Public Policy & Leadership Development

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Last Update February 10, 2022

About This Course

Starts from 19th April, 2022

This three month online course’s interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to provide an immersive understanding of economic, political and social reform in India, by creating a unique praxis between theory and practice. The course also prioritizes experiential learning wherein students will learn by getting a ringside view of businesses, development organizations, media, politics and policymaking. They will mandatorily intern with multiple organizations. Finally, the course will be taught and mentored by India’s foremost business leaders, policymakers, academics and activists. 

Course Start Date: 19th April 2022.

NOTE: The fees for Students for this course is INR 15000.



Economic Development, Generating Jobs, Development Planning and Budgeting, Role of Businesses in Nation Building. Understanding India’s Regulatory Framework, Balancing Needs of Development & Ecology/ Society, Banking & Financial Systems.


Institutions and Democratic Politics, Public Administration, Diversity and Representation, Constitution and Constitutional Values, 70 year’s of India Social, Economic & Political Progress.


Problematising Development, Poverty & Inequality, Discrimination (Caste, Gender, Income), Rights.


India’s role in South Asia, India-China-USA, National Security, Defence, Flexing India’s Economic Might, Soft Power & Humanitarian Role, Challenges in World Power Status.


Leading a CSO or Movement, Political Leadership, Leading a Business, Leadership in international organisations, Leadership in journalism.


Unlike other courses, this course will prioritise experiential learning, wherein students
will learn by getting a ringside view of businesses, development organisations and
policymaking. Students will be placed in internships after their coursework is over,
which could convert into placements within the organisations.


Shri Nitin Gadkari
The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways
Milind Deora
Former Union Minister IT & Communications and Lok Sabha MP
Amitabh Kant
CEO, Niti Aayog
Prof. Manoj Jha
Member Rajya Sabha &
National Spokesperson (RJD)
Prof. Faizan Mustafa
Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law,
Ambassador Shyam Saran
Former Foreign Secretary, Government of India
& Prime Minister’s Special Envoy
Salil Shetty
Vice-President, Global Programmes, the Open Society Foundation & Former Secretary General of Amnesty International
Col. (Retd.) Sushant Singh
Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research and Lecturer Yale University
Dr. Yamini Aiyar
President, Centre for Policy Research (CPR) &
Founder, Accountability Initiative
Prof. Santosh Mehrotra
Visiting Professor, Centre for Development, University of Bath, UK and Former Advisor, Planning Commission of India
Vijay Mahajan
CEO, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and
Praveen Chakravarty
Chairperson, Data Analytics Department, Indian National Congress
K. Raju
Former Additional Secretary,
National Advisory Council (NAC)
Prof. Mridula Mukherjee
Former Director, Nehru Memorial Library and Museum
Salman Anees Soz
Vice-President, All India Professional Congress
Amitabh Behar
CEO of Oxfam India
Prof. Neera Chandhoke
Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi
Dr. Ganesh N. Devy
Founder, Adivasi Academy and
President, Rashtriya Sewa Dal
Prof. Apoorvanand
Delhi University- Teacher & Writer
Prof. (Dr.) K. Srinath Reddy
President, Public Health Foundation of India and
Former HOD, Department of Cardiology, AIIMS
Prof. Ashwini Deshpande
Director, Centre for Economic Data and Analysis (CEDA), Ashoka University
Venkatesh Nayak
Programme Coordinator,
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Ruchira Chaturvedi
National Convenor, Social Media Department, Indian National Congress, Former LAMP Fellow
Prof. Sanjay Kumar
Director, Centre for the Study of
Developing Societies (CSDS)
Dr. Naresh Chandra Saxena
Former Secretary, Planning Commission and
Former Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy
of Administration, Mussoorie
Prof. Dipa Sinha
Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi & Convenor,
Right to Food Campaign
Gurdeep Sappal
National Spokesperson, Indian National Congress & Former Editor-in-Chief of Rajya Sabha TV
Anand Mangnale
Founder, Our Democracy
Pushparaj Deshpande
Director, Samruddha Bharat Foundation
& Editor, Rethinking India series

Have some doubts in the mind?

Q. Is the course recognised/approved by UGC and other Union or State government bodies?
No. No approval has been sought from any government agency. This unique course aims to primarily a) impart and hone the skills of potential future leaders, and b) enable the building of functional relationships with established leaders while providing an immersive understanding of economic, political and social reform in India.
Q. Do you provide placements?
We will place every candidate in a sector of their choice to enable them to forge relationships that they can activate. Additionally, we will also ensure key organisations will provide opportunities to the best performing candidates. Some of these organisations include think tanks, civil society organisations, private corporations, political parties etc.
Q. What are the fees I am expected to pay?
INR 25,000 (including 18% GST) for the course (to be paid after admission has been granted). Once paid, the course fee is non-refundable. However, in select cases, a candidate can defer admission to the course to the subsequent year without incurring any additional cost.
Q. Can I apply for financial support?
Applicants from economically weak backgrounds, from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes are eligible for financial support. There will be ten scholarships to enable deserving candidates to take the course. Candidates shortlisted for admission and financial support will be asked to provide further information and supporting documents.
Q. What sort of educational qualifications should candidates possess?
Those with at least a graduate degree in any discipline can apply for this course. Candidates with 1-3 years or more of work experience (especially in the government, media, civil society organisations, politics/public-policy and business) will be considered favourably.
Q. Do students need to be based in India?
No. Students need not be based in India. However, those outside India must be factor in time differences to ensure they attend classes.
Q. Is familiarity with computers and an internet connection necessary?
Yes. Students must have basic familiarity with computers and have a good internet connection (preferably a broadband connection of 256kbps or higher) since the classes will be held virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Q. Do I need to submit mark-sheets and other documents?
Yes. Students will have to email scanned copies of their documents to support their educational qualifications and employment history.
Q. I am working/studying elsewhere. Can I apply for the PP course?
No. This is a full-time course, which includes coursework, internships etc. over eleven months.
Q. Internships- paid or unpaid+ offline
Unpaid internships+ depending on the organisations
Q. Where will the monthly lectures be held?
If the pandemic subsides, the venues for the monthly lectures are usually in New Delhi.
Q. When and where will weekly classes be held?
Classes and lectures will be held online as interactive webinars on weekdays, typically thrice a week. It is recommended that students keep 1.5-2.0 hours free for each class. The attendance for the webinars will be recorded. The students must have at least 70% attendance in the webinars. There will be a half grade penalty to the overall grade if the attendance is less than 70%.
Q. Will some classes be held on weekends?
There could be occasional webinars that are scheduled on weekends, depending on the availability of guest speakers and faculty. Such webinars will be kept to a minimum.
Q. Will students need to set aside time for reading?
Yes. Students will be allocated readings and coursework by the faculty for each course. It is recommended that a student set aside around 7-10 hours per week to complete these.

Learning Objectives

An Immersive Understanding of India
Creating India’s Future Leaders
Forging Relationships with Established Leaders

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