For public policy to become a recognised discipline we need more players — the more people discuss the topic and the more people teach it, it becomes a discipline. We need people with different points of view — people from samaaj, bazaar and sarkaar. People on the left, people on the right and people in the centre. All of these places would require graduates from ISPP. I would like to see our graduates going out to do different things — be it in politics, government departments, corporates, NGOs, think tanks or academia.
ISPP is imagined as a 21st-century academic institution. It will focus on excellence and deep specialization in public policy. It will be talent heavy and asset-light i.e. it will invest in students and source the very best faculty from around the world and avoid making heavy infrastructural investments. It is also the institutional successor to several years of public policy programs that our founding council have conceptualized and run in various forms in colleges and universities across the country. Across these programs, we have trained 8000 students who have gone on to successful policy careers in India and the world.
The approach to public policy that the ISPP is taking and pushing for, is that we are trying to make public policy for the citizens, not for oneself or a group or a particular leader.