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 rigour, 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.
  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
  2. Education
  3. Environment
  4. Technology
  5. Urbanization
  6. National Security
Policy Exercises
Students will work on a practical policy formulation, using basics learnt during the programme.

Focus will be placed on comprehension, integration of elements and communication.

Topics will be based on the student's choice of specialization.

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

Focus will be on serious research, quantitative modelling, and integrative of the various elements learnt in the course material.

Topics will be based on the student's choice of specialization.

Combining theoretical rigour 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 Management & Negotiations
  • Problems & Needs Assessment, Budgeting

Term 5

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

Terms 6

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

Life at the ISPP

At the 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 the 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 the 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 the ISPP promises to be challenging, stimulating and exhilarating!

Apply now to join the inaugural class.

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