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Principles of the Programme

The one year programme of Young India Fellowship has been designed on the following key principles:

  1. To provide the Fellows with a holistic learning experience to open minds and broaden perspectives.

  2. To nurture leadership, creativity, collaboration, empathy and adaptability.

  3. To assist the Fellows to acquire essential skills needed for research, problem-solving and effective communication.

  4. To spark new ideas and create opportunities for personal and professional growth for the Fellows.

Design of the Programme

The programme is delivered through a mix of:

  1. Class room lectures by leading faculty from India and around the world

  2. Skill development workshops run by experts and qualified peers

  3. Real life projects under the Experiential Learning Module

  4. Mentoring by experienced professionals from different fields

  5. Guest sessions and seminars by leaders from various sectors from around the world

Academic Calendar 2017-2018




17th July - 27th August


28th August - 8th October


9th October - 19th November


27th November - 23rd December


2nd January - 11th February


20th February - 1st April


2nd April - 13th May


14th May - 23rd June

Programme Structure
  • The year-long YIF programme is delivered over 8 Terms. Typically each Term lasts for 6 weeks

  • Each course is taught for a span of 10 classes of 2 hours each. The final deliverables differ from course to course and Fellows are expected to complete their individual and team requirements by the stated deadlines

  • Project work under the Experiential Learning Module (ELM), which carries 4 credits starts in Term 2 and continues alongside the regular courses for the remaining 5 Terms. There are two 2-week long ELM breaks during the year designated exclusively for ELM project work.


The YIF offers a dynamic range of courses every year that are carefully curated and offered by renowned faculty from India and abroad. Core courses need to be completed by all Fellows, while electives are offered as choices that Fellows are free to pick from.

Core Courses 2016-2017
CORE COURSES 2016-2017
Name of the Course Faculty Member
JM Financial Lectures on Reason and the Makers of Modern India Rudrangshu Mukherjee
Foundations of Leadership Dwight Jaggard
Art Appreciation Anunaya Chaubey
Women and Gender in Bombay Cinema Geetanjali Chanda
The Political Economy of India’s Development Mihir Shah
Physics as a Renaissance Activity Vijay Singh
The Fundamentals of Law Apurv Mishra
Totalitarian Century? Dilip Simeon
The Heart of Leadership Kenwyn Smith
Economics and Public Policy A.K. Shivakumar
Mathematical Thinking IBS Passi
Mother India: Romance and Reality Gopalkrishna Gandhi
Grounded: Applying the Science of Psychology to Social Behaviour Neil Lutsky























Elective Courses 2016-2017
Name of the Course Faculty Member
Statistics and its Applications in the Modern World Santosh Venkatesh
Whose Heritage Is It? Shobita Punja
Shakespeare and the World Jonathan Gil Harris and Madhavi Menon
Paradise Lost : A Text for Our Times Malabika Sarkar
Group Dynamics Kenwyn Smith and Flora Taylor
Visual Communication Sanjeeva Chatterjee
India and the World Rudra Chaudhri
Philosophy and Cognitive Science Ritwik Agrawal
Culture and Communication A F Mathew
Water and Sanitation Valentina Zuin
Women, Society and Changing India Urvashi Butalia
International Relations Devesh Kapur and Eswaran Sridharan
Empire and After Jane Ohlemeyer
Making Sense of the News Nayan Chanda
Managing a Business Rishikesha Krishnan
Making Sense of Indian Elections Gilles Verniers
Core Courses 2015-2016
CORE COURSES 2015-2016
Name of the Course Faculty Member
Foundations of Leadership Dwight Jaggard
Statistics and its Applications in the Modern World Santosh Ventakesh
Historical Perspectives: Reason and Making of Modern India Rudrangshu Mukherjee
Politics Gopal Krishna Gandhi
Political Economy of India's Development Mihir Shah
Academic and Research Writing Centre for Writing and Communication, headed by Durba Chattoraj
Leadership of the Emerging Economy Kenwyn Smith
Economics and Public Policy A.K. Shivakumar
Mathematical Thinking Maya Saran
Shakespeare and the World Jonathan Gil Harris and Madhavi Menon
Art Appreciation Anunaya Chaubey



