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.
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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.
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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.
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