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. Najeeb Jung, then Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Delhi
  3. 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
  4. Ambassador Shivshankar Menon, Fmr. National Security Advisor to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
  5. Ambassador Jayant Prasad, Executive Director, IDSA
  6. Ambassador Anil Wadhwa, then Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India
  7. Ambassador Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India
  8. Ambassador Venu Rajamony, then Press Secretary to the Hon’ble President of India
  9. High Commissioner Vikas Swarup, then Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, India
  10. Ambassador Pooja Kapur, then Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, India
  11. Col. Sandip Puri, Director, Ministry of External Affairs, India
  12. Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  13. Dr. Waiel S.H. Awwad, then President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia
  14. Mr. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd.
  15. Ms. Suhasini Haidar, Editor (Diplomatic & Strategic Affairs), The Hindu
  16. Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General, WWF-India
  17. Dr. Junaid Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank


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.