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Innovating for a Sustainable World: The Moral Challenge for Young Leaders

6 Jun

The following is an excerpt from my entry to the Mindful Leadership Competition 2010 held at LIBA Chennai in collaboration with University of Dayton US.

This is the first age that’s paid so much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.                                                                                                   –Arthur C. Clarke

Today, when drastic increase in temperature year after year over a specific region can be measured, when glaciers are continuously melting, flooding the valleys fed by rivers originating from these glaciers followed by diminished flows, when we can see the inequity in social and economic status of people around ourselves and in the light of the facts showcasing depletion of fossil fuels at an extremely fast pace presented by modern day researchers and scientists, the 17th century philosopher John Locke’s words that my expropriation of natural resources does you no harm as there is enough for you don’t hold true anymore.

We as stakeholders in this ecosystem are now aware of the limitation of the existing natural resources.

Though environmentalists had started a slow movement by the late 1960s towards bringing environmental considerations to the mainstream decision making which widely comprises of Economics, it was only in the 1980s when for the first time Sustainable Development was quoted in the report called Our Common Future commonly known as The Brundtland report submitted to United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development[1] stating that it is development that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.’ It was also stated that sustainable development was about both equity between generations and equity within generations.

Development is not about ‘the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest time’ but ‘the greatest good for everyone for ever’, hence, to integrate the conservation and development to ensure that modifications to the planet do indeed secure the survival and well-being of everyone we need to renovate our existing world with newer ideas leading to efficient and effective handling of our current resources so that when we move into the tomorrow the resources not just help us pave our path into that but continue to exist there too and the only thing that can ensure our arrival and existence into such a world is – Innovation.

Renovation of the world we live in, with ideas applied successfully in practice is Innovation. Innovation sometimes could be a radical or revolutionary idea that challenges and changes the current thinking, processes or products and leads to a new way of living for example Muhammad Yunus’s[2] Grameen Bank in Bangladesh started giving loans to women in a country where they have been in subjugation and seclusion for centuries and this radically new and different belief in the trustworthiness of women transformed the lives of millions, helping them break the shackles of poverty and march into a new world which had food for them, which had opportunities for them and where lied the promise of livelihood for them.

At the same time innovation could appear to be an insignificant change in our way of doing things but has the potential to change our world upside down. Internet Banking is nothing more than using the same banks but on a different platform. Two guys at Stanford downloaded the web and indexed it for fun and the idea developed into one of the biggest companies of all times-Google. One man wanted to work with minimum number of chips at a time. He is Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and the engineer behind the Apple-1 and Apple-2 computers.

Innovation is not just the end product but it involves changes in thinking and implementation of techniques right from the conceptualization of an idea to its transformation into something that adds value and brings a positive change to the society we live in. While we can see the processes involved in the development of an end product which is both economically viable and socially acceptable, there is a lot going on in the backdrop simultaneously which involves an orbit shifting challenge to start with which puts the innovator in an all together new orbit, need aroused due to limitation of resources or an ambitious dare taken by an individual or a group and their determination as well as dedication to the cause. Dr. G Venkataswamy’s dedication to see a world free of unwanted blindness persuaded and led him to start Aravind Eye Hospital which is now the largest and most productive eye care facility in the world. He not only started the project but also made it a self sustainable initiative by conquering challenges or sustainability speed bumps. The clinic started manufacturing its own ocular lenses to bring down the costs of operations and came up with more than one innovation in the process.

Though Innovation and technology bring a counter weight to business and livelihood, not every new technology is an innovation towards sustainability as it might bring greater downside risk than upside benefit. This can be easily substantiated by the recent advances in the nuclear sciences and stem cell researches[3]. When nuclear scientists have been successful in providing energy solutions for the world where we can no longer rely on fossil fuels at the same time nuclear warfare presents a critical and dangerous situation for the humanity to exist. At this critical juncture the roles of young leaders come into the limelight because tomorrow’s world scenario will be determined by the decisions taken by today’s leaders.

One day we may not have any of the lush green forests to cut down and set up our factories, there may not be any trees to lie down under and rest during the summers, the rivers may be either flooded or could turn into thin streams of water, our children may not be able to see the blue sky during the day, we may not be able to share our joys during the rains with them and all that may remain could be the stories filled with environmental bliss. And this is what provides the young leaders of today with an orbit shifting challenge which could be the origin of a world based on innovation towards sustainability of our current world. It’s our ecosystem, our social setup and our very existence which is in danger and it’s our moral duty which has challenged us to save our today in order to showcase it to our future.

