The Young India Fellowship: Fully-funded academic programme for post-graduates
A fully-funded academic programme by the Young India Fellowship promises a unique educational experience to 50 of India’s brightest young minds. The programme aims to challenge the current trend of specialization in higher education system.
A group of India’s most successful professionals and entrepreneurs announced the launch of the Young India Fellowship (YIF), a first-of-its-kind one-year multi-disciplinary learning and leadership development programme for postgraduate students. The programme aims to challenge the current trend of specialization in our higher education system by offering students the chance to explore fields beyond a typical narrow engineering, commerce or business curriculum.
Introducing the YIF, Pramath Raj Sinha, Founder & Director said, “This distinctive initiative will bring together 50 young leaders from different parts of the country for a one-year residential post-graduate programme. Delivered by top-rung faculty, especially selected for their inspirational teaching, the curriculum aims to broaden perspectives and help our Fellows carve their own paths, aligning who they are with what they do in life. While it resembles an academic programme, it is really a unique life experience. ”
In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s (UPenn) School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), the YIF promises to take 50 exceptional minds and nurture them into agents of change and innovation for India. UPenn is one of the eight Ivy League universities in the US and is ranked within the global top five for several of its undergraduate and post-graduate programmes. Prof. Eduardo D. Glandt, Dean, SEAS, UPenn, said, “We are proud to support the Young India Fellowship. Nearly a dozen faculty from Penn will teach in the YIF programme. The Fellowship is designed to not only build perspectives and open minds but also to impart practical skills of problem solving, which include scientific thinking, engineering and business analysis, writing and communication, teamwork and leadership to the participants. We are confident that YIF will become India's most prestigious fellowship programme.”
The programme is open to final-year undergraduate students or graduates with less than two years of work experience. Students from all disciplines are eligible to apply –engineers, scientists, accountants and lawyers, as well as those who have graduated with degrees in history, sociology, literature, or any of the other liberal arts. Applications open from the 24th of January, 2011. (Applicants can visit www.youngindiafellowship.com for more information.) Classes begin on May 30, 2011. Every one of the first batch of 50 Young India Fellows will receive a scholarship of Rs 8 lakhs to cover the full cost of tuition, board and lodging for the YIF. These scholarships have been donated by group of leading professionals who want to give back to the country and want to make a difference to higher education in India.
Young India Fellows will take classes in a range of subject areas that cover anthropology to ethics, life sciences to climate change, and art appreciation to entrepreneurship. While the YIF offers a diverse, multi-disciplinary curriculum, the emphasis is clearly on the humanities and social sciences. The YIF will also focus on developing the critical thinking, reading, writing, communication and leadership skills of the students. The YIF founders created this curriculum with a desire to challenge the increasing specialization of Indian undergraduate programmes and develop a more holistic educational experience right here in India that mirrors some of the best undergraduate learning environments in the world.
The programme will be delivered by some of the world’s most reputed faculty, known for their outstanding teaching and research, drawn from the best universities and institutions around the world,. Students will also be mentored by some of the best minds and inspiring role models: from corporate leaders to social activists, from researchers to entrepreneurs, the YIF Council of Mentors will help them think through what they should do next in life and how.
To download the application form, log on to www.youngindiafellowship.com