Perspectives from ISB

We completed the fourth and final Learning Weekend for the first batch of the Young Leaders Programme students at Mohali in mid February. We are ready to welcome these students to the regular PGP in April this year. Over the last two years we have mentored the students, given them inputs on critical thinking, team building, building consensus, value creation/value capture etc in addition to giving them inputs on various career choices they can make. We do hope they can use these inputs to chalk out a plan of action while they are at ISB for the next one year and make a flying start to their career thereon.

The key aspects of YLP are the Learning Weekends that include leadership & knowledge sessions with the renowned faculty of ISB and industry leaders. These sessions include structured learning that focus on the fundamentals of management education along with building hard and soft skills. All this, along with mentorship from senior ISB officials & alumni enhances the professional experience of the student in those two years. YLP also provides an opportunity to connect with high-end achievers, great minds, hence, building a network for life. To top it, there is a scholarship of INR 1 lakh for every YLP student. Finally, the YLP ends with the student joining the PGP at ISB with a head-start to his career, enhanced work experience and an edge over his/her peers.

As we have been doing in the past we visited India’s top colleges from various disciplines including the IITs, BITS, HR College, Lady Sriram College of Commerce, et al in order to interact with the prospective applicants. The response as usual has been very enthusiastic.

To be eligible for admission into YLP, the candidate must be in his pre-final year of graduation in any discipline. The selection process is a three-stage one which consists of profile evaluation, analysis of academic and analytical skills, GMAT score, written essays, video presentation and personal interviews. Excellence at every stage is a must to make the cut. The best of the best are the ones who get chosen for YLP.

So to sum it up, the youngsters who make it to this programme are, therefore, ideally positioned to transform into tomorrow’s exceptional business leaders. Because it really isn’t about where one comes from; it is about where one intends to go.

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