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Unveiling the World of Public Policy: Insights from the ISPP Ask Us Anything Session

Ask Us Anything

Have you ever considered a career in public policy? Are you curious about the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) and its programmes? If so, then this blog is for you!

This blog post provides a comprehensive overview of the recent “Ask us Anything” webinar hosted by the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) on 10th February 2024.

During the webinar, aspiring public policy professionals had the opportunity to interact directly with the ISPP team, gaining valuable insights into various aspects of the programme, admissions processes, career prospects, and unique offerings. From detailed discussions on programme details to addressing queries related to admissions criteria and career trajectories, the session covered a wide range of topics pertinent to individuals interested in pursuing public policy as an academic and professional path.

Let’s delve into the key takeaways from the webinar, highlighting the questions posed by participants and the informative responses provided by the esteemed panellists.

Demystifying the Programmes:

  • Lokneeti Programme in Policy, Data & Behaviour Change: Ideal for those seeking an introductory understanding of public policy with its flexible schedule and focus on practical tools.
  • Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy, Design & Management: A one-year intensive programme designed to equip students with comprehensive knowledge and skills for diverse policy careers.


Unveiling the Admissions Process:

  • Rolling admissions: Apply early to maximize your chances of securing a seat.
  • Financial aid: A dedicated committee evaluates applications carefully, and meticulous information sharing is crucial.
  • Written test and interview: Focus on understanding policy issues and articulating your career goals clearly.

Career Pathways and Support:

  • Diverse career options: From consulting and government to development and research, public policy graduates find fulfilling roles across various sectors.
  • ISPP Career Services: Provides networking opportunities, workshops, and guidance to support your job search.

Unique Advantages of ISPP:

  • Holistic curriculum: Transcend disciplinary boundaries for a comprehensive understanding of public policy.
  • Integrated approach: Learn about the entire policy life cycle, from design to implementation.
  • Harris School partnership: Earn an additional certificate in Public Policy and International Development from Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
  • Location advantage: Benefit from a wide range of collaborations and opportunities available in Delhi.
Watch the full video here

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Questions asked by the participants

 What distinguishes ISPP from other public policy institutions? 

I have prepared for the civil services, and currently, I am engaged with my startup, with about 12 years of experience in the retail sector. Which ISPP programme would suit my needs best?

Can a person can do the Lokneeti programme first, and then the PDM programme?

What does the PDM programme entail in terms of curriculum? 

Could you provide information about the Immersive Learning Projects at ISPP? When does it occur, and does it run concurrently with the programme? Additionally, what types of internship and placement opportunities are available for students?

What career services does ISPP offer?

How would you describe the scholars’ experiences during the placement season?

Over 150 organizations participate in the placement process each year. It’s important to note that while the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) provides comprehensive career support, including networking opportunities, workshops on career development, and guidance on interview preparation, placement is not guaranteed. Success in securing a position depends on the support provided by ISPP and the individual efforts of the scholar. Ultimately, the scholar’s engagement in career training sessions, preparedness, and ability to effectively navigate the interview process significantly influence their placement outcomes. The career services team conducts various sessions on professional development, interview techniques, and cover letter writing to aid scholars in their job search. However, the ultimate outcome hinges on scholars’ dedication and active participation in these sessions, as well as their overall engagement with the programme.

What is the average salary of a fresher who hasn’t graduated in political science or related subjects?

Can you please summarize the admissions process for the PDM and Lokneeti Programme?

The admission process has transitioned from including a group discussion (GD) to solely comprising a personal interview. Could you elaborate on the distinction between these two assessment methods? Additionally, for the statement of purpose, what specific aspects should applicants focus on when crafting their submissions?

I was initially instructed to submit the application by February, but the presentation states that the deadline is 30 June. Are there advantages to applying sooner rather than later?

Could you provide some insights into the interview process? What types of questions can applicants expect during the interview, and what is the overall experience like?

Is there a ceiling on financial aid offered to candidates, such as up to 50% of the tuition fee or more or less?