Wanted institute for political leadership& governance: PM urged to take initiative

Report by: 
Rabindra Nath Sinha
Kolkata
29 May 2017

Pune-based  MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG), which claims to be the first school in the country  set up to train the  youth in “governmental and political processes” , has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi  to facilitate the setting up of  a national level institution with units in all states and Union Territories to promote political leadership and governance.
In a letter to the Prime Minister,  founder  of MIT School of Government Rahul V Karad,  suggested that the proposed institution should be christened  Indian Institute  of Political Leadership & Governance (IIPLG). Its management should reflect a collaborative structure comprising state legislatures, the two Houses of Parliament, Union government and private educational entities.
MIT-SOG is of the view that the existing arrangement of political parties to impart  training to their cadres and members enrolled during membership campaigns cannot be considered enough as the exercise is generally limited to respective party ideology. The envisaged national level institutions should in terms of quality compare favourably with Indian institutes of management and Indian institutes of technology because it will be important for them to reflect and retain political neutrality.
In support of the suggestion for  political leadership and governance institutions, the Pune-based organisation has argued that despite all the talks to strengthen democracy in the country, the fact remains that the vast majority of the Indian youth hardly considers politics  as a career option and this reluctance to fill in the positions of  political leadership might slow down the process of strengthening democracy.
As a preparatory step, MIT-SOG wants an Al-lindia Legislature Congress  should be held in New Delhi under the Prime Minister’s patronage  and  the aegis of  Lok Sabha. The idea, it has stressed, is to bring all members of legislature together, make them aware of the need for good governance   at all levels.  Some time back,  it organised National Women’s Parliament at Amaravati with the help of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
Established in 2005 with the veteran bureaucrat  T N Seshan as its Founding chairman, the organization, claims the press note, has trained a large number of youth in the last 12 years.