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Expansion of South Asian Studies....

Expansion of South Asian Studies.
Jainism currently has only a miniscule presence.
Jainism has survived and flourished in India in the past.
Doctrines of ahimsa, aparigraha , anekanta and karma relevant today.
New generation of Jains must acknowledge their identity proudly and discuss Jainism with non-Jains.
Modern and creative approaches are needed.
ISJS is remedying this by training and motivating current and future researchers and faculty/teachers.

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  • 1. ISJS International School for Jain Studies
  • 2. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR JAIN STUDIES ISJS Sponsored by MAHAVIR VISION, INC. (USA) & INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR JAIN STUDIES India .
  • 3. Jainism to be a part of South Asian Studies in North America
    • Expansion of South Asian Studies.
    • Jainism currently has only a miniscule presence.
    • Jainism has survived and flourished in India in the past.
    • Doctrines of ahimsa, aparigraha , anekanta and karma relevant today.
    • New generation of Jains must acknowledge their identity proudly and discuss Jainism with non-Jains.
    • Modern and creative approaches are needed.
    • ISJS is remedying this by training and motivating current and future researchers and faculty/teachers.
    ISSJS
  • 4. Building Temples is Not Enough
    • Essential components for survival of Jainism
      • Scriptures (Jin-Vani) for guidance, Temples for worship, Monks for leadership, Devoted Shravakas for support and revival.
    • Extensive Temple building in recent years
      • Temples alone will not preserve Jainism.
      • It is essential to preserve Jain Learning and prepare competent scholars who will teach Jainism.
    ISSJS
  • 5. Objectives of ISJS
    • Comprehensive scholarly and experiential introduction to Jainism.
    • Applicable to academic studies in international universities, North America in particular.
    • Intensive three weeks and six weeks academic programs covering philosophy, social aspects, rituals, pilgrimage.
    • Interaction with scholars, monks, lay people and practitioners.
    • On return ISJS, supports scholars to carry out further research.
    ISSJS
  • 6. ISSJS Approach: Scholarship & Practical Introduction
    • ISSJS is a project of ISJS
    • Approach:
      • Scholars from multiple institutions.
      • Trains potential teachers and researchers.
      • Encourages graduate students to study Jainism.
      • Student earns credit from the home university.
      • ISSJS trained faculty to offer regular courses in Jainism.
      • Fast track and cost effective.
      • History, philosophy, art and culture, rituals and way of life to be introduced to scholars to make it a comprehensive program.
    ISSJS
  • 7. How ISSJS alumni & faculty will spread Jain academic studies
    • Development of courses for Jains & non-Jains.
    • Research and publications by scholars.
    • Scholars will give lectures and seminars at
      • Jain institutions in North America and India.
      • International Conferences.
    • They will collaborate with Jain scholars in India and in other countries.
    • Modernization of Jain Studies in India.
    ISSJS
  • 8. International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS)
    • Voluntary, non-government non-profit project of ISJS.
    • Funded by a few philanthropists in USA, India and Canada.
    • Past summer schools
      • June - July 2005, 7 Scholars
      • June - July 2006, 14 Scholars
      • June - July 2007, 28 Scholars
      • June- July 2008, 38 scholars
      • May- July 2009, 47 scholars
      • Professors and scholars from the USA, Canada, Western Europe Russia, Cuba, Singapore and Thailand.
      • Scholars came from 20 international universities.
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  • 9. 2005 Summer School Glimpses ISSJS
  • 10. 2005 Summer School Glimpses ISSJS It has been one of the most rewarding studies that I have undertaken. HF
  • 11. 2006 Program Glimpses ISSJS I am deeply committed to furthering Jain studies. It is both a personal and academic commitment . AV
  • 12. 2006 Program Glimpses ISSJS
  • 13. ISSJS 2007 Glimpses ISSJS
  • 14. ISSJS 2008 Glimpses ISSJS
  • 15. ISSJS 2009 Glimpses ISSJS
  • 16. ISSJS 2009 Glimpses ISSJS
  • 17. ISSJS 2009 Highlights
    • Prof P.S. Jaini of Univ. of California taught for ten days.
