Rishihood’s Flagship PG Diploma in Public Leadership

Your Launchpad to create social impact
100% placement in more than 10 sectors
4 specialisations focusing on Politics, Development, Public Policy and Media
Learning and Living framework with Dharmic and Integrative approach
11 month residential programme designed for graduates with 2 years of experience
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    Rishihood’s Flagship PG Diploma in Public Leadership

    Your Launchpad to create social impact
    Enquiry Now!


      100% placement in more than 10 sectors
      4 specialisations focusing on Politics, Development, Public Policy and Media
      Learning and Living framework with Dharmic and Integrative approach
      11 month residential programme designed for graduates with 2 years of experience

      Programme Overview

      • Eligibility: Graduates and young professionals with at least 2 years of experience in any field
      • Programme Duration: 1 Year 
      • Programme Format: Full-time residential (In-person expert mentor sessions +  internship)
      • Specialisations: Media & Culture, Public Policy & Strategy, Politics & Government, Development & CSR
      • Learning & Living Framework: Real-world problem solving, mentor guidance, integrated projects, interaction with policymakers and parliamentarians
      • Dharmic & Integrative approach: Brings together the self, community, society, nation, and global perspective to advance ‘conscious’ development.

      Who is This Programme For?

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

      The Rashtram Model of Leadership
      Public Policy

      The Rashtram Model of Leadership
      Corporate Social Responsibility

      The Rashtram Model of Leadership
      Media Management

      The Rashtram Model of Leadership
      Political Consulting

      The Rashtram Model of Leadership
      Government Consulting

      The Rashtram Model of Leadership
      Social Entrepreneurship


      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

      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


      Politics and Government

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

      Development and CSR

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

      Public Policy and Strategy

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

      Media and Culture

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

      Faculty & Mentors

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


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

      Dr Mala Kapadia

      Professor, Rashtram School of Public Leadership | Director, Center for Wellbeing and Wellness | Masters and Doctorate in Psychology and Literature | Author: ‘Heart Skills: Emotional Intelligence for Work & Life | Former Adjunct Faculty, SP Jain School of Global Management, Dubai, Singapore, Sydney, Mumbai.


      Professor, Rashtram School of Public Leadership | PhD at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

      Aravindan Neelakandan

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

      Shobhit Mathur

      Co-Founder and Vice Chancellor, Rishihood University |Database engineer, Amazon.com, Seattle| PGP (Management & Public Policy Analysis), Indian School of Business |MS (Computer Science), University of Washington | B Tech (Computer Science), IIT Bombay

      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)


      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.

      Sreejit Datta

      Director, Centre for Civilisational Studies | Mentor & Assistant Professor at Rashtram | Junior Research Fellow for Centre for Comparative Literature, Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan| Bachelor of Science - Statistics , St. Xavier's College , Kolkata | Master of Arts - Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata| Vocalist player, specializing in Rabindra sangeet and Hindustani music

      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)


      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

      Admission Process




      Aptitude Test






      "Chance to interact with real-life policymakers, eminent parliamentarians, diplomats and social leaders practising at the heart of the National Capital Region - Delhi."

      Life on Campus

      Placement Sectors


      • Shri Pradeep Bhandari
        Founder and CEO
        Jan Ki Baat
      • J Sai Deepak
        Author and Litigator
      • Prasad Bhopale
      • Suprabha Sharma
      • Prof Swathi Ram
        Guest Faculty
      • Dhawan Jagirdar
      • Sanket Kalambe
      • Someshwar Gurumath
      • Simran Parmar
      • 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 endeavours. 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.



      Institutions, Think tanks, Research groups


      Media, CSR, Public policy, MNCs


      Non-profit, Community, Social movement


      Social entrepreneur


      Diplomat, Bureaucrat, Policy consultant


      Electoral politics, Campaign management consulting

      We had 23 Learners in the previous

      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.

      26 YEARS

      Average Age of Learner

      3 YEARS 4 MONTHS

      Average Experience of Learner


      Industries Represented

      Still Not Sure?

      Get in touch with the admissions office today or connect with our learning advisories to explore available programs.
      Email Id: pgdladmissions@rishihood.edu.in and Contact Us: +91-8384074775

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