Students undergoing various management and technical courses in their graduation and post-graduation curriculum are the prospective leaders of the future. It is therefore valid to question and analyse whether their current courses provide them the foundation required to lead the world to a future which it deserves and is poised for.
In 2010, FICCI had conducted a survey on ‘Employability Quotient of Undergraduates in India’ through questionnaires sent to over 300 organizations in India of various sizes across multiple industries. The survey analysis identifies gaps in the skill-set of the fresh graduates. Interestingly, the skills which the corporate placed on the top strata on the demand scale but very low on the satisfaction scale are not related to domain or technology. The skills thus listed on top include: Flexibility, Creativity, Empathy, Reliability, Integrity, Self-motivation, Team-work, Willingness to Learn, Willingness to Work, Ownership.
This provides a somewhat revolutionary insight into the changes that need to be brought into the curriculum to groom the students to be more ‘employable’. But, in reality, it is difficult for regular curriculum at graduation and post-graduation levels to address this since the skills in question are related to the very foundation of human nature and are thus rather abstract.
SAFIM has the firm belief that to harness complete potential of human beings, a holistic preparation of the self is essential. This forms the foundational theme of Powers Within which has been designed for representatives of the young generation studying in B-Schools, Engineering and other institutes.
Sometimes triggered by situations and sometimes spontaneously, we often find that we are outperforming ourselves. We demonstrate a courage we do not think we possess, a level of skill that we do not think we have yet acquired, or solutions to difficulties that in our ordinary states we would succumb to. But in spite of these tangible glimpses of a hidden capacity, we tend to set them aside as freak moments without even trying to understand their source.
The focus of the workshop is to explore within us these latent potentials that are beyond our limited concepts of possibilities, to find means to access them and to develop these powers so that both our work and our life are more successful and more significant.
This is a journey directed inwards. It begins with self-awareness – knowing and understanding oneself through an impartial and profound self-observation. It then continues through unfolding of the powers of right attitude, emotional balance and true will by means of sincere, persistent and constant effort. The harmonious combination of right attitude, will and balance is an omnipotent power that opens one’s vision to true knowledge ensuring triumph over every obstacle on the way to achieving one’s purpose.
The workshop is designed to provide a practical approach to these seemingly intense thoughts. Through extensive interactions and interesting activities, the workshop tries to give subtle nudges to the young minds to deeper realms of their own selves.
This curriculum focuses on the helping the individual tap his inherent powers, such as his powers of self-awareness, powers of imagination, powers of emotional balance, powers of will force, powers of the right attitude, power of creativity, concentration and inner guidance.
The emphasis here is on learning through practice. Each module is therefore modeled around various relevant exercises and activities. The effect of the program is measured through self-evaluation tools and action plan chartered with individuals based on the results.
Target Audience: Students undergoing graduation in Professional Institutes
Duration: 2 days