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Amazing and extra ordinary experience: Sixth ISSJS 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pooja Jain
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Amazing and extra ordinary experience: Sixth ISSJS 2010

Sixth ISSJS2010 was the biggest, most diverse and multi group ISSJS. The four groups, each consisting of 13 to 19 participants were organized separately except for a week when the three groups in India were together for a week in Delhi. Each and every participant of ISSJS2010 attended their classes regularly from the beginning till the end enthusiastically and actively participating in discussions and learning process.

Some of the highlights are as follows

Distinguished faculty for ISSJS 2010.
Prof Dipak C Jain of Kellogg Business School Northwestern University Chicago spent a day at Delhi with the three groups. He gave two lectures to the participants on Business Ethics and Jainism. He was also the keynote speaker in the evening to Jain community at PHD Chamber attended by over 300 Jain leaders, academicians and participants. During the day, he had a luncheon meeting with key Jain business people and US embassy executives at Hotel Taj Man Singh Road New Delhi.

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Faculty, PhD and graduates

Mahidol Univ Bangkok




Delhi, Jaipur, Varanasi



faculty, PhD and graduates

do plus Moradabad



Undergraduates, Graduates

do plus Mumbai



Participants comments

A+/excellent by 2010-M and 2010-6W. Other groups rated similarly as well. Sample comment: Overall, ISSJS 2010 6W was a solid success. The calibre of the scholars and the programme was excellent, and every effort should be made to sustain this. This year's 6W scholars would be outstanding spokespersons and promoters of ISSJS; they should be given the opportunity to do so.
Prof Nathan Loewen. Vanier College Canada
All the participants said that they will strongly recommend this program to their friends and acquaintances as well as return again to further their knowledge and experience. Some of them even expressed keen desire to serve the ISJS cause and assist ISJS and valuable suggestions to further ISSJS experience and reach.

Analysis and learning

This year the 2010-M and 2010-6W groups included very bright, diligent and serious scholars from the finest universities of the world. They were ever more inquisitive to learn and appreciative of the diverse lived in experience offered by ISSJS. Almost all the participants thoroughly enjoyed and learned from the academic classes, visit to Hastinapur and temples, participating in religious rituals, meeting monks and lay people and discussions amongst the individual group members.

Two members stayed back for ten days to spend time with Jain acarya to observe their daily routine and participate in five days meditation camp. They strongly recommended including the meditation camp as an integral part of ISSJS if possible or atleast offer it as an option in 2011 onwards.

All the members of 2010-6W spent the entire period of research at Varansi and some field work. They thoroughly enjoyed group discussions and the ambience for conducting research, group discussions etc. The result was presentation of eleven very good research papers on different topics in Jainism. These papers will be published by ISSJS in SHRAMAN, quarterly journal of Parshwanath Vidhyapeeth Varanasi.
The faculty as well were highly satisfied and enjoyed their lectures and interactions. They are coming with more ideas as to enhance their own performance and thus contribute more to ISSJS success.

For more details please click on the following link : International Summer School for Jain Studies

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