    • Three schools organized for fresh and serious scholars:
      • Bangkok, Mahidol University. April 21st to May 15th 2009. 17 participants attended the program.
      • India One month program May 24th to June 23rd 13 students attended.
      • India two months program May 30th to July 19th 13 professors and researchers attended.
    • Now ISJS is organizing a series of twelve national and international seminars on Social Consciousness and Jainism in 2010.
    ISSJS
  • 18. Teaching Methods
    • Preparation of lectures in advance by teachers:
      • Comprehensive lecture notes available in advance to scholars.
    • Interactive and modern teaching:
      • students encouraged to ask perceptive questions.
      • Technology: power-point, projector, computers etc.
    • Evaluations & feedback by both teachers and scholars -Daily, weekly, monthly, end of course.
    • One week special project under supervision of a Jain Scholar in India.
    • Visits to Jain temples, homes, Sadhus and Sadhvis.
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  • 19. Selection of Scholars
    • Potential participants reached through:
      • Dept Chairs, Past alumnus, American Institute of Indian Studies AIIS, ISSJS Web-site, mass mailing and newsletter, University of Ottawa , Shastri Indo -Canadian Institute & personal contacts & network.
    • Candidates apply along with 2-3 references from their peers and supervisors/professors.
    • The Academic Council reviews the application
      • match between ISSJS mission & Candidate’s career goals.
      • references checked.
      • interviews each candidate on the phone.
    • The Chairman of the Academic Council makes the final decision.
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  • 20. Significant Acheivements: Samples
    • Sarah Hadmack (taught Religious studies: Windward Comm. College, University of Hawaii), Brought her class to issjs2009.
    • Prof. Anne Vallely and Prof. Hope Fitz organizing Jain programs at their universities.
    • Andrea Jain teaching Jain Diaspora at Univ. of Houston.
    • Dr. Shugan Jain visited University of Ottawa (host Prof. Anne Valley), Eastern Connecticut State Univ. (host Prof. Hope Fritz) and Mahidol University (Bangkok) . Has written Key to reality in Jainism being published by Rajasthan Univ. and a chapter on Jainism in Current religions of the world in USA.
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  • 21. Significant Acheivements: Samples
    • Scholars from all over the world attending ISSJS
    • Canada: Universities of Ottawa, Toronto, Victoria, Mcgil, Memorial Univ of New Found land
    • USA: Eastern Connecticut State, Iowa, Chicago, Illinois, Loyala Marimont, Hawaii, Indiana,North Carolina State, Drew, Rice
    • Thailand Mahidol, Ramakhanhaeng, Silpakom,
    • Others: Singapore NU; Europe Univ. of Moscow, Ghent Belgium and London (SOAS); Japan Tokyo; Cuba and Cambodia.
    ISSJS
  • 22. Significant achievements
    • Eminent Jain scholars from North America and Europe now collaborating with ISJS. (Prof. Jaini, Prof. C. Chapple)
    • Onshore schools being organized at Mahidol Univ. Bangkok.
    • Good awareness now of the need for Jain academic Studies at university campuses.
    • Nearly 120 Scholars have graduated from this program.
    • Several ISSJS Alumnus have/planning to enroll in PhD. programs in Jainism.
    • Before ISSJS , hardly any university had a regular course offerings in Jainism. Now many have started offerings.
    • 500+ students are being exposed to Jainism regularly in overseas universities.
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  • 23. Significant Achievements, contd.
    • About 3-4 college level text books and Chapters on Jainism are in preparation.
    • First time in the history of AAR and DANAM, Several papers were presented in Jainism in 3 stand alone sessions.
    • Jainism presence at AAR and DANAM conferences will be an annual event. A permanent Jainism panel established for future DANAM conferences.
    • ISSJS affiliated with Univ. of Ottawa.
    • ISSJS Scholars from Thailand organized seminars in Jainism at a university in Bangkok. This was a first seminar.
    • Lectures in several universities in India.
    • Series of 12 national and international seminars on Social consciousness and Jainism being organized.
