SPHEEHA Member and Managing Director of Renaissance eServices Pvt Ltd, Mr. Shabd Mishra was awarded the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Fellowship at University of Oxford by Government of U.K. He completed the fellowship in December 2019.
The Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s flagship fellowship for India and has run for more than 20 years. The fellowship is aimed at young high-flyers and mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds with strong and demonstrable leadership potential. The fellowship addresses issues faced by leaders in all fields and explores changing ideas and practices of leadership, looking at the implications of globalisation for Indian leaders.
Twelve selected Gurukul Fellows from India successfully completed an intensive, twelve week residential course at the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford to study and address these challenges through three fundamental and interlocking components focusing on academic understanding, policy relevance and personal development.
This innovative programme familiarises India’s future leaders with an understanding of the contemporary opportunities and challenges of global integration, the leadership skills to play a leading role in meeting them, and the knowledge to translate this into policy and practice.
Gurukul Fellows were exposed to current issues and themes impacting global leadership, including:
- The economics of global integration: growth, trade, regulation and deregulation
- The role of science and technology: climate change, the internet, technological inter-connectedness, cyber security
- International governance and government of the nation-state: the UN, WTO and trade agreements, the European Union and Brexit
- Social challenges of and to global integration: migration, refugees, inequality and intolerance
- The new politics of support and opposition to global integration: nationalism and internationalism, security and conflict
- Personal development and leadership skills
The course included numerous site visits in the UK and Europe, researching and presenting on a public policy plan to be developed throughout the course, and a varied cultural programme designed to integrate Gurukul Fellows into the academic and cultural life of the University and Department, along with building their professional networks.