Politics may not come easy for youngsters, especially women, if they do not have a background in this particular art of leadership. But fret not, budding netas, because hope is on the horizon with the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) coming out with an all-woman course that promises to kick-start many a political career.
In a first-of-its-kind effort, IIM-B and Delhi's Centre for Social Research have launched a certificate course in political leadership for women. Called 'India – Women in Leadership', it aims to equip them with knowledge and practical skills required to excel in the field.
The 10-week course will include theory lessons at the IIM-B campus, a week-long stay in Delhi to witness Parliament's monsoon session, field work in the candidates' constituencies, and a seven-day programme in Singapore to understand the public policies practised in developed countries.
"Any good politician needs a basic skill set, which includes policy expertise, perspective, personal effectiveness and – of course – political skills. We have created a curriculum where the candidates will get a chance to learn about the theory of politics, economics of governance, campaigns and elections, working with the media, gender issues and ideologies," said Rajeev Gowda, chairperson, Centre for Public Policy (CPP), IIM-B.
The course, however, fails to take into account women who do not know English, but are otherwise ideal for the course. "We are aware of this shortcoming and are trying to make the course accessible to more people. The course will initially be available in English, but we will soon translate the material in Hindi and other regional languages before putting it online," said Ranjana Kumari, director, CSR.