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School of Inspired Leadership

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School of Inspired Leadership
MottoLearn. Lead. Live.
TypePrivate business school
Founder & CEOAnil Sachdev
Administrative staff
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The School of Inspired Leadership, also known as SOIL, is a business school located in Gurgaon, Haryana, India.[1] It was founded by Anil Sachdev who was formerly the CEO of the consulting firm Grow Talent Company Limited before the consulting business was sold to the American HR Consulting firm Right Management.[2][3] The name Grow Talent Company was retained and SOIL functions as a unit of Grow Talent Company.

Established as an autonomous body in 2008, the institute offers postgraduate courses in Management and Executive Education. leading to an MBA in both 1 year PGPM and 2 year PGDM programs. The first classes commenced in July 2009.[1]


The School was established in response to the leadership crisis[4] facing the industry. It was established[5] to focus on human development with the objectives of providing high quality leadership[6] and management education. SOIL was established in October 2008 by a consortium of 32 companies.[7] Anil Sachdev, Founder and CEO of the consulting firm Grow Talent Company, played a pivotal role in setting up the institute. Earlier in 1978, he joined the Eicher Group and created Eicher Consulting Services before starting Grow Talent Company in 2001.


The school of Inspired Leadership offers a number of executive and leadership academic programs, full time and part time.[8] However the courses are not approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) so the college cannot give an MBA degree nor a diploma after completion of the courses.[9]

Industry consortiums and partnerships[edit]

The school has partnered with a group of companies that provide their inputs in various aspects of the institute such as curriculum design, selection of students, mentoring of students, development of case studies, and placements.[7] The consortium includes companies such as Tata Steel, Johnson & Johnson, SAS Institute, ICICI Bank.[citation needed] In 2011, SOIL signed partnerships with MIP Politecnico di Milano, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and University of New Brunswick, Saint John to conduct cooperative program. The partnership will provide students a rich global immersion.[10] These include two-way exchange programs for students of each institute.[citation needed]

Social Innovation Program[edit]

A health camp organised for the nearby village in partnership with Max India Foundation

As a part of its full-time programs, the school requires each student to work with an NGO for one day of the week throughout the entire duration of the course. The school has partnered with 28 Delhi/NCR based organizations and teams of students spend a day every week working with them. Every team chooses a project that it feels that it can contribute to meaningfully,[11]


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  3. Pal, Anagh (3 December 2008). "Yes, you can!". Outlook Money. 7 (24): 24.
  4. "Educationworldonline.net". Educationworldonline.net. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  5. "Mr. Nawshir Dara Khurody joins School of Inspired Leadership as a board member". Briefingwire.com. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  6. "Carmakers Turn to Expats to Steer Their Business in India - India Knowledge@Wharton". Knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pande, Shamni (4 September 2011). "The big shuffle: BT-Nielsen ranking of India's Best B-schools". Business Today. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  8. "Q & A". The Hindu. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  9. http://www.soilindia.net/faqs/
  10. "MIP Politecnico de Milano inks MoU with SOIL Gurgaon". PaGaLGuY.com
  11. Mysore, 28 January 2013, DHNS (2013-01-28). "Understand the very purpose of your life: Expert". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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