From August 2018 to February 2019, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM) conducted a 40-hour certification programme, titled ‘Future Leader Programme—Igniting Lights for Tomorrow’, for Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) students of Rajalakshmi School of Business (RSB), Chennai. This programme works on the qualities that enable individuals, especially students:
- to envisage a dynamic vision for the future,
- to harness the potential within them to deliver the vision into a successful reality and
- to contribute in the larger social orb that extends beyond the boundaries of their work and personal life.
The programme is facilitated in an experiential format to help assimilate and actualize the learning more effectively.
The sessions of the programme were held at RSB Campus, Chennai. The programme was highly appreciated and the students actively participated in all the sessions.
Along with lectures, the teaching and learning process included learning through case studies, interactive technology-linked exercises, learning through music, movies, games, videos, and student-led sessions. The entire programme was experiential in nature.
These classes also enabled the students open up, imbuing them with self-confidence and enthusiasm. Various reflective sessions helped them to understand about their self, leading to discovery of inner potential. Beside class activities each student was given an assignment at the individual level and was analysed and evaluated by the facilitators of SAFIM to help them to develop those qualities.
Live projects also were also assigned to the students so that they could learn development, planning, and implementation of a project and get the first-hand exposure to the real-life situations they have to face in the future. All the students were divided into four groups and each group was given one project and each project was linked with a social impact creation. They completed the project with efficiency and made a final presented before the facilitators of SAFIM.
It was helpful for life skills which are not available in any textbooks. Practical demos were good and learning will be helpful throughout. – Vishwanath
It helped me to think beyond limits and stay unique among others. It aimed to analyse the various skills and inner thoughts within us and explore more about our own self. – P. Pratheepa
The Future Leaders program was very helpful to us for improving in exploring ourselves. – Saranya. J
It has helped me understand a lot of myself and the areas I need to improve to persistently improve and become a better person. – Sibiram R