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Post Graduate Diploma (Public Policy & Governance)

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Public Policy and Governance

Intake: 15


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The Post Graduate programme in Public Policy and Governance offered by the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG) is a novel 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

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 the use and analysis of big and micro-data, the students are equipped to evaluate the impact of policy outcomes. The programme as a whole empowers the students to be reflexive in developing institutional designs that can transform public services

A special feature of the programme is to guide students to undertake Capstone Projects. Capstone Projects are promoted by the School through Public Policy and Good Governance Lab

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.

Outreach: Students are encouraged to put their policy research work in the public domain through journals, policy blogs, social media, newspaper articles etc.

Programme Outcomes:

  • The students are able to acquire practical skills beyond classroom teaching and thereby facilitating the application of knowledge acquired in the class to concrete policy situations.
  • The students undergo up-skilling that enables them to add value to their existing work
  • The students are competent to engage with and address problems affecting contemporary policy concerns
  • The students have the necessary skill sets and perspectives to work in a specialised professional capacity.

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 organisations or private sector organisations.

Employment opportunities

The SPPG 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


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Semesterwise Courses:


Semester I: 20 Credit
Description Code Course Title Credit
Foundation Courses FC Foundation Course 4
School Commons SCPO-1 Public Policy: Paradigms & Practices 2
SCPO-2 Policy Institutions in Practice 2
PPG Core PPG-1 Ethics of Public Action 2
  PPG-2 Law, State, and Governance 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

School Commons:

Experiential Learning

EL 1   Experiential Learning – Rural Exposure Visit  4
Semester II: 22 Credits
School Commons  SCPO-3 Basic Statistics for Development Data 2
SCPO-4 Policy Analysis Exercise 2
PPG Core PPG-3 Development Economics and Public Policy 2
PPG-4 Comparative Public Policies 2
PPG-5 Public Economics 2
PPG-6 Impact Evaluation 2
PPG-7 Policy Advocacy 2
Discipline Specific Workshop  DSW 1   Advanced Training in Census and Large-Scale Survey – Census, NSS, NFHS 4
Experiential Learning EL2 Public Policy and Good Governance Lab 4

Fee Structure:



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.