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JSIA offers four totally unique interdisciplinary degree programmes, namely B.A. Hons. in Global Affairs, B.A. Hons. in Political Science, B.A. Hons. Diplomacy & Foreign Policy and M.A. in Diplomacy, Law & Business. No other institution in India awards such degrees.

JSIA has introduced scenario-building exercises in which students are given a problem from the actual world and asked to solve it within a limited time frame. Students are also asked to analyse an official document/joint statement/declaration and also provide the salient points and draw conclusions about the official documents or speeches or statements. In order to provide more nuanced approach to conflict resolution and peace building, the students are asked to think like a diplomat to resolve a crisis and provide reasons for why they have adopted a certain approach for problem solving. The purpose of all these exercises is to build confidence among the students and also present their arguments in a structured manner.

Monthly Faculty Board Meetings and Open Houses are held to discuss about better teaching and learning methodologies and ensure much improved faculty–student bonding. A Faculty-Student Interaction Committee has also been formed for this purpose. JSIA also organises Public lectures/Seminars/Workshops/Conferences/Colloquiums by Career Diplomats/ renowned experts in the field of Foreign Policy/International Affairs and Academicians for better understanding of the subjects and an all-inclusive development of the students.

The M.A. degree in Diplomacy, Law & Business (DLB) requires completion of 48 credits over 4 semesters in 3 thematic areas of specialisation, viz. International Relations, International Business, and International Law. All students are required to take 4 mandatory courses covering the fields of International Relations, International Economics, International Law, and Research Methods. Upon completion of the mandatory courses, students may choose from a wide range of elective courses offered by the Schools of International Affairs (JSIA), Law (JGLS), Business (JGBS), and Public Policy (JSGP) at the O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University). In the final semester, students also have the option of completing a thesis or dissertation; the dissertation is worth 12 credits and can be done instead of elective courses of the same credit value. Students are also required to complete a Guided Internship Programme between semesters 2 & 3. JSIA has a dedicated team of faculty and staff to assist students with obtaining internships, in both India and abroad, as per student preferences and interests.

The B.A. (Honours) degree in Global Affairs (GA) is a unique course that has been developed with the understanding that it is only by drawing on a wide range of disciplines—including Political Science, Economics, Law, History, Philosophy, and Sociology—that students can truly comprehend the world in which we live. In addition to the interdisciplinary coursework, the GA degree has a mandatory non-English foreign language requirement, providing students with in-depth training in a language of their choice: Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish, and Arabic (all official languages of the United Nations system). Students have regularly found that investing in acquiring a foreign language has paid significant dividends in obtaining jobs both in India and abroad. Beginning in the fourth semester and beyond, students take a mix of thematic classes focused on specific regions of the world (including the Middle East, Asia Pacific, South Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America). The goal is to provide students with both a breadth and depth of knowledge that will allow them to hit the ground running in their careers.

The B.A. Honours in Political Science degree is a three-year under-graduate programme that is dedicated to the study of political evolution of the world we live in. Political Science is the study of theory and practice of politics that involves description and analysis of all political activities, political thoughts and political phenomena. This degree aims to train students in all forms and manifestations of politics in arenas from local, state, national and international levels.

The newly introduced Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (B.A. D.F.P.) is a three-year degree programme being offered by the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) from August 2022. This programme is aimed at students aspiring to join the diplomatic corps or intended to make careers as foreign affairs journalists and editors, lawyers, civil society activists, government relations executives in multinational corporations, and many other pathways. The students will acquire complete understanding of great power relations, geo-politics, geo-economics, bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, negotiations, armed conflicts, and diplomatic crisis management.

At both the M.A and B.A. levels, the typical format for a class at JSIA is a discussion-based seminar focused on student-centred teaching. Students are encouraged to engage in critical thinking and lively debate, to draw links between theory, history, and current affairs, and to become better aware of the multifaceted relationship between power, politics, business, law, and justice. Small class sizes are crucial to JSIA’s pedagogy, and the faculty-student ratio is less than 1:9.

Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) publishes the annual Jindal Journal of International Affairs (JJIA), which serves as a hallmark of quality research and analysis on the world’s most pressing issues. This journal bears testament to the strong culture of research on international issues that is being promoted along with world class teaching at JSIA. The journal features contributions of serious scholars as well as practitioners who wish to make crucial interventions about international current affairs, float new ideas, and provide solutions to burning contemporary problems. It brings critical insights to major issue areas such as war and peace, diplomatic practice, foreign policy analysis, comparative politics, international political economy, international organisations, humanitarian practice, human rights and contemporary world history.

The unique aspect of JJIA is its global coverage of issues and events. Although JSIA is located in India, the breadth of its academic interests and knowledge-dissemination is global. The articles in this journal cover the most pressing international problems from various regions of the world, including North Africa, Central Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia and the wider Middle East.

JJIA enjoys endorsement from some of the world’s most renowned scholars and practitioners of international politics. JJIA will enter the must-read category for post-graduate students of international affairs schools, personnel of international organisations, diplomats, business analysts, strategic affairs think tanks, and governmental foreign policy brains trusts.