of State for Communications and Information Technology Sachin
Pilot and spokespersons of the Congress and the BJP are among 13
MPs from seven parties attending a nine-day leadership programme
at Yale University this week.
Global political-economic affairs and the challenges of leadership
are the focus of the fifth India-Yale Parliamentary Leadership
Programme June 16-25 at the Ivy League university's New Haven,
It will be complemented by a three-day programme of meetings,
discussions, and interactions in New York City, the university
Besides Pilot, who represents Ajmer in the Lok Sabha, and Congress
spokesperson Manish Tewari (Ludhiana), the other Congress
participants are Bhakta Charan Das (Kalahandi) and Ashok Tanwar (Sirsa).
From the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), besides spokesperson Rajiv
Pratap Rudy (Rajya Sabha, Bihar), the other participants are
Sanjay Jaiswal (Paschim Champaran) and Piyush Goyal (Rajya Sabha,
The Nationalist Congress Party is represented by Supriya Sule (Baramati)
and Ranjitsinh Vijaysingh Mohite Patil (Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra).
The Other participants are: Jose K. Mani (Kerala Congress (M),
Kottayam), Baijayant Panda (Biju Janata Dal, Kendrapara), Anand
Prakash Paranjpe (Shiv Sena, Kalyan) and Prem Das Rai (Sikkim
Democratic Front, Sikkim).
The parliamentarians will be accompanied by Ramesh Chandran,
India-US Forum of Parliamentarians, and advisor, FICCI.
More than 60 members of India's parliament will have participated
since Yale started the programme in collaboration with the
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and
the India-US Forum of Parliamentarians in 2007.
The programme underscores "Yale's longstanding commitment to
educating our students for service and leadership. We have now
gone a step further to include emerging and mid-career leaders,"
Yale president Richard C. Levin stated.
"The programme will provide the parliamentarians with
opportunities to critically think about the challenges of
leadership and to explore freely, away from the legislative arena,
the issues facing India," he said.
The programme "has been widely appreciated by those of us serving
in politics. The presentations and discussions cover a range of
topics and ideas, by and with some of the top academics in the
world, and the setting is excellent for vigorous but non-partisan
exchanges of views," said parliamentary forum chairman Panda.
"Yale University will help the parliamentarians in achieving a
greater and more informed engagement in public policy
discussions," said FICCI secretary general Rajiv Kumar.
"With some of the world renowned experts of Yale, the
parliamentarians get an opportunity to interact with them on a
wide spectrum of global issues as well as on issues relating to
leadership and management," said FICCI President Harsh Mariwala.