Elective Courses 2015-2016
Name of the Course Faculty
Culture and Communication AF Mathews
Totalitarian Century Dilip Simeon
Essentials of Business Sanjay Saigal
Sociology of the Environment Amita Baviskar
Art, Culture and Heritage  Shobita Punja
A hands-on introduction to Visual Storytelling : Change Makers Sanjeeva Chatterjee
Mind, Body and Breath Sebastian Normandin
India and the World since 1945 Rudra Chaudhri
Women Studies Urvashi Butalia
Politics Gopal Krishna Gandhi
Group Dynamics Kenywn Smith and Flora Taylor
International Relations Devesh Kapur and E.Sridharan
Philosophy and Cognitive Science Ritwik Agarwal























Experiential Learning Module

The Experiential Learning Module (ELM) consists of real-world projects from diverse sectors created in collaboration with partner organisations, institutions and individuals (referred to as “Clients”).  A limited number of self-designed ELMs and internal projects that fit ELM criteria are also taken up each year. The ELM is a core aspect of the Young India Fellowship curriculum, and is compulsory for every Fellow to undertake.


The ELM projects serve as effective platforms for the Fellows to learn problem solving, teamwork, client engagement, communication skills, project management, planning and execution.

The objectives of these projects are to:

  • Help Fellows apply their learnings from various courses to on-ground situations

  • Create an opportunity for Fellows to gain practical work experience 

  • Give Fellows the opportunity to develop their teamwork and leadership skills 

  • Help Fellows develop a level of self-awareness about their strengths and weaknesses in a relatively risk-free and supportive setting, in preparation for life after the programme 

  • Provide experience in working and negotiating with external agents to successfully complete tasks and projects.

Critical Writing

The Critical Writing course is an integral part of the Young India Fellowship programme. Its origins lie in the firm belief that language, writing, and discursive practices play a vital role in mediating human relationships and in shaping the world at large. Bringing about social change requires the ability to understand the ways in which this happens, the empathy to engage productively with different points of view, and the enhancement of skills through which one may intervene in these processes in an effective manner.


Keeping this vision in mind, this course operates by dividing the YIF cohort into smaller groups of ~15 fellows each, which are then allocated to a writing preceptor, who works closely and rigorously with his/her writing groups over the academic year. While all preceptors follow a shared writing curriculum that focuses on three core skills—critical thinking, reading and writing - the precise ways in which a preceptor’s classes are designed depend on his/her unique research interests, disciplinary trainings and pedagogic styles.


In this course, a carefully sequenced set of writing assignments is accompanied by multiple rounds of feedback, workshopping, and dedicated office hours to help fellows:

  • Understand how discourse communities function

  • Analyse, critique, review and respond to texts (across media)

  • Make effective arguments based on reasoning and evidence

  • Understand how to engage with counter-arguments and divergent points of view

  • Work with sources

  • Learn how to conduct independent research

  • Work with drafts; revise, rewrite and proofread

  • Communicate ideas.

  • Develop a unique “voice” in writing

  • Build dialogues in an ethical manner

This course has been designed keeping the diversity of a YIF cohort and the differential reading and writing skills of the fellows in mind. Irrespective of whether one is already an established and published writer, or whether one has difficulty in reading and writing basic academic English, there is no need to feel either intimidated or underwhelmed by this course. There is no prerequisite.

Mentorship Programme

Young India Fellows have the unique privilege of being mentored by eminent industry leaders and experts, academics and practitioners from around the world.

