Seminars & Workshops


Through the Seminars at the International Summer School (ISS), students have the exclusive opportunity to engage with eminent speakers on a wide variety of topics and issues that shed further light on contemporary India while focusing on the Overarching Themes of Security & Sustainability; Democracy & Development; and Culture & Commerce.

A complete schedule of these interactions is finalized subject to the availability of speakers during the program. Past Seminars organized by the ISS have included the following speakers:

  1. Justice Madan B. Lokur, Hon’ble Judge of the Supreme Court of India
  2. Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, the first Chief Information Commissioner of India
  3. Mr. Najeeb Jung, then Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi
  4. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, MP & Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and then Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs and HRD, India
  5. Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, Fmr. National Security Advisor to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
  6. Mr. R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary (Higher Education), Government of India
  7. Ambassador Jayant Prasad, Executive Director, IDSA
  8. Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, then Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India
  9. Ambassador Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India
  10. Ambassador Venu Rajamony, then Press Secretary to the Hon’ble President of India
  11. Dr. Shamika Ravi, Member, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council and Director (Research), Brookings India
  12. High Commissioner Vikas Swarup, then Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India
  13. Ambassador Pooja Kapur, then Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India
  14. Col. Sandip Puri, Director, Ministry of External Affairs, India
  15. Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  16. Dr. Waiel S.H. Awwad, then President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia
  17. Mr. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd.
  18. Ms. Suhasini Haidar, Editor (Diplomatic & Strategic Affairs), The Hindu
  19. Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General, WWF-India
  20. Dr. Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank
  21. Mr. Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
  22. Ms. Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India


In addition to the Seminars, the ISS conducts Workshops that allow students to develop a deeper understanding of the aforementioned Overarching Themes while keeping in mind the Guiding Principles of Education; Diplomacy; and Leadership. Many of these Workshops are convened in partnership with organizations such as WWF-India, CogitoHub, 5waraj, Invest India and InMe.