Centre for Israel Studies (JCIS) was established in 2012 at Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) to advance the study of modern State of Israel. The centre is the first of its kind dedicated to the field of Israel studies within the Indian academia. However due to the international nature of the curriculum, since its inception, besides Indian students it has had students participating from countries like: Afghanistan, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa and the United States. JCIS aspires to pioneer the field of Israel Studies through excellence in teaching for multicultural non-western classrooms and build a research colloquium on Israeli History, Politics, Society and Culture as well as on Israel-Jewish Diaspora Relations. In addition, the centre is committed towards advancing knowledge of India-Israel bilateral engagement. India and Israel began their political relations in 1992 and in the three decades the two nation-states have established substantial relationship in trade, education, agriculture and defense. With this growing strategic partnership it is critical to enhance knowledge of Modern Israel, its vibrant society and multiethnic culture.
Jindal Centre for Israel Studies has established academic collaborations with the leading institutions in the field of Israel Studies such as Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University; Tel Aviv University; IDC Herzliya, College of Law and Business and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Alongside universities, JCIS has collaborated with the American Jewish Committee’s Asia Pacific Institute and Middle East Forum in the US to facilitate the centre’s visiting scholars program and conferences. JCIS organizes frequent public talks, workshops and seminars with renowned scholars and academicians from India, Israel, US and Canada.