The challenge is not just to preserve the ecosystem and natural habitat but to come up with sustainable solutions to our modern day problems. Today’s youth needs to look for sustainability not just in environment but also our socio-political setup which in a way contributes to our economy.

This seemingly gigantic mission can be achieved by dividing the task into comparatively smaller domains or verticals mentioned below:

Sustainable Education System

Education will form the most critical tool, providing solutions to various problems such as corruption, caste and religious discrimination, human rights violation and terrorism which are detrimental to the human existence. To achieve educational equity in this world we must strive to bring a systemic divergence in the existing model towards sustenance. Leaders have to come up with innovative ideas that would help develop a self sustainable educational model with alternative revenue sources as an answer to the problems of schools running on grants or low economic backup by the government. This would help attract top-class talent to the non glamorous job of teaching hence improving the quality of education which in turn would not only retain the current students who tend to drop out of education at an early stage due to unavailability of role models in class and consecutive decrease in interest towards learning but would also increase the number of students attending classes.

Education sector is in dire need of strategic leadership towards integration of sports to education, empowerment of children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills, removal of gender bias in educational opportunities especially in the developing countries and realization of the right to Education[4] for all which is beyond horizon, considering of our present state.

Taking Poverty to Museums through Innovation

At the UN conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972, the then Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi said that ‘Poverty is the worst pollution’. While growing demands of the ever increasing population on the scarce resources creates Environmental Stress, those who are poor and hungry destroy their immediate environment in order to survive and this degradation of environment further affects these poorest groups in the worst possible ways, hence adding to the stress. This provides the young leaders of today with another orbit shifting challenge of pulling the millions of human inhabitants of our planet who are below poverty line to the other side of the line. This calls for Innovation.

While Professor Yunus has shown a way of eradicating this social evil by leading people towards livelihood through Microcredit, today’s leaders have to bear the responsibility of increasing the pace at which it is reaching the needy as well as its area of reach through creative ideas. Further newer and better ways can be found to help the poor get into self-employment, a highly undervalued sector by present day economists, and carve their way out of poverty.

Sustainability through Social-consciousness driven enterprises

Fritz Schumacher[5] in his book Small is Beautiful claims that conventional development strategies promoted islands of Western modernity in the cities, while doing nothing for the vast majority of population residing in the villages. He suggested that small scale technology which can be understood and controlled by common people can be the only tool for their survival as it would not require the presence of experts for everyday functioning. In our world where business enterprises as well as Non Profit – Non Government Organizations are thriving there is a niche sector occupied by For-Profit Social enterprises that are consciousness driven which means that while they are earning profit in order to sustain themselves, there motive towards business is social elevation which could be an even greater motivating factor than self interest or other financial wants.

Young leaders have to increase the bandwidth of these social enterprises so that every section of world population can benefit from them, for this they need to take an innovative approach towards this enterprise led development so that it would lead to an inclusive growth where defunct systems will have no place and a socio-economic equilibrium could be attained.

Building Sustainable Cities

“Our cities and towns are not an acceptable face of a rapidly modernizing and developing economy” was quoted by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh[6]. This statement itself dares the youth of today to take up the challenge of rethinking the approaches taken towards urban development and asks them to come up with imaginative solutions to problems of urbanization which are critical to the future of our planet where population is consistently increasing.

The concept of Sustainable cities is not just about the centrality of master plans of urban development or detailed implementation of critical reforms but a futuristic way of living in an entirely new habitat. It need not have the same kind of buildings we live in but buildings made of environment friendly materials which would be stronger, more durable, and capable of withholding natural disasters and would have the resources to provide shelter to thousands of families. These cities need not have the same transport or severe systems that we currently have moreover, the energy resources could be new as well. High levels of dedication and determination would be required for constructing and inhabiting these modern day cities which would reflect an acceptable face of humanity on our planet.

