63 Students to attend ISJS Summer School this year
Students of 2017 Summer School with Union Minister Smt. Maneka Gandhi
This year, some 63 students have enrolled for the four Summer
Programmes offered by the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) starting June 22.
The ISJS Summer program is intended to provide students the opportunity to pursue Jain studies in India.
The course includes daily lectures, travel to places of historical significance,
interaction with Jain communities and participation in cultural activities.
The summer school programms include two
courses of four and six weeks respectively, a
course on Jain Yoga and a teachers training programme. This year, 19 students
from the US, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and India applied for four and six weeks programs, while 16 from the US and Zimbabwe applied for Teaching for Peace. For
the teachers training, 15 from the US applied for the course.
The four weeks intermediate level program is designed to cater to the needs of third
and fourth year undergraduate, graduate students, degree holders, PhD Candidates, Professors and faculty of Religion, Philosophy, South Asian Studies and
Anthropology and other related subjects who desire to learn about Jainism as a part of their higher education. The four weeks program will last
from June 12 to July 12 and will take place in Delhi, Jaipur and Aligarh.
The ISJS provides full lodging (twin shared air cooled rooms) (AC rooms in Delhi),
boarding (Jain vegetarian wholesome food) and inland travel in India to students attending the programme.
The six weeks advance program, on the other hand, is designed for serious and motivated Graduate and PhD students, Post Doctoral scholars
and full-time teaching-cum-research faculty involved in teaching religion, South
Asian religions, languages, anthropology, theology and allied subjects. The program will last from June 12 to July 21, 2018,
and will operate in Delhi and Jaipur.
The Teaching for Peace program is designed for K-12 teachers who
wish to integrate practical nonviolence into their lives, classrooms and schools. It provides practical teachings on
nonviolence and its applications. The course offers opportunity to study the ethics as practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and the
influence of Jainism on him. Students attending the programme are exposed to discussion and debate on concepts such as tolerance,
equanimity, forgiveness, harmony, self-discipline etc. Starting July 8,
the course will conclude on July 29 with classes at Delhi, Jaipur, Jalgaon and Pune.
The training program for the US teachers are
run by Uberoi Teacher Training Institute (UTTI) which was set up after Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies commissioned Loyola Marymount
University and ISJS to run the program. The three-week residential program in India aims to provide an engaged learning experience to teachers in
the four dharmic traditions of Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. The course will
run from July 4 to July 25, 2018 in Delhi, Amritsar, Haridwar and Sarnath
Survey Reports of Hauz Khas Tehsil and New Delhi District Released
Presentation of survey reports of Hauz Khas Tehsil and New Delhi District
The International School for Jain Studies recently released its survey reports on Jain communities of Delhi.
These surveys were carried out in Hauz Khas Tehsil and New Delhi District. The surveys were part of a
larger study on Jain population in India. The data for the two surveys were collected between August 2017 and
The findings of the two surveys were presented
to a gathering of the Delhi Jain community at Shri Jin Kushal Suri Jain Dadabadi, South Ext.
Part-I on March 25, 2018. The function was presided over by Shri Sunil Kumar Jain, Deputy Director General,
Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Govt. of India. Dr. Shugan C Jain, Founder-Chairman of the ISJS, addressed the audience,
while Prof Prakash C Jain, Project Director, Jain Population and Community Studies, presented the two survey reports.
It should be noted that in 1881 the total Jain population, as per census records was only 12 lakhs,
which after 130 years has now increased to about 45 lakh. Many Jains believe that their
population presently is not less than one crore. Some even claim it to be two crores. They believe that a considerable number of
Jains are enumerated as Hindus in each census, resulting in consistently low population enumeration of the Jains.
It is against this background that the present project was carried out. The foremost idea was to check the veracity
of census data in a limited area of Delhi NCR, Hauz Khas tehsil and New Delhi district.
Findings of the Survey
Both surveys clearly bring out the fact that Jain population in Delhi was under-estimated in 2011 census in the range of 60% to 100%.
The surveys of Jains in Hauz Khas tehsil and New Delhi district revealed that the Jain population is very well educated, with
about 58.4% to 82.10% of them having graduate or post-graduate educational qualifications. The Jain women too happen to be almost
equally qualified. About 22% of the total Jain population in New Delhi district are engaged in their own businesses, and another 14% in
numerous professions and services. About 38% of the Jain population is that of students. Unfortunately, a significant number of Jains (6%)
were also found to be illiterate, which should be a matter of great concern for the community.
It is to be noted that co-education and co-working were suggested by our respondents (51.4%) to be the main cause of inter-religious marriage.
In Hauz Khas study about one-third of our respondents further admit the non-availability of suitable match within the community as the
second important cause of inter-marriage. These two causes underline the acceptability of “love marriage” or marriage by choice as the
preferred mode of marriage which leads us to conclude that the majority of Jains are not very rigid about their Jain values and the way
of life. Similarly, the great majority of respondents (99.2%) are supportive of widow/divorcee remarriage. Again, a good majority of
respondents were found to be flexible about temple/sthanak visit, eating before sunset, and liberal about occasional drinking.