    ISSJS
  • 24. Seminars on Social Consciousness & Jainism planned in 2010
    • Place Univ. Date(2010) Coordinators  
    • Atul: Feb 20 th Dr. Mrs. Vimla Lalbhai
    • Bangalore Jain Feb 24 th Prof. N. Choodamani
    • Chennai: Madras Feb 25 th Prof. Priyadarshan Jain
    • Delhi: JNU Mar 8 th Prof. P.C.Jain
    • Indore: Devi Ahilya Feb 18 th Prof. Anupam Jain
    • Jaipur: Rajasthan Feb 15 th Prof. Kusum Jain
    • Hastinapur: Shobhit Mar 5 th Prof. S.P.Agrawal,
    • Mumbai: Mumbai Feb. 22 nd Prof.M. Katarnikar
    • Varanasi: BHU Mar 2 nd Prof. K.K.Jain
    • Vijayavada: A.Nagarajan Feb 27 th Prof. Murli Mohan
    • Canada* Ottawa August Prof. Anne Vallely
    • * Date to be announced; more in North America under discussions
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  • 25. Growth: Long term
    • Creation of Jain Centers of Excellence or Jain Chair at universities.
    • Establishment of Jain Libraries at various universities.
    • May lead to a special Institute for systematic, broad, multi-dimensional, training of scholars and monks/nuns.
    • A University dedicated to Jain Studies in USA
      • Examples: Hindu Univ of America, Maharishi Univ of Management, Southern Methodist Univ etc.
      • Will be an incremental long-term goal.
    ISSJS
  • 26. How to Participate
    • As a distinguished instructor or Jain representative
    • As a participant
      • Professor in an academic/research institution.
      • Graduate student exploring Jainism.
    • Please visit the ISSJS web-site for
      • Further information.
      • Forms and deadlines.
    ISSJS http://jainstudies.org
  • 27. How you can support ISSJS
    • Participate in the program.
    • Help promote the program.
    • We need to raise funds for the ISSJS mission
      • Mahavir Vision Inc., is a tax-exempt non-profit organization in US.
      • ISJS is a Tax Exempt non-profit organization in India.
      • Donations of $5,000, $1,000, $500 or any other amount will help us achieve the aims of ISSJS.
    ISSJS
  • 28. Contacts
    • Web: http://jainstudies.org
    • Write to by email/mail or call
      • Dr. Shugan Jain, Delhi [email_address]
      • +91 (98) 181 39000, +91 (11) 2649 1228.
      • Prof. Cromwell Crawford, Hawaii, crmwllcrwf@aol.com Phone (808) 395-2238 (home) and (808) 271-3387 (cell)
      • Dr. Sulekh C. Jain, Texas scjain@earthlink.net (281) 494 7656 and (832) 594 8005 ( cell)
      • Dr. Atul Shah UK atul@diverseethics.com
      • Mr. Pramod Jain Bangkok jain_pm@hotmail.com
      • Dr. Pankaj Jain [email_address]
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  • 29. ISSJS: For the Future of Jainism
    • Creating the next generation of scholars and young Jains.
    • Global Prabhavana of Jainism: Taking the message of Jainism to the whole world.
    • Modern and thorough program.
    • Your support and contributions critical to the success of this project.
    ISSJS
  • 30. New Initiatives of ISJS
    • Established partnerships in India with :
    • Parashwanath Vidhyapeeth Varanasi, set up ISJS- PV Global Centre for Ahinsa & Indological Research Varanasi.
    • Shri Digambar Jain Trilok Research Sansthan Hastinapur.
    • Rajasthan University. Centre for Advanced Studies.
    • Somaiya Vidhya Vihar Mumbai (Mumbai Univ.).
    • Madras University Chennai.
    • Shri Digambar Jain Shrut samvardhini Mahasabha Delhi.
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  • 31. WHO ARE THE MOVERS & SHAKERS OF ISJS?
    • ISJS CONSISTS OF:
        • Academic Councils
        • Governing Councils
        • Affiliated and supporting Institutions
        • ISJS Teaching Faculty
    ISSJS
  • 32. ISJS NORTH AMERICA, ACADEMIC COUNCIL
    • Prof. Cromwell Crawford, Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, CHAIRMAN
    • Prof. Padmnabh Jaini, Prof. Emeritus, Univ. of California, Berkeley, California
    • Prof. Christopher Chapple, Loyola Marymount Univ. Los Angeles, California
    • Prof. Hope Fitz, Eastern Connecticut State Univ., Willimantic, Conn.
