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Young India Fellowship | About YIF Admissions Programme Faculty Beyond YIF
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 acquire essential skills needed for research, problem solving and communication

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

Design of the Programme

The programme will be delivered through a mix of:


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

  2. Workshops by experts to develop writing, communication and leadership skills

  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

Course Structure
  • The year-long YIF Programme is delivered over 8 terms, where 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 meet their individual and team deliverables by the stated deadlines

  • Project work under Experiential Learning Module (ELM), which comprises of 3 credits starts in Term 2 and continues alongside the regular courses for the remaining 5 terms. There will be 2-week long ELM breaks during the year designated exclusively for ELM project work 


The courses taught at YIF differ every year owing to the fact that most of our Faculty is Visiting Faculty from Internationally renowned Universities and Institutions. Nonetheless, there are some core courses which are repeated every year and it is mandatory for all Fellows to complete these courses.


Mentioned below is the list of courses that are being taught in the current year and the courses that have been taught in the previous years. Please refer to the list as indicative of courses that will be taught in the coming year, along with new additions.

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























Academic Calendar 2016-2017
Terms Dates
1 17th July - 27th August
2 28th August - 8th October
3 9th October - 19th November
4 27th November - 23rd December
5 2nd January - 11th February
6 20th February - 1st April
7 2nd April - 13th May
8 14th May - 23rd June


Experiential Learning Module

The Experiential Learning Module or ELMs can be best understood as an internship that is spread over 8 months and runs alongside the academic courses of the Fellowship. Fellows have to organise themselves in a team of either 3 or 4 members and pitch for projects in an organisation, institution or individual after their skills, interests and future goals have been evaluated and assessed. This team of Fellows will work on a pre-determined problem or conduct research on the given topic in a particular framework based on the proposal sent in by the client.


The ELM project work for 2015-16 will begin from the 1st of September and will end by mid-May, 2016. Fellows will receive 3 credits for completing their ELM work through 8 months.

