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Tuesday April 10, 2012 08:26:51 PM, IANS

New Delhi: An NGO Tuesday launched a certificate course in political leadership for women, aiming to create a pool of confident and successful law makers. The 10-week programme would cost Rs.4.75 lakh.

The Centre for Social Research launched the certificate course in political leadership for women in partnership with the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B).

The 'Indian Women in Leadership' or i-WIL programme "will help shape a creative, knowledgeable and visionary women leadership", claimed CSR director and women rights activist Ranjana Kumari.

The first batch of the programme is expected to begin July 16.

Expressing hope that the women's reservation bill will be passed soon, she claimed that the programme would create a pool of "visionary" women politicians.

"Investing in women through formal training will help in creating a pipeline of confident and successful women leaders," she added, claiming that there were too few women leaders in the country at present.

Speaking on the occasion, M.V. Rajeev Gowda, chairperson of th Center for Public Policy (CPP) at IIM-B, claimed that the country "needs leaders who balance passion for public service, compassion for the disadvantaged, professionalism in governance, and courage built on values and vision".

"Political leaders in India perform a variety of roles. They are expected to be legislators, policy implementers, problem solvers, CEOs of their constituencies as well as party activists," Gowda said.

"This course is practical and multidimensional and will equip participants with cutting-edge capabilities that will enable them to enter, progress and make an impact in the political arena," he added.

Ranjana Kumari and Gowda also launched the programme's website,

The programme is targeted at women in politics, social activists and others from diverse backgrounds. The course will include lectures, field visits and a week-long intensive exposure visits to Delhi and Singapore.





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