Yale University leadership programme draws Indian Parliamentarians

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Washington, Jun 9 (UNI) The 2008 cohort of members of Indian Parliament came to the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut, to begin a four-day leadership programme with Yale faculty.

It will be complemented by a two-day programme of meetings, discussions and interactions with the US politicians, policy analysts and senior government officials in Washington, said a press release yesterday.

Yale University, widely recognised for educating leaders in government, business and civil society worldwide, launched the India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership Programme in 2007, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the India-US Forum of Parliamentarians.

''The India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership 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 programme 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'', press release quoted Yale President Richard C Levin as saying.

FICCI Secretary General Amit Mitra stated that the the programme would encourage greater understanding of public leadership, accountability, transparency and Parliamentary oversight amongst the Parliamentarians.

''It is designed to provide the Parliamentarians, capacity building and skill development and greater engagement in public policy discussions. The programme is aimed at making an important contribution to their leadership capabilities to prevent and manage challenges through effective Parliamentary governance,'' Mr Mitra added.

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