Rural Urban Integration

Uncertainty in the timing and amount of monsoon combined with poor irrigation facilities due to decline in the ground water levels affects a farmer’s choice of crops as well as the timing of plantation leading to lower yields and thus decreasing his earnings. Marginal farmers are being forced to sell their land adding to the economic inequality in the villages. The surplus rural labor when migrates to cities while trying to adapt to the severe situation caused by climate change adds to the unskilled labor population of these cities putting an extra pressure on the existing resources.

This presents a unique challenge which calls for rural urban integration so that the rural youth can avail opportunities in their own lands and need not migrate to cities in search of employment. Further the urban population should also be made aware of the rural lifestyle as this would not only bring them closure to nature but would also help them make informed decisions in their everyday lives with environmental considerations in mind. This could be done by creation of a common platform where both the urban and rural population can come together.

Sustainable agriculture and Water Management

When food and water form the most basic needs for the survival of any species on planet earth that is for the sustenance of life itself, special efforts are required to maintain the availability of both of these resources in their pure form and adequate amounts. This calls for saving the biodiversity through practicing sustainable agriculture which would include Non-Violent farming or growing different crops together to maintain the fertility of soil, using plant genetic resources and putting extra emphasis on seed diversity. In most of the areas where chemical fertilizers are being used to increase the fertility of soil over years, the soil has been eroded of its ability to contain and store minerals and at the same time the farmers have lost faith on their ability to farm without chemicals, hence, while the fertilizers have increased the fertility to some extent it has created bigger problems in terms of the morale of farmers and nutrient content of soil. Therefore, young leaders are required to come up with ways to make sure that farmers are re-introduced to their abilities and a direct marketing space is created where the crops produced could be directly sold to consumers, increasing the profit margins and elevating the lives of people engaged in agriculture.

Similarly, water management is another area which requires immediate attention as not only the ground water level is dropping; the purity of available water for consumption is also in question.

Conquering sustainability speed bumps through Bio mimicry

Nature has been engaged in research and development towards sustainability for the past 3.8 billion years. There are about 10 to 20 million species who have found and adapted to solutions in order to sustain and exist through ages. We need to get inspired from the organisms around us and imitate and integrate their knowledge and our skills to form a better world for our future generations. While we are using bio assisted technologies or domestication to solve some of our problems such as bacteria is being used for water purification we need to get to the second level which would be taking an idea from an organism and applying it to conquer our design challenges and sustainability speed bumps. Various organisms have lived through years by adapting to the changing world and finding answers to problems of sensing and responding, cleaning without detergents, solar transformation and total degradation which could be of great help to man. . There is no lack of information but a lack of integration which is to be done by the young leaders in order to understand the solutions that nature have come up with, for our existing problems ranging from energy crisis to water purification to waste management

Thinking towards a ‘New Realm’

We need to get ahead of what we know and need to think towards creation of a ‘New Realm of Existence’ where everything could be new, the technologies, the materials, the processes, the civilizations, the resources, all these things could be unheard of in this newer world. In order to attain this we need to give our creative geniuses a free ground to play in, where they can create, model and remodel everything until it satisfies the sustainability parameters. We need to get over our limitations and strive to attain the target of making the human race exist beyond time. This would be one of the targets of our Young Leaders.

For this we must get down to the task of rethinking our virtues while living in this age of blindly followed consumerism and social inequality and should work together to find our way into creative evolution. And it’s not just our duty or a matter of ethical utilization of resources but an obligation that we have towards our future generations. This is what presents innovation for sustainability as a moral challenge to the young leaders.

[1] The commission was chaired by former and later Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland hence, the name to the report.

[2] Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, set up the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh to lend tiny sums to the poorest of the poor, who were shunned by ordinary banks.

[3] Advancements in stem cell researches have put forward many questions concerning bio-ethics and have been a matter of general concern in the bio world.

[4] The right to education is recognized as a human right by the United Nations and is understood to establish an entitlement to free, compulsory primary education for all children, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all children, as well as equitable access to higher education, and a responsibility to provide basic education for individuals who have not completed primary education.

[5] Dr. E.F. Schumacher was a well known economist, journalist and progressive entrepreneur who is considered the guru of the appropriate technology movement which combined the idea of eco-development with ‘appropriate technology’ in the 1970s.

[6] This was quoted by Mr. Singh in his address at the National Conference on Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.


