It would not have been difficult for Chepuri Krishna, a student of IIM-Ahmedabad, to get a summer internship at any leading company. But unlike his peers, he chose to walk on a path that had never been explored before.
Krishna is currently doing his internship at A.K. Gopalan Bhavan, the CPI(M) headquarters in New Delhi, where he is working on projects pertaining to the unorganised sector and evaluating the insurance sector for the red brigade.
"This is definitely a new trend. Students are increasingly shifting to social project implementation and monitoring," says Sushil Kumar, Head (Agri-business Management) at IIM Lucknow, adding that the trend is being triggered by demand from several corporate houses for people who understand the legislature, the functioning of the executive and have knowledge of public administration.
Adds Prasenjit Bose, Convener of CPI(M)'s Research Cell: "Since Krishna showed interest in public policy, we have deputed him to work closely with some of our leaders to help frame legislation." Vivek Bhogal and Akash Singla, both IIM Lucknow students, are now pursuing their summer internships with the Planning Commission.
"You can look at the system and curse it, or you can do what you can to make it better," says Bhogal, who joined the Plan panel to get a ringside view on his favourite subject-aviation.
These boys obviously know what they're doing. With a sound knowledge of both business theory and public administration, they may yet become the vanguards of the Prime Minister's call for more inclusive growth.