India’s First Master’s in Public Leadership


    Rashtram School of Public Leadership at Rishihood University has launched India’s first Master of Arts in Public Leadership (MAPL). The MAPL is designed for students who wish to pursue research-oriented careers in governance, academia, think-tanks, or consulting. The graduates get an option of research grants and incubation.

    Through interdisciplinary coursework and projects, MAPL students study public issues and use India’s civilizational wisdom to design solutions for the world’s contemporary challenges. The applications are open till 30th May 2020.

    Speaking at the launch, Shobhit Mathur, the dean of the school, says that it is important we recognize the potential in our youth and enable them to make a thought-driven contribution to public life. The program emphasizes a public leadership journey at all three levels, i.e. individual (leading self, building integrity of thought and action), institutional (producing thought and research, guiding institutions), and societal (engaging citizens).

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    Training future public leaders is an elaborate responsibility and the guidance of current accomplished leaders is monumental to this effort. Distinguished multi-disciplinary experts including former MPs, diplomats, career academicians, bureaucrats, and Padma Shri winning social workers are faculty members. Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, parliamentarians P.D. Rai and Baijayant Jay Panda, Padma Shri Awardees Mahesh Sharma and Phoolbasan Bai Yadav, Dr. Mukul Asher (National University of Singapore), Dr Mala Kapadia, Dr. K Ramasubramanian (IIT Bombay), & Dr. R Balasubramaniam (SVYM) are a few names supporting the initiative.

    The MAPL is a residential program and will be housed in the 25-acre Rishihood University Campus, in Sonipat, Delhi NCR. Learners will be thoroughly vetted and tested via a rigorous screening process that includes essays, and interviews before being accepted into its program.

    The initiative is conceptualized by Vision India Foundation (VIF), a Delhi-based public policy organization. In its five years of operations, VIF has curated innovative learning programs in policy making and governance, thereby training 1500+ students and professionals from 180 districts in India.

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