The second edition of television reality show “The Future Leaders Programme” is currently running on Channel i. Future Leaders Limited, UK and Channel i are jointly organising the programme, which involves graduating students from different public and private universities of Bangladesh.
The programme enrolls students, judging them on the basis of a few parameters and put them on a real life competitive platform. Winning contestants are rewarded with different forms of full scholarships to pursue higher studies in different universities in Europe.
The show, the first ever business-educational TV reality show in the country, started in 2013 on Channel i. Last year, it was limited to the graduates from business studies, but this year FLP has extended to the graduates of both business studies and science/technology. It has become a unique showcasing of linking innovation with business activities to make a real difference contributing to our national development.
Abdul Muktadir, Managing Director of Incepta Pharmaceuticals, and Taslim Ahmed, Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations of Citycell are the judges of the programme. Besides, every episode has guest judges, who are related to the field of the assigned task.
About the programme, Taslim Ahmed said, “The initiative aims to help students go abroad for higher studies so that they can come back to the country with enriched knowledge and better professional skills. The reality show gives contestants different real-life challenge. Suppose, someone is asked to increase the sale of a product; he has to analyse the market, contact the company, make presentation within a due time and give the presentation in front of the jury.”
“Top three contestants will receive full scholarship in different universities in Europe for Master's/MBA, while a few contestants will receive scholarship/fellowship for doing different specialised courses in European universities,” he added.
“A number of university teachers also appreciated this show, terming it more helpful than class lectures. Last year, we held our finale in Milan, Italy and received massive applause from foreign students. BBC Radio also featured our programme,” he concluded.
AK Reza Galib has directed the programme, while Citycell Zoom Ultra is the communication partner of this reality show. The programme airs on Channel i at 9.30pm on Sundays and Wednesdays.