One of the key objectives of our summer program is to harness the leadership potential among the students helping them develop into confident individuals. This is achieved through a number of group activities and extensive training in public speaking and parliamentary style debating. Students are encouraged to take initiative and effectively plan, manage and lead activities. Their interpersonal skills, communication skills, presentation skills and project management skills are developed and nurtured. All students have to complete and present an individual research project and a team activity through which they demonstrate a number of skills mentioned above. A self-assessment exercise is conducted at the beginning and at the end of the program to ascertain the improvements made by the students in this regard. Development of these soft skills goes a long way in shaping students personality and contributes immensely to their professional development.
Parliamentary-style debating is an integral part of the Oxford Experience and a crucial skill for aspiring young leaders. Students are coached in debating by champion debaters from the Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society. They are trained to form concrete arguments, and explain their points of view clearly and persuasively. Training culminates with a final debating competition at the famed Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union, the site of historic speeches by visionary leaders including Malcolm X, Albert Einstein, and Jawaharlal Nehru.