School: School of Development Studies
Intake:a) Sponsored Candidates (including International) : 25b) Open to Public : 15
The total duration of the Master’s program is 24 months (4-Semesters). The program will be delivered through a blended mode including both online and offline components. The program will also include teaching and field exposure in collaboration with Election Commission of India, (ECI)-India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM).
This program focuses on the development of globally competent electoral professionals, democracy specialists and governance professionals. It aims to bring together students and professionals who share a common set of norms, behavioral standards and qualifications to assume specific roles and responsibilities in areas of electoral policy, administration and democracy building involving constitution-building, electoral processes, political parties, voters’ awareness, electoral reforms, data analysis and use of ICT tools.
Responding to the global structural demand for qualified electoral professionals and capacity development of current officials managing elections in various countries, the master’s program is designed with the focus on immersive and praxis-oriented pedagogies and it places particular emphasis on the importance of advancing equal career opportunities for women and men in the global context. Special emphasis will be placed on the experiences of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in conducting elections and managing the world’s largest democracy for the benefit of global aspirants. Furthermore, this master’s program will also provide internship opportunities to students, practitioners and serving officials to gain knowledge and skills, through dynamic interaction between class room and field practicum.
Candidates are requested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. Candidates found ineligible will be rejected at any stage in the admission process and no grievances will be entertained in this regard.
Instructions for Determining Eligibility to Apply:
a) Candidates should have successfully completed a Bachelor's or Master's Degree of a minimum of 3- or 4-year duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4- or 10+2+2+1-year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. This Master’s Degree program will have additional/specific eligibility requirements. Candidates are advised to refer to program-specific eligibility criteria (given below) for more details and ensure that they satisfy such specific eligibility criteria.
b) Candidates with M. A, M.Sc., LLM, MBA, M.Com, M.Tech, and other master's in the related fields also can apply
c) The candidates with Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees need to have a minimum of two years of work experience respectively in the field of Public Administration, Civil Services, Public Sector corporations, Elections & Electoral Management, Law & Policing, Audit & Accounts Services, Governance, Mass-Media, Management (public/private), Public Policy, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Population Science, Anthropology, Law, Human Resource Management, Statistics, Non-governmental organizations or related areas supported by documentary evidence.
For International candidates
d) International candidates with a minimum of a Three-Year bachelor’s degree or relevant experience are eligible for the program.
e) International Candidates, who received their bachelor's/master’s degree and any graduate degrees from a university or universities where English is NOT the sole language of instruction are required to take an English language Test.
f) Candidates selected for the Master’s program from active services will procure necessary leave facility and other administrative approvals from their employer (governments/agencies)
g) Those candidates who are eligible to apply but cannot submit the degree certificate and grade/mark sheet at the time of admission are required to submit these latest by August 31, 2023, failing which their provisional admission would stand automatically canceled without any further reference to the candidate. The onus will be on the candidate to submit the degree/provisional degree and grade/mark sheet by August 31, 2023. No further extension of the date will be allowed under any circumstances.
h) Until a candidate submits her/his degree certificate and final mark/grade sheet as evidence of having successfully completed the eligibility criteria by the given date, the admission offered will remain provisional.
i) Eligibility, determined on the basis of information provided in the application, will be used for the final selection process. If the information provided by a candidate is found to be incorrect or misleading at any point in time, her/his candidature/admission will be summarily canceled. The Institute shall also reserve the right to take any legal action as deemed fit for any such act of misrepresentation or false declaration.
j) Barring international candidates, the selection of candidates/students will follow the Central Government of India’s rules and regulations of reservation regarding SC, ST, OBC, EWS, and other categories as per. Women candidates/students are encouraged to apply.
k) Supernumerary seats for Armed Forces, Kashmiri Migrants, and PWD will be provided as per the rules
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Integrated Field Practice
Democracy and Democratization: History, Theory and Practice
Legislatures, Elections & Electoral Systems
Electoral Statistics and Data Analytics
Human Resource Management & Electoral Operations: Theory & Practice
Theories of Public Administration and Governance
Constitutions, Elections and Voting: A Global Perspective
Preparation of Research Proposal
Electoral Management Bodies & Electoral Administration: A Comparative Perspective
Fundamentals of Economics
Parties, Electoral Campaigns and Political Finance: A Comparative Perspective
Ethics, Leadership & Public Policy
Integrated Field Practicum*
Electoral Planning, Operations & Budgeting
Elections and Technology: A Global Perspective
Role of New Age Media in Elections
Electoral Justice Systems and Regulatory Frameworks: A Comparative Perspective
Logistics, Supply-Chain & Strategic Management for Elections
Dissertation Research Proposal Submission & Presentation
International Development & Global Governance
Elections, Migrants & Citizenship
Electoral Reforms : A Comparative Perspective
Electoral Assessments: An Asian Perspective
Elections and Democratic Governance in Latin America
Elections and Democratic Governance in Africa
Integrated Field Practicum**
Voter Registration, Electoral Security and Prevention of Malpractices (Workshop Mode)
Inclusiveness and Accessibility: Voices from the Field
Electoral Integrity and Strengthening Democracy: Theory and Practice
Application of Geospatial Mapping and Planning
Program Strategy, Monitoring & Evaluation of Elections
EC13: Electoral Education, Civil Society & Electoral Management
EC14: Electoral Management & Conflict Resolution in Post-Conflict Societies
Marginalized Electorates and Special Voting Program
Integrated Field Practicum ***
Managing Election & State Capacity: Peer Learning (Project-Presentation-Workshop Mode)
Dissertation Research: Submission & Presentation
Note: The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
Total: 24+18+14+8 = 64 Credits. (This includes 12 Credits of Integrated Field Practicum and 10 Credits of Dissertation). Courses are indicative & subject to change/revision as per the requirements of the program.
* Integrated Field Practicum for Sem I will integrate field components of CC2 CC3, CC4, CC6.
**Integrated Field Practicum for Sem II will integrate field components of CC7, CC8, CC9, CC10, CC11.
*** Integrated Field Practicum for Sem III will integrate field components of CC12, CC13, CC14, EC of the semester.
Note: The total number of credits, list of elective and field practicum courses, and semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
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