Institute Schedule

2 Jun

From 14th of June to 18th of July I will be attending Institute 2 at Teach For India in Pune. This is what my daily schedule would look like:

Looks scary but I think I am up for the challenge. Fingers Crossed.

Madhukar’s Teach For India Experience

1 Jun

Madhukar Reddy Banuri is a graduate from BITS Pilani. He has considerable work experience as Product Marketing Manager, Electrical Business Group, Larsen and Toubro, Mumbai and inspired by vision the of TFI has joined Teach For India 2009 fellowship.

Madhukar’s Career Highlights include: Recipient-Pratibha Scholarship, Government of A.P; State 6th Rank-12thclass, A.P Board; Executive Committee-EEE Association, BITS-Pilani; Editorial Board-Yearbook, BITS-Pilani; Member-Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS-Pilani; Volunteer-CSR cell, L&T; Intern-Accenture, ECIL & Genesis Microchip, Introduced and streamlined a new product line for his business group in L&T

Below is an excerpt from Madhukar’s interview with the Department of Journalism and Media Affairs, BITS Pilani, Goa Campus. long and where have u been working for teach for India?

I have been working as a TFI fellow for the past 9 months. This is its first year, and its good to be a part of the first cohort of this movement.

Q2.when you joined this programme,were you confident that you were taking the right step for your future while your peers chose corporate jobs?

I have already had my share of corporate experience as a product manager of L&T before joining TFI fellowship. Joining TFI, for me was more of a change in work experience and learning, an attempt to achieve a square foot of idealism in this ginormous world of thoughts. I know the experience here would change me professionally and more important personally. I was confident enough that learning through a field in which my interest lies would help me in future, so joining TFI was a right move. the policy for the recruitment strict about the academic performance of the undergrad students?

No. Though TFI does state that we need graduates from best academic backgrounds, it is just one of the criteria. More importantly the overall personality of the person is what TFI considers. Leadership experiences, involvement in different voluntary activities and the interest towards the TFI mission and movement, count for selection.

Q4.what are the teaching methods that are different from the existing methods that are employed in this programme?

As TFI fellows we follow a proven structured model for student achievement. Right from setting expectations to students, planning purposefully and executing them effectively in classroom are all set, and a rubric called “Teaching as Leadership” guides the fellows to become an effective and an efficient teacher. Students are kinetic learners, so our teaching methods are more activity based, reducing the traditional rote way of learning. Fellows involve in action and student centric based teaching methods which makes learning more easy, interesting and fun for the students. TFI model is based on the model followed by Teach For America (TFA) and Teach First of UK. It is being appreciated by the existing teachers and being followed. many students have already benefited from this program and what are the plans for expanding it?

The fellowship programme is presently in its first year.There are 87 fellows across different low-income government and private schools across Mumbai and Pune. There are more than 3200 students being taught by TFI fellows. There are ambitious expansion plans. TFI plans to work in 5 different cities in the next 3 years.

Q6.students prefer to go for a high paying secure do you plan to attract students with this kind of thinking towards this programme?

Firstly, TFI fellowship is not a voluntary job. It is more like a mandatory fellowship, a movement with a cause. It is like any other job you do. A TFI fellow is a teacher in a school and it is a valuable work experience since TFI offers a challenging working environment with a tremendous scope for professional and personal improvement. I personally feel that no other job offers you such an environment to work in. Students passing out from different Universities will have a greater ambit of learning and also networking as a part of TFI’s diverse cohort. After two years of TFI, a fellow has an experience of being an educator and a community leader. This opens doors to different areas of work according to our interests. It also gives us options for various higher degree courses in the field of education, strategy, international policy, business administration etc. because the experience here carries a lot of weight.TFI is not high paying, but a person has to decide if the learning and success he wants is long-term or short-term.

Q7.what are the placement opportunities after the required two year working?

TFI has established partners with many corporates and schools in India and abroad, who value TFI experience. There are teams in TFI which work on mentoring TFI fellow in getting into right job, right field or right university. Otherwise also, TFI is a structured work experience, I think there would be enough placement opportunities for the fellows after two years of fellowship.

Q8.staying within a frame of the required curriculum,how do you propose to make changes in the existing drab style of teaching?

