Accelerator Programme FAQs

Things To Know First

We understand that all this information can be exciting yet overwhelming for potential learners. The learning journey of a budding public leader must be carefully curated to ensure they make the most out of their experience at Rashtram. To that extent, here are a couple pointers for you:

  • Mentor-Mentee As a part of the Accelerator Programme, you will be assigned a Mentor who will be a guide for you throughout your transformational journey of public leadership in Rashtram and beyond.
  • Rishihood University Campus The Rashtram School of Public Leadership resides within the Rishihood University Campus on NH 44 that connects Delhi to Chandigarh. It falls within the district of Sonipat. It is a 2 hour 30 minute drive from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and a 1 hour 40 minute drive from New Delhi Railway Station.
  • Regenerative LivingDuring your time in Rashtram, you will go through a holistic transformation - not just in terms of intellect and understanding, but also your habits and practices. At Rashtram, we ensure that we follow regenerative practices to decrease the human footprint on our ecosystem. Food will be cooked using in-house organically grown vegetables and fruits. Rashtram Learners will practise vegetarianism while on campus.

About Rashtram & The Accelerator Programme

What is Rashtram School of Public Leadership?

The evolution of the next generation of public leaders in India must not be dependent on ‘chance’. Rashtram School of Public Leadership was launched with a vision to nurture ‘civilisationally-assured’ and ‘self-aware’ public leaders, who will lead us to the future.

Why Rashtram Accelerator Programme (RAP)?

This is an ‘Accelerator’ because it invites those who are impelled to step forward and take up the responsibility for driving change. It attracts those with a bias for action and provides them with tools/frameworks from the Indic knowledge traditions and systems of thought to solve the problems of the global commons. An engaging curriculum with the learner at the core of the design, supported by accomplished mentors, meaningful projects, peer learning and rituals for self leadership and more, the Accelerator is a programme that is essentially an investment in people with the intellectual curiosity and moral courage to propel action.

What is the rationale behind the three tracks – Academic, Political and Social – in the RAP?

Public leadership is the creative ability to harmonise binaries, bring coherence to the trikarana of thought, word and deed, thereby generating the perceptual acuity to imagine a larger vision, and the mastery to articulate it. 

At Rashtram we have chosen these three tracks – Academic, Political and Social – to align with this trikarana of thought, word, and deed.

The Accelerator seems to be an offbeat programme in public leadership. How does Rashtram differentiate itself from others in this space?

Rashtram focuses on public leadership, which is a convergence of public policy and governance with self-mastery rooted in Indic Knowledge Systems and Traditions. This amalgamation gives rise to the metaskills based learning design and curriculum, which is unique to Rashtram. Beyond this, Rashtram’s vision is to invest in our learners, who will become the leaders of the future.

Three aspects function as the building blocks of the Rashtram Accelerator Programme: mentors, curriculum and rituals. Our mentors are highly accomplished and care deeply about shaping the next generation leaders. The curriculum consists of intellectually stimulating and morally uplifting courses that are delivered by masters. The rituals help our learners live the learning and become immersed in the object of study.

Do you offer this Programme online? Can we study this part-time, while we are already studying another degree or working somewhere?

This is a fully residential, one-year programme. The best aspect of the programme is in the creation of an environment where direct interactions between learner-faculty/mentor and learner-learner happen, leading to wonderful new ideas and collaborations. Therefore, this programme is not offered online. The curriculum is intense and highly demanding. It is necessary to be fully involved in the immersive, hands-on projects. Therefore, the learners will find it to be infeasible to study another course or work elsewhere while participating in this programme.

Opportunities After Rashtram

What does Rashtram imagine its learners to be or aspire to be after graduating?

This is a programme for leaders. This is not for those who expect a placement at the end of the programme.  However, there is a wide array of career options available after you complete the programme. You can get into: 

Academia – universities, research institutions, think tanks

Corporate – CSR, media, public policy

Social – non-profits, community, social movements

Entrepreneurship – social enterprises

Governance – bureaucracy, diplomacy, public policy and leadership consulting

Politics – electoral politics, campaign management, political consulting

Campus Related Questions

Where is your campus located? What are the facilities available on campus for learners?

We are located at the Rishihood University campus in Sonipat, around 40km away from New Delhi on the NH44 highway. It is well connected to New Delhi through rail and road.

The Rishihood University campus is spread over an area of 25 acres. Learners are provided air-conditioned, shared dormitory accommodation for the duration of the course. Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner is provided on campus every day. We provide good quality, vegetarian food, which is covered under the fee for the programme. Learners can also request for Jain food at the time of admission. 

