Sri Sri University: Tomorrow's Leaders Already in the Making

Posted on: Sunday, November 30, 2014

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Classes for the charter batch of the Master of Arts Program in Good Governance offered by the Faculty of Good Governance at Sri Sri University, one of the few such programs being offered in the country, is now in full swing.

The program has already featured guest speakers Satyajit Mohanty, IPS, ADGP, Govt of Odisha; B.K. Patnaik Ex-Chief Secy, Govt of Odisha and B.B. Mishra,(retd IPS) Honorary President, IIPA and former DG, Odisha Police and Dr.Pratip Kumar Mishra, Honorary Secretary,Indian Institute of Public Administration, Odisha (IIPA), Bhakta Charan Das, Ex Minister, Government of India, Mr Sandeep Sabharwal, Assist Vice President, Reliance Foundation etc.

The program aims to create ethical and effective leaders in politics, administration, society and business. The MA program also equips students to work as CSR managers in the corporate sector, participate in elections as political leaders or managers, promote or manage civil societies or NGOs, become civil servants, work in public relations or join the policy think tank in governments, nationally and internationally.

Apart from a rigorous curriculum, the program includes a policy action/research lab which will open up space for debates, interaction and engagement through experimentation with scholars, citizens, policy makers and activists on policymaking and its practical implications. The curriculum also includes a choice-based elective system and a dissertation project that will offer students the opportunity for in-depth study in governance and develop practical skills in governance.

During the course of the program, students take the oath of ethics designed by the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB). The oath inspires and binds them to be personally responsible for the consequences of their professional actions and decisions.

The ethics and values espoused by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, humanitarian and spiritual leader and founder, the Art of Living Foundation are also inculcated into student life. The Art of living course is an integral part of the curriculum, the course equips practitioners with the tools and techniques to effectively handle stressful situations, people, and environments to influence positive change.

The internal Faculty of the Sri Sri University include Dr Vijaya Lakshmi Mohanty, DrJyotirmayee Acharya, Mr Sunil Kumar Dhal, Dr Pratima Sarangi, Mr Kamala Kanta Das geared up to add value through the innovative teaching methods to the class. Champion Faculty Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi Mohanty says, Poojya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar wished upcoming politicians to be educated in the field before joining politics. Doctors, Engineers and other professionals take adequate training to enter the profession. The same should be implemented in Politics as well. The informed and aware youths will be in a position to impart good governance when they enter the arena of politics. Moreover, more ethical leaders joining politics will bring a lot of hope to the largest democracy of the world.’

Admissions for the second batch (2015-17) for MA in Good Governance at Sri Sri University are now open. To apply, visit

Source: Odisha Diary

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