Published: 28th November 2019
Want to be the leader of India's tomorrow? Rashtram Accelerator is where you need to be
Started with a vision to nurture leaders of tomorrow, Rashtram School of Public Leadership was launched recently by five passionate individuals
The most essential question that no one is asking today is — How do we nurture the people to lead this country? "And I am not just talking about the political front. But even research, social and finance sectors are facing a dearth of leaders," says Shobhit Mathur. To find answers to the question, Shobhit and four founders, a young team from Vision India Foundation, got together to start Rashtram School of Public Leadership.
What it encompasses
It was on November 8, 2019, that they publicly announced their launch, even though the idea has been in the works for three years now. The 48-week residential programme called Rashtram Accelerator opens its application in nine days and it is for those who want to hone the leader in them. Their blended curriculum includes not just classroom learning, but social immersion and on-field practice as well.
The applications for this programme opens in nine days and the deadline would be in March
After 16 weeks of classes in their facility in Sonipat, Haryana, students are encouraged to go out in the field and work in the area of their interest. Then, classes ensue again for a short period so that they can not only reflect on their on-field learnings but also understand what they can do better. Another series of on-field work begins and the last four weeks are allotted for self-reflection, sharing and more learning. As an example of on-field work, Shobhit gives us the example of an organisation called ShivGanga in Madhya Pradesh. It was started by Padma Shri awardee Mahesh Sharma who is working with tribals to understand how they can be self-sufficient while staying true to their roots and culture. Students opting to work with this organisation can understand tribals and their culture and how they can solve their issues.
The answer is...
One particular term that caught our eye on their website is that students will be nurtured with 'Indic Knowledge traditions'. When we ask Shobhit about it, he says, "Premier research happens in the West, we pick up the techniques and apply it here only to realise it doesn't work well for us. We have ideas, but they don't work well on the ground." He gives us the example of chemical farming, which we adopted, but now everyone is shifting back to organic farming. "The key is to analyse what works for us and our unique problems. This is what is missing," he identifies.
For more on them, check out rashtram.org