PG Diploma in Leadership

11-month Residential Leadership Training Programme

Programme Objectives

rashtram PG Diploma in Leadership

Understanding Humans

What we are – Psychology, What we seek – Aesthetic

rashtram PG Diploma in Leadership

Understanding Knowledge

Art of critical enquiry, Knowledge systems

rashtram PG Diploma in Leadership

Understanding Bharat

History, Society, Politics, Literature, Languages

rashtram PG Diploma in Leadership

Understanding Resource Management

Natural systems, Organisations

The Rashtram Model of Leadership

Imagination, Initiative, Influence, Action, Impact

The Rashtram Leader is one who:

  • Is self-aware and civilisationally assured
  • Remains rooted in Indic culture but learns from other cultures as well
  • Combines Indic and global frameworks to solve problems
  • Uses modern technology without losing the human touch
  • Harmonises diverse opinions & viewpoints
  • Balances logic with intuition
  • Confidently and effectively manages – self, teams, and systems
  • Continuously learns, unlearns, and adapts
  • Is inclusive, accepting, and has a multi-cultural perspective
  • Connects & communicates with people at an emotional level

Who is this programme for?

This programme has been designed for professionals with 3 to 4 years of work experience who are looking to make a functional
shift into more public-facing, public impact roles in areas such as:

The Rashtram Model of Leadership
Public Policy

The Rashtram Model of Leadership
Corporate Social Responsibility

The Rashtram Model of Leadership
Media Management

The Rashtram Model of Leadership
Political Consulting

The Rashtram Model of Leadership
Government Consulting

The Rashtram Model of Leadership
Social Entrepreneurship

PG DIPLOMA IN LEADERSHIP is offered with the following specialisations

Media and Culture

Learners who specialise in this area will learn how to conceive, design, and launch social entrepreneurial ventures. They will have exposure to success stories in this field and will have a chance to learn from and network with successful social entrepreneurs.

Rashtram will help such learners incubate their startups and provide support and guidance for a successful launch.

 

Politics and Government

Learners who specialise in this area will learn how to manage political organisations, political campaigns, and social media for political outreach amongst many other topics. They will get a broad and deep understanding of the political space and get a sense of how they can make an impact.

They will have many opportunities to network with successful career politicians and experienced people in this space and discover career paths for themselves.

 

Public Policy and Strategy

Learners who specialise in this area will learn how to conduct policy research, design, and implement public policies as well as advocate policies for mass adoption. This is a very hands-on programme and learners will have a chance to network with senior executives, bureaucrats, and government officials.

Learners will get entry into an exclusive and growing club of alumni which will open doors to excellent career opportunities in this space.

 

Development and CSR

Learners who specialise in this area will learn how to structure and execute social development projects with special focus on India. They will have wonderful opportunities to meet and learn from individuals and organisations who have successfully implemented social development projects in various parts of India.

Networking opportunities and internship opportunities abound giving learners the opportunity to create career paths for themselves.

 

To become a learner at Rashtram the applicant should possess these distinct qualities

Curiosity

Critical Thinking

Creativity

Passion for Nation-Building

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES

Leaders grounded in Indic Knowledge Systems. Having transformed themselves, ready to transform the world.

PRACTICAL, HANDS-ON SKILLS IN CHOSEN AREAS

The programme is action oriented and designed to give learners practical skills that will make them valuable in their chosen areas.

 

SELF-MANAGEMENT SKILLS DURING CRISIS

Learners will be prepared to handle themselves and their problems using a balanced approach so that they can successfully navigate the challenges they are likely to face in a leadership role.

 

AN AUTHENTIC, INDIC LEADERSHIP STYLE

Ability to lead with clarity, conviction, courage, and compassion while being rooted in Indian culture and knowledge traditions which will give learners a unique identity and mental stability.

A MENTAL REPOSITORY OF IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES

Learners will have many immersive experiences throughout the programme which they will carry with them as memories of lived experiences giving them a real-world perspective on key topics of public interest.

AN EXPANDED PROFESSIONAL NETWORK

Graduates will stay connected with influential leaders, academics, and social influencers and through them find relevant career opportunities.

 

A NETWORK OF LIFELONG MENTORS TO GUIDE YOU

As learners go through the programme, they will have access to a cloud of mentors who are experts in various fields – this access to experiential wisdom of successful people will have a positive constructive effect on the learners understanding of key topics.

A SHARPER AND CLEARER PROBLEM-SOLVING LOGIC

Learners will walk away with the ability to apply deep thinking and clear logic to any problem using powerful problem-solving frameworks and derive actionable insights that help to move forward the agenda of progress.

AN INCLUSIVE INDIC WORLDVIEW

A broader and more refined worldview and a balanced view of Indian and world history, culture, geopolitics, and social dynamics which will lead to more holistic solutions for the future.

 

THE ABILITY TO CREATE CHANGE

Practiced and perfected leadership skills of influencing minds through speaking and writing.

The Rashtram PG Diploma in Leadership Programme in Brief

Minimum Eligibility Criterion: Bachelor’s Degree

Programme Duration – 11 MONTHS

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

Programme Format: FULL-TIME RESIDENTIAL

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

The key components of the Learning & Living Framework at Rashtram

Real-world Problem-solving

Learn to apply Indic frameworks to solve complex problems in the real world.

Mentor Guidance

Receive key insights on life and career on a regular basis from mentors.

Transformative Learning

Transform yourself through curated courses with case studies, lectures, and discussion models.

Structured Synthesis

Use meditation, introspection, and guided reflections to synthesise knowledge.

Creative Immersion

Expand your personality through periodic exposure to art, culture, games, and festivals.

