Advantage Bharat Fellowship program is established with the belief that the nation needs to develop a cadre of young leaders exposed to the diverse set of complexities and challenges that it faces. The Fellowship began in 2009 when Dr. Kalam was suggested by his Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Mr. Srijan Pal Singh (IIM-A), to initiate a recruitment program for short-term fellows to work on his vision for India. He readily agreed and used the royalties from his books to encourage the bright young minds of the nation to work towards the missions of India Vision 2020.
Previous editions of the Fellowship Program have seen participation from talented and committed students like Mr. Adwait Vikram Singh from Harvard, who took up the challenge of transforming a village in the district of Raebareli as part of this project. In our second edition, 6 fellows from IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Indore participated in transforming the villages in Navsari, Gujarat.
About the Program
As a part of the program, fellows get the opportunity to meet, interact and work with the top minds in the industry, along with experts and mentors from various fields. Fellows also get the chance to be Kalam Ambassadors by interning with the offices of Central ministers and Members of Parliaments, supporting them with research inputs and better implementation of government schemes. The selected Fellows function as Kalam Ambassadors who work to continue Dr. Kalam’s vision and dreams in the organisations or projects they are be placed in.
Given the renewed focus of the Government of India on social development through initiatives such as Digital India, Make in India, Swachh Bharat, Adarsh Gram etc., there is a requirement of a group of skilled, trained and passionate young men and women who understand the importance of working with people and communities across geographies. Throughout their tenure, Fellows will devote their energies to bring about an array of ground-level changes and effectively lead complex public systems in the future. This will prove to be the Leadership Foundation of the movement towards Nation Building.