at Davis,
CA; Florida International University, FL; University of North Texas; Emory University, GA; CA; Rice University, Texas; Elizabethtown College, PA; Yale University, CT; North
Eastern University, Massachusetts; University of Texas, Austin; Claremont School of Theology, CA; San Diego State University, CA; Graduate Theological Union, CA; Amherst College,
Massachusetts; Eastern Connecticut State University, CT; Loma Linda University, CA; Ottawa University, Canada; Illinois Wesleyan University, IL; Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles,
CA; University of London, U.K; Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; Ghent University, Belgium; Charles University, Prague; Polonsky Academy, Israel; University of Warsaw, Poland;
Adam Mickiewicz Univ., Poland; Wurzburg University, Germany; University of Paris, France.
New Jain Temple in Sri Lanka: The stone laying
ceremony of a Jain Temple was performed by Dr. Kalyan Gangwal and his wife Dr. Chandrakala Gangwal,
Pune on the occasion of Shrut Panchmi on 18th June 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
About 85 Jains from India including Shri Nirmal Kumar Sethi and Shri Gaurav Jain of Delhi also participated in the ceremony. On this occasion a bird hospital was also named as
Vidya-Praman Bird Hospital
after the names of Muni Vidhyasagar ji Maharaj and Muni Pramansagar ji Maharaj.
Jain Paathshala at Green Park, New Delhi: After the success of Arihant Academy-Jain Paathshala at Munirka, New Delhi, the Academy has opened it’s yet another chapter at Green Park in Delhi this year. The program has been launched with the aim of giving exposure to young children to the teachings of Jainism.
The age limit for the admission to the program is between 4-21 years.
A Big Donation to Jain Mahilashrama, Sagar: Prof. Bhagchandra Jain Bhaskar,
former faculty at Prakrit and Pali Department and his wife Prof. Pushpalata Jain formerly of Hindi Department, Nagpur University have donated Rs. 51 Lakhs to Shri Digambar Jain Mahilashrama,
Itawara Bazar, Sagar, M.P., for the construction of a hostel.
National workshop on Prakrit Language and Literature held: A 21-day
national workshop on Prakrit Language and Literature was organised at Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi.
The workshop held from May 18 to June 7 was attended by 24 participants from various parts of the country.
Prakrit Summer School 2018 successfully concluded: The 30th All India
Shri Atma Vallabh Summer School 2018 on Prakrit language and Literature was successfully concluded at BLII, Delhi recently. The four-week summer school, which began its classes on May
13, concluded on June 10, 2018. Some 30 participants from various parts of the country participated in the summer school.
Belgaum Jain community survey completed: A sociological survey of
the Jain community in Belgaum District of Karnataka has been successfully completed.
The district is generally known as a poor and backward region of Karnataka.
The Jain Community there also appears to be sharing some of these characteristics, and therefore needed to be subjected to a sociological inquiry regarding its contemporary status and the extent of socio-economic change and modernization.
In Belgaum survey, a sample of 376 Jain families and 370 Jain youth was taken for sociological analysis. The report writing work is in progress and would be completed by the end of June 2018. The report would cover Population Profile, Education and Occupational Structure, Community Profile, Jain way of life of the community in Belgaum district.
Prakash C. Jain, “Jain Community of Bundelkhand: A Sociological Profile”,
Arhat Vachana, 2018, Vol-30. No.1,
Jains constitute an important community in the Bundelkhand region. They are mainly involved in trading, banking and money-lending and various
kinds of services in public and private sectors, and as such they have been vitally integrated into the regional economy. This article presents a sociological profile
of the contemporary Jain community of Bundelkhand in terms of its demographics,
economic and occupational status, political contribution, socio-religious values and their way of life.
Prakash C. Jain (ed), Studies in Jain Demography, 1881-2011,
Rawat publications, Jaipur and New Delhi, 2018.
This anthology consisting of ten chapters written by distinguished experts on
the subject delineates the major demographic trends in the Jain population dynamics of India from census to census, from 1881 to 2011. Inter-alia the book also highlights the socio-demographic problems and prospects of the Jain community in terms of urbanization, inter-state migration, low fertility rate,
skewed gender ratio and its impact on marriage, literacy and work participation rates among the Jains etc.