Democracy holds India together as country and economy: BS Panel

Democracy holds India together as country and economy: BS Panel

Dr. Shekhar Shah, Vice Chairman of the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) Academic Advisor Council, recently addresses the audience as a panelist at the Business Standard Platinum Perspectives. Speaking on the topic, [email protected]Past, Present and Future, Dr. Shah said that the snail’s pace of economic growth during the first 45 years, along with the rising population, has led to discontent. He added that this was a period when India could have done better. He also pointed out that during this period India started seeing the rise of inequality, not only among households but also between states. With India dealing with low-income traps as well as the middle-income trap, where you are not only worried about providing basic amenities such as clean water and air but also worry about innovation and competition, complex problems were created for politicians as well as citizens.

The panel included Akhil Gupta, Vice Chairman of Bharti Enterprises; Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Policy Research and Andrew Holland, CEO of Avendus Capital Alternate Strategies.

Full Coverage – Democracy holds India together as country and economy: BS Panel | Business Standard News (business-standard.com).

Shailesh Pathak of L&T joins ISPP as Director

Shailesh Pathak of L&T joins ISPP as Director

Mr. Shailesh Pathak joined ISPP as its Director on July 1, 2022. Sound public policy lies at the confluence of samaj, sarkar, and bazaar. Among the co-founders of ISPP, Luis Miranda has extensive experience in the bazaar and Dr. Parth J. Shah has been engaged in samaj for over 25 years. With the training and varied work in sarkar, Mr. Pathak completes the triad.

Mr. Pathak brings with him a deep understanding of strategy and execution, as well as finance and risk assessment, having handled large projects and pivotal systems. His diverse experiences and networks – evenly spread between the corporate sector and the government – give him a 360-degree view of public policy in theory, practice, and execution. Mr. Pathak is working closely with Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Founding Dean of ISPP.

Mr. Pathak was with Larsen & Toubro (L&T) since 2017, during which he was CEO & Whole-Time Director of L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Limited (IDPL). He started his career with ICICI in 1986 and in 1990, joined the IAS in the MP cadre. Mr. Pathak is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Read the full coverage in Economic Times.

ISPP hosts an eventful Orientation week for the Class of 2023

ISPP hosts an eventful Orientation week for the Class of 2023

ISPP’s Orientation week for the Class of 2023 began on 1st August to onboard 60 Scholars. The Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy, Design & Management (PDM), a one-year Programme, formally began on August 6th, 2022, at the New Delhi campus.

Former Advisor to the Prime Minister and noted Public Policy Practitioner and author Amarjeet Sinha delivered the commencement speech. Praising ISPP’s PDM Programme, he said, “I wish there were courses such as this when I was a student.”

The 60 Scholars from the fourth batch, in the Class of 2023 come from 18 Indian states and share one common passion: bringing the ‘public’ back into public policy.

The guest speakers included Dr. Sekhar Bonu, DG, DMEO-NITI Aayog; Mr. Rakesh Ranjan, Mission Director, Aspirational Districts; Ms. Karuna Gopal, Head of Policy, BJP Women’s Wing; Ms. Vini Mahajan, Secretary, Jal Jeevan Mission, Government of India; and Ms. Yamini Aiyar, President, Centre for Policy Research.

Read the full coverage in News Wire.

ISPP hosts its first in-person Convocation for three batches

ISPP hosts its first in-person Convocation for three batches

ISPP organised a grand Convocation ceremony for its Scholars across three batches – 2022, 2021, and 2020. Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa, and former CEO, NITI Aayog conferred the certificates to Scholars during the Convocation. 110 Scholars received their Post-Graduate Certificates in Public Policy.

Addressing the audience including Scholars and their family members, chief guest Mr. Kant said, “I am glad that ISPP has a multi-dimensional, multi-sectoral approach to impart policy education, especially in domains of social indicators.”

Noted author Gurcharan Das administered the ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners to Scholars and alumni. The sight of over a hundred Scholars taking the ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners was a powerful moment.

ISPP runs five programmes, i.e., PDM as the flagship programme, LokNeeti programme for working professionals in Hindi and other Indic languages, Executive Education with the Tata Group; Online programmes in collaboration with L&T, and Mission Karmayogi, a Knowledge Partnership with the Capacity Building Commission, Government of India. ISPP has a record of 100 percent placement since its inception, even during the pandemic, he added.

Read the full coverage in UNI.

ISPP Convocation Ceremony 2022

The stage was set. The fragrance of white lilies wafted in the hall. As the clock struck nine, the Scholars started walking in with their parents in tow. Their beaming faces and spring in their step told the story of the year that was. It was not just the Class of 2022 that was a part of the grand convocation though. The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) hosted Scholars from two previous batches as well, who couldn’t enjoy an in-person ceremony during the pandemic-induced lockdown.

