Leadership program for Indian parliamentarian by Yale University

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New Haven, Connecticut, Oct 9 (UNI) Yale University has launched the 'India Yale Parliamentary Leadership Program' in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the India-US Forum of Parliamentarians.

The programme, will be launched as soon as members of Indian parliament come to the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut on October 9 for a five-day leadership program with Yale faculty that will be complemented by a three-day program of meetings, discussions, and interactions with US government and business officials in Washington, DC.

Yale President Richard C Levin stated that the programme underscores Yale's longstanding commitment to educating our students for service and leadership. We have now gone a step further to include emerging and midcareer leaders.

The program will provide the parliamentarians with opportunities to critically think about the challenges of leadership and to explore freely, away from the legislative arena, the issues facing India.

The participating parliamentarians are Raashid Alvi, Deepender Singh Hooda, Naveen Jindal, Robert Kharshiing, Chandan Mitra, Baijayant Panda, Dharmendra Pradhan, RCS Reddy, Shahid Siddiqui, Dushyant Singh, Tiruchi Siva and Madhu Goud Yaskhi.

Yale has a long and distinguished record of educating government leaders. Since its founding in 1701, Yale has educated leaders and public servants for all sectors of American society and increasingly, around the world.

The topics covered in the inaugural program include economic and social development in India, democracy and the secular state, India- China economic relations, affirmative action, climate change and sustainable development, foreign direct investment in India, strategy, negotiation and game theory, strategic thinking for the politician and energy security.

The program was developed in consultation with the parliamentarians and the India-US Forum of Parliamentarians and reflects the belief that exposure to new fields and ideas can offer insight, perspective, and new ways of thinking for one's own work.

The forum is a body of leading Indian parliamentarians representing the broad political spectrum of India from both Houses of Parliament the Lok Sabha (Lower House) and the Rajya Sabha (Upper House). It was formed five years ago with the support of FICCI.

Baijayant Panda, a prominent member of the Biju Janata Dal from Orissa in the Rajya Sabha, is the current Chairman of the forum and Abhishek M Singhvi, senior Congress member of parliament and spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Party is the Co-Chairman. Omar Abdullah is the convener of the forum.

Encompassing all aspects of Indo-US relations, the forum makes an effort to facilitate wider exchange of dialogue on crucial issues of bilateral and global concerns between parliamentarians of India and their counterparts in the US, senior US government administration officials, business leaders, opinion-makers and the Indian-American community. The forum through Track II initiatives adds important parliamentary dimension to the bilateral relations.


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