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STARTS ON May 02, 2023 Application Deadline: March 27, 2023
DURATION 12 weeks Online Recorded Video Lectures (5 hours/ week)
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ELIGIBILITY Any Graduate/ Diploma holder
STARTS ON May 02, 2023 Application Deadline: March 27, 2023
DURATION 12 weeks Online Recorded Video Lectures (5 hours/ week)
PROGRAMME FEE INR 1,08,000 + GST View Payment Plan Special Corporate Enrolment Pricing

Programme Overview

With the objective of molding future leaders in the sphere of public policy, ISB Executive Education has designed the Understanding Public Policy in India programme, keeping in mind the challenges that are specific to an Indian context. Participants will learn not only about development of public policy and policy analysis, but also the aspects of finance, ethics and accountability, as well as best practices of public policy management, across the domains of administration and governance. With a keen focus on building capabilities on data analysis, critical thinking, and decision-making, the programme will help you shape and drive policy changes in the political, environmental, and social spheres.

Why choose this Programme?

Gain an overview of India's constitution, public policy laws, regulations, and ordinances

Learn at one of the most reputed business schools in India

Learn from Prof. Ashwini Chhatre - one of the most distinguished professors of public policy in India

Envision the future of policymaking in India with guidance from prominent administrators, politicians, and academicians in the field

Programme Highlights

Recorded Videos from
renowned ISB Faculty

9 Quizzes

Certificate from ISB Executive Education

Discussion Boards

2 Case Study Assignments

Fireside chats with policy-makers, administration members and political figures

Key Programme Takeaways

  • Leverage insights from industry leaders to work towards creating solutions for India's enduring policy and governing challenges
  • Learn how data and technology can change policymaking and impact the future of public policy in India
  • Understand how economical and financial reforms have affected major policy drivers and envision the future of India's public policy
  • Interpret the impact of policy changes through close monitoring by understanding the current challenges faced across different sectors

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Please note:

  • This service is available only for Indian residents enrolled into select Emeritus programmes.
  • ISB Executive Education or Emeritus do NOT promise or guarantee a job or progression in your current job. Career Services is only offered as a service that empowers you to manage your career proactively. The Career Services mentioned here are offered by Emeritus. ISB Executive Education is NOT involved in any way and makes no commitments regarding the Career Services mentioned here.

Who is this Programme for?

ISB Executive Education's Understanding Public Policy in India Programme is specifically designed for mid-level and senior professionals who have a keen interest in shaping policies that will benefit the country and its people.

Ideal candidates include:

  • Mid-level professionals and/ or consultants in general management, strategy, planning, government and policy advisory roles.
  • Professionals and/ or consultants who want to understand the challenges faced in the Indian political, economical, and social spheres, and want to learn new trends dominating digital and public-private partnerships.
  • Senior-level professionals in government roles, non-profits, think tanks, CSRs, consulting, etc. who lead or guide their organizations' public policy decisions or liaise with the government externally,and are interested in public policy trends.

ISB Executive Network

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be a part of the ISB Executive Network. Benefits include:

  • ISB Newsletters with the latest updates
  • Learning and Networking opportunities via ISB Executive Education Network Group on LinkedIn
  • Exclusive invitations to Online and Offline events like Webinars, Conferences, Master Classes, etc
  • Scope to facilitate as a Guest Speaker at ISB Executive events
  • Preferential pricing with 10% discount on course fee on ISB Executive Education Open programmes
  • Upgrade to ISB Executive Alumni Group with 100+ learning hours

