Graduate Certificate in Technology and Policy (GCTP)

Programme Fee:  33,000/- excluding 18% GST
Application fees:  500/-

Spring cohort: January – April
Application deadline: 17 January 2019
Programme: 26 January – 13 April 2019

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To know about our scholarships, please check the Fees and Application Process tab.

Apply by 21 December, 2018 and get a 10% fee waiver. 

The rapidly expanding technology sector in India holds the promise of pulling the country out of poverty and will be a key factory in determining the path for India’s progress. The sector has grown to an extent that it is now intricately enmeshed with politics and policy.

The Graduate Certificate in Technology and Policy (GCTP) is for those who wish to understand the political economy of technology. Participants will be equipped to navigate the rapidly evolving technology ecosystem so as to capitalise on the opportunities while managing the risks.

Through networked self-study, lectures, and interactive discussions, students will gain a sound knowledge of policy analysis frameworks and tools along with a firm understanding of the relationship between technology, economy, society and governance.

The GCTP is largely delivered online allowing students to participate and learn from anywhere and while working in full-time positions. In addition to the online components, there will also be two mandatory contact workshops.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

The programme comprises of three modules:

  • Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy of Technology
  • Governance frameworks for Technology

Each course will include readings and videos, along with live webinars and written assignments. In addition, students must attend two contact workshops (in Bangalore, India) which include guest lectures and participation in a policy simulation exercise.

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

  • Complete the three courses
  • Participate in the two contact workshops, and
  • 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 GCTP certificate. Students who are unable to attend a workshop can attend it with three subsequent future cohorts. They will receive their GCTP certificate with such future cohort.

FEE AND APPLICATION PROCESS

The full programme fee for individuals is INR 33,000 (plus GST). A limited number of financial scholarships are available for talented individuals. Separate scholarships are also available for students enrolled in full-time programmes at other universities. Fees, once paid, are non-refundable. Students have the chance to defer their admission to three subsequent batches without incurring any additional financial costs.

Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis, and early applicants will get an early bird waiver and will also have a significant advantage in availing scholarships.

All the mandatory categories in the application form must be filled in order for an application to be considered. This includes a statement of purpose and an essay on a public policy issue of interest to the applicant. Further details are provided in the application form.

A non-refundable application fee of INR 500 is charged at the time of applying. Your application will be considered only after we receive this application fee.

Eligibility
A bachelor’s degree in any discipline. While the course is not maths-intensive, 10th standard (or equivalent) level of mathematical skills is necessary. The course will be conducted and assessed in English.

SHOULD YOU APPLY?

Our students represent diverse backgrounds in terms of languages, experiences, passions, and talents. Here’s what they all have in common:

  • Individuals who want to take an interest to play an active and more informed role in influencing the governance of technology.
  • Commitment to learning and active participation.
  • A record reflecting a strong work ethic, drive for excellence, and self-motivation.
  • Strong written and oral English skills. English will be the language of instruction for the programme.
  • A strong collaborative spirit and a positive attitude.

The programme meets the needs of all those who engage with the technology ecosystem. Those who stand to benefit from the programme include technology entrepreneurs, researchers in science and technology, investors, policymakers, technology lawyers, senior management professionals in IT services companies, technology accountants, etc.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Is the course recognised/approved by UGC/AICTE and other Union or State government bodies?
A. No. We have not sought approval from any government body. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality education possible to candidates who seek it.

What this means is that the GCTP might not be considered a valid qualification for employment/career advancement within the services of the Government of India and other State governments.

Q. Do you do placements?
A. No. The programme is primarily targeted at individuals who are engaged in or wish to engage in public affairs

Q. What are the fees I am expected to pay?
A. The fees include INR 500 as a one-time application fee (non-refundable and to be paid while submitting the application form) and INR 33,000 (excluding 18% GST) for the course (to be paid after admission has been granted).

Once paid, the course fee is non-refundable. A student can, however, defer admission to the course to the subsequent three batches without incurring any additional cost.

Q. Can I apply for financial support?
A. It is recommended that applicants seek financial support only if they cannot take the course without it. There will be a limited number of scholarships to enable deserving candidates to take the course.

An applicant seeking financial support will be asked to provide reasons why such financial support should be extended to them. If their application is shortlisted for admission and financial support, they might also be asked to provide further information and supporting documents.

