When does course begin?

August/September.

When will it it end?

End of March.

How are the placements?

We don’t offer any placement. We provide internship

Where are present students interning?

Our students have interned with election war-rooms, MPs, MLAs, Party Office-bearers, think-tanks and so on. To name a few BJP Gen Secy Tarun Chugh, BJP Karnataka Election War Room, BJP Assam election campaign, Chattisgarh Minister Ajay Chandrakar, Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Vidya Bharti and Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation.

Why should one join the course?

The course has been designed to assist students who are interested and preparing for joining public life – politics, voluntary organisations and so on. Just like one joins a fashion designing course for learning that, same approach applies here. Join the course for pure learning from a range of experts ranging from academicians to politicians and for an unequal field exposure.

What kind of support will IIDL offer after the course or what kind of relationship will the student and institute have after the course?

The relationship between that of institution and the student is like that of a family family. And we will surely want our students to succeed because in the growth and success of our student lies our success.

Will the institute help us get a ticket after this course?

No. The course intends to assist students to learn and increases one’s understanding about politics. And hopefully making you worthy of being eligible to get one.

What is the fee?

Rs 2.25 lakhs is the tuition fee and Rs 75,000 is the hostel and mess fee.

Can I opt to stay out of campus?

We would really encourage you to stay within the campus with regards to the learning and experience. But if it as an exceptional case we can consider it.

Are there are discounts or scholarships?

No. Being a private course there are no discounts. Over that this course isn’t a profit making one.

What does the Rs. 3 Lakhs fee include? Only tuition and mess? Or even the field visits?

The fees includes tuition, mess, lodging, WiFi, gym, library, uniform, all the expenses during field visits and study tour.

What about international exposure? A visit outside India?

Yes there is an optional component of international visit. The students who opt for it will have to pay over and beyond the Rs. 3 lakhs fee

Do we get the internship of our choice?

No. We have counselling sessions and on the basis of mutual understanding based on your interest, strength, and growth potential we choose the internship option.

What is the scope of opportunities?

In the fast-upgrading world of politics, there is a need for trained manpower both in terms of leaders, managers and also political assistants.

Is this course only meant for political activists?

Well our primary target is to provide leadership to political workers, social workers and individuals who want to work in the sphere of development sector, civil society and voluntary organisations

What is generally size of the batch?

We generally take 25-30 students in one batch. Their age-group ranges from 21-40 and generally has a representation from an average 12 states of India.

Is there any age restriction?

Not really. But we would love to encourage people who are under 35 to do this course. But yes there maybe exceptions.

Do you have people only from political background doing this course?

Not really. There are some students who do have a background but over half of the batch consists of students without any background per se.

Is this course also meant for people from non political background?

Yes. We need good educated people in both politics, government and development sector. At present there is a dearth of talent in this areas. Also there are more and more youngsters who want to do different things and also contribute to nation building. This course is an attempt to bridge this gap.

We hear of several parties and politicians opting for graduates from IITs and IIMs to work with them. We believe that this course is designed in such a way that tomorrow politicians across party lines will choose IIDL students over IITs and IIMs

Is this course meant only for RSS-BJP supporters?

No. This is a purely academic programme. RMP-IIDL believes that we need good leaders across party lines. And this is very important for strengthening democracy.

Did you have students from different political backgrounds?

We have had students who have been associated with parties like BJP, INC, AAP, Lok Satta, AIADM, NCP and so on…

Who are the faculties?

All our faculties are subject experts. For eg Political theory is taught by academicians from various Universities, a topic on Chanakya and his leadership thoughts is taught by author Radhakrishnan Pillai, filing PIL is taught by Adv Vivekananda Gupta, filing RTI is taught by former CIC Shailesh Gandhi, surveys and polls by Psephologist Jai Mrug, booth management by elected representatives and so on

Do you also have faculties from different Political backgrounds?

IIDL has had sessions by BJP leaders right from the likes of Nitin Gadkari to Baijayant Jay Panda, we have AAP national office-bearer Ruben Mascarenhas interacting with our students every year. We have had session on Socialism which was taken by JDU MP Harivans ji, a session on Jyoti Basu-Buddhadeb Bhatacharya which was taken by senior journalist Abhay Mokashi who learns to the left, former minister from the UPA govt has also interacted with our Jairam Ramesh interacted with our students during our national capital exposure visit.

Where do these field visits happen?

The field visits include visits to panchayat, tribal area, rural village, not for profit organisations and so on.
(because of the COVID situation, some of the visits will have to be curtailed)

What about the study tours?

IIDL organises two major study tours –
  1. A three-week Election Exposure Visit wherein we take our students to an election bound state making students learn first-hand of how elections happen. visit
  2.  A one-week National Capital Exposure Tour wherein the students visit New Delhi to learn about politics and governance through interactions with elected representatives, ministers, bureaucrats, journalists, social activists and by visiting important political offices and government buildings.

Do we have to pay the fees in one go or in instalments?

What is the process of getting selected?

What is the process of getting selected?

You need to apply online by filling up the form on our website – https://iidl.org.in/apply-now/. Along with that you need to pay ₹1000 registration fee (non refundable) and email the slip/screenshot on iidl@rmponweb.org.

Based on your form we would be shortlisting candidates for the interview and then after the interview you would know if you have been selected or no.

What is the medium of instruction?

Working knowledge of Hindi and English is a must. Faculties may teach in either of the two languages.

What is the course structure?

The course has been divided in to three parts – Politics and Democracy, Leadership and Management, Governance and Public Policy. Each trimester is further divided in to multiple modules. One module comprising of one week each.

When do we get vacations?

Being a trimester course. There will be two 10 day vacations between the 3 terms which will be told to you during your orientation week so that you may plan your travel accordingly.

Do we get weekend off?

Depends on the module head and the course load for that week. On an average we will have an alternate working Saturday.

What about govt holidays?

A list of holidays you will be getting shall be given to you during your orientation week so that you can plan your travel.

Are parents or family allowed to stay in the campus.

Yes, the family is allowed to visit and stay in the campus for a couple of days. The stay and food will be charged separately and subject to prior notice and as per availability of the rooms.

Are there any attendance restrictions?

Yes. We expect everyone to attend each and every lecture but do understand there are some urgent issues and commitments which one has to fulfill. Regardless 75% attendance is compulsory.

What are the faculties for female students?

The will be lodging in a seperate section of the hostel. The hostel and the entire campus is not only monitored by CCTV but also by physical security guards 24×7. You are welcome to visit the campus and experience it,

Can we go out of the campus after the classes and during the weekends?

Yes.
(because of the COVID conditions, we might have to put some restrictions here as it will be our students to ensure your safety)

What is the evaluation criteria?

There will be tests after every module.

How do you select candidates?

We ensure the candidate is genuine, look at his or her desire to work in the society and for the country and if he or she is ready to put in the required efforts. The intent on paper and during the interview will be checked.

What are practical exposure given during the course with regards to elections?

Apart from the classes and theory lectures. We do a model parliament – wherein the students are taught parliamentary rules, regulations and procedures and the students question, discuss and debate on issues and pass laws. Apart from this we send students on the ground for surveys. We take our students out during elections. This year we went to Gujarat for 8 days for making our students experience elections in an up, close and personal way. The students not only witnessed campaigning, door to door campaigns but also participated in electioneering, attended several meetings leading from booth level to seat level to state level.

What are practical sessions like?

Practical sessions will happen when needed. For example – when we do public speaking there will practical sessions…during RTI, PIL. Then there are role plays and team activities. As and when needed we will have them.