*This excludes ISB Post Graduate and AMP alumni networks

Programme Modules

  • An overview of public policy in India
  • Laws, Ordinances, Rules, Regulations, Orders, Policies and Notifications
  • Legislature, Judiciary, Executive systems in India
  • Elected executive and the permanent bureaucracy
  • Special provisions - Schedule V and VI, 73rd and 74th amendments, Article 370A
  • System of Parliamentary Standing Committees
  • Statutory constitutional authorities - election commission, finance commissions, CAG, etc.
  • Federal structure and central, state, and concurrent lists
  • Ministries and departments
  • The incongruent geographies of public administration
  • Tehsil vs. block vs. forest vs. police vs. irrigation
  • District as the lynchpin of implementation
  • System of approvals and accountability
  • Public services and the correct identification of beneficiaries
  • Fiscal policy as a system of carrots and sticks
  • Macroeconomic policy - balancing unemployment and inflation
  • Money supply and credit. Ease of doing business
  • Successes: Election Commission. Green Revolution. Immunization. Biometric Identity
  • Mixed Successes: Land Reforms. Environmental protection. Decentralization
  • Failures: Primary Education. Primary Health. Nutrition. Justice
  • COVID stories: Food distribution. PPE kits manufacture.
  • Defense of territory
  • Economic development (land acquisition, special economic zones)
  • Equity and social justice (reservations, special protections)
  • Safety nets (PDS, MGNREGA, NSAP).
  • Social mobilization (new states, autonomous territories)
  • Global cooperation (WTO, NDPS Act, 2-F authentication, e-KYC)
  • Industrialization through import substitution
  • Inspector-license raj
  • Reform efforts through the 1980s
  • The 1991 balance of payments crisis
  • First generation reforms (1991-94) - liberalization, privatization, globalization
  • Market (de)regulation: Dismantling the regulatory regime after 1991 for production and imports/exports (licensing, quotas, tariffs), Government interventions in agricultural markets, Deregulation of capital markets
  • Modes of public-private engagement: Lease of government property (Taj Mansingh), Debt finance (Infrastructure), Viability Gap Funding (UDAN), Build-Operate-Transfer model (Toll roads), Equity partnership (land pooling).
  • E-governance
  • E-taal dashboard
  • E-KYC for private services
  • Direct Benefit Transfer - cash and kind
  • Biometric attendance
  • Land records
  • Digital payments (UPI, FASTag, IMPS)
  • Counterfactual analysis
  • Difference-in-differences
  • Randomized control trial
  • Regression discontinuity
  • The science of muddling through
  • The absence of evidence for future outcomes
  • Multiple simultaneous causes of an outcome in the real world
  • Spurious correlations
  • Ecological fallacy
  • Definition of wicked problems
  • Example - soil fertility and girls’ school enrolment
  • Complex adaptive social systems
  • Unintended but anticipated outcomes of interventions
  • The measurement challenges
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and learning
  • Policy as an experiment
  • Learnings from Experiments: MGNREGA
  • Shadow of History: PM-KISAN, Rythu Bandhu, KALIA Scheme

Note: Modules/ topics are indicative only, and the suggested time and sequence may be dropped/ modified/ adapted to fit the total programme hours.

Complimentary Annual Digital WSJ Membership

As a participant in the programme, you can enjoy a complimentary annual digital membership to The Wall Street Journal, giving you unlimited access to award-winning journalism across any device. From business and world news, to technology and life and arts, WSJ provides ambitious and fact-based reporting that readers can trust.

Emeritus Insights

Free 6 Months Access to Emeritus Insights

This programme features 6 Months of free Premium Access to Emeritus Insights—a mobile app with 5,000+ bite-sized, business-focused videos to help you meet your daily learning goals on the go.

Programme Faculty

Prof. Ashwini Chhatre

Executive Director,

Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB

Prof. Ashwini Chhatre was the first Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University from 2006 to 2007 and has spent 11 years working in different parts of India on issues related to natural resources like land, forests, and water. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of World Development Perspectives from 2016 to 2019 and served as the Senior Editor of Conservation Letters from 2009 to 2014. His extensive background in economics, political science, anthropology, geology, and environmental history makes him one of the top public policy experts in the country. Prof. Ashwini Chhatre currently serves as the Executive Director of Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business while serving on its faculty as an Associate Professor of Public Policy.

Programme Certificate

On successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a certificate in Public Policy from ISB Executive Education.

Sample Certificate

Note: All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of ISB Executive Education.

Early applications encouraged. Limited seats are available.

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