US based IT Entrepreneur to open Institute to groom politicians!

Kochi: Blazing a new trail in Indian academia, Vinson X Palathingal, a NRI from Kerala and an IT entrepreneur based in the US, plans to set up an Indian Institute of Political Management (IIPM) here with the objective of producing well-informed leaders that would provide quality political leadership to the India of 21st century. The plan is to be announced during the Emerging Kerala meet, which gets underway here on September 12.

According to Vinson, “Considering that most talented young adults tend to choose technical professions and show little interest in public life, it is safe to assume that the political leadership of tomorrow will belong to the mediocre. If the country is to develop into a major powerhouse in the world during our lifetime, we need to see young leaders with higher intellectual and mental capacities enter politics, and be adequately enabled to run the country into the future.”

An alumnus of GEC, Thrissur, Vinson, who heads two companies – Amaram Technology Corp and Amsco Global LLC, both in Washington DC – says his inspiration to set up an IIPM in India comes from George Washington University (GWU) in the US, which offers Masters and Certificate programmes exclusively devoted to various aspects of political management.

The proposed institute in India will be a place for higher learning offering four Masters Degree programmes and six Graduate Certificate programmes. The Masters Programme will be in the areas of Political Management, Legislative Affairs, Strategic Public Relations, and Coalition Management. Graduate Certificate Programmes are proposed in Campaign Strategy, Community Advocacy, Online Politics, Public Relations, Civil Services Management, and Political Action Committee Management.

The IIPM will be modelled after and in collaboration with GWU’s Graduate School of Political Management GSPM. As part of the IIPM programme, students will be given an opportunity to study abroad in Washington DC for one and a half years, thereby exposing India’s future leaders to the systems outside. “This way they will get to know how things are done differently. This is very critical for India’s growth,” he says.