School: School of Public Policy and Governance
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The Masters programme in Public Policy and Governance offered by the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) is a novel, research and application-oriented course aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. The programme provides interdisciplinary foundational training in Ethics and Policy, Economics (including big data analytics), Law, Political Science, and Sociology. It encourages students to be reflexive in developing institutional designs that can transform public services.
A multi-disciplinary curriculum and innovative pedagogy provides exciting educational opportunities for the students. The course combines theory with field-based learning and internships to enable students to look beyond conventional models and help then envision institutions for an equitable society. The rigours of the theoretical aspects of the course along with experiential learning transforms the learning experience. It mentors young minds to understand policy frameworks and situates them in the socio-political and economic contexts. Agility with data, both large datasets and micro data equips students to incubate new ideas and contribute to the policy processes. It empowers the students to become competent policy professionals and thought leaders with a robust understanding of the field realities.
Overview of the Programme
The MA programme is a two-year, four-semester programme that is based on a set of interrelated components.
Through a corpus of courses, students undertake the study of policy institutions at the global and local levels. Another set of courses engages with policy designs, frameworks, and processes Finally, through another set of courses including qualitative field insights, the students are equipped to evaluate impacts of diverse policy approaches and outcomes. These together form the basis for the students to make informed policy recommendations embedded in principles of social equity.
The second year of the programme enables students to acquire the expertise to undertake policy research and design policy interventions with the help of capstone projects. Policy Research and Capstone Projects are promoted by the School through Policy Area Concentration and Public Policy and Good Governance Labs.
Policy Area Concentration
Students are encouraged to specialise in particular Policy Area Concentrations (PAC), thereby enabling them to join policy and research groups catering to specific sectors.
The PACs offered in the upcoming academic year include:
Public Policy and Good Governance Labs:
The School facilitates Capstone Projects through partnerships with governmental agencies, private corporations, parastatal agencies, and nongovernment institutions. The MA-PPG students work directly with these to attain a first-hand understanding of policy making while contributing through their own fresh ideas.
Innovative Pedagogy: Students are encouraged to contribute and participate in inclusive and engaged learning processes.
Research Publications: Students are encouraged to put their policy research work in the public domain through journals, policy blogs, social media, newspaper articles etc.
The programme has an excellent placement record. Alumni of the school work with ministries, departments, and institutions of Central, State, and District Governments; Consulting firms like PWC, Deloitte, and KPMG etc.; Multilateral agencies such as UNDP, UNICEF, etc.; International organizations like the Clinton Foundation and national and international policy think tanks.Every year a cohort of student get selected for higher studies in prestigious national and international universities
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Distribution of Credit Hours:
Note: 1 credit = 15 hours classroom teaching or 30 hours lab/field experience/workshop/self - study.
Semester I: 20 Credit
Public Policy: Paradigms & Practices
Policy Institutions in Practice
Ethics of Public Action
Law, State, and Governance
School Commons – Workshops I
SCW – 1
Academic Writing and Communication Skills
Basics of Excel and STATA/R
Basic Mathematics for Public Policy
Geo-visualization of Society and Nature
Experiential Learning – Rural Exposure Visit
Semester II: 22 Credits
Basic Statistics for Development Data
Policy Analysis Exercise
Development Economics and Public Policy
Comparative Public Policies
Discipline Specific Workshop
Advanced Training in Census and Large-Scale Survey – Census, NSS, NFHS
Public Policy and Good Governance Lab
Semester III- 18
Qualitative methods for Policy Research
Econometrics Methods for Policy Research
Mixed Methods in Research Design
Reading Text and Research Writing
Policy Area Concentrations (PAC)
Regulation and Institutions
Examining Institutions: A Dialogue with Critical Social Theory and Practice
Regulatory Performance Appraisal
Data Science and Public Policy
Introduction to Data Science and Public Policy
Development Data in Practice
Decision Modelling for Public Policy
Social Conflict and Public Policy
Theoretical and Empirical Concerns in Social Conflict and Public Policy
Economics of Social Conflict
Conflict and Peace Ethnography
Semester IV (18 credits)
Capstone Project leading to Research Dissertation
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