Social Sector Initiatives

ARITRA is a Leadership Development Program aimed at addressing the talent deficit at the Senior levels in the Social Sector. Our goal is to create 100 Senior Leaders over three batches of the Program. Aritra will propel leaders to fuel and accelerate growth and change.


We did extensive secondary and primary research, leveraging principles of human centered design thinking in order to understand key success factors, underlying skills, critical leadership experiences and enablers / deterrents in the path to becoming a senior leader. Based on this, we have evolved the three pronged leadership framework.

The Aritra program has been created as a rigorous development journey spanning an intensive period of 18 months. Participants are supported post the program with a strong alumni engagement program and online resources which will be made available. The process commences with an intensive selection process and then moves into the learning and application phase comprising MOOCs, mentoring, assessment gates, exposures, assignments / action learning projects and peer learning.

  • Fast track program to support career growth into a senior leadership rolebenefits
  • Networking with a diverse, pan-India group of peers, mentors, advisors, SMEs
  • Learn while working: 1 year of intensive inputs (onsite at IIMB – 18 days; offline self-work: peer discussions, mentor and coach sessions, MOOCs, assignments); 6 months of application to solve a key problem within own organization
  • Certificate by IIM Bangalore
  • Post program support through online platform and alumni program


Aritra has been seeded in deep secondary and primary research.  Designed by experts, academicians and practitioners and following principles of design thinking.  The design team has built tremendous stretch and rigor into the program, commencing with a multi-level, demanding selection process.  This learning journey encompasses a multitude of learning methodologies to ensure that it caters to all learning styles.

While the participant enjoys the benefit of the peer group, Aritra at its core is a deeply personalized leadership development journey with individualized support built in.There is a strong technology-enabled platform to support the learning and application.  Aritra has a strong research and knowledge management, and is anchored by a Program Management Office.