The BJP has some important elections coming upthis year. As usual, there will be a lot of mud-slinging and false propaganda especially from the likes of the Congress which is already involved in such dirty games in some states.

While the BJP locks horns with its political rivals, the RSS will be training inexperienced politicians from other parties through an internship programme at the Indian Institute of Democratic Leadership. The programme is an initiative of the RSS-affiliate Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini. The internship has already received over 400 applications from aspirants across all parties.

The centre was established in 2000 and has trained over 2,500 participants every year. This number rose significantly as it trained 7,000 participants in 2015. Some of the courses taught are leadership and management, politics and democracy, and governance and public policy.

The nine-month programme starting August 1 this year will include class lectures and field training that will be conducted in Gujarat and Delhi. The students will obtain first-hand experience in basic political concepts like poll management, public speaking, electioneering and data analytics, constituency management and political organisation.

“For the first time, we have started a postgraduate programme in leadership, politics and governance. This is the first of its kind programme in the country that aims at equipping participants with necessary skill-sets for making a career in politics, public affairs, voluntary organisation and various research works,” said Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vice-Chairman-cum-director general of Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini.

The participants will also have the privilege of visiting the Parliament and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, and will get to interact with MPs, MLAs, bureaucrats and journalists. On-field training will include visits to gram panchayats, Legislative Assembly, and Municipal Corporations.

“The exercise aims at teaching students the actual functioning of institutions with the help of simulations of model Parliament and model United Nations. In the first internship, participants will be expected to work in their home constituencies while in the second internship, participants will have to work for a month with a politician or ministry and a voluntary or civil society organisation,” said Ravindra Sathe, executive director, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini.

The brilliant aspect is that despite the RSS being close to the BJP, the campus is ideologically neutral which is hard to achieve in a nation like India with such diverse and intense political ideologies.

Want to get admission?

To get enrolled, one has to complete graduation from any stream. The nine-month costsRs 2.5 lakh including accommodation and mess fees. Applicants have to submit a ‘statement of purpose’ for joining the programme.

“The applicants will be shortlisted on basis of their response and their social and political background. They will be asked on why they want to join the programme and how they will utilise it in the future,”Sathe said.


Vinayak Jain

 

 

 

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