110 Scholars from all three batches (years 2022, 2021, and 2020) received their certificates for Public Policy, Design & Management during the convocation held on July 16th, 2022. Cheered on by their parents and encouraged by members of the faculty and ISPP Leadership, the Scholars made a happy picture.

Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa and former CEO, NITI Aayog conferred the certificates to Scholars. In his address, Mr. Kant expressed his happiness about ISPP alumni working at the State level where core policies are actually made and implemented. “I am a firm believer that Public Policy is a critical component of governance for India to grow rapidly. I am glad that ISPP has a multi-dimensional, multi-sectoral approach to impart policy education, especially in domains of social indicators,” he added. He later tweeted that it was wonderful to meet and interact with brilliant ISPP Scholars and that India needs public policy specialists to ensure progressive policies by States. He hailed ISPP as a great institution.

The founding Dean of ISPP, Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay took the stage to address the audience amid loud cheering from his students. Dressed in a crisp dhoti-kurta and donning his trademark smile he urged the future policy practitioner to solve one problem at a time, instead of trying to solve every problem at once. “Stay curious, because public policy is lifelong learning,” he added.

Noted author and former CEO of P&G India, Gurcharan Das administered the ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners to Scholars and alumni. The ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners is a unique aspect of the School, which is taken just before Scholars begin their journey as public policy professionals. The sight of over a hundred Scholars taking the ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners was a powerful moment. Every word that they uttered made their conviction stronger.

The Oath ceremony was followed by an inspiring address by Gurcharan Das. While speaking about the dharma of policymakers, he said, “Every country functions by a code. For India, the code is dharma. You, as the future policymaker, should know the power of this code.”

ISPP Co-Founder Luis Miranda addressed the students and spoke about how ISPP is on a growth trajectory that began in 2018. He highlighted the fact that ISPP’s journey began with one PDM programme and is going strong with five programmes today. Apart from the flagship programme, ISPP now offers a LokNeeti programme for working professionals in Hindi and other Indic languages and has collaborated with the Tata Group for Executive Education; designing an online programme in collaboration with L&T, and Mission Karmayogi, a Knowledge Partnership with the Capacity Building Commission, Government of India. ISPP has a 100 percent placement record since its inception, even during the pandemic, he added.

Co-Founder Dr. Parth J. Shah was visibly proud as he congratulated the graduating Scholars and alumni. He said, “Some of the recent world events such as the policy catastrophe in Sri Lanka or the Ukraine-Russia conflict have taught us that assumptions can be wrong. These events are a great reminder to stay curious. Don’t be satisfied with what you know. Chase the uncertain.”

Dr. Gangopadhyay then congratulated Suveera Malhotra from the Class of 2023 to be adjudged as the Valedictorian and invited her to deliver the valedictory address. Suveera beautifully tied all the memories together as she spotlighted her classmates’ strengths and achievements. Amid her friends’ laughter and welled-up eyes, she expressed her gratitude towards ISPP and faculty members for nurturing them as policy leaders of tomorrow.

A special message from Prof. Krishna K. Ladha was read out during the Convocation. The ceremony concluded with Shailesh Pathak, Director of ISPP congratulating the scholars and wishing them luck for a successful future as policy leaders.

The ceremony was held at Ashoka Hotel in the presence of eminent guests, Dr. Shekhar Shah, Vice-Chairman, ISPP Academic Advisory Council; Shailesh Pathak, Director, ISPP; Dr. Neeti Shikha, Associate Dean, ISPP; and Faculty comprising Dr. Sekhar Bonu; Dr. NC Saxena; Lt. Gen. Rakesh Sharma (Retd.); Amit Krishn Gulati, Neel Sodhi, Karan Arora, and Harshvardhan Tripathi, among others.

After several photo-ops, the scholars mingled with their batchmates and alumni. A special photo booth with each of the ISPP scholars’ names was installed at the venue as many of the Scholars were seen posing for photos next to their names. ISPP leadership and faculty members engaged in conversations with the Scholars as they shared words of encouragement and wisdom for their journey ahead.

Team ISPP came together for group photographs as they engaged in friendly banter and exchanged notes on the upcoming Orientation Week for the incoming Class of 2023 in August.

The convocation ceremony not just highlighted the journey of every scholar, but also took them down memory lane, celebrating their perseverance and achievements.

ISPP Policy Hackathon 2022

#HackTheGap
Policy Hackathon on “Gender”
ISPP Policy Hackathon 2022

June 11, 2022 | 10 AM – 6 PM | ISPP Campus, New Delhi
(Hybrid Participation)

Entries close on June 10, 2 PM.

