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education Updated: May 07, 2014 11:15 IST
Harini Sriram

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tetra Pak launched ‘Leadearthship’, a youth programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students from universities and institutions of repute in India, in August 2013. The second edition of the programme, for the year 2014-15, has been announced and this year, the emphasis will be on grassroots exposure. The programme is open to students studying in colleges in Delhi NCR and Pune, and about 30 fellows will be selected (as opposed to 24 last year). Application forms are available on the Facebook page of Leadearthship, and the last day for submission of forms is August 10. Shortlisted students will be interviewed in the last week of August.

Leadearthship focuses on business and sustainability and aims to be the springboard for future youth leaders in India who have their world views deeply rooted in sustainability, ethics and innovation. The Leadearth Fellowship is the mainstay of the Leadearthship programme. About 30 students from over 20 colleges in Delhi and Pune will be selected through a rigorous selection process from the two cities. At least one fellow each from the core group of colleges is then selected for the fellowship programme. About five projects would be undertaken in each city and the programme is expected to reach out to 5000 youth directly or indirectly.

As Supriya Singh, project coordinator, Leadearthship, points out, “We follow a multicultural interdisciplinary approach. The idea really is to have fun with sustainability without making it frivolous. We try to make sustainability relevant for the youth by organising a number of informal events and sessions, so that students are motivated to do something meaningful in the space they live in.” The Future Leaders’ Cafe is one such platform where speakers across different fields address students on a variety of interesting subjects. A part of the Leadearthship programme, this event seeks to sensitise the youth to a number of issues in diverse fields such as art, environment, films, technology, business and so on.

Kandarp Singh, managing director, Tetra Pak, agrees: “The programme is aimed at sensitising the youth and creating awareness about issues that matter. Students selected to do this programme will also get to do 45-dayinternships at leading companies, including at Tetra Pak. It will give them a better understanding of how they can put their learnings to practical use.” For details, visit