Applicants taking part in the selection process are invited to visit our campus. Book your appointment for the campus tour here: Campus – Rashtram School of Public Leadership

Can I arrange for accommodation outside the campus?

The daily schedule is designed to nurture and serve all aspects of your personality, including physical, mental, emotional and intellectual. Only if you stay on campus, it would be comfortable for you to participate in all the required activities.

Are there any on-campus jobs available?

There are provisions for learners to work on campus, for Rashtram. These are limited and will depend upon the learner skill sets. The learners will be informed about such opportunities once the academic year starts. You can reach out to us after enrollment if you intend to apply for campus jobs.

When To Apply

Phase  Application Deadline     Decision    
  Phase I   31 January  31 March  
  Phase II  28 February  30 April  
  Final Phase   15 April  31 May  

Admissions

How do you select your learners?

A rigorous process to discover the best applications, begins with the screening of submitted application forms. This is followed by an online test and finally an online interview.

There is a section named References in the application form. What should I add in this References Section?

References are any individuals of public standing and authority, who can vouch for you. For instance, if you are just about to finish your college, you can request your professors to act as your references. You can provide the contact details of any prominent individual similar to your college professors, school teachers or principals, who knows you and who can vouch for you.

Will I only meet my peer group when I get to campus or will I get connected once my admission is secured?

You will be introduced to your cohort and assigned a mentor as soon as you complete your enrollment. This will help you acquaint yourself with your peers, as well as begin interacting with your mentor who will guide you during the programme.

What if I am unable to attend the programme after I get selected?

Option 1 – Defer application to the subsequent edition of the Rashtram Accelerator Programme. If there is a difference in fees between the two cycles, the learner can settle that in the year of admission.

Option 2 – Opt for refund:

The learner can opt to withdraw their application. Refund of fees paid will be according to UGC guidelines.

Note:

Option 1 and 2 are applicable only when the fees have been settled in full. In the case that the fees have not been paid, the admission process will begin from stage 1 in the year of application. 

Faculty & Curriculum

What do the Learners of the Accelerator Programme study?

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

― Alvin Toffler

Learning is an emergent and life-long process. Public leaders must quickly engage and respond to the challenges of an unpredictable world.

The programme begins with our learners gaining an introduction to Rtachit, Samskara Abhyasa, Anvikshiki, along with the Structure of Indic Knowledge Systems. This is followed by their first immersive project for six weeks.

Subsequently, learners delve into essential knowledge areas such as Economic Reasoning, Political Systems, Indian Constitution, Research Methodology, Temple Ecosystem, Strategic & International Affairs among others. They test the concepts they learn in their second project for six weeks. 

Finally, they return for a final series of courses on Leadership, Ethics and Epics.

What exactly are Indic Knowledge Systems? And what do you mean by Meta-Skills?

Indic Knowledge Systems are the most exhaustive collection of knowledge traditions that were accumulated in the expanded Indian geography. They provide comprehensive means to realise the human potential. We derive the metaskills included in the curriculum of the Rashtram Accelerator Programme from Indic Knowledge Systems.  

The world has become more and more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). To cope with a VUCA world, there is a constant need to be updated with new and ever changing skill sets. Metaskills are the enabling environment for effortlessly learning such new skills. To help our aspiring public leaders learn-unlearn-relearn concepts and skills at will, we have designed a meta skills based curriculum built on an Indic Knowledge Systems framework.

Can you tell us about your faculty?

Our faculty comprises wonderful scholars and thinkers, who have made immense contributions to the repository of Indic Knowledge Systems. Sh. Aravindan Neelakandan and Sh. G V Shivakumar teach Rtachit; Dr. Mala Kapadia and Sh. Shankar Kumaran teach Sanskara Abhyasa; Dr. Chaitanya Giri teaches Anvikshi and so on. 

In addition, every learner is assigned to a mentor, who will help them synthesize the learning. The mentorship is not only during the programme, but life-long. Our learners can reach out to us any time, even after they graduate. 

Details of each faculty is available here:

Faculty – Rashtram School of Public Leadership

What does a day look like for a learner at Rashtram?

While there are only a few hours of formal instruction each day, we would recommend our learners to get comfortable with daily rituals: waking up early, completing their morning vyayama, getting ready and attending the morning session. After the morning sessions, learners can participate in a samvaad that may organically occur, or choose to take up swadhyaya. There would be an afternoon session, followed by outdoor activities and evening extra-curricular engagements. 

On special occasions we may invite guest speakers to address the learners. After every five days of lectures, one day will be assigned for interactions with the mentor and one day will be a rest and reflection day. 

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