“Gender equality is more than a moral issue; it is a vital economic issue. For the global economy to reach its potential, we need to create conditions in which all women can reach their potential.”

As per the 2011 census, women constitute around 48.5% of the total Indian population but constitute only 14.4% of elected representatives of the Parliament. This raises serious concerns about the disenfranchisement of women from public life and from policy-making. Simultaneously, there exist deep concerns about the systemic inequalities that Indian women have to face on a daily basis. For instance, 27.3% of the women between the ages of 20-24 were married or in a union before the age of 18 raising serious concerns about child rights. Addressing these deeply rooted issues is critical for India to truly enjoy inclusive growth. After all, a 2015 Mckinsey Global report found that India could boost its GDP by 16-60% by 2025 if it brought female labour force participation at par with men.

ISPP Policy Hackathon is inviting individuals to work on problem statements and present their solutions in front of an eminent jury panel. While the participants can register individually, the shortlisted finalists will be grouped into different teams on the day of the event. The teams can present their ideas in the form of a poster/PowerPoint presentation/poem/songs/skit – whichever form they think communicates their solution best.

Some questions the teams may consider (Think on and beyond)

  • Do we think enough about women and their needs while we budget- be it in the household or in companies?
  • Has laws such as maternity benefits and POSH discouraged companies from hiring women?
  • How can we encourage companies to create more gender-favoured work policies?
  • What kind of policy interventions will help in reducing the dropout rate of a girl child?
  • What are the ways to bring women back into the workforce post-pandemic?
  • How can we design policies to create better access to housing and health for women?
  • How can we bridge the wage gap?

How to apply?

Step 1: Make a 2-minute video presentation
Step 2: Upload the video on the link in the registration form

What happens after they register?

  • Once they register, their entry will be assessed based on the clarity, communication, and innovation showcased in the video submission.
  • As soon as they submit, they will get a surprise reward.
  • Shortlisted finalists will be taken to the next round.
  • While they have to participate individually, they will be grouped into different teams
  • on the day of the grand finale. (In-person participation is encouraged as it will give them a feel of the competition.)
  • The teams will have 3 hours to identify and analyse the policy issue and work on a solution.
  • On completion of 3 hours, the teams will appear before the jury for a presentation that starts at 2:00 pm.
  • Teams will begin their 10-minute presentation to the judges followed by Q&A from the jury for another ten minutes.

It's a great opportunity for participants to ideate, and find solutions to impending policy issues to hack the gender gap and network.

Best wishes
Team ISPP

Policy Commons: Development of Land Markets and Assets in India

An eminent panel discussed the development of land markets and assets in India, providing samaj, sarkar, and bazaar perspectives. The audience engaged with the panellists over questions about rural-urban land issues, state, and central land policies, and land monetization. The dialogue series was hosted in collaboration with the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.

Panellists

  1. Ambrish Mehta, Trustee and Activist of Action Research in Community Health and Development, Gujarat
  2. Dr. KP Krishnan, Honorary Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research
  3. Anuj Jain, Partner-Deal Advisory Team, KPMG
  4. Dr. Nimai Mehta, Senior Professorial Lecturer, American University, Washington DC

April 23, 2022 | Zoom Event

Policy Commons: Indian Business and Banking Reforms

Banking professionals tuned in as noted panellists came together to discuss Indian business and banking reforms in the Policy Commons series. The Indian School of Public Policy in collaboration with the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies brought together representatives from samaj, sarkar, and bazaar.

Panellists

  1. Sanjeev Pandey, Deputy General Manager (NCLT & Policy) at Stressed Asset Resolution Group, State Bank of India
  2. Sunil Mehta, Non-Executive Chairman, YES Bank Limited & Chairman & Managing Director, SPM Capital Advisers Pvt. Ltd.
  3. Dr. Susan Thomas, Research Professor of Business, Jindal Global Business School
  4. Abizer Diwanji, Partner & Head-Financial Services, Ernst & Young

April 16, 2022 | Zoom Event

Policy Commons: Indian Policy Reforms in the 21st Century

The Indian School of Public Policy hosted Policy Commons, a dialogue series in collaboration with the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. The first in the ISPP Policy Commons series saw an eminent panel representing the civil society, state, and market discuss the Indian policy reforms in the 21st Century.

Panellists

  1. Gautam Chikermane, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation
  2. Hemang Jani, Secretary, Capacity Building Commission
  3. Shailesh Pathak, Former CEO, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects
  4. Dr. Aruna Sharma, Practitioner Development Economist

April 9, 2022 | Zoom Event

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