Windows to alternative career have ceased to be frowned upon. Teenagers now are of course keen to pursue newer paths that suit their interests—however risky the plunge may be. But what’s refreshing is a gradual change in the mindset of parents. Those fathers and mothers who forced their children to follow certain beaten paths; they are becoming passe. Instead, they gladly give them a helping hand to pursue an alternate career.
Today’s youth have varied interests, thanks also to exposure through social media. They are no longer bound by conventional career options such as engineering, medicine and law. One such area is quite intriguing, though. After four years of engineering or law, many want to understand a new subject: governance.
To some, it may be like a fascination for power, to know the government from close quarters or rub shoulders with powers-that-be. But that doesn’t capture the spirit of the studious ones who pursue the line as a career. That is, say, have a chance at making policies. For which, it is essential to know in depth how Parliament functions, what goes into preparing a bill, how new schemes and projects come up, what goes into clearing bottlenecks in policy implementation.
Pertinently, there is the LAMP Fellowship, which is of a non-profit organisation called PRS Legislative Research. LAMP stands for Legislative Assistance to Members of Parliament. About 44 per cent of LAMP fellows stay on in the political and policy space, while a few become entrepreneurs in the development sector. Others move on.
Praveen Chandrasekaran, who handles the LAMP fellowship, says the governance sector has always had a demand for people who could provide quality research support. “Earlier, there was a lack of formal mechanisms to facilitate this process. That kept young...