Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies

The Takshashila Institution is proud to launch a new online certification programme, the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies (GCSS). The GCSS begins on 17 February 2018 and follows the continuing success of the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme, which began in January 2012, and is in its 18th consecutive batch, with over five hundred graduates till date.

Combining the basics of international relations, strategic studies and economics, the GCSS aims to fill the void in the academic discipline of strategic thought in India. The 12-week programme will introduce students to the fundamentals of strategic studies and policy analysis with a focus on Indian statecraft and geopolitics.

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GCSS is an online programme, so participants can join from anywhere in the world, and while working.

The programme is designed with three distinct courses –

  • Course 1 Basics of Strategic Studies – Concepts and Methods
  • Course 2 Arthashastra: Indian Strategic Thought
  • Course 3 Introduction to Policy Analysis

Each course will include readings and videos, along with weekly live webinars and assignments. In addition, students get to attend interactive two 3-day workshops which include lectures and participation in a crisis simulation exercise.


The GCSS is designed and guided by:

Lt. Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, (PVSM, AVSM, VSM), former Commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi. He has served as the Military Adviser and Officer on Special Duty as Secretary to Government of India in the National Security Council Secretariat at New Delhi from 2011 to 2017. He is currently Director, Strategic Studies Programme at the Takshashila Institution.

Nitin Pai, Director and Co-Founder of Takshashila.

The core faculty will comprise experts on Indian strategic thought, western strategic thought, economic reasoning, and policymaking.

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Who Should Take This Course?

The programme is suited for professionals working in defence and security policy formulation, foreign affairs, intelligence, academia journalism, aspirants seeking to enter the same professions and enthusiasts looking to learn more about strategic studies.

Schedule and Structure

The programme consists of a 12-week blended learning programme. Designed to be conducted remotely using an online Learning Management System (LMS).

To successfully complete the programme and receive the certificate, a student must:

  • Complete three courses over 12 weeks
  • Participate in two weekend contact workshops
  • Pass a composite final examination

Students who complete all other requirements but are unable to attend both workshops will receive a Citation of Completion of Studies instead of the certificate. Students can attend workshops with future batches in case they miss one, and receive their certificate with future batches.

Course Fees: Rs 30,000/- plus taxes
For Full-time students: Rs 20,000/- plus taxes
Application fees: Rs. 500/-

Applications for the first batch of the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Studies close on 10 February 2018. The course commences on 17 February 2018.

Learning from the Best

The faculty and guest speakers are drawn from Takshashila’s global network of academic experts, practitioners and experienced professionals. This provides students the opportunity to explore the theoretical, practical and ethical dimensions of issues and challenges that have shaped and continue to shape the geopolitical world.

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The GCSS Programme is not approved by UGC, AICTE or any other government authority. At this time is not officially recognised as a qualification for government employment.

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