2015-2016 Modules
Behavioral Economics and Cross-Cultural differences Abbott India- Differentiated Indicators Adjudicating Domestic Violence Cases Anthology Asha Impact
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Bal Shodhak BJP – SPMRF BJP, Department of Policy Research Centre for Performing and Visual Arts
Centre for Social Equality and Inclusion, Bihar Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Ashoka: Workshop Development Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Ashoka: Media and Archiving CHORD, The Growth Gene Project (Hyderabad) Christophe Jaffrelot - Digitisation of Dalit literature
Closed Community SecondHand Goods Marketplace Conservation Wildlands Trust Convegenius Cupdey Dalmia Bharat Group
Edifice - Housing for all Education Alliance Emergence- Discovery of India Ethnoscience Hands for You Foundation – Haqdarshak
Healers At Home IIC- Millennium Alliance Project India Foundation India Foundation JNV Foundation
Just Dial Karmany Karna Candy Kathputli Colony Study Mahesh Girri - Skill Development
Masala Shakespeare with Prof. Gil Harris Microsoft - Smart Village Minority Representation and Communal Violence in Assam People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) Piramal Foundation for Education Leadership
Pratham (Learn Out of the Box) Pratham Education Foundation (Hybrid M-Learning Programme) PRS Legislative Research Quidich Rajeev Gowda, Office of MP (Rajya Sabha)
Robin Hood Army Samagra Schlumberger Sedhantik SEWA Bharat
Sharda Vidya Mandir School (SVM), Sehore, Madhya Pradesh Sishu Vikas STIR EDUCATION - Early Childhood Development Taru The Startupp
Travelism Volks Energie- Solar Pumps GTM Wadhwani - One Billion Jobs Wadhwani Foundation Think Tank WordsWorth
World Organization for Student and Youth (WOSY) Zouk Loans - 'Financing Make In India' Zouk Loans - Behavioral Economics    
Previous Years Modules
Future Brands - Foodscape  Abbott Go-to-Market Strategy Abbott Go-to-Market Strategy Cipla Samagra - Strategic Communication for Behavior Change
Abbott - Brand Innovation  Ashoka Centre for Social Impact & Philanthropy Ashoka Centre for Entrepreneurship Ashoka - Project Radio Bidsvilla
BrainJuicer  Ashoka - Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies Counselling Mantra Dalmia - Model Village AADI - Disability profiling in Delhi
Evalueserve Harley Davidson IIC-CEL Model Village IIC-DMICDC Project Niveshi
IIC-CEL Rural Electrification Imaginarium Inc. India - Mind Your Business Karna Candy La Ultra
LBD Makerspace Mapping Indian Elections Mesmerix Microsoft Team 1 Microsoft Team 2
NavPrabhuti Trust Office of MP - Jayant Sinha Pyoopil Office of MP - Rajeev Gowda Genpact
 Research - psychotropic substances Samagra IIC-NSDC Policy Innovation Office of MP - Rajeev Gowda #2 Social Cops - School Pedia
Social Cops - Smart City SSK #1 Project TARU The Spatial Determinants of Economic Developmen WordsWorth Project
Adopt-a-trail Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group Mapping Universities as Political Spaces Ashoka-Genpact Centre for Leadership Handicrafts
Christophe Jaffrelot - Trajectory of syncretic religious sites in India Ishamudin Khan Vinyas Project Kaushal Asha Impact
Dalmia - Blue Schools Project 5by7 Development Office of Shri Naveen Jindal Observer Research Foundation (ORF) – 1 Observer Research Foundation (ORF) – 2
Project with Dr. Anunaya Chaubey Indian Football Foundation McKinsey Global Institute Space Matters The Aman Trust
Jugnu Project Central Square Foundation (CSF) Headlines Today The Idea Works - Golf Tournament Wide Angle Films (Nalanda Project)
Prayas – JAC Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) International Finance Corporation (IFC) 9dot9 Studio-X
Project Niveshi Perfect Relations   Harley Davidson Quidich – A Bird's Eye View
Action for Ability Development and Inclusion (AADI) PRS India Centre for Civil Society Micro Grid Solution - Rural Electrification (Group C) Research in Politics & Economics
Cinemad Shoshit Samadhan Kendra (SSK) Recyclewala Films The De-Lhi-terrati Project American India Foundation - Rickshaw Sangh
Ashoka University Baichung Bhutia Football School British High Commission: Low carbon supply chains Chai Point Earthy Goods Foundation
 Grind Master Machines Harley Davidson Hector Beverages ICF International Idea Cellular
 Kalam Foundation – Social Stock Exchange Mapping India’s Global Investment Footprint McKinsey Global Institute Media for Change Shri Naveen Jindal’s Development Office
Perfect Relations Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Researching the Spectacle Senior Citizens Shakespeare and Queer Theory
SHRAMIC Society for Scientific Values Studio-X UID UK - Trade and Investment
UK in India : Youth Engagement Strategy Veoni Web-Based Education Platform Young Africa Fellowship Programme (YAFP) BASIX (FLINT) – Instrument to measure financial access
BASIX – COMSIG Becoming Indian: Subaltern European Travellers Building Solar Projects in India CAF India Climate Resilience through risk reduction – BASIX
Council for Environment, Energy & Water Food retail chain of stores in North India Harley Davidson Hatchery Business Line IFRE - Launch a University
Project ‘viSparsh’ - assist visually impaired persons Socio-economic development in Kurukshetra Sourcing Strategy for a environment friendly, energy efficient electricity The new Anti Trust Regime in India  What's up Bharat - website strategy for bringing change in India
Yum! Restaurants        
Mentoring Programmes

YIF is committed to supporting its Fellows to build unique and meaningful life trajectories, character and careers that will create significant impact in the domains of their involvement. 

These mentors are committed to supporting the Fellowship in the following ways:

  • Guiding the Young India Fellows in developing insights into sectors of their interest over the course of eight months through regular interaction

  • Creating new opportunities for the Young India Fellows through their network

  • Enriching the curriculum and participating in the YIF community by delivering guest lectures and seminars


The YIF offers two levels of mentoring for Young India Fellows: 


Mentoring by industry experts

Young India Fellows have the unique privilege of being mentored by eminent industry leaders and experts, academicians 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 

  • Mentors and their mentees can choose to extend their relationship post the Fellowship on mutual consensus 

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


Fellow-Fellows Mentoring Programme

The growing YIF Alumni body is a key resource available to support and guide the Fellows during their year at the Fellowship within formalised mentoring relationships. The Fellow-Fellows Mentoring Programme begins as early as Term 1 to offer greater support and help to the Fellows during the initial phase of the Fellowship. The Fellows are encouraged to pursue their relationship with their Alumni-Mentors to gain deeper insights throughout the year and for the future, and post YIF, on mutual consensus.

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: Trainings and skill building seminars are conducted on Microsoft Excel, Power Point Presentations, CV writing, Interviewing for jobs, among others. 

  3. Centre for Writing and Communication: A dedicated centre has been established to deliver courses and workshops in writing skills to assist the Fellows in handling the curriculum by teaching them how to understand content, carry out research, build arguments, write papers and make presentations. The Fellows are also taught the essentials of critical thinking, good writing and oral presentation skills. These are supplemented with one-on-one counselling and guidance given in small groups.

YIF Programme Design


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