The ISPP Advantage

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

Over the course of our program, all scholars will be trained in a wide range of public policy subjects, namely – Statistics, Social Psychology, Political Economy, Design Thinking, Organisational Strategy, Project Evaluation, Law, Conflict Management, Research, Ethics And Leadership Skills. The program cumulates with a capstone project where the scholars utilise their learnings from across these subjects to frame relevant policy problems and conceive positive workable solutions.

Outside of academics, our scholars also undergo training in R programming, creative writing, networking, spreadsheet management, presentations, proposal writing, public speaking, negotiations, project management and advocacy.

Classroom Learning

  • Theoretical Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Focus Areas like Environment, Education, Technology, National Security, Healthcare, Urbanization
  • Design Thinking

Skill Building

  • Workshops
  • Tea & Policy Series
  • Design Labs
  • Skill Accelerators


  • Live Project
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Policy Hackathon

Leadership & Management Training

  • Conflict Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership & Feedback
  • Problem Solving
  • Working in Teams
  • Story-telling
  • Negotiation
  1. Statistics and Mathematics
  2. Political Philosophy of Public Policy
  3. Critical Thinking and Reasoning
  4. Markets for Development
  5. Games and Strategy
  6. Understanding Behaviour
  7. India's Legislative Setup
  8. Politics of Public Policy
  9. Economics of Policy Analysis
  10. Laws and Policies of Modern India
  11. Politics, Civil Society and Lobbying
  12. Public Finance in India
  13. Constitutional Law & Public Policy
  14. Public Policy and Development
  15. Media, Public Opinion & Policy
  16. Foreign Policy
  17. Regulation
  18. Society and Culture
  19. Urbanization
  20. Law and Economics
  21. Public Administration in Practice
  22. Ethics
  1. R-programming
  2. Design Thinking
  3. Writing and Communication
  4. Using Indian Data
  5. Delegation and Time Management
  6. Negotiation - Persuasion and Dissuasion
  7. Needs Assessment
  8. Impact Evaluation - Quantitative
  9. Impact Evaluation - Qualitative
  10. Monitoring and Evaluation (MIS)
  11. Accounts and Balance Sheets
  12. Detailed Project Reports
  13. Budgeting
  14. Grant Writing
  15. Contract Reading and Writing
  16. Mass Campaigns
  1. Health Policy and Management
  2. Education Policy and Design
  3. Environmental Studies
  4. Science, Technology, and Infrastructure Policy
  5. Urbanization and Governance
  6. National Security
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