  • Mentors are handpicked by the programme for the Fellows based on their interests and aspirations

  • Mentors guide the Fellows by clarifying doubts, discussing opportunities and dilemmas, and helping them build meaningful careers of their choice

  • The Mentorship programme officially starts in Term 3 and ends in Term 8 of the Fellowship, covering a period of 6 Terms

  • Mentors commit to interact with their mentees at least once or twice a Term over the course of the 6 Terms. The interactions are over phone, email, Skype or personal meetings

  • While the Mentorship programme is a highly recommended initiative, it is not mandatory, and Fellows can choose not to be assigned a Mentor

  • Fellows are expected to assume the responsibility of contacting mentors once assigned and following up with them as agreed between the fellow and his/her mentor.

A K Shivakumar A. F. Matthew Abha Adams Adil Zainulbhai Ajay Bahl
Ajay Chaturvedi Ajay Relan Akshay Mangla Ambika Nigam Amit Bhatiani
Amita Baviskar Anand Teltumbde Anil Jain Anil Nayar Anita Manwani
Ankur Puri Anoop Prakash Anuradha Bajaj Anuradha Das Mathur Aparna Sanyal
Arjun Bhagat Arjun Uppal Arunabha Ghosh Arundhathi Subramaniam Ashis Mondol
Ashish Gupta Ashish Mitter Ashutosh Garg Ayush Chauhan Bedabrata Pain
Bhagwan Chowdhry Bhaskar Dutta Chandrika Bahadur Christophe Jaffrelot Claire Aubron
D N Mukerjea David Davidar Debasish Mitter Deep Kalra Deepak Bagla
Dev Tayde Dhruv Agarwala Dilip Simeon Estelle Metayer Ester Martinez
Flora Taylor Garga Chatterjee Gaurav Goel Gaurav Gupta Gautam Kaul
Gautam Sen Geeta Chanda Gil Harris Gilles Verniers Giti Chandra
Harshbeena Zaveri Hersh Haladker HHS Vishwanathan J K Sinha Jairam Ramesh
James Abraham James Matthew Jasjit Kang Jayant Sinha K. Rajeswara Rao
K. T. Ravindran Keki Dadiseth Kiran Bir Sethi Luis Miranda Madhavi Menon
Malvika Maheshwari Manjari Jaruhar Manoj Pratap Singh Martin Lin Meenakshi Ganguly
Mekhala Krishnamurthy Melanie Bowen Mihir Shah Mini Pinto Nakul Anand
Nayan Chanda Neeraj Bhargava Neil Lutsky Nikhil Dey Nityanand Jayaraman
Orlanda Ruthven Pari Jhaveri Parth Shah Patrick French Pavan Gandhok
Pavan Mamidi Pavan Vaish Piyush Tewari Prableen Sabhaney Prakash Kumar
Pramath Sinha Priya Viswanath Priyaranjan Sinha Punita Lal Rajeev Gowda
Rajeev Sethi Rana Dasgupta Ranjan Chopra Rathin Roy RCM Reddy
Rehan Khan Reshma Nigam Richa Saklani Rishikesha Krishnan Ritu Dalmia
Rizio Yohanan Robert Chongthu Salil Dave Sanjay Gupta Sanjay Kukreja
Sanjeev Aga Sanjeev Bikchandani Sanjeev Chatterjee Sanjeev Khanna Sanjeev Prasad
Sanjeev Sanyal Sanjeeva Chatterjee Sanjiv Sachar Satya Berrera Sharon Barnhardt
Shobita Punja Siddharth Lal Siddharth Tata Siddharth Yog Smita Anand
Smita Mankad Subir Gokarn Subir Sinha Sudheendra Hangal Sujata Kulshreshtha
Suman Srivastav Sumantra Bose Sushil Jhangiani Unmesh Brahme Varad Pande
Vijay Nair Vineet Gupta Viren Rasqhina Vivek Bhandari  
Skill-building Workshops

YIF seeks to equip Fellows with technical and soft skills in preparation for the workforce.

  1. Soft Skills: Workshops are held through the year around time management, collaboration, public speaking, presentation, consent, and more.

  2. Technical Skills: Training and skill building seminars are conducted on Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, CV Writing, interviewing for jobs, among others.

YIF Programme Design