MA Learning Philosophy

At The Roots

Learning Philosophy

At Rashtram, ‘learning’ and ‘living’ are not two distinct activities. They are considered to be integrated, and it is this synthesis between the two that can help change-makers in ‘leading.’ Thus, the learning environment and learning methods should be as natural as life itself. Keeping this in mind, we nurture our change-makers using the L2 – Learning & Living – Framework. 

The L2 Framework focuses on building Meta Skills – mental models to learn better through a rich fusion of Indic Knowledge Systems and global learning paradigms. Meta Skills are essential in engaging with functional expertise more effectively. The development of Meta Skills like critical thinking, cognitive endurance, applied imagination, leadership communication et cetera, are the building blocks of 21st Century public leadership.

The goal of nurturing future public leaders demands that our approach be unique, robust, and adaptive. We hope that our framework will develop into an adaptable model that can be used by many other institutions in the future.

Organising Principles

“The sum total of all knowledge is Yogakshema” – Mahabharata

‘Greater Good’ is the organising principle of all great cultures. The focus of education then should be to equip an individual with the clarity and competence required to engage productively with the society. This requires deliberate and conscious work, beginning at the individual level, culminating in an expansive spiritual vision.

Our curriculum at RASHTRAM, inspired by a seminal verse from Hitopadesa, aims to foster such learning using the Eka, Kula, Grama, Janapada, Prithvi and Atman framework.

tyajedekaṃ kulasyārthe grāmasyārthe kulaṃ tyajet ।
grāmaṃ janapadasyārthe hyātmārthe pṛthivīṃ tyajet ॥
– hitopadeśa, mitralābha

Learning and Living

The L2 Framework

Curated courses with case studies, lectures, discussion models, and ‘Gurukul Guidance.’

Activities driving the development of body, mind, intellect, and self, on a daily basis.

Meditation, introspection, and guided reflections to synthesise knowledge.

Working with leaders/organisations throughout the year on real-world problem-solving.

Periodic exposure to art forms, cultures, games, festivals, and other creative forms.

Field components and regular societal engagements, integrated within the Curriculum.

Assessment of growth and personal feedback on attitude, behaviour, skills, and ‘pravritti.’

Insights on life and mission on a regular basis, in the form of anecdotes and examples from mentors and domain leaders.

Lifelong mentoring is available to all Learners who become part of the Rashtram family.

Developing rapport with fellow Learners to develop a quantum network of future public leaders who support one another’s work.

Indic Knowledge Systems provide us with frameworks that will help future public leaders learn for life. These frameworks are authentic to India and when calibrated in modern context, help us tackle the macro problems of our future. Our ambition is that our participants engage with, and help solve the most pressing global problems today. 

Indic Knowledge Systems are also combined with Indic Well-Being Rituals that are focussed on increasing the mental and physical well-being of our future public leaders. These rituals also bring about a sense of harmony and community amongst our learners, that proves useful in boosting coherence between the three domains. The ‘learning’ journey at Rashtram has four dimensions and our frameworks helps guide the learner through the process of:

Studying your ‘svabhava’ or ‘fundamental nature,’ via introspection of aspects such as basic personality traits, emotional intelligence and energy channeling.

Critically engaging with the ideas that shaped the course of history, understanding institutional design, and decoding the discourse of our time and the worldview they stem from.

Collaboration, spirit to initiate interaction, understanding the nuances of world cultures and perspectives, negotiation, and interpersonal skills like intellectual clarity and humility.

Ability to imagine and articulate a larger vision, inspire action, generate momentum and exercise refined judgement. Connecting to the people’s idea of a leader and building on it.