A Free* and Unique Opportunity to Study Jainism in India this Winter Holiday. We are happy to announce that we are organizing the 3rd Winter Program on Jain Studies. Below are the brief details of the program:

Target Participants: Undergraduate students, graduate students, PhD candidates, Professors, and faculty members of universities abroad and India, High school teachers and Jain professionals who wish to have experiential Immersion in Jain philosophy and way of life.

Place: Ahmedabad (Gujarat) & Pune (Maharashtra), India.

Duration: December 28, 2020 - January 07, 2021. The program includes two days visit to famous Jain temples, monks, and institutions.

*Refundable security deposit: US$ 100 or it's equivalents in Indian Rupees by cheque in favour of International School for Jain Studies.

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A new Jain Chair namely Bhagwan Vimalnath Endowed Chair in Jain Studies is established in the University of California at Santa Barbara’s (UC Santa Barbara) Department of Religious Studies ( This University is recognized as one of the best universities in the USA. It embraces an interdisciplinary approach to understand the religions around the world and the department was ranked #11 in the nation (2nd among public universities) by the latest National Research Council review while a recent external review considered it as one of the top four in the country. The department emphasizes religion in a global context but the study of South Asian religious traditions is its core strength.

The Chair is established through generous donation of one million dollars from Mrs. Raksha and Mr. Harshad Shah, Drs. Meera and Jasvant Modi, and Mrs. Rita and Dr. Narendra Parson.

Incidentally, Dr. Jasvant Modi fully sponsors the Winter Program organized by International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) at Ahmedabad. So far 2 winter programs have been conducted by ISJS.

The formal signing ceremony for the establishment of this chair will be on June 18, 2020 at 04:00 pm (PST), 05:00 pm (Mountain time), 06:00 pm (Central time), 07:00 pm (Eastern time) and June 19, 2020 at 04:30 am (IST).

To participate in this celebration, please RSVP to Suzanne Robertson at Upon registration, Zoom meeting information will be provided. Click here for more details


In the first issue of May 2020 of the Newsletter, we had announced to publish the April-June issue of our research journal on “Pandemic and Jainism”. We are glad to inform that we have received an overwhelming response from our contributors and readers; we are very thankful to them for the same.

Now, the April-June issue is in process of final editing and will be published on our website by the end of this month, the same will be notified to you through email.

Beside the papers selected to publish in this issue, we have some more papers on the topic. Therefore, International School for Jain Studies ‘ISJS’ has decided to publish it's July-September, 2020 issue also on “Pandemic and Jainism”. For this issue, research papers can be sent to us on or by July 05, 2020.

ISJS invites and welcomes the research papers on the various aspects of Jainology, i.e. philosophy, culture, religion, history, archaeology, art & architecture, science and many more for October-December, 2020 issue.

Earlier issues of the journal are available at

To publish a paper in our journal, we need following things:
  1. Paper should be original and unpublished,
  2. An abstract of 250-350 words,
  3. In the paper, research should be discussed in detail,
  4. Bibliography of the cited sources,
  5. Proper referencing, for example:
    • If we cite something from a secondary (general) book, we need to provide: Name of the Author, Name of the Book, Publisher, Place of Publication, Year of Publication, Page no/s.
    • If we cite something from a primary source like Agamas or any other ancient book like Tattvarthasutra, Samayasara etc., we need to provide: Name of the text, Name/number of the chapter, Verse no/title of the subject.
  6. Paper should be started with some problem/s; aims and objectives should be clear, dealt with literature review, and end with solutions.



ISJS is compiling and preparing a database of Jain Scholars in India and abroad. The list is available at

ISJS requests you to please help us to update the list. To add or modify the list, please email us at with subject heading “Jain Scholar”. If you wish to add your/anyone’s name in the list, please send a brief bio alongwith email address for our record.
Editors: Dr. Shrinetra Pandey & Mr. Sushil Jana

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