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    Academics at ISPP

    ISPP trains its scholars to be leaders for policy action. Our scholars not only undergo a comprehensive academic programme in Public Policy, but are also rigorously trained in management, communication and leadership skills. The one year academic session is divided into 8 terms of 6 weeks each.

    Academics at ISPP is designed on skills, ethics and leadership to nurture masters of theory and practice, with the objective of impacting change. The curriculum integrates classroom learning, skill building, application and leadership and management training consisting of foundation, core and supporting courses.

    At ISPP, we believe that the core components of learning are peer-to-peer interactions, healthy debates and discussions. Hence, we developed a discussion platform that is rooted in academics. The forum will allow the scholars to engage in conversations on a range of topics and will allow them to link those with academic components from the various courses and workshops offered at ISPP. The scholars can use the platform to make posts, reply to posts, and like/dislike posts and replies.

    Even faculty members will have access to the platform and can use it to directly engage with scholars. They will be able to respond to questions and issues that scholars raise even outside the class. At ISPP, we are of the view that scholars should be participants in their studies rather than mere consumers. The platform is being developed based on inputs and guidance from the class of 2021. Hence, the scholars are helping us further build on that view.

    Courses & Faculty

    Business & Government

    Krishna Ladha

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    POLITICS OF PUBLIC POLICY

    Sanjaya Baru

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    CRITICAL THINKING

    Nimish Adhia

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    DESIGN THINKING

    Amit Krishn Gulati (class of 2022)

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    DEVELOPMENT POLICY

    NC Saxena

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Economics

    Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Economics of Public Policy

    Pronab Sen

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Ethics of Policy Making

    Yugank Goyal

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Game Theory

    Krishna Ladha

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Markets for Development

    Parth Shah

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Impact Evaluation

    Nishant Chadha and Soma Wadhwa

    Offered to: Class of 2020 and 2021

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    Understanding Behaviour

    Karan Arora

    Offered to: Class of 2020 and 2021

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    Law and Economics

    Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

    Offered to: Class of 2020 and 2021

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    Public Finance

    Sudipto Mundle

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Statistics

    Amey Sapre

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Trade and Global Strategy

    Amitabh Mattoo

    Offered to: Class of 2020 and 2021

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    URBAN GOVERNANCE

    Srikanth Viswanathan

    Offered to: Class of 2020 and 2021

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    CAPSTONE

    Shubhashis Gangopadhyay

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022
    MEDIA AND PUBLIC POLICY

    Nalin Mehta

    Offered to: Class of 2020 and 2021

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    Workshops & Instructors

    Workshops are academic sessions aimed at application based skill-building. Through the workshops, scholars will familiarise themselves with key policy analysis tools. Workshops will also serve to introduce scholars to theoretical tools, as well as essential soft skills required in the public policy field.

    Antarang Leadership Lab

    Luis Miranda (class of 2021 and 2022)

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Applications of R-Programming and datasets

    Jatin Bedi

    Offered to: Class of 2021

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    Game Theory

    Krishna Ladha

    Offered to: Class of 2020 and 2021

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    Grant Writing and Fundraising

    Bhakti Patil

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    INDIAN CONSTITUTION

    Shruti Rajagopalan

    INDIAN DATA SYSTEMS

    Jatin Bedi

    SYSTEMS THINKING

    Arun Maira

    Python

    Jatin Bedi

    Offered to: Class of 2021

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    R-Programming

    Jatin Bedi

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Excel

    Jatin Bedi

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Writing and Communication Lab

    Vincy Davis (class of 2022)

    Offered to: Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022

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    Working with Datasets

    Nayla Chauhan

    Offered to: Class of 2022

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    Domains & Experts

    Nine domains have been identified as issues that India will grapple with as it transforms itself into a more evolved society. During their time at ISPP, scholars will opt for 3 domains for further studies. Through a combination of lectures and assignments, these will serve to improve the scholars' understanding of key policy issues in that domain.


    EDUCATION

    V Santhakumar


    ENVIRONMENT

    Shreekant Gupta


    NATIONAL SECURITY

    Shamsher Mehta


    TECHNOLOGY

    Avik Sarkar


    URBANISATION

    Ravikant Joshi

    law public and Regulation

    LAW, PUBLIC POLICY AND REGULATION

    Dr. Neeti Shikha

    Infrastructure

    INFRASTRUCTURE

    Manish Agarwal

    Engaging public policy stakeholders requires a sound understanding of the policy landscape, skills to conduct research, write scientifically, and the ability to repurpose scientific writing into communication formats that suit stakeholders. In other words, engaging policy stakeholders requires scholars to operate at the intersection of research and communications.

