National Leadership Development Seminar 2009
Impact is an initiative of AIESEC India to connect our members to the external stakeholders like companies,
NGOs and Institutions to connect to the external world and gain a perspective to identify opportunities to
IMPACT. National forums like national conferences and virtual forums are used to connect the members,
alumni and external stakeholders to share ideas and explore opportunities to make a relevant impact at
NLDS 2009 was a pioneering forum which was used to connect the new generation of AIESEC India members
to some of our supporters and discuss some of the most relevant issues that are affecting us today like
climate change, entrepreneurship and education. During the 3rd block of the conference, there was
participation from some of our national partners like Coke and IIIM Ahmedabad.
Coke has been a constant supporter of AIESEC India in the last 5 years and have constantly supported us to
develop leaders and also educate us in terms of “Corporate Responsibility”.
IIM Ahmedabad is of the best MBA institutions in India and at the global level. NLDS 2009 saw an active
participation from them for the first time in our national conference. AIESEC India members were
enlightened in fields of entrepreneurship and role of youth in today‟s society for impact.
NLDS 2009 witnessed the participation from more than 500 members from 7 countries. About 450 were new recruits
from AIESEC India, who now form the new generation of AIESEC India members. The objective during this block was
to use a learning methodology which will do justice to the topics under discussions and also educate the delegates
in an innovative manner. The concept of open forum was used.
First brainstorming discussion – In small groups of 10-15 (Mock Departments – MDs) members
Second brainstorming discussion – At the FLC (Fictitious Local Committee) level comprising of 2 MDs and 30-35
Issue Based Panel Discussion – 5 FLCs come together and participate in an interactive panel discussion based on the
issue allocated to them. The panel comprised of LCPs. 125-150 delegates participated in this.
Panel Discussion with Externals – 15 FLCs come together for a common panel discussion on all 3 issues. The panel
comprised of representatives from IIM Ahmedabad, Coke and AIESEC. All delegates participated in this including the EPs.
Q&A – A question and answer forum where the delegates ask questions from the panel. At the end brainstorming
questions were collected from all FLCs, which will now be discussed virtually over aiesec.net forums
Climate Change and Sustainability
Entrepreneurship in Growing India
Future of Education
IMPACT - Agenda
830 900 830 900
900 930 Breakfast 900 930
930 1000 930 1000
Introduction to IMPACT and Allocation
1000 1030 1000 1030
1030 1100 MD Discussions 1030 1100
1100 1130 FLC Discussions 1100 1130
1130 1200 5 FLCs come together 1130 1200
1200 1230 Issue based Panel Discussion 1200 1230
1230 1300 15 FLCs come together 1230 1300
1300 1330 1300 1330
Simultaneous Panel Discussion on 3 issues
1330 1400 1330 1400
1400 1430 1400 1430
1430 1500 Lunch and Networking 1430 1500
1500 1530 1500 1530
1530 1600 Panel Discussion with Externals and Q&A 1530 1600
Irresponsible use of
natural resources Deforestation
industrialization Nuclear waste
Pollution from cars and Excess emission of
industries carbon dioxide
Melting polar caps – danger to coastal areas – effect on wildlife
and aquatic animals
Depletion of the ozone layer
Negative change in climate cycle
Acid rains – harming agriculture and human life
Reduction of forests
Natural disasters like floods and draughts
Health and Political issues
Meaning – Making changes and developing the present without
creating any hindrance for the future
Some Solutions – Reforestation, Forestation, using renewable
resources like wind, tides, geo-thermal, solar power, atomic
Possible individual efforts – car pooling, using electric cars, avoiding
unnecessary wastage of paper, water and electricity, banning use of
plastic bags, using user-friendly fuel like CNG, using cycle and
public transport, reducing size of toilet flush tanks, more usage of
buckets than shower
Some Global Efforts – Earth hour, carbon credits, use of nuclear
Opportunity and Scope
Approach and Idea
It is a practice of realizing a responsible,
growing and sustainable organization based
on progressive ideas, innovation and initiatives
taken by an individual or a group of people
directed towards meeting a demand and to
create an impact.
Growing India - Opportunities
Indians Indian Govt Infrastructure
• Competitive • Supportive • Growing
• Inspired and • Enterprising • Sustainable
Success stories and Legends
Some Indian Govt Infrastructure
• LN Mittal, • Supportive • Growing
Ratan Tata, • Enterprising • Sustainable
Entrepreneurship and India
• India is opportunity.
