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Indian MPs to interact with US policy makers

delhi Updated: Jun 12, 2008 02:34 IST

A group of Indian parliamentarians will hold lectures, discussions and interactions with US policy makers and planners on issues ranging from climate change, poverty and economic development to styles of the US presidential elections, higher education in India and leadership challenges.

The exercise is part of the second edition of the India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership Programme that began on June 8 with a four-day session with the Yale faculty.

This will be complemented by two days of interaction with politicians, policy analysts and senior government officials in Washington on India-US bilateral issues. Yale is recognised for its tradition of providing leadership programmes.

The India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership programme was developed in consultation with parliamentarians and the India-US Forum of Parliamentarians six years ago. It now has more than 130 lawmakers on board. The programme reflects the belief that exposure to new fields and ideas can offer insights, perspectives and new ways of thinking for one’s work.

Launched in 2007 in collaboration with FICCI and the India-US Forum of Parliamentarians, the programme is designed to provide MPs with opportunities to critically think about the challenges of leadership and to explore freely, away from the legislative arena, the issues facing India.

The participants include current and former ministers, party leaders and party spokespersons. The list includes Rajya Sabha members Vijay Darda, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Jayanthi Natarajan, Baijant Panda, Abhishek Singhvi and Shobhana Bhartia. The Lok Sabha members include Sebastian Paul, Suresh Prabhu, Kiren Rijiju, Saleem Iqbal, Uday Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Yashodhara Raje.

They are accompanied by Ramesh Chandran, executive director, India-US Forum of Parliamentarians and Advisor to FICCI and Navita Vinayak, senior assistant director of the FICCI’s Forum of Parliamentarians.