A TFI fellow needs to teach the curriculum given by the school (or board in case of government schools), and also a separate curriculum that is followed by TFI. This curriculum is based from the best private schools in India. The curriculum that the students of TFI fellows learn is essential for an overall focused academic development of any student of that particular grade. The curriculum demands a much rigorous teaching standards, purposeful planning and continuous assessments. Since the inequity in the system is because of the vast difference in curriculum followed by teachers across Indian schools, as fellows, this TFI curriculum and the method of teaching this curriculum, both might initiate the change that we want to see. is the response of young India to an innovative programme like this?

So far it has been great. TFI had a massive jump in the fellowship applications for the next year fellowship. Its still early to say the entire ‘Young India’ believes in the mission of the movement, but we are getting tremendous support and positive response from the youth organisations, NGO’s, media and friends everywhere we go. you think that the Indian system of primary education is at par with the international standards?

If we are talking about the government and low-income private schools where more than 70% of Indian students study, then no. Definitely not at par with international standards. India has made efforts in increasing the education reach and quantity, and we have been successful in that. But the quality of primary education still is a big concern and needs a lot of revamping. There is a definite inequity among the children and this is where we, as TFI fellows work to bridge the achievement gap.

Q11.what are the possible benefits that an individual will have after the completion of this programme?

As I said it already, TFI opens up various options after the fellowship to work with any corporate or work in the field of education or work with the government or study different courses or master programmes in different fields or become a social entrepreneur itself, because the quality and learning from the work experience here adds value to you. The personal transformation, professional development and networking, all at a cost for a divine cause are major benefits a fellow would get!

Q12.are the government and related agencies cooperative of this kind of impactful change?

For a change to happen at this scale, support from different corporates and especially government is a must. The local municipal corporations have been supportive till now and promise to be in the coming years, because they see the change happening. Different NGO’s have shown interest in working with the fellows in different areas. So there has been quite a good cooperation where learning is happening from both the parties.

Q13.what are your experiences of this programme?how much change is there in you as an individual ?

My experiences in TFI have been wonderful. Working with children and providing them with the powerful source of education is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Past few months has been an enormous personal transformation for me, alongside with the huge learning; from my diligent peers, from my fellow teachers, from the ever concerned parents, from the industrious community people, and not to forget from my adorable-n-fearless bunch of students. But it is not simple as it seems. It is a challenging experience. As a school teacher, you are a leader in your class, where your students are many grade levels below. Pulling them up to a level where they are supposed to be amidst the under resourced environment, investing all the stakeholders in your mission to make your students best, is quite a task. The skills of planning, critical thinking, resourcefulness and teamwork are something that I have developed and kept on reinforcing. As an individual I have become a person who believes in the need of empathy and integrity among all. Constant reflection during my work has made me a better judge of my actions.

Q14.where do you think this experience will lead you to or do you think this programme has changed your previously planned out decisions?

Frankly, I came into TFI to gain some valuable work experience so that it adds a lot of weight to my resume and help me get to my masters. But this work experience has already developed me both professionally and personally so much, that I feel all my aspirations were a child’s fantasy. There is so much more in life to do. Its just not being so much money conscious, just not wanting a high-paying job, just not wanting a masters but life has something more to it. TFI fellowship has opened other options for me and it has changed my previously planned decisions. Hopefully, in these two years I realize what I actually want to do in life 🙂 satisfied are you with the way things are executed in this programme?

It has been good till now. There have been initial hiccups here and there since it is a start up movement, but an efficient leader, a brilliant staff team along with an energetic clan of fellows have made things work more smoothly and in a structured way. There are questions raised on certain methods we follow, since we have taken them from Teach For America (TFA) and Teach First of UK, but Indianizing them to be applied rightly in our context and making things more structured would be the responsibility of us, as the first cohort, so that this movement goes on to be a revolution.

"Touchwood" I feel lucky!!!

18 Mar
Last semester in college, there is something called a study oriented project that I am doing these days on the social sector which in itself is vaguely defined and until yesterday i.e. when almost more than 3/5th of my semester is over, there isn’t much that I have done which would be called work and hence my midsem is almost screwed.

Anyways, so Yesterday when I went to my project guide she asked me to start with the survey that includes visiting some underprivileged households to find out their take on the public schools in the neighborhood.