Peer-to-Peer Learning Network

Develop deep relationships with co-learners to sow the seeds of a future community of leaders.

Learning Dimensions

KNOWING ONESELF

Understanding your ‘Swabhava’ or fundamental nature to enhance energy and emotional intelligence. This is an important first step for any leader.

BUILDING INTELLECT

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.

DEVELOPING INTERPERSONAL INTELLIGENCE

Collaboration, spirit to initiate interaction, understanding the cultural nuances, negotiation, and interpersonal skills such as intellectual clarity and humility.

LEADERSHIP

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

Elements of Teaching Methodologies

SAMSHODHANA (RESEARCH)

Learners who have already toiled hard on a problem will be more receptive when the teacher presents them the solution. Thus Samshodhana (research) is the first step of learning at Rashtram wherein the learners take the initiative to investigate the topic of a course before the course actually begins.

SAMVADA (STRUCTURED DEBATE)

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 (FIELD TRIPS)

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.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The programme vision is to take learners through a practical, hands-on, and transformative learning experience which will take them through a 5-stage journey:

  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Rashtram01

    Understanding humans (What we are – Psychology, What we seek – Aesthetics)

  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Rashtram02

    Understanding knowledge (Art of critical enquiry, Knowledge systems)

  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Rashtram03

    Understanding Bharat (History, Society, Politics, Literature, Languages)

  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Rashtram04

    Understanding resource management (Natural systems, Organisations)

  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE Rashtram05

    Specialisations (To bring change in specific domains)

The thread that will tie all the stages of the learning is Leadership. Through this process learners will know and understand what it means to be a leader and get the opportunity to practice specific and critical leadership skills throughout the programme.

The course is broadly designed to cover the following topics:

  • 01

    Leadership Fundamentals from India & the West – Theory, Frameworks, Tools

  • 02

    Solving global grand challenges & leading during crisis

  • 03

    Developing leadership potential through self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-mastery

  • 04

    Art of critical enquiry – Logic and research methods

  • 05

    Statistical Thinking – data driven decision-making

  • 06

    Design Thinking Applications For Effective Leadership

  • 07

    Environment and Systems thinking

  • 08

    Leadership insights & lessons from world history

  • 09

    Public policy, Macro-Economics and Development for leaders

  • 10

    Strategic Leadership and Innovation

  • 11

    Entrepreneurship and Business Model Design

  • 12

    Understanding & Building Narratives Through Mass Media

Specialisations

Politics and Government

  1. Managing the Politics of policymaking
  2. Art of communication – Public Speaking & Debating
  3. Modern Indian Socio-Political History
  4. Public leaders and movements

Development and CSR

  1. Structure & Governance of Non-profits
  2. Public Leaders & Movements
  3. International trade and development
  4. Grant writing & Impact Evaluation

Public Policy and Strategy

  1. Managing Public finance
  2. Managing the Politics of policymaking
  3. Competitive Strategy
  4. International trade and development

Media and Culture

  1. Languages and literary classics of India
  2. Visual Storytelling (Digital)
  3. Art of communication – Public Speaking & Debating
  4. Public Leaders & Movements

CAREER PATHS AFTER RASHTRAM

ACADEMIA

Institutions, Think tanks, Research groups

CORPORATE

Media, CSR, Public policy, MNCs

SOCIAL

Non-profit, Community, Social movement

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Social entrepreneur

GOVERNANCE

Diplomat, Bureaucrat, Policy consultant

POLITICS

Electoral politics, Campaign management consulting

Admission Process

Steps to apply the Rashtram Leadership Programmme
1

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Applicant enters basic details and pays the application fees (please check apply.rishihood.edu.in for coupon codes to avail discounts to the application fees.)

2

APPLICATION REVIEW

Applicant fills and submits the application form.

3

INTERVIEW

The application will be reviewed and applicant will be informed about the first round which is a written test.

4

PAYMENT OF FEES

Applicants who have cleared the first round will be invited for the second round, which is an interview.

5

CONFIRMATION

Applicants who have cleared the admission process will receive an acceptance letter.

6

ADMISSIONS

Admissions will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Duration: 11 Months | Starts: August 2022 | Ends: July 2023 | Cohort Size: 30 | Tuition: Rs.6L [Scholarships available] | Food & Hostel: Rs.1.5L

We have 23 Learners in the current
batch of 2021-2022

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

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 leaders.

SHOBHIT MATHUR

Dean, Resident Mentor Pro Vice Chancellor,
Rishihood University

RESIDENT FACULTY

Dr. Mala Kapadia

Director of Centre for Wellbeing & Wellness , Professor and Resident Mentor at Rashtram
RESIDENT FACULTY

Sreejit Datta

Assistant Professor,
Director of Centre for Civilisational Studies

RESIDENT FACULTY

PRASHANT SINGH

Professor,
Director of Center for Innovation in Governance

RESIDENT FACULTY


Dr Sampadananda Mishra

Professor at Rashtram
RESIDENT FACULTY

DR. BHAKTI DEVI

Professor, Resident Mentor National President, Water Resources Council, India
RESIDENT FACULTY


DR. SAUMYA DEY

Professor, Resident Mentor
RESIDENT FACULTY

Dr Mukul G. Asher

Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
VISITING FACULTY


Aravindan Neelakandan

Co-Author Breaking India, Editor Swarajya
VISITING FACULTY


G V Pranav Vasishta

Author, Teacher at ‘Pūrṇapramati’ Ex-IIIT Hyderabad
VISITING FACULTY

Our Partner Organisations

Help us foster an ecosystem of young leaders in india and abroad

Organisations and institutions represented in the cohort of 2021-22