Special Credit Courses


The fee for each Special Credit Course is ₹8,000 + 18% GST.
The fee covers expenses for accessing Takshashila Institution’s Learning Management Suite which includes curated readings, in-house frameworks and webinars.

Students will be eligible for the certificate if they complete an online assignment at the end of series.

Each course carries 2 credits or 30 hours of learning.

Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy

Course Units:

  • Foundations
  • Problem solving
  • The Trolley Problem
  • The Contractor Problem
  • The Value of Life
  • Draupadi’s Question
  • Maternity Leave
  • Pre-emptive war
  • The slum clearance dilemma

Webinar schedule:

– Saturday, 23rd Nov- 14:00 – 15:30
– Saturday, 30th Nov- 14:00- 15:30
– Saturday, 7 Dec – 11:30 – 13:00
– Saturday, 14 Dec – 11:30 – 13:00

The course consists of four webinars and one final exam assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of their selected course.


Special Credit Courses help participants go beyond the news cycle and get to the heart of complex topics. It is a 2-4 week online series designed to provide a nuanced take on one ongoing policy issue. Participants dive deep into a current topic through live webinars with experts and comprehensive readings on the topic.

The series is designed such that it can be taken from anywhere and by anyone. The series creates an opportunity to start a conversation between smart minds and experts from across the world. In doing so, it helps create intelligent citizens, practitioners and policymakers. The previous programmes were on Understanding Xi Jinping’s China: An Indian Perspective, Understanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy, Unpacking India’s Government Budgets and Tackling Epidemics in India.


Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy

Nitin Pai is co-founder and director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy. His current research includes the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific; defence economics and the politics of radically networked societies. He teaches international relations and public policy at Takshashila’s graduate programmes.


Anyone who has a keen interest in philosophy, is studying philosophy or is interested in how ethics play out in public policy.


Webinar schedule:

– Saturday, 23rd Nov- 14:00 – 15:30
– Saturday, 30th Nov- 14:00- 15:30
– Saturday, 7 Dec – 11:30 – 13:00
– Saturday, 14 Dec – 11:30 – 13:00


Q- Do I need to attend all webinars to get the certificate?
A- No, you do not have to attend all the webinars. We will provide recordings of the webinar after the live session. You will be eligible for the certificate only if you successfully complete the assignment at the end of the Cogitatum. This assignment will be in the form of a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) or an essay question. That said, we strongly insist that you do not skip any webinars in order to extract maximum value.

Q- Are the Special Credit Courses just a set of webinars?
A- No, as a part of Special Credit Courses, you will also be added to a Flock Team where you can cogitate i.e. you can reflect, comment, and interact with the fellow students and faculty even after the webinars. All readings will also be posted here.
Once you have completed the admission process, you will get an e-mail with the details on how to access Flock.

Q- Can this series be taken by someone without being familiar with the topic?
A- Yes, we have designed the Special Credit Courses such that the students do not need a background on the topic. Anyone interested in the topic can cogitate.

Q- How will the series be taught?
A- The Special Credit Courses will be held completely online. The live webinars by our faculty will serve as pointers to help you explore more about the topic under discussion. At the end of the Cogitatum participants will have to complete an online assignment to be eligible for the certificate.

Q- What happens after the webinars are over? 
A- You remain a part of the Flock Team and you can continue the discussions on the topic with the fellow students and the experts. You will also continue to have access to the readings shared on the topic.

Q- Will I have access to any learning material?
A- Yes, you would be provided reading material after every webinar to help you dig deeper on the topic covered in the webinar. The reading material will mostly be in the form of one to two online readings like research papers, articles etc.

Q- Whom do I contact with my doubts about the Special Credit Courses?
Please write to: scc@takshashila.org.in

We will get back to you within 24 hours of receiving your query.


The full programme fee for individuals is INR 8,000 (plus GST). Fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

All the mandatory categories in the application form must be filled in order for an application to be considered. Further details are provided in the application form.

Your application will be considered only after we receive your application with payment.

Anyone can take this course, as long as you are able to attend all the webinars, complete the quiz and assignment on time.


Kajari Kamal

Dr. Kajari Kamal is a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hyderabad. She holds a postgraduate in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Anirudh Kanisetti

Anirudh is a Research Analyst with Takshashila’s Technology and Policy programme.
An engineer by training, Anirudh holds a degree in Electronics and Instrumentation with a minor in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics from BITS Pilani (Goa).

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Manoj Kewalramani

Manoj Kewalramani is Fellow-China Studies at The Takshashila Institution.
Prior to joining Takshashila, Manoj spent 11 years working as a journalist in India and China, where he also helped set up digital newsrooms and train young journalists.

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Lt General (Dr) Prakash Menon

Lt. Gen. (Retd) Prakash Menon is the Director of the Strategic Studies Programme. He is also Professor Emeritus at Trans Disciplinary University (TDU), Bangalore and Adjunct Professor, National Institution of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

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