Takshashila PGP - Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the ideal candidate for the PGP?

PGP is specially designed for working professionals who are currently working in or aim to transition to jobs in the public policy space. An ideal candidate has a few years of work-experience and is passionate about learning public policy.

What are the entry requirements?

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • A minimum work-experience of 2 years

Can people without any work-experience apply for the PGP?

No, one of the eligibility criteria to apply for the PGP is to have at least two years of work-experience in any field.

Can internships be counted toward work-experience?

No, a candidate should have held at least two years of full-time employment before applying to the PGP.

How long is the PGP?

The PGP is a 48-week programme with 3 terms of 14 weeks each.

What is the teaching methodology?

The programme is largely delivered online through live webinars on weekends. In addition to webinars, there will be 4 contact workshops, with each workshop spanning a duration of 3-5 days, over the course of the programme. A workshop will be held at the beginning of each term and the last workshop will be held in the final week of the course.

Is it mandatory to attend all the contact workshops?

Yes, attending all contact workshops is mandatory for all students. Any medical or personal emergencies will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

What will be the content of the contact workshops?

The first three workshops will include lectures by core faculty, guest lectures by prominent policy practitioners, and group exercises on policy analysis, policy simulations and various other topics. In the last workshop, the students will present their dissertations.

Where will the contact workshops be held?

The contact workshops will be held in either Bangalore or New Delhi.

How many hours of work will a student be required to put in per week?

Term I and Term II will have 2-3 live online webinars per week. Each webinar would be for a duration of 90 minutes.

Students will need to spend approximately 10-12 hours per week on doing the readings and the assignments.

Therefore, the total amount of time that a student will be expected to spend over a course of a week would be approximately 15-20 hours.

What is the fees for the PGP? Is there any financial assistance provided?

The rack rate for PGP is INR 1.5 lakhs.

A limited number of financial scholarships are available to meritorious students. The decision regarding this will be taken by the Takshashila Financial Assistance Committee.

Early applicants to the PGP have a higher chance of receiving scholarships.

Students who have successfully completed Takshashila's GCPP qualify for scholarships subject to their academic performance in the course.

Are the costs related to the 4 contact workshops covered in the programme fee?

No, any costs related to the travel and stay for workshops will have to be additionally borne by the students.

Is there any application fee?

Yes. A one-time, non-refundable fee of INR 500 will need to be paid as part of the application.

Which university will award the PGP degree?

The PGP is an independent certificate programme of the Takshashila Institution and is not affiliated to any university.

How is the PGP different from Takshashila’s GCPP?

While the GCPP gives you a flavour of the field of public policy, PGP is an academically rigourous programme that delves deep into the subject matter. PGP is also attuned to the current industry requirements and its curriculum is crafted in consultation with industry experts. Further, the intake to PGP is pegged to committed placements with the programme’s industry partners.

What are the application deadlines?

Admissions to the PGP are on a rolling basis. The last day for applications is 30 November, 2017. Due to the limited number of seats, early applications will have a higher chance of acceptance.

When will the programme begin?

Classes for the second batch of PGP will commence in January 2018.

How do I apply to the programme?

Applicants can visit the following link to apply for the PGP – www.takshashila.org.in/the-takshashila-pgp.

For more details contact Nidhi Gupta at pgp@takshashila.org.in.

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