Program Intent


Learning is a life-long process, it is emergent. The 1-year program at Rashtram aims to initiate the learner deeply into this process by creating the necessary humility, grace and intellect. 

We consider things such as deep listening, ethical orientation, sense-making, generative conversations etc as ‘enablers of emergent learning’ .

This is achieved through a curriculum focused on instilling a  set of  ‘Meta skills’ that equip our learners to remain relevant in a rapidly changing context. In the VUCA (Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) world of today where the boundaries of physical, digital and biological are collapsing into each other, a truly trans-disciplinary outlook that can tap into first principles of key disciplines helps address the crisis of meaning-making that has become pervasive.

These mental models are carefully curated into 2 parts:

  1. Core: This is the common core which is the foundation for all the learners and which seeks to bind the learner with the learning process
  2. Track Specific: The 3 tracks at Rashtram are intensive and highly focused. This part is curated to provide the learners with the skills specific to their track –  Combined with rich reflection, field experiences and projects helps students translate their skills into competencies i.e apply them towards specific outcomes



Rtachit, referred to as Rtambara Prajna by Patanjali (Yogasutra) is the knowledge and ability to perceive truth in the state of single-pointed focus. This course aims for a more modest objective – to enable our learners to perceive Rta, the fundamental harmony and intelligent rhythm across domains and systems.


According to Kautilya, the great teacher of kings and emperor, Anvikshiki is the lamp that illumines all knowledge, the means of all actions and the foundation of the entirety of Dharma. The nearest equivalent of the metaskill Anvikshiki, is critical inquiry. This metaskill allows the learner to think originally and independently, analyse and communicate the crux of an idea or concept, after peeling through layers of interpretations.


Technology relentlessly beams the entire world into our palms today. While this is helpful at one level, it can also be debilitating at another if sufficient metal fortitude is not developed. Distraction has assumed epidemic proportions. The key skill required to overcome this challenge is to develop the ability of ‘quick attachment’ and ‘quick detachment’. In other words, the ability to make and unmake one-self. This is a deep science grounded in Yoga and Ayurveda.



– Social and Political Theories

– Governance and Public Policy

– Research Methodology

– Academic and Research Writing


– Social and Political Theories

– Community Mobilisation

– Negotiation

– Institution Building

– Fundraising

– Justice & Niti Shastra


– Social and Political Theories, Indian Political Thought

– Public Speaking

– Negotiation & Campaign Management

– Fundraising

Essential Components Of Learning

Building Blocks

Mentors: At the core of our design are ‘Mentors’ – Highly accomplished and motivated teachers who share the dream of shaping the next generation of leaders who demonstrate Intellectual clarity, Moral commitment and a sense of purpose for the Nation and humanity.

Curriculum: A highly engaging, intellectually stimulating and morally uplifting set of courses delivered by masters in those subjects – Imagine learning political strategy and negotiation skills through a study of the kuru sabha ahead of Kurukshetra. Imagine understanding public finance through a lesson on Sukraniti and Artha shastra and imagine learning about perseverance, alliance building and moral fortitude through a field tour of Sri Rama’s journey from Ayodhya to Lanka. This highly innovative method fixes its sights firmly on the knowledge areas and skills required for the 21st century while situating it in the civilizational context.

Rituals:  Real learning is about becoming one with the subject – Elevating one’s perceptual and intuitive faculties to function at a higher level. This is achieved through a careful set of rituals that activate the energy centers in the learner – Yoga, self-reflection, deep listening, sports, group chanting etc

The ‘Learner’ is at the center of everything we do and we create the conditions to generate perceptual clarity. After all, experiential learning is simply function of the level of consciousness of the learner to engage in the learning process. This combination of focused mentorship and proximity with accomplished leaders, a rich experience centric curriculum and a set of core rituals that energize is our promise and offering to the dedicated learner.

Knowing Yourself To Leading Change

Learner's Journey

Knowing Oneself

Understanding your Svabhava from a multi-dimensional perspective rooted in one’s physiological, emotional, and energy dimensions.

Building the Intellect      

A critical engagement with the ideas that shaped the course of history, understanding institutional design, decoding the discourses of our times and the worldview they stem from, and “reversing the gaze.”

Developing Inter-Personal Intelligence

Collaboration, ability to work in groups, the freedom of spirit to initiate interaction with anyone, understanding the nuances of different perspectives, negotiations, and interpersonal skills.


Ability to imagine and articulate a larger vision, inspire action, generate momentum, exercise refined judgment, endurance, and restraint required to take people along on a path of excellence in execution.

Course Structure

  • The 1 – year course is organized into 3 terms. Each term would be about 12-15 weeks and will be a mix of classroom teaching, case studies, group discussions and presentations, fieldwork, internships, research publications and representation in seminars/conferences.
  • The basic unit of classroom content is a module and not more than 3 modules make up a course. Each module would be about 20 hours of classroom teaching and would not extend beyond a week.
  • Term 1 is the common core which is the foundation course for all 3 tracks


Academic Calendar

Period Header Start Date End Date Duration
First Term – Common Core Courses Jul-2020 Oct-2020 16 Weeks
Navaratri Break Oct-2020 Oct-2020 1 Week
First Project Oct-2020 Dec-2020 6 Weeks
Second Term – Track Specific Courses Dec-2020 Mar-2021 12 Weeks
Second Break Mar-2021 Mar-2021 1 Week
Second Project Mar-2021 Apr-2021 6 Weeks
Final Term and Graduation Apr-2021 May-2021 6 Weeks