    The Writing and Communication Lab at ISPP offers apprentice-style training to develop scholars verbal, non-verbal and writing skills to effectively communicate in development, corporate, and academic settings. The Lab also works closely with the Careers team to support students' career development needs.

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    The Antarang Leadership Lab (ALL) is an experiential lab. ALL aims to make our scholars more aware of themselves and their surroundings.

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    Public policy governs every action one takes as well as the consequences of these actions.

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    Policy Parallax is a monthly discussion group that brings diverse perspectives and analytical frameworks to bear on public policy problems.

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    Policy Writing and Communications Lab

    The Policy Writing and Communication Lab (PWCL) works closely with scholars to train them to write clearly and concisely on policy matters. It enables them to develop critical thinking skills such that they are able to express their thoughts and ideas in a lucid and well-reasoned manner. This is a hands-on training course which gives multiple opportunities to scholars to practice their writing.

    Language Workshops

    At ISPP we provide language support to our scholars through language workshops. These workshops are conducted throughout the year and serve as an academic bridge programme to help scholars improve their writing and communication skills.

    One on One Sessions

    The PWCL holds one-on-one tutoring/feedback sessions every week. These are 20 minute sessions in which scholars are given feedback on their assignments and are individually tutored to improve their written work. Scholars are encouraged to discuss all stages of the writing process: brainstorming ideas, structuring and developing an argument and finally presenting it in a coherent manner. These sessions are crucial to the academic development of scholars who are required to regularly attend them.

     

    Antarang Leadership Lab

    The Antarang Leadership Lab (ALL) is an experiential lab. Antarang means ‘intimate’ and the lab is meant to create a comfortable space where scholars can have conversations amongst friends on issues that are relevant to their personal development as leaders. ALL gives our scholars hands-on, practical experience to build their leadership skills to help them both at ISPP and when they start working. ALL aims to make our scholars more aware of themselves and their surroundings.

    All Workshops

    ALL workshops kick off with a session on understanding yourself and identifying areas of your personality that need to be challenged. Subsequent sessions cover topics like first impressions and feedback; networking and building relationships; handling cross cultural situations; working in groups; making effective presentations; exploring what success means to you; and building resilience. We end with a 3-day leadership retreat in the hills. These workshops are led by professional trainers.

    All Squads

    As part of the Antarang Leadership Lab, the class is divided into squads of around 6 scholars each. The squads are informal spaces where scholars can explore a range of academic and non-academic ideas. Each squad has a Squad Facilitator from the management team. Squads meet frequently during the year to help scholars build close relationships with other members of their squad.

    Mentors

    Each scholar is assigned a mentor, who is a sounding board for their personal and career development during the year. These mentors are senior professionals from the government, corporate and non-profit sectors.

    Policy Praxis Lab

    Public policy governs every action one takes as well as the outcomes of these actions. The Policy Praxis Lab will train one to understand why and how to make public policy work for the public. The lab explores a range of policy-related questions: How should markets be organised? What is health policy? How does public policy handle the diverse interests of people? How do we find out these diverse interests? How do we make people agree on a common set of choices, allowing them to choose differently from the same set? Through a series of policy exercises characterised by curiosity and empathy, through thought experiments as well as real life experiences of successful and unsuccessful policy interventions, scholars will be trained to master the science and art of ethical policy objectives.

    Policy Parallax

    Policy Parallax is a monthly discussion group that brings unconventional, out-of-the-box, quirky perspectives and analytical frameworks to bear on some of the most wicked public policy problems. The purpose is to expand the universe of possible alternatives and extend one’s range of curiosity by bringing radically different view points to the discussion. Discussion topics include the desirability and consequences of economic growth versus distribution; the battle between capital and talent and its relationship with income inequality; how should one think about technological solutions that actually solve serious problems and what role policy plays in furthering or hindering innovations; voting paradoxes and why politics is more broken than economics; the challenges of democracy and how random selection could provide a possible remedy.