Pl. help me in checking my SOP. My dead line is this sunday.
Word limit given to me is 1000 words, and following questions must be answered
Why have you decided to apply for the programme?
What are your expectations from this programme?
What are your career plans after completing this programme?
What type of multicultural exchanges have you had that would inform your academic experience in this programme?
My SOP starts here :
"There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it."
I am Rohit Kumar Sharma, currently in the final year of MBA - Rural Management in KIIT School of Rural Management, one of leading colleges of Rural Management in India, affiliated to KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. It is known for its excellent faculty and a good research and consultancy base. My current study is focused on development issues, corporate social responsibility, poverty, social research, gender issues and legal environment in development. I feel that my MBA Rural Management degree and internship projects (please refer to my resume) have provided me with a broad and solid basis to specialize in responsible management and sustainable economic development
I wish to obtain my MARMSED from -----, which is one of the few universities offering this kind of specialization. A renowned institution like yours will not only provide better knowledge but also, give me a better understanding of the steps to reduce sufferings that befall humanity. I am particularly attracted by the School's powerful pedagogical resource, vibrant intellectual atmosphere and comprehensive curriculum. It is also an opportunity to meet different people from all walks of life, gain deep-rooted knowledge of other people's culture, their way of life, and help me appreciate my own. It will allow me to know and understand how other people view issues of development in their countries thereby expanding my horizons.
In particular, I like the program because of its focus on developmental issues such as poverty, population growth; under distribution of resources, food production, issues dealing with gender inequalities, ethnicity and class. In addition, the program will broadly develop and improve my understanding of the contemporary issues affecting not only developing countries but also developed countries, worldwide. In addition to the theoretical knowledge this degree will help develop problem solving skills, managerial skills, and analytical skills that are very important for tackling development and sustainability issues of any nature.
As a part of my preparations towards my future ambitions, I have proactively sought projects in the field of Sustainable rural development in rural India. I have completed three internships in India and one in Bangkok (AIT). In all these projects I was required to work with institutions working with rural and marginalized communities which helped me in gaining a firsthand experience of the issues faced by them and steps that can be taken to address their challenges and empowering them to lead a better life. This has also helped me to broaden my understanding on the issues of sustainable development. From these projects I have learnt that sustainable economic development comes from good governance and responsible management. Some of key learning's from projects are:
- How grass root level community owned enterprises will form a strong foundation for self sufficient economy leading to sustainable economic development
- How the principles of Management and good governance can be integrated in mobilizing resources to bring community owned institutions in mainstream economy to bridge the development divide
- Roles played by institutions involved in rural development in negotiation and conflict management thereby leading to mutual cooperation and peace.
- How strategies for inclusive development can be inbuilt in the system to formulate strong policies that adapts a wholistic approach to address future developmental issues and create an enabling environment for future growth
I believe in many ways, India can take on leadership role and show the way forward in responsible management, sustainable economic development and promoting world peace. After all, India has a lot to offer from its own growth story as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and also in its efforts to bridge the gap between the haves and have not's, that come to represent the two distinct Indian identities, that of India and Bharat. I come from such Bharat, where I have seen from close quarters what skewed economic growth can lead to and how by proper implementation of sustainable developmental efforts can lead to improvement in the basic quality of life of thousands and also bring peace. It leads to not just their economic upliftment but also improves their confidence levels and spurs them on to higher growth trajectory. And where there is broad based growth and development, it is easier to sustain peace and order. My growing up years and my experience will add to my ability to become one such individual who can help my country take on this leadership role and towards this my degree from UPEACE will help me achieve my long term goal. After obtaining degree from UPEACE I would like to return India and I would like to join Non government organization. In the long run, I envision for myself a career straddling the highest levels of international development, peace and corporate social responsibility where I can lead India to international level by contributing in responsible and sustainable management.
My academic experiences have been through different multicultural exchanges whether it be studying with diverse student group from 30 countries during my graduation, or be it my one month stay at Bangkok or be it completing my field experiences where my colleagues were from different counties as well different parts of india or be it my MBA where I studied with students from 17 different states of india. This has provided me opportunities to interact with diverse set of people and learn about their work cultures. It has also helped me to make better decisions and conduct towards a method or problem in a participatory two way process. I have lot learn and share my experiences with a globalised classroom in ----
Hence I sincerely believe that given a chance, I would be able to bring to the table a thorough and deep rooted understanding of social and economic dimensions involved in the study of global sustainable development. My rich experiences from rural India and also my 2 years of study during KIIT School of Rural Management will benefit my colleagues in the course and in the process I will have a lot to learn from the truly globalised classroom in your institution, thereby establishing a symbiotic relationship.