Though I have been in the college campus for more than 3 years now, have seen hundreds of things changing here in the past few years, from administration to seasons to workers to contractors to students but still there are regions even in this 200 acres campus which were never visited before. I have been to that far corner called workers quarters a few times when the zhopdi existed to have lime and once when my Abhigyaan student Vijay literally dragged me to his house, but yesterday was the first time when I actually went inside those one room zhuggi houses whose area in the square feets could be compared to any of the toilets in our hostels and where almost 12 families live happily(of course happiness is subjective). A family of five squeezes in a 8x8x6 cubic feet cube. There are no windows, the walls have become pitch black because of the soot of the smoke which has become a part of their everyday oxygen, the floor is not cemented. It’s utter misery. And yet they don’t crib. Yet all they can think of is somehow getting another days work which pays them a meagre sum of Rs.80 in the evening after an 8 am to 6 pm job of cutting the grass from the sprawling green gardens of BITS. And yet they have no problems. Infact they don’t have any expectations from life, any dreams as such and most of all almost no hope. And yet they are happy(???).
While every morning you and I crib for not wanting to go to work or classes or for anything under the sun that’s not controlled by us. Everyday I am unhappy for thousands of things that I don’t have or I don’t run and all these Gardeners can think of is whether the grass is sprinkled with water or not…..

That’s a Goal!!!

20 Dec

With my eyes towards the ball midway in air, I clumsily moved ahead crossing half a dozen kids when somehow, someone wearing a blue jersey pushed the ball towards me with a forceful effect of his right foot and I miraculously turned the ball in the right direction, one kick and it was right inside the post, keeper’s foot missed it with just about two inches and it was just this easy for me to score the first goal of my life. All I had to do was to be at the right place.

This made me think how was I at that place or what inspired me to be there. This was in the first minute of the second half of the football match between dream a dream kids and nike employees.
Minutes before this all I was doing was watching them all play from a distant and when Pooja asked me why am I not playing all I could say was “I’ll go in for the second match”, well, there was no second match..Rakesh knew it and he literally pushed me into the game with a few other kids who could not play in the first half as substitutes for the players who were really tired…That one little push made a difference to me, I scored the first Goal of my life, that’s least for me..And the truth is that it’ll be big and important for anyone…Think of the kids who were playing there first match, who were competing against each other and against their own selves, their own limitations for the first time, who were experiencing the spirit of the game and togetherness of the team and more than anything they were experiencing the human will to WIN. They all wanted to WIN and not as an individual but as a TEAM. They were pushing themselves, running from one side of the ground to another.
And how did this all happen?…with the efforts of a few individuals in the Dream Team and Nike.
That’s what the Dream Team strives to do, they work to push people to their best. They strive to make kids aware of their potential, they are trying to give them dreams, aims and GOALS. Now, that’s a GOAL!!!

Today, I made a difference

8 Dec

Here’s one of my post on the dream blog.


Teach For India

2 Dec

Sometimes connecting the dots, as Steve Jobs puts it, becomes so easy. Somehow someday I started with this idea of joining Abhigyaan, then starting a blog where everyone associated with Abhigyaan can share there thoughts and experiences and then someone posting stuff about Teach For India on it.

The very first moment I saw that something like this exists I called up Ravi and Abhishek and told them that WE can DO something. Something significant and something that resonates with our thoughts and plans.

Everything about Teach For India excited me, the content on its website, the people associated with it, the methodology, the subtlety with which the biggest of all dreams has been shared, the straightforward way in which the problems our country is facing and solutions to them are mentioned, everything caught hold of my imagination.
The most amazing thing was thrown at me when I checked out the application procedure, The biggest application I had ever seen, it has some 6 pages and comprises of almost everything anyone can know about you. The minutest of the details. Writing those essays was overwhelming. Looking back at everything you have done in your life and how it has shaped you, the way you are now….It was too good and in a way it helped me understand the significance of everything that we do in life and how it affects our persona.
But, this was just the beginning of an awe-inspiring process. Application submission was followed by telephonic interviews and then a looooong assessment center. Although I was directly called to the assessment center..yay!!! a lot of guys had to go through the telephonic interview which again was grueling to them…

It will take another looonnng post to describe the assessment center. For now I will let you know the final result…I GOT IN…I have been offered admission to the fellowship 2010. yoyoyoyoyo
But the process has just begun..making THE DECISION…and getting family and friends to accept and believe in THE DECISION…