Recently, I came across this new program, Young India Fellowship, which is being touted as India's own Rhodes Scholarship.
If you check the website, you will find that the first batch will have 50 students, those who are graduating in 2011, or have graduated at most 2 years ago. These 50 students will go through a one year of fantastic experience. They will be taught by leading experts, with workshops, and guest lectures thrown in all the time. I was so excited about the program that I immediately contacted one person associated with the program and asked if they could make just one exception and allow someone who graduated 25 years ago. Alas, they did not agree.
This is a one year program, divided into 8 terms of 6 weeks each, with some time in between for on campus interviews. Yes, the program will provide help with placements as well.
And the best part of this program is that it is free. It costs about Rs. 8 lakhs, including tuition, lodging and boarding, but all participants will get full scholarship to cover all these expenses.
The list of founders, mentors, sponsors, and faculty is truly awe inspiring, and include the who's who of Indian industry, truly outstanding academicians, and distinguished persons from many other walks of life.