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Program Overview & Objectives


Aritra has just gone Virtual! Welcome to the Leadership Accelerator Program!

Aritra in it’s new avatar is a 6 month leadership journey that mid to senior leaders in the Social Sector traverse while they continue to work in full time jobs.  The Program aims to accelerate these leaders' movement into senior leadership roles.  Aritra equips its Fellows with key organization building skills and perspectives that will help them drive impactful policies, build strong organizations and create a resilient, collaborative network of influence.

  1. Aritra aims to help individual leaders identify their leadership strengths and opportunities and prepare themselves for the future, to take on positions of higher responsibility

  2. Aritra aims to provide knowledge and perspectives in the realms of Individual, organization and cause Leadership, in order to heighten / deepen social impact

  3. Aritra aims to help individual leaders make the shift from thinking ‘programs’, to thinking ‘Organization’ , ‘People’ and ‘Ecosystem’

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The program design is influenced and guided by the role played by Senior Leaders in the sector, the skills required to be effective, deliverables they are responsible for and the external landscape that impacts leaders and organizations.  Aritra is an accelerator program and therefore pegged at the next level of growth and role for the participants.

Aritra aims to build skills, knowledge and perspectives in 3 realms of leadership: Cause leadership, Organizational leadership and Personal leadership

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Program Framework


Program Structure & Methodology


The program uses a multi-pronged approach to learning, through the use of a combination of classroom sessions, peer exchanges, learning with practitioners, experiential learning and self-study.

Over a period of 6 months, selected participants will spend 2 days per month, virtually, as a learning cohort. Offline individual learning, assignments/projects and self-study will take up an additional 1 day a month.

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Program Curriculum


The Aritra program focuses on ​providing participants with a rich mix of knowledge, skills and perspectives across the three leadership spaces of personal, organizational and cause.

Please note that these topics are indicative and can undergo small changes during the course of the program, depending upon the learning cohort that comes together for the program. Some of these topics will be provided as academic inputs through the classroom sessions and others will get covered through the peer exchanges, learning circles with practitioners and through self-study content.

All Hands In

Cause Leadership

  • Systems thinking

  • Models to Scale

  • Changing Landscapes

  • Fundamentals of Macro-economics

  • Collaboration as a route to growth and impact

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Organizational Leadership

  • Making Sense of Organizations

  • Financial Sustainability

  • Inclusive Business Models

  • Organization Culture

  • Essentials of People Management

  • Communication and Influencing

  • Managerial Skills of Delegation, Coaching and Feedback

  • Decision making

  • Listening, joining the dots, making sense

  • Managing personal and organizational change

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Personal Leadership

  • Future ready competencies

  • Learning Ability and Agility

  • Executive presence and personal brand

  • Leading Responsibly with Joy

  • Personal wellness


Eligibility Criteria


We seek individuals who are organization builders, critical thinkers and are working in the social sector to create sustainable social impact. More specifically, we are looking for people who:

  • Are passionate about social change

  • Have a minimum of 12 years of total work experience

  • Have worked in the impact sector for 7 years or more

  • Have deep grass-root experience and are aware of the challenges of the social impact space

  • Are currently employed in the Social Sector (CSOs and social enterprises) and are in this sector for the long haul


  • You are serious about your own development as an individual and as a leader

  • You believe the time is right in your career, to focus on gaining new perspectives in leadership and organization building

  • You are at the cusp of an operational and strategic role in your organization and you are serious about contributing far beyond your current role – to the organization and the sector at large

  • You are a curious learner! Aritra provides you with several keys, but may not necessarily tell you the right lock and key combination. Does this style suit you and the way you learn? If you are an explorer, come join us!

  • You want to be a part of this program, not for the brands associated with it and merely for the certificate, instead because you want to expand your horizons!

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Application & Selection Process


1. Submit your completed application form by June 15th, 2021 

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2. If you have been shortlisted, you will receive an invitation for a personal interview online

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3. You will hear back from us with our decision!

Note: The application form is free and available to all interested.

If shortlisted, you will hear from us in 7 working days from the time the application process is closed.

The application submission deadline may be extended depending upon the demand for the program and you will be duly informed.

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Please await announcements regarding the next batch of Aritra.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

Program Directors

Prof. Vasanthi Srinivasan
Indian Institute of Mgt, Bangalore (IIMB)
Prof. Ganesh Prabhu
Indian Institute of Mgt, Bangalore (IIMB)
Prof. Sourav Mukherji
Indian Institute of Mgt, Bangalore (IIMB)
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Dr. Vandana Nadig Nair
Founder Director
Phicus Social Solutions

Have Questions?

Please read the FAQs document!

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