An India-centric syllabus has been especially designed by the ISS. Each module is transacted through a series of lectures that are delivered by renowned academicians from the Jawaharlal Nehru University as well as other reputed institutions and organisations.

Whereas the syllabus has been developed at an undergraduate level, the participating faculty encourages students to take the initiative and immerse themselves in certain topics through higher level research.

The following course modules are part of the ISS:

Horizontal linkages have been identified across the above modules to facilitate a trans-disciplinary approach to learning. Lectures for each of the first four modules mentioned above are 12-15 in number, with each lecture lasting 1.5 hours. This amounts to 90 hours of in-class teaching time over the course of the first four weeks and on top of this, students are constantly engaged in individual research/study and group activities that supplement the lectures.

To facilitate the international mobility of students, the ISS issues an e-Transcript/Grade Card to those who successfully complete the programme. Each of the first four modules mentioned above are, therefore, assessed through an essay that covers the following:
A.  Literature review, if applicable; and
B.  Comparative research between India and their own country, if applicable.

The fifth module which is referred to as Fieldwork primarily refers to activities undertaken during the final two weeks of the programme, though all the other experiences that students take part in over the entire six-week period also constitute some part of it. Whereas the focus is on the volunteer experience with Ritinjali, the 5waraj Workshops are also an integral element of Fieldwork. The assessment for this fifth module, which builds on the knowledge gained from the other four modules, is again evaluated by the ISS and a weightage equivalent of 45 hours is awarded in terms of academic units at the end of the programme.