• India is growing.
• Entrepreneurship has direct impact on growth and this growth is
opportunity for entrepreneurship.
• We have the right success stories and legends to learn from, we
have the right environment, we have the right need.
• Let all be entrepreneurs and grow India! This is both
responsibility and opportunity as young minds.
Output – Future of Education
Education has been one of the most widely discussed topics in India in the recent years and unfortunately for
very microscopic and not so progressive reasons. Reservations for the backward classes and the school fees
have occupied most of the news headlines around education. Though several new initiatives have been
taken and new institutions have come up, there are still basic flaws in the Indian education system, which is
preventing it to flourish.
Discussions around improving the current theory-burdened academic curriculum, innovating the learning
modules and establishing a strong learning environment are still very limited and not dynamic enough. The
change process has begun bit it is extremely slow due to hierarchy and bureaucracy at all levels. Some
private players have now entered the scene but they are very limited in terms of impact.
Most students in India are still burdened by the parents and teachers to take up conventional academic and
career options like medical, engineering and management and other creative fields are ignored. Due to
the excessive stress on academics, the overall growth and development of students are very restricted. The
government has initiated new IITs and IIMs but the teacher-student ratio, infrastructure and quality of
teachers still have a long way to go. Despite all steps taken, the current status does not look so bright yet!
A solid theoretical Lack of practical
foundation learning modules and
Lack of motivation and Most teachers not so inspired
to provide a strong learning to
incentives for teachers the students
Most students are under a huge
influence from their parents to Large gap in rural and
take up conventional academic urban education quality
and career options. High ratio of
student drop-outs across. and infrastructure
What is desired?
Updating and innovating the Including internships and
current theory resources vocational training across all
Progressive incentives, Lower teacher-student ratio and
focus on overall growth and
motivation and teacher development of every individual
training programs and not just academic
Students should be inspired and
encouraged by parents and teachers Using technology and capital to
to identify and follow their passions. improve educational infrastructure
Foundation of an impactful learning in rural and urban India
environment at home and in school
Climate change and sustainability, entrepreneurship in growing India, future of
Climate change and Sustainability
• Considering that the damage for the sources of energy?
next 50 years has already been done,
what all measures can be taken to • What are the measures individuals can
contain the extreme effects of global take to curb climate change
warming and climate change?
• What is carbon credit policy?
• Instead of imposing excessive duties,
why doesn‟t the government promote • Does testing of nuclear weapons
the use of hybrid and other such eco- causes global warming? How serious
friendly cars? can the repercussions be?
• Why don‟t the developed countries
compulsorily make use of renewable
Entrepreneurship in Growing India
• How should one estimate the take more steps to improve the
feasibility of a business before growth of entrepreneurs in India?
establishing a firm?
• How is entrepreneurship related to
• To what extent is education crucial the growing economy?
• How can we know what is the right
• Doe entrepreneurship reduce the time to start entrepreneurship?
gap between the rich and the How can young people gain more
poor? knowledge on this?
• In what ways can the government
Future of Education
• Is providing free education a solution • The Indian system of education has
for removing reservations for the become very mechanic in nature. Most
economic backward classes? teachers do not take much interest in
teaching, this is probably because of
• Shouldn‟t the reservations made by the lack of incentives, low salary, and the
government be at the primary level temporary nature of their contracts.
and not at the higher level? What steps can be taken to change
• How efficient be the abolition of 10th
board examinations? • What measures should the government
take to increase the literacy level?
• Does our education system encourage
entrepreneurship and how?
Future of Education
• How do we increase the value of the quality of education in the rural and
teaching profession in India? urban areas?
• What solution do you think is feasible • What steps can be taken to ensure
for students who cannot seem to make that every child goes to school?
up their mind or are under excessive
parental influence? • Why is the government opening more
IIMs and IIT if they are currently facing
• Is the education system in India good a shortage of high quality teachers?
for students to provide them the best
• How can we bridge the gap in the
There are 3 separate forums created to take forward the
discussions during „IMPACT‟ in NLDS. You can use the burning
questions mentioned before and initiate discussions on the topics
of your interest. You could also start discussions based on new
questions but please restrict to the 3 topics.
As and when discussions will move ahead, we will harvest the output
on the wiki! So best of luck and hope you have impactful
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude,
to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the
education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes,
than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than
appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a
church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our
past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We
cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one
string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10%
what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you...
we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
- Charles R. Swindoll