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STARTS ON November 30, 2023 Application Deadline: September 27, 2023
DURATION 12 weeks Online Recorded Video Lectures (5 hours/ week)
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ELIGIBILITY Any Graduate/ Diploma holder
STARTS ON November 30, 2023 Application Deadline: September 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.

Programme Highlights

Pre-Recorded Videos for Self-paced Learning from Top 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

Note: ISB faculty will not be a part of weekly live sessions or any other live interaction in this programme. We have a curated panel of eminent industry practitioners who will be conducting the weekly live doubt-clearing sessions.
The final number of quizzes, assignments and discussions will be confirmed closer to the programme start.
The programme highlights presented above are approximate, and subject to change depending on the availability and expertise of the teaching faculty, as well as the programme's desired outcomes.
*Assignments are graded either by industry practitioners who are available to support participants in their learning journey and/or by the Emeritus grading team.


Mitali Ghosh

General Manager, Marketing Communication-Jakson Group | AGM, Government Relations and Marketing Communication-ReNew Power

The real time examples were very helpful to understand the subject better and served best to achieve the objective of the program. Prof. Chhatre is very passionate in his explanations on each and every line item covered in the various modules and that has what made me excited about the whole program too. I am delighted and obliged to hear him.

Ritwik Kumar

Regional Head- Sales (Chief Manager- l)-ICICI Bank | Chief Manager-IDFC FIRST Bank

The case studies as they gave an insight to a non policy student like me into the realities of the ground.
The programme has helped me understand the nuances of Public Policy Formations, the act, rules and laws that it needs to undergo before the actual launch. I am thankful to Professor- Ashwini Chhatre, Indian School of Business for helping understand the deep complexities behind these policies which are rolled out by the government for the public benefit.

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

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

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 organisations' public policy decisions or liaise with the government externally,and are interested in public policy trends.

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.

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 Modules

  • Context in Which Policies are Formulated
  • Instruments of Public Policy: Policy
  • Instruments of Public Policy: Laws and Acts
  • Instruments of Public Policy: Ordinances
  • Instruments of Public Policy: Rules
  • Instruments of Public Policy: Orders
  • Instruments of Public Policy: Notifications
  • Means of Engagement
  • Institutions of State: Legislature
  • System of Parliamentary Standing Committees
  • Institution of State: Executive (Elected Executive and the Permanent Bureaucracy)
  • Institutions of State: Judiciary
  • Statutory Constitutional Authorities: Election Commission, Finance Commission, and CAG
  • Special Provisions: Schedule V and VI
  • Special Provisions: 73rd and 74th Amendments
  • Special Provisions: Article 370A
  • 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
  • The Budget Process
  • Sources of Government Expenditure
  • Sources of Government Revenue
  • Deficit Finance and Monetary Policy
  • Macroeconomics Policy: Balancing Unemployment and Inflation
  • Money Supply and Credit
  • Ease of Doing Business
  • Successes: Election Commission and Green Revolution
  • Successes: Immunisation and Biometric Identity
  • Partial Successes: Land Reforms and Decentralisation
  • Partial Successes: Environmental Protection
  • Failures: Primary Health and Nutrition
  • Failures: Primary Education and Justice
  • COVID Stories: PPE Kits, Food Distribution and Migrant Labour
  • Defense of Territory
  • Economic Development
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Safety Nets
  • Social Mobilisation
  • Global Cooperation
  • Introduction to Economic Reforms: Life Under License Raj
  • Reform Efforts Through 1980s and the BoP Crisis
  • Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation in 1991
  • Government Intervention in Agricultural Markets
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Debt Finance
  • Viability Gap Funding
  • Build Operate Lease Transfer (BOLT) Model
  • Equity Partnership (Land Pooling)
  • eGovernance
  • eTaal Dashboard
  • eKYC for Private Services
  • Direct Benefit Transfer
  • Land Records
  • Digital Payments (UPI, FASTag, IMPS)
  • The New Era of "Gov-Tech" or Government Technology
  • What is Impact Evaluation?
  • Counterfactual Analysis
  • Randomised Control Trials (RCTs)
  • Difference in Differences (DD) or Quasi-Experimental Methods
  • Regression Discontinuity
  • Muddling Through
  • Absense of Evidence
  • Multi Causality
  • Ecological Fallacy
  • Why are Problems 'Wicked'?
  • Complex Adaptive Social Systems
  • Complex Adaptive Social Systems: Emergent Phenomena
  • Policy Challenge and Response
  • Policy as 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.

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

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  • 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.

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.

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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.

Early applications encouraged. Limited seats are available.

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