Program Overview

    Graduates and young professionals with 2 years of experience
    1 Year
    Full-time residential (In-person expert mentor sessions + internship)
    Media & Culture, Public Policy & Strategy, Politics & Government, Development & CSR, Managing Public Spaces
    Real-world problem solving, mentor guidance, integrated projects, interaction with policymakers and parliamentarians
    Brings together the self, community, society, nation, and global perspective to advance ‘conscious’ development

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate in any stream from a recognised university

Young professional with 2 years of work experience

Commitment for social impact

Why PG Diploma in Public Leadership

Your Launchpad to create social impact

A professional 9-5 job seems like a dream once you graduate from college. It provides a stable routine life, regular pay, and a promise to climb up the hierarchy. Now that all is settled, there is still something missing. A feeling that you are made for bigger things in life. A desire to make an impact. And the passion to contribute to lasting change. 

You take steps to improve yourself every day and often think about the world around you. But where do you start your journey? A courageous shift to follow your higher calling requires phenomenal transformation. And we are here to help you realise this dream. 

Rishihood’s PG Diploma in Public Leadership aligns your inner self with the community, society, nation, and the world.

Duration: 11 Months | Starts: August 2023 | Tuition: Rs.5L [Scholarships available] | Food & Hostel: Rs.1.6L

Who is This Program For?

This program is designed for aspiring changemakers who are looking for a functional shift into more public-facing impact roles in following areas


 Corporate Social Responsibility



Government Consulting

Social Enterpreneurship


Politics and Government

  • Managing the Politics of policymaking
  • Art of communication – Public Speaking & Debating
  • Modern Indian Socio-Political History
  • Public leaders and movements

Public Policy and Strategy

  • Managing Public finance
  • Managing the Politics of policymaking
  • Competitive Strategy
  • International trade and development

Managing Public Spaces

  • City as a Lab
  • Promoting Aesthetics in Public Space
  • Managing Public Finance
  • Creating Culturally Vibrant and Environmentally sustainable public spaces
  • Managing public goods

Development and CSR

  • Structure & Governance of Non-profits
  • Public Leaders & Movements
  • International trade and development
  • Grant writing & Impact Evaluation

Media and Culture

  • Languages and literary classics of India
  • Visual Storytelling (Digital)
  • Art of communication – Public Speaking & Debating
  • Public Leaders & Movements

Learning Journey Timeline

Learning Journey Timeline

Career Options Post PGDPL

Public Policy

Media Management

Corporate Social Responsibility

Development Sector Professional

Government Consulting

Political Consulting

Program Pillars

Self Transformation

Discover your inner calling

Immersive Transformation

Solve real world problems

Global Outlook

Enable conscious and holistic development


Connect the self to the world



Leadership that fills the gaps in the conventional curriculum

  • Knowing Oneself
  • Building Intellectual Capacity
  • Developing Interpersonal Intelligence
  • Honing Leadership Skills


Learn from expert mentors and live as a conscious leader

  • Samshodhana: Self Exploration, Research, Mentor Guidance
  • Samvada: Expert Discussions, Structured Debate, Peer Engagement
  • Yatra: Field Trips, Internship, Integrated Project

Life Skills

Grow holistically and be ready for life and the workplace

  • Jigyasa: Curiosity to delve deeper into yourself and the world
  • Chikeersha: Courage to take inspired action
  • Anand: Bliss of being centred and aligned

Program Outcomes

Leaders grounded in Indic Knowledge Systems. Having transformed themselves, ready to transform the world.

Practical, Hands-On Skills in chosen areas

The program is action oriented and designed to give learners practical skills that will make them valuable in their chosen areas.

Self-managment skills during crises

Learners will be prepared to handle themselves and their problems using a balanced approach so that they can successfully navigate the challenges they are likely to face in a leadership role.


An Authetic, Indic Leadership Style

Ability to lead with clarity, conviction, courage, and compassion while being rooted in Indian culture and knowledge traditions which will give learners a unique identity and mental stability.

An expended professional network

Graduates will stay connected with influential leaders, academics, and social influencers and through them find relevant career opportunities.


A network of lifelong mentors to guide you

As learners go through the program, they will have access to a cloud of mentors who are experts in various fields – this access to experiential wisdom of successful people will have a positive constructive effect on the learners understanding of key topics.