Delhi population surveys are truly path-breaking studies. Their major objective was to check the veracity of census data regarding
the total population of Jains and their characteristics in small census areas, i. e., a tehsil and a district. While the survey positively
validate some major population characteristics of the Jain community such as age and gender structure, family size, sex and child rearing,
literacy and educational levels, occupational structure etc., they raise serious doubts about the correct head-count of the members of the community.
For number of reasons, some Jains, particularly those who write other than "Jain" surnames are often registered as Hindus by census enumerators
resulting in under-enumeration of the Jain community in census figures. In our studies, this under-enumeration is in the range of 60% to 100%.
In view of this, such studies need to be replicated at a number of places in India with a sizeable Jain population. The studies also require a wider
publicity through media as well as extension lectures.
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 "ISJS-Transactions" (ISSN: 2457-0583). The objective of the Journals 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. Expert and scholars on Jainism Studies 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 suggestion for improving the Journal. You can visit
us at https://www.isjs.in/isjs-transactions 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.
Jainism for young Inquisitive by Dr. Shugan C Jain, published by International School for Jain Studies, 2018,
pages X+90, ISBN No: 778-81-9336-20-3-7, Price- Rs. 150 & US$ 5. This book intends to provide brief but comprehensive knowledge/wisdom about
Jainism to young inquisitive high school and college students primarily who are unfamiliar with Jainism and arouse interest in them to know more about it.
The book starts with the Jain symbol of the raised hand,
a sign that means to stop for a minute and think twice about Ahimsa before doing anything.
Dr. Shugan C Jain, delivered a lecture on “Fear and Fearlessness: Violence and Non- Violence”
on 13th May 2018 at Sushil Muni Ashram, Defence Colony, New Delhi. This lecture was part of our series of monthly lectures on Jainlogy.
This series has been running for the past 3 years.
Sociological profiles of Jain communities in India:
Belgaum Survey completed; report writing in progress.
Similar surveys at Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal, Sagar, Kolhapur, Solapur, Ahmednagar, Pune and Ahmedabad are in progress.
Felicitation(s): Dr. Shugan Chand Jain, Chairman, International School for Jain Studies (ISJS), New Delhi
was honoured by Shri Nirmal Jain Sethi, President, Shri Bharat Varshiya Digambar Jain Dharm Sanrakshan Mahasabha
in a function here in Delhi on 15th May 2018 for his contribution to promote
Jain studies in India and abroad.
Dr Jain is an eminent Jain scholar and has published number of articles and books.
His most recent book Gandhi & Jainism was well received by the Jain community.
Mahasabha has been playing an important role in promoting Jain studies in India. Recently it sponsored six students from Sri Lanka,
Ethiopia and Pakistan for 4-week international summer
program organized by the ISJS. Mahasabha has also asked ISJS to conduct a Jain Studies program in a reputed
University of Bangkok for three weeks.
Conference on Jainism and the Environment: On April 14, the Bhagwan Adinath Professorship in Jain Studies
at the University of North Texas held a one day conference on the topic of “Jainism and the Environment”
featuring a keynote address by the eminent scholar of Jain Studies Christopher Key Chapple.
Prakrit Summer School 2018 at BLII in progress: The 3 week summer school started on 13th May 2018 at Bhogilal Leherchand
Institute of Indology, Vijay Vallabh Smarak Complex, Alipur,
Delhi and was inaugurated by Prof. S. S. Rana.
A 21-day national workshop on Prakrit Language and Literature at Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi:
The inaugural session of the workshop started on 18th May 2018 was presided by Prof. K. D. Tripathi, Hon’ble
Chancellor of Mahatama Gandhi International Hindi university, Wardha. Prof. H. S. Pandey, Sanskrit University,
Varanasi was the chief-guest and Prof. D. N. Sharma, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad was the guest of honour.
A lecture on Deogarh Sculptures: A lecture on Jain Sculptures of the Deogarh Temple Complex was delivered by
Prof. Neeru Mishra, Visiting professor at Manipur Cultural University, Imphal on 18th May 2018 at India International Center, New Delhi.
The lecture was organized by Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology & India International Center.
Dr. Kalyan Gangwal & Mrs. Gangwal recently visited Vietnam & Cambodia in search of roots of Jainism.
They came across a number of ancient pratimas of Lord Parashwanath.
Settled in Pune, Dr. Kalyan Gangwal is a medical doctor by profession, and is
deeply committed to the cause of Ahimsa and vegetarianism. In his recent visit
to Vietnam & Cambodia he was in search of ancient history of Jainism in these
countries. He visited 1500-year old Digamber Jain Muniniwas which is in hilly
forest 75 kilometres away from Hanoi, Vietnam. These caves were later on converted into Buddhist cave temple.
In Cambodia Dr. Gangwal and Dr. Mrs. Gangwal also visited archaeological Museum in Phnom Penh, Capital of Cambodia.
In this museum they were surprised to see old pratimas of Parshwanath. They are planning to visit these countries again.