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Learn to lead at LSE

The Chevening Gurukul scholarships nurture budding leaders in any field, be it business, politics, social work or law

education Updated: Jan 20, 2010 09:47 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

The Chevening Gurukul programme addresses the one major issue faced by all leaders — ‘how to lead more effectively’ — by encouraging scholars to analyse changing ideas and practices of leadership and exploring their implications in the Indian context.

Gurukul is a 12-week, advanced leadership programme created by the renowned London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) specifically for India’s future leaders.

Selected professionals will receive full programme fees, living expenses for the duration of the scholarship and return airfare from India to UK. The programme provokes critical thinking and provides unique opportunities for scholars to test their own hypotheses with policy-makers and practitioners as well as with academics and opinion leaders.

Who should apply?
Candidates ought to be conversant in English and outstanding professionals in any field e.g. media, public/private sector, NGO, politics. They should be able to demonstrate leadership in their field (to be assessed from the personal statement provided with the application form and the references). Fresh graduates may also apply, but must be able to demonstrate leadership experience through academic or extra-curricular activities. Those who have got a British government funded scholarship in past cannot apply.

Why should you apply?
The scholars will learn to face challenges thrown up by the economic, social and political factors at local or global level and to transform them into opportunities.

What it entails
Each scholar follows a personal development plan under an integrated supervision team, including the programme director, the core course chair, an LSE superviser, and a mentor.

In the first nine weeks, there would be inter-disciplinary study, debates, study visits and seminars. This includes visits to Unilever, Ford, HSBC, Marks & Spencer, Tata International, BP, British Airways and the Bank of England. Weeks 10 and 11 are devoted to completing the research and drafting the report. In week 12, the scholars would give their presentations.

The last date for applying is February 5 and the programme is in late September 2010.

Further details on www.britishcouncil.org/india-scholarships-chevening-india-programme.htm