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Miranda House of the University of Delhi is planning to begin a three-month certificate program to train young women aspiring to join politics at the state and national level. The program will begin in April. The Principal of Miranda House, Bijayalaxmi Nanda has confirmed that the college was planning to offer this course to all interested students from the next academic session and hence, will become the first one to do so.

“We plan to pre-launch a pilot course by April and the course will be offered to all interested students from the next academic session. The program will focus on training and capacity-building of young women at all levels from gram panchayat to urban municipal bodies,” the Principal of Miranda House said.

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While the varsity will work on the curriculum, She Leads, a week-long virtual leadership training program designed to support aspiring women political leaders will work as a resource partner of the college and function as co-creator, Bijayalaxmi Nanda said.


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She Leads is a project led by non-governmental organization Stree Shakti, The Parallel Force with the support of the Chevening Alumni Project Fund (CAPF) in collaboration with the Indian School of Democracy (ISD). The training for the first cohort of women leaders, being conducted by Stree Shakti currently, will culminate on March 8 at the India International Centre in New Delhi.

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“We plan to give all the necessary resources and training to young women interested in joining politics at any stage. Though the program was conceptualized for in-person classes, we plan to offer it in blended (online as well as in-person) mode so that the colleges adopted by us in Rajasthan under the University’s Vidya Vistar scheme can also avail the course,” Nanda said.

The college is currently working with experts to finalize the curriculum and will hold a series of meetings to brainstorm on it.

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Renu Thapa
Renu is currently majoring in English at Gargi College, Delhi University. Apart from her writing habit, she is also very vocal about her opinions and encourages girls to speak up. Renu is also a sucker for naruto and friends.

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