A sharper and clearer problem-solving logic

Learners will walk away with the ability to apply deep thinking and clear logic to any problem using powerful problem-solving frameworks and derive actionable insights that help to move forward the agenda of progress.

An inclusive Indic Worldview

A broader and more refined worldview and a balanced view of Indian and world history, culture, geopolitics, and social dynamics which will lead to more holistic solutions for the future.

The ability to create change

Practiced and perfected leadership skills of influencing minds through speaking and writing.

Faculty & Mentors

Comprises leaders from various domains field experts to help nurture our learners in their journey of becoming leaders

Prof. Sanjeev Kumar

Professor & Dean - Rashtram School of Public Leadership

Aravindan Neelakandan

Renowned writer, Co-Author of 'Breaking India'- bestseller book

Vinayak Lohani

Founder & Chief, Parivaar | B.Tech, IIT, Kharagpur | MBA ,IIM, Calcutta


Management Professional| PGD in Business Administration from IIM Ahmedabad | Author - Mahabharata Unravelled: Lesser-known facets of a well-known History/Ramayana Unravelled: Lesser-known facets of Rishi Valmiki's epic


Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Jan Ki Baat | Indian Journalist | Author | Bachelor of Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology


Senior Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group, India | Former Senior Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum Library | Former Senior Consultant at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)


Founder - The Ramayana School | Author | TV Panelist Political Analyst | Engineering degree, G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology | Masters in Governance and Development, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom


Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore | PhD in Economics from Washington State University


Professor, Rashtram School of Public Leadership | Founding President Water Resources Council, WICCI

Dr Sampadananda Mishra

Professor at Rashtram School of Public Leadership | Writes, speaks, and researches on topics related to Sanskrit, Indian Culture, Spirituality, and Yoga.

G V Pranav Vasishta

Researcher on Dharmaśāstra-s and the Constitution of India | Author, Teacher at ‘Pūrṇapramati’ Ex-IIIT Hyderabad

Suresh Prabhu

Chancellor, Rishihod University | Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha | India’s Sherpa to the G7 and G20 | Chartered Accountant | Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) | Member of the Board of Advisors of India’s International Movement to the United Nations


Professor & Director of Center for Innovation in Governance | B.Tech. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur | PGDM from IIM Bangalore


Co-Founder, Director at Nourishing Schools Foundation | Leadership Coach (PCC)

Admission Process

Admission Process

1st Convocation's Learner 2022 - 23

  • Dhawan Jagirdar
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Sanjam Sachdeva
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Sanket Kalambe
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Someshwar Gurumath
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Padmaraj R Shetty
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Simran Parmar
    PGDPL Learner 2022

for program

  • Shri Pradeep Bhandari
    Founder and CEO
    Jan Ki Baat
  • J Sai Deepak
    Author and Litigator
  • Prasad Bhopale
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Suprabha Sharma
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Prof Swathi Ram
    Guest Faculty
  • Dhawan Jagirdar
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Sanket Kalambe
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Someshwar Gurumath
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Simran Parmar
    PGDPL Learner 2022
  • Humility and intellectual integrity are the hallmarks of true scholarship. We are glad to see the students from Rishihood University fit the description accurately. We are also pleased to observe that students are driven to a larger purpose of nation-building. The effort of the University team is visible in the aptitude, attitude and work ethic of the students.

    We congratulate the Rishihood university on its endeavors. We will be looking forward to receiving more students as our partners and employees—Jai Maa Bharati ki.

    Saikrishna BVS
    CEO Pinaca Technologies
  • Being at Rishihood was a quite a fulfilling and special experience for me – a novel experiment that involves the use of education for cultural awakening.

    The curriculum including pedagogical innovation tries to bring elements of our civilizational legacy in the learning. The enthusiasm and exuberance of the students, the concept of the architecture, and the use of space including the utility of the cafeteria where the process of learning gets extended beyond the classrooms make the setting a special one. It was beautiful experience, being a part of Rishihood.

    Dr Akhilesh Pathak
    Assistant Professor (Sociology)
    Lakshmibai College
    The University of Delhi.

Placement Sectors


We had 23 learners in
the previous batch

This group of individuals coming from widely dissimilar social, academic, and professional backgrounds are united here today in their want of a different world order. We wish them actionable learning and success on the path they would choose to take hereafter.


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