International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) is conducting its 3rd Winter Program. Due to COVID-19, this year this winter program is being conducted online for the first time.

The program started with an Inaugural session on December 28, 2020. The Inaugural Session was started with Navakara Mantra by Ms. Manisha Jain (Delhi). Dr. Shugan C Jain, President of ISJS, welcomed the guests and participants. Dr. Abhay Firodia (Chairman of ISJS and Amar Prerana Trust, Pune), Sh. Mahesh Wader (President of JAINA), Dr. Jasvant Modi (USA) and some other JAINA-ALC members also addressed the Inaugural Session. Dr. Shrinetra Pandey, Joint Director of ISJS, presented an outline of the Winter Program. Dr. Sulekh Jain (Chairman of JAINA-ALC), Dr. Nitin Shah (USA), and other JAINA-ALC members along with Sh. Pradeep Dhadiwal (Pune) from APT.

This year, more than 40 participants from USA, UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Spain, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, China, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Greece and India are enrolled in this online program.

So far, the participants have studied the basics of Jainism such as introduction to Jainism, the place of Jainism in Indian Philosophy, Antiquity of Jainism, Metaphysics, fundamental values, daily practices, Puja and Rituals.

The program will continue till January 06, 2021 and it will cover the householder conduct, origin and development of Prakrit language, Jain Yoga, Epistemology, Bio Ethics, Sallekhana and their relevance to modern society.


International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) invites applications for the position of Director / Chief Executive at Pune. The selected candidate will be responsible to actualize the Vision and Mission of ISJS and all other activities.

The candidate must have PhD in Philosophy or Religion with a major emphasis on Jain philosophy, history, literature, practices, way of life and their applications to enhance personal and social wellness from a reputed University in India or Abroad.

Candidates with lesser experience will be considered for other academic positions.

To apply please forward your intent of interest along with a detailed Biodata and two references to President via email to or mail to President ISJS, C/o Firodia Hostel, 844, B.M.C.C Road, Shivaji Nagar, Pune - 411004 (MH).

The last date of application is March 01st, 2021.


ISJS offers an excellent opportunity for overseas university students, faculty members, researchers as well as high school teachers to visit India and learn about Jain philosophy & way of life and the doctrine of Ahimsa (nonviolence). The following programs are available for 2021 summer:
ISJS has received some applications for the above programs. Special financial assistance is also available only for the 5W program. Please visit to apply online.


Over two dozen families, individuals and foundations have come together to create the Endowed Chair in Jain and Hindu Dharma at California State University, Fresno.

The Endowed Chair in Jain and Hindu Dharma will be housed in the Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Humanities and will be an integral part of the University’s religious studies program. A professor who is an expert in both the Jain and Hindu Dharma traditions will be appointed as interim chair in 2021.

The Jain and Hindu community leaders and organizations that generously donated include J.P. Sethi, the Ravi & Naina Patel Foundation, Dr. Harsh Saigal, Anil Mehta, Dr. Vinod K. Gupta, Dina Bahl, Bankim Dalal, Dr. Girish Patel, Vardhaman Charitable Foundation, Andy Chhikara, Dr. Prem Kamboj, Dr. Madhav Suri, Dr. Krish Rajani, Monika Joshi, Ela and Bhavesh Muni, Rama Ambati, Dr. Shashi Sharma, Dr. Dinesh Sharma, Dilbagh Ghilawat, Sangita and Yogesh Shah, Rita and Narendra Parson, Komal and Prashant Desai, Kala and Surendra Jain, the Wadher Family Foundation, Dr. Sulekh Jain, Ronak and Mitul Shah, and Pinal and Hardik Modi.


The Center for the Study of Religion at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA welcomes applications for Bhagwan Abhinandan Jain lectureship in Jainism and South Asian Religions. The position will be expected to teach a total of four courses over the 2021-2022 academic year. Two courses will be in the area of Jain Studies, one comparative course in the area of Jainism and non-violent religious traditions, and one course in Religions of India. This position will also assist the Center Director with programming in Jain Studies.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an Religious Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Literature, Philosophy, or related disciplines, and must demonstrate an approach to undergraduate teaching of religion that balances a philosophical, doctrinal, or ethical framework with engagement in the anthropological, social, historical, and political dimensions of religious traditions. A record of academic training in Jainism or of academic research on Jainism is a requisite, but candidates should be qualified and available to teach survey courses not only on Jainism but on other major living South Asian religious traditions such as Hinduism and Sikhism. Focus on modernity or the present age, experience of field research, research on gender and sexuality, diaspora, media and popular culture, political organization and activism, and inter-religious dynamics in South Asia and within the South Asian diaspora will be considered favorably.


International School for Jain Studies in association with The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute had organized a two days international seminar on “Traces of Śramaṇa Tradition (with special reference to Jainism): Prior to 650 BCE” on October 5th & 6th, 2019 at Navalveerayatan, Pune.

Now, ISJS is in the process to publish the proceeding of the seminar. This proceeding contains 13 selected papers presented in this seminar exploring the available archaeological, cultural, social and literary evidences to substantiate the existence of Jain tradition before 650 BCE.


The October-December 2020 issue of ‘ISJS-Transactions’ is in progress and will be available for the readers by the second week of January 2021.

Now, ISJS invites research papers for its upcoming issues. The journal is open for the scholars/researchers/faculties for their research papers on various aspects of Jainology, i.e. philosophy, culture, religion, history, archaeology, art & architecture, science, relevance today and many more. Research papers can be sent to us on or

Editors: Dr. Shrinetra Pandey & Mr. Sushil Jana

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