    • Prof. Jagmohan Humar, Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Canada
    • Prof. John E. Cort, Denison Univ., Granville, Ohio
    • Prof. Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Prof. of Law, Rutgers Univ., Newark, NJ
    • Prof. Glenn Paige, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Prof. Deepak Jain, Dean Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern Univ., Chicago, IL
    • Prof. Anne Vallely, Univ. of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
    • Dr. Pankaj Jain, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, North Carolina
    • Sarah Hadmack, Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
    ISSJS
  • 33. ISJS U.K., ACADEMIC COUNCIL
    • Dr. Atul Shah, Chairman
    • Dr. Prakash Shah
    • Dr. Vinod Kapasi
    ISJS Thailand, ACADEMIC COUNCIL
    • Mr. Pramod Jain, Chairman
    • Mr. Atul Shah
    • Prof. Sophana, Dean Mahidol Univ.
  • 34. ISJS INDIA, ACADEMIC COUNCIL
    • Dr. Shugan Chand Jain, Ph.D., Delhi, Chairman.
    • Prof. Kamal Chand Sogani, Ph.D., Jaipur
    • Prof. Sagar Mal Jain, Ph.D., Shajapur, M.P
    • Prof. Dr Kusum Jain, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
    • Dr. Anupam Jain, Holkar Science College, Indore
    • Dr. Priyadarshana Jain, University of Madras,Chennai
  • 35. ISJS India governing council
    • Dr Mahendra K Pandya
    • Sh. Ashok Patni
    • Sh C.P.Jain
    • Sh Swatantra Jain
    • Sh Indrabhuti Barar
    • Sh D.R.Mehta
    • Sh N.K.Sethi Jaipur
    • Sh N.K.Sethi Delhi
    • Dr Shugan C Jain
    ISSJS
  • 36. ISJS NORTH AMERICA; GOVERNING COUNCIL
    • Note: ISJS USA is a subcommittee of Mahavir Vision, Inc. USA
    • Dr. Sulekh C. Jain, Houston, Texas, CHAIRMAN
    • Dr. Mahendra K. Pandya, Staten Island, New York
    • Dr. Chandra Khasgiwala, Boston, Massachusetts.
    • Dr. Dilip K. Bobra, Tempe, Arizona
    • Dr. Yashwant K. Malaiya, Fort Collins, Colorado
    ISSJS Dr. Vinay K. Jain, Boston, Massachusetts Dr. Tansukh J. Salgia, Columbus, Ohio Dr. Manish Mehta, Ann Arbor, Michigan Prof. Subhash Jain, Iowa City, Iowa Mr. Dilip V. Shah, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mr. Swatantar Jain, Houston, Texas Mr. Gulab Kothari, Atlanta, Georgia Mr. Yogendra Jain, Boston, Massachusetts Mr. N. S. Vatsa kumar, Bay City, Texas Mr. Yougesh Kamdar, Hamden, CT
  • 37. ISJS AFFILITED SUPPORTING INSTITUTIONS, North America
    • University of Ottawa
    • Indo Canadian Shastri Institute
    • Academic Study of Jainism in North America (ASJNA)
    • Jain Academic Foundation of North America (JAFNA)
    • Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA)
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  • 38. ISJS COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS, India
    • Jain Vidhya Sansthan Jaipur
    • Parasnath Vidhyapeeth Varanasi
    • CAPS Univ of Rajasthan Jaipur
    • Kund Kund Gyanpeeth Indore
    • Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology Delhi
    • Shri Dig Jain Trilok Shodh sansthan Hastinapur
    • SBD Shrut Sanvardhini Mahasabha Delhi
    • American Institute of Indian studies New Delhi
    • JAERC Mumbai University Mumbai
    • Somaiya Vidhya Vihar Mumbai
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  • 39.
    • Come & join the movement
    • Thanks & Jai Jinendra
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