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Post-Graduate Diploma (Natural Resource & Governance)

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Public Policy and Governance

Intake: 15



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Environmental degradation and its resultant impacts have emerged as a biggest challenge faced by the society. With 83 million people being added every year the world’s population, the demand for earth’s limited natural resources is on rise. With the rise in global consciousness regarding the causes and impact of environmental damage and increasing conflicts over natural resources, it is clear that we need to re-calibrate our understanding of natural resources, and develop approaches for their sensible, sustainable and equitable use.

A shift is also needed to help us understand and recognize the complex interactions between the human systems, the natural world and natural resources through a more holistic approach. Critical thinking skills with interdisciplinary scientific analysis need to be applied if we have to develop long-term and sustainable solutions for the benefit of current and future generations. Individuals and groups working in industrial and development sectors need to understand the possible impact of their activities on the environment and make plans accordingly. Similarly, for professionals working with NGOs and people’s movements, an understanding of these issues is essential if they are to effectively intervene to ensure that environmental concerns are respected in projects that affect communities with which they work.

The Post-Graduate Diploma (Natural Resource & Governance) programme aims at strengthening the understanding of nature- society interactions and its interface with natural resources, policy institutions, and community practices. The curriculum combines theoretical knowledge on natural resource base and contemporary envirommental issues through an interdisciplinary lens, understanding of policy institutions and their interface with community practices, and deep engagement with community practices through intensive experiential learning. The uniqueness of this integrated curriculum is how it ties together theoretical insights, policy analysis, data science and community practices to develop a wholistic understanding of resource governance. The objective is to equip students with knowledge and skills that will help them understand and conceptualize the idea of natural resources in rich and diverse ways, the various issues and problems around natural resource control, use, generation of waste and the different costs involved in these processes, the nuances of policy and practice – a frame broadly of the management and governance of natural resources.

This short duration professional programme will give students the opportunity to understand the institutional structures concerning natural resources at the micro and macro level (local, state, national, international) as well as the policies, data, issues and problems of India and strategies to address these. The programme would equip students to partake in organizational efforts in managing projects and initiatives by preparing them on managerial analysis and skills.

Collaborative Programme Development & Delivery

TISS Hyderabad Campus have been offering this programme since the academic year 2015-16. This programme is anchored by the School of Public Policy and Governance. The programme is offered in collaboration with the Foundation for Ecological Security, a well-known organization in the field of restoring commons, working with communities and strengthening sustainable livelihoods. The Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) is recipient of several awards including the prestigious Elinor Ostrom International Award on Collective Governance of the Commons for the year 2013, for outstanding contribution to the practice of Commons governance.

Overview of the Programme

The Post- Graduate Diploma programme is one year, two-semester application orientated programme that aims at developing critical thinking, problem solving and analytical abilities.




The interdisciplinary approach that combines theoretical insights with policy analysis, data science and community practice will build in students’ perspectives, knowledge and skills to understand

  • Human-environment interaction and the different approaches to studying environment and ecology in a comprehensive and diverse frame.

  • Interrelationships of resource use, economics, policy institutions, governance systems, politics and their impact on the environment.

  • Environmental issues and their linkages to politics of development at the local, regional and global level.

  • Approaches for natural resource management and institutional analysis to design suitable conservation and livelihood development strategies; and

  • Understand organizational contexts and play an active role in implementing programmes and initiatives on natural resources governance and management.

Programme Outcomes

  • The programme will create professionals with a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary understanding of natural resources through different though complimentary lenses such as those of, Governance Systems, Sustainable development, ecology and environment and also concepts and theories of waste.

  • Develop a sound understanding on policy institutions, financial systems, strategic issues in development organizations, review and impact assessments, and social and ecological monitoring

  • Get exposed to different settings and institutions, and partake in different programmes and initiatives to understand, diagnose, conceptualize, and field based interventions.

Who can apply:

  • Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree or in the final year of graduation

  • Development practitioners, policymakers, government line ministry staff and programme managers and NGO staff, staff from federations of community organizations or private sector organizations.

Employment opportunities

  • Career upgradation or sector shift for working professionals in the areas of socio-ecological monitoring, sustainability reporting and related sectors

  • Careers in policy think tanks, advocacy groups, non-governmental and campaigning organizations (national and international), the media and publishing houses, environmental and social divisions of corporates, government agencies, planning and environmental management organizations. 


For more curriculum framework and Faculty profile visit

Semesterwise Courses:


 Semester I (22 Credits)
Description Code Course Title Credit
Foundation Courses FC-1 Foundation Courses 4
School Commons SCPO-1 Public Policy: Paradigms and Practices 2
SCPO-2 Policy Institutions in Practice 2
NRG Core NRG 1 Nature, Society, and the Commons 2
NRG-2 Environmental Law and Policy 2
NRG-3 Ecological Economics 2

School Commons:

Workshops - I

SCW-1 Academic Writing and Communication Skills 4
  Basics of Excel and STATA/R
  Basic Mathematics for Public Policy
  Geo-visualization of Society and Nature  
Experiential Learning EL 1 Rural Exposure for the Understanding of Socio-Ecological Systems (FES Sites) 4
Semester II (20 Credits)
School Commons SCPO- 3 Basic Statistics for Development Data 2
SCPO-4 Policy Analysis Exercise 2
NRG Core NRG-4 Institutions and Natural Resources Governance 2
NRG-3 Sustainability and Environmental Ethics 2
NRG-6 Energy Policy, Regulation and Governance 2
NRG-7 Natural Resources and Livelihoods 2
Discipline Specific Workshop-I DSW-1 Geo-Spatial Planning 2

Sustainability Reporting

  1. Environmental and Social Governance
  2. Localising SDG
Discipline Specific Workshop-II DSW-2

Socio-Ecological Monitoring

  1. Pre IFRI-Survey Training (Forest mensuration, Biodiversity inventory, socio-economic assessment, institution mapping etc)
  2. Carbon Stock and Change Assessment
Experiential Learning EL 2 Socio-Ecological Research (IFRI Survey at FES Sites) 4


Note: 1 credit = 15 hours classroom teaching or 30 hours lab / field experience / workshop / self-study

Fee Structure:



Post-Graduate Diploma (Natural Resource & Governance)Post Graduate Diploma (Public Policy & Governance) (One Year Programme) (Self-Financed Programme)

Fees Sem I Sem II
FEE Tuition Fee 16,000 16,000
Examination Fee 1,000 1,000

Field Education / Internship / Experiential Learning Charges 2,000 2,000
IT Charges 2,000


Library Charges 1,500 1,500
Other Charges( ID Card, Convocation & Misc.) * 2,500 0
FUNDS Students' Competency Fund 6,000 6,000
Lab / Studio Fund 0 0
Development Fund 10,000 0
Students' Union Fund * 500 500
Alumni Fund * 0 500
Health Care Fund* 2,000 0
DEPOSITS Caution Deposits (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate) 10,000 0
  Semester wise Course Fee 53,500 29,500
  Yearly Fees 83,000
  Total Course Fee 83,000
Institute reserves the right to revise the Fee Structure of programmes if necessary.
Expenses related to Practicum / Study tour / Rural field work / Urban field work/Winter Institute, if any, will have to be met by the students themselves at the time of the activity.
No fee concession is available for self-finanaced programmes.