India’s First 1-year programme in Policy, Design & Management – redefining public policy courses in India

The programme is a comprehensive training course for students aiming for high-profile careers in public policy practice.

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Programme Overview

The programme is a comprehensive training course for students aiming for high-profile careers in public policy practice.

The aim of the programme will be to equip tomorrow’s policy leaders with core skills in implementation, management & assessment.

This public policy course in Policy, Design & Management is an equivalent MPA degree built and designed for aspiring public policy managers, practitioners and administrators.

The programme will ground students in a strong public policy foundation with theoretical rigor, while being experience and problem driven.

The programme will be open to all students, who qualify on merit, without assuming prior policy experience.

Programme Structure

1-year, full-time programme with regular classes & coursework

8 academic terms of 6 weeks each

3 lecture courses + 1 policy exercise per academic term

Policy lectures, seminars & workshops for through the duration of the programme

Components of the Programme

The Indian School of Public Policy will follow a 360-degree comprehensive training philosophy, and the curriculum will be a blended design of the theory, perspectives and best practices of public policy from around the world, augmented with technical, managerial and leadership skills to navigate complex challenges facing the county and sub-continent.
Sr# Course Title Hours
1 Tools for a Manager: Mathematics and Statistics 20
2 Critical Thinking and Reasoning 20
3 The Nature of Markets 20
4 Analytical Politics: Games and Strategy 20
Sr# Course Title Hours
1 Economics of Public Policy Analysis 20
2 Ideology for Practitioners : Political Theory & Public Policy 20
3 How to Make a Law: India’s Legislative Setup 20
4 Builders of a Nation: Laws & Policies of Modern India 20
5 The Art of the Possible: Politics, Lobbying & Civil-Society 20
6 A Spanner in the Works: Regulation & Private Enterprise 20
7 Where the rubber hits the road: Public Administration in Practice 20
8 The Bankrolling of Policy: Public Finance in India 20
9 Guiding Principles: Ethics of Public Action 20
Sr# Course Title Hours
1 Does it Work? Impact Evaluation & Programme Management 20
2 Art of the Deal: Negotiations: Fundamentals & Practice 20
3 Occam’s for the Commons: Complex Systems & Design Thinking 20
4 Leadership: In Public Policy & Beyon 20
Sr# Course Title Hours
1 Does it Work ? Impact Evaluation & Programme Management 20
2 Art of the Deal : Negotiations : Fundamentals & Practice 20
3 Occam’s for the Commons : Complex Systems & Design Thinking 20
4 Leadership : In Public Policy & Beyond 20
Policy Exercises – Terms 1 to 4

Concurrent to each term.

Students will work on a practical policy formulation using basics learned in course material.

Focus on comprehension, integration of elements and communication. Topics will be based on student’s choice of specialization.

Capstone Seminars – Terms 5 & 6

Concurrent to each term.

Students work on a policy formulation using advanced analytical skills & tools.

Focus on serious research, quantitative modeling, integrative of the various elements learned in course material. Topics will be based on student’s choice of specialization.

Sr# Course Title Hours
1 Writing & Communication Length of Programme
2 Leadership Length of Programme
3 Delegation & Time Management 3-Weeks
4 Data Modelling & MS Excel 3-Weeks
5 Data Sources & Indian Datasets 3-Weeks
6 Accounts & Balance Sheets 3-Weeks
7 Problems & Needs Assessment 3-Weeks
8 Budgeting 3-Weeks
9 IT Systems in Administration 3-Weeks
10 Contract Reading & Writing 3-Weeks
11 Grant Writing 3-Weeks
12 Mass Comm. for PP 3-Weeks

Combining theoretical rigor with experiential learning to develop world-class professionals.

Calendar Outline

Term 1

  • Maths & Stats for Public Policy
  • Critical Thinking & Reasoning
  • Political Theory & Public Policy
  • Policy Exercise 1
  • Leadership, Design

Term 2

  • Nature of Markets
  • Laws & Policies of Modern India
  • Games & Strategy
  • Policy Exercise 2
  • Leadership, Design Thinking
  • Delegation & Time Management, Data Modeling & MS Excel

Term 3

  • Economics of Policy Analysis
  • Politics, Civil Society & Lobbying
  • India’s Legislative Setup
  • Policy Exercise 3
  • Leadership, Design Thinking

Term 4

  • Public Finance in India
  • Public Administration in Practice
  • Regulation & Private Enterprise
  • Policy Exercise 4
  • Programme Mgmt & Negotiations
  • Problems & Needs Assessment, Budgeting

Term 5

  • Ethics of Public Action
  • Education Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Capstone Seminar – pt. 1
  • Programme Mgmt & Negotiations
  • IT Systems, Contracts

Terms 6

  • Urbanization Policy
  • Technology Policy
  • Environment Policy
  • Capstone Seminar – pt. 2
  • Programme Mgmt & Negotiations
  • Grant Writing, Mass Communication for Public Policy

Life at ISPP

At ISPP – a center for public policy training – you’ll be joining a select group of talented and ambitious students, who have also been socially conscious and intellectually curious. While you will all come to the ISPP to develop as serious and skilled public policy professionals, you will also find the time and scope to build a substantial and vibrant community with your classmates, faculty members and others – this is the essence of the envisaged life at ISPP that aims to be one of the best public policy schools.

A founding batch invariably affords tremendous scope and responsibility at any new center for public policy training around the world, and that will certainly be the case at ISPP. As mature students in a professional public policy course, you will have the chance, and be expected, to contribute to building a flourishing programme for future students, intellectually accomplished, far-reaching and diverse in its ambition and focused in its endeavours.

Life at ISPP promises to be challenging, stimulating and exhilarating!

Apply now to join the inaugural class.

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