Please note that financial support is by no means guaranteed. Students who receive financial support are liable to pay the full fees in case they do not complete the course with satisfactory performance.

Q. What sort of work experience do you expect candidates to possess?
A. Those with 3 years or more of work experience in any discipline, but especially in the technology entrepreneurship ecosystem, government, media, civil society organisations, and business and corporate management, are well placed to take advantage of what the course has to offer. However, those with fewer years of work experience and even full-time undergraduate students are welcome to apply.

Q. Do students need to be based in India?
A. No. Students need not be based in India. The GCTP is largely conducted online, except for two mandatory contact workshops, which will take place in Bangalore. A student’s physical presence will be required for these workshops.

Q. Can this course be taken by someone without being familiar with computers and/or without an internet connection?
A. No. Students must have basic familiarity with computers and have a decent internet connection (preferably a broadband connection of 256kbps or higher).

Q. Do I need to mail mark sheets and other documents during the application process?
A. No. Students are not expected to mail in documents at the time of application. However, the Takshashila Institution reserves the right to require all applicants to provide documents to support their educational qualifications and employment history.

Q. I am a full-time undergraduate. Can I apply for the GCTP?
A. Yes. Dynamic young undergraduate students from any discipline looking to purse a career in technology, particularly technology entrepreneurship, are encouraged to apply for the GCTP. A few scholarships will also be available to deserving undergraduate candidates. It should be noted, however, that all students of the GCTP will be subject to the same curriculum.

Undergraduate students will receive a Certificate in Technology and Policy if they have not yet received their bachelor's degree at the time of completion of the programme. This can be converted into a Graduate Certificate in Technology and Policy once they have completed their graduation.

Q. Are the two Weekend Policy Workshops mandatory?
A. Yes, they are mandatory. However, students who are unable to attend the contact workshops can request for deferment after providing adequate reasons for their inability to attend and participate in the workshops. They can then defer to complete the workshop component with a future cohort. Such deferment is only valid up to three subsequent offerings of the programme.

Students who complete all other requirements other than the contact workshops will receive a Citation of Completion of Studies. This can be converted into the full Graduate Certificate in Technology and Policy once they complete the two contact workshops within the stipulated deferment period. This flexibility has been provided to ensure that the course is accessible to working professionals who must balance work and family commitments with their studies.

Q. When are the Weekend Policy Workshops scheduled?
A. Tentatively, the Weekend Policy Workshops are scheduled for the fourth and ninth weekends of the course. This might be shifted depending on public holidays and other considerations. The students will always be informed in advance of any change in the dates for the workshops.

Q. Where will the Weekend Policy Workshops be held?
A. The venues for the Weekend Policy Workshops are usually Bangalore. The first workshop is conducted within the city while the second workshop will be conducted outside the city as a residential retreat.

Q. When and where will weekly classes be held?
A. Classes will be held online as interactive webinars on weekends, typically Saturdays. It is recommended that students keep 4-5 hours of their Saturdays free over the duration of the programme.

Q. Will some classes be held on weekdays?
A. There could be occasional webinars that are scheduled on weeknights, depending on the availability of guest speakers and faculty. Such webinars are usually scheduled to commence after 7:30 PM IST. Scheduling of such weeknight webinars will be kept to a minimum.

Q. How much time does a student need to set aside a week for coursework?
A. It is recommended that a student set aside around 7-10 hours per week to complete the readings and essential coursework. That said, each student has a unique pace so this is only an indicative benchmark to enable students to budget their time. See this survey for more information.

Faculty

Rahul Matthan

Rahul Matthan is a Fellow with Takshashila’s Technology & Policy Research Programme.
Rahul is a partner with Trilegal and heads its TMT practice. He currently serves on the management committee of the firm.

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Shambhavi Naik

Shambhavi Naik is a Research Fellow with Takshashila’s Technology and Policy programme.
Shambhavi has a Ph.D in Cancer Biology from University of Leicester, UK and over 3 years of experience as a PostDoctoral Fellow at NCBS and InStem, Bangalore.

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Saurabh Chandra

Saurabh Chandra is a technology entrepreneur with an interest in public policy. He is an alumnus of Takshashila and the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi.

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