PG Diploma in Public Leadership

Rashtram Accelerator
Programme 21-22

Rashtram’s mission is to nurture ‘self-aware’ and ‘civilisationally assured’ public leaders – the Accelerator Programme is how we intend to do it.

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Rashtram Accelerator Programme is firmly focused on nurturing public leaders to solve the most pressing Indian and global problems. The Rashtram Accelerator Programme is designed on the fundamentals of IKS-based meta skills to help our future public leaders adapt quickly in this VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous).

India needs more coherence amongst the three domains of public leadership for sustainable change. If you are an aspiring public leader with deep devotion and drive to help rebuild this nation, this is the right programme for you. Apply for the Rashtram Accelerator Programme to begin your journey in public leadership.

Programme Duration

1
Year

Learners spend 34 weeks with Mentors and Faculty. For an additional 12 weeks, learners work on immersive hands-on projects with Partner Organisations.

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Programme Format

Full-Time
Residential

Learners live on campus along with mentors and faculty for a continuous learning experience. They focus on crystallising and accentuating their physical, emotional, cognitive, intellectual and social and spiritual intelligences.

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Degree Programme

PG Diploma in Public Leadership

Public Leadership exists at the cross-section of public policy, governance, strategy, and self-discovery, all fueled by Indic Knowledge Systems.

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3 Tracks of Leadership

Academia, Politics & Civil Society

Learners gain a fine introduction to the metaskills based on Indic Knowledge Systems: Rtachit, Sanskara Abhyasa and Anvikshiki. Through this, learners are able to learn-unlearn-relearn at will, build up their cognitive endurance and pursue mastery in articulation. With this foundation, they study track specific courses – from Social and Political Histories to Research Methodology and Strategic Affairs. They are active participants in designing their projects aligned with their tracks, guided by their mentors.

Applications screening in progress.

If you are interested in the programme, please submit your details below.


For any queries, contact us on namaste@rashtram.org.

WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

Minimum Eligibility Criterion: Bachelor’s Degree

The Rashtram Accelerator is a challenging programme. Do you have a bias for action? Do you feel compelled to take up responsibility? Are you discontent with the status-quo? Do you have the moral and intellectual temerity to challenge it? Do you have a track record of service to the nation? Apply to this programme, if the following things inspire you:

GLOBAL CHALLENGES

You care deeply about the global challenges – of environment, poverty, xenophobia, loneliness and so on – but also have the intuition to realize that solutions offered by the dominant paradigms of today suffer from a fundamental philosophical vacuum.

COURAGE OF LEADERSHIP

You have the moral courage to take on the responsibility of being a Public Leader and wish to explore the concepts of Public Policy, Ethics, Governance and Complexity Science in an original way.

INDIC KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS

You have the intellectual curiosity and humility to explore Indic Knowledge Systems and hone a critical set of meta-skills such as systems thinking, learning how to learn and cognitive endurance that help you stay relevant in rapidly changing contexts.

INTEGRALITY

You understand the centrality of developing an integral worldview to act as a compass for life’s actions, regardless of the space in which you choose to act.

What is Public Leadership?

Public leadership is the creative ability to harmonise binaries, to bring coherence to the trikarana of thought, word and deed. This coherence generates the perceptual acuity to imagine a larger vision, and the mastery to articulate it. By building the vision on the bedrock of Indic knowledge systems, the public leaders we nurture will be equipped to apply the IKS frameworks to solve the problems of the global commons.

Academic
Leaders

Intellectuals and thought leaders in a society produce ideas that create and nurture Identity of a nation. From Kautilya and Confucius to Locke and Hegel, history is replete with examples of intellectuals whose ideas animated and birthed entire Nations. This is the role of Academic Leaders.
Learners in this track will go on to build careers in:

  • Academic Institutions & Think Tanks
  • Consulting Companies
  • Media

Political
Leaders

Political executives backed with the will of the people preside over the process of institutional securitisation which confers Legitimacy. From Edmund Burke and Abraham Lincoln to Mahatma Gandhi, this is the lesson we learn from all master architects. This is the true job of Political Leaders.
Learners in this track will go on to build careers in:

  • Electoral Politics
  • Campaign Management & Political Consulting
  • Public Policy

Social
Leaders

The life-blood of ideas and will need to be circulated through the entire body of the society through action. This prosperity is achieved through the moral compass that leaders from the community provide. From Narayan Guru to Acharya Vinobha Bhave, this is the role of Social Leaders.
Learners in this track will go on to build careers in:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Non-Profits & Social Purpose Organisations
  • CSR & Consulting Firms

25 LEARNERS FOR THE CURRENT BATCH OF 2021-22 HAVE BEEN SELECTED

This group of individuals coming from widely dissimilar social, academic, and professional backgrounds are united here today in their want of a different world order. We wish them actionable learning and success on the path they would choose to take hereafter.

26 YEARS

Average Age of Learner

3 YEARS 4 MONTHS

Average Experience of Learner

IT, MEDIA, CONSULTING, BANKING, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, PHARMACEUTICAL

Industries Represented

STATES REPRESENTED

ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED IN THE COHORT OF 2021-22

STEP INTO THE CAMPUS - A SPACIOUS GREEN AMPHITHEATRE OF OUR COLLECTIVE LEARNING JOURNEYS

The sprawling 25-acre campus constituted in the Rishihood University premises in Delhi NCR has plenty of verdant open spaces which correspond well with the expansive thinking and the learning and living philosophy that we nurture at Rashtram. The unhindered view of the sky, sweeping carpets of green, and waking up every day to the sound of chirping birds, all add a sylvan touch to life here.

ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE TWO PROJECTS SELECTED BY THE LEARNER DEPENDING ON THEIR TRACKS, INTERESTS, AREAS OF GROWTH, AND ASPIRATIONS

Learners will get to pick from a wide array of projects with Rashtram Partner Organisations and spend a few weeks in practical immersion as part of the Learning Design at Rashtram. We believe that the best way to learn is by doing. Academic Track Learners will be assigned research mentors to help with their thesis.

ON-GROUND VOLUNTEER
CO-ORDINATION

BANGALORE, HYDERABAD & MORE (DEPENDING ON PROJECT)

Work with one of India’s largest volunteer groups on social and governance issues ranging from education, community health, menstrual hygiene, environment and more. Click here to see all potential project categories.

SOCIAL IMPACT SOLUTION DESIGN & EVALUATION

NEW DELHI, MUMBAI & MORE (DEPENDING ON PROJECT)

CMS specialises in creating social impact by providing development solutions through design, evaluation, monitoring and learning, while working with communities from around the world. Click here to see all potential project categories.

CIVIC PARTICIPATION & DEMOCRATIC REFORM ADVOCACY

BANGALORE & MORE (DEPENDING ON PROJECT)

Janaagraha works to transform quality of life in India’s cities and towns through projects centred around civic learning, civic participation, and advocacy and reform. Click here to see all potential project categories.

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Meet Your Mentor
Talk to your potential Mentor who will guide your learning journey for the duration of the Accelerator Programme and beyond.

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RASHTRAM ACCELERATOR WAS PREVIOUSLY VISION INDIA FELLOWSHIP

Vision India Fellowship transformed into the Rashtram Accelerator Programme in 2020. Similar to Accelerator, the Fellowship was launched to incubate public leaders. In its 4 years of operations (2016 – 2020), we have incubated 25 individuals who have shown promise to lead in various domains of academia, politics, and civil society.

25

Fellows incubated

10,000+ KMS

Travelled by Fellows on Socio-Political Projects

26 YEARS

Average age of Fellow

Shyam
Krishnakumar

EDITOR, INTECH
Technology Policy

“The Fellowship has given me the opportunity to research the dharmic worldview to design governance processes.”

Apula
Singh

ASSOC. MANAGER, JANAAGRAHA
Urban Governance

“There is immense thrust on identifying and honing what one is good at and complete autonomy, support and resources are provided to fulfil that.”

Nivedita
Tiwari

EDITOR, NEW INDIA JUNCTION
Media

“This programme propelled me in the right direction to create positive impact for the country and help proliferate our civilisational values.”

Naman
Bansal

PROG. MANAGER, BAREFOOT COLLEGE
Education

“Fellowship has been a journey – both within as well as on the outside, with every moment a learning or an unlearning.”

Amrut
Kulkarni

POLITICAL OPERATIVE, BJP
Politics

“This programme gives an environment by providing all needed support to grow as a leader in your respected field and work for India.”

Supriya
Patil

FACULTY, ART OF LIVING
Social Development

“VIF fellowship made me contemplate what I wanted to achieve  in life and what should be the course of action to achieve it.”

THE FACULTY
COMPRISES LEADERS FROM VARIOUS DOMAINS & FIELD EXPERTS TO HELP NURTURE OUR LEARNERS IN THEIR JOURNEY OF BECOMING PUBLIC LEADERS.

SANJAY PULIPAKA

SENIOR FELLOW AT DELHI POLICY GROUP
will teach
Strategic Affairs, IR & Foreign Policy

Dr. Mukul Asher

FORMER PROFESSOR AT LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
will teach
Economic Reasoning & Thought

Dr. Nagaraj Paturi

DIRECTOR AT INDIC ACADEMY INTER GURUKULA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR IKS
will teach
Structure of Indic Knowledge Systems

PROF. K RAMASUBRAMANIAN

PROFESSOR AT IIT BOMBAY
will teach
Introduction to Nyaya

Aravindan Neelakandan

AUTHOR & CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO SWARAJYA MAGAZINE
will teach
Rtachit - Systems Theory & Paradigms

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan

FOUNDER OF LOK SATTA PARTY & FORMER MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
will take a session on
Governance & Public Policy

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATIONS
HELP US FOSTER AN ECOSYSTEM OF YOUNG LEADERS IN INDIA AND ABROAD

ELEMENTS OF TEACHING METHODOLOGIES

Swadhyaya

One of the Niyamas defined by Patanjali, Svadhyaya is the time provided for personal study, meditation, higher-level reflection, as well as performing practical tasks such as completing assignments and preparing for presentations and discussions.

Samvada

Samvada refers to an elevated form of debate and discussion, where the objective is to uncover the truth and dispel doubts, rather than argue and win. Every day there will be time allocated for discussions that will be guided by our mentors. These sessions will help hone the skills and let the ideas take root in the minds of the learners.

Yatra

Our traditions and culture still thrive across the length and breadth of this land – where the Gitopadesa was given, where the innumerable saints, poets, gurus live and realise the one, all-pervading truth of existence; that land must be experienced in its raw beauty and spirit. 


LEARNING AT RASHTRAM

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FACULTY

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Admission Process

Steps to apply
1

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

candidates should submit an online application by clicking on ‘Apply Now’ button

2

APPLICATION REVIEW

application review within 4 weeks of submission and communication of application status

3

INTERVIEW

the candidates who have cleared the first round screening will have to appear in the group interview round

4

PAYMENT OF FEES

selected candidates should pay the programme fee within 30 days of receiving the confirmation email

5

CONFIRMATION

admissions will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum intake.

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