Special Credit Courses


The fee for each Special Credit Course is ₹8,000 + 18% GST.

The course consists of six webinars, three multiple-choice quizzes and one final assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of all these components of the course.



Inside Xi’s China

China’s rise is reshaping the global economy and international relations. In 2017, the country’s leadership proclaimed the beginning of a new era. This it hopes will culminate with China becoming a global leader in terms of composite national strength and international influence. 

However, what is President Xi Jinping’s roadmap to achieve this goal, i.e., what are the drivers for and faultlines along the way of achieving “national rejuvenation”? And what does all this mean for China’s neighbours and the international system at large?

Course Units:

  • The Past as Present: History as a driver of Chinese policy

  • The China Model – Part I (Chinese Political System)

  • The China Model – Part II (The Chinese Economy)

  • Grand Strategy & Chinese foreign policy

  • China’s Approach to National Security

  • Decoding China’s Innovation Quest

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of Xi Jinping’s objective of national rejuvenation

  • Familiarity with the structural makeup of the Chinese Party-state

  • Introduction to elite politics and interests groups that drive public policy

  • An insight into the factors that underpin China’s economic model

  • Understanding of China’s foreign policy and national security objectives

  • Introduction to China’s technology and innovation ecosystem.

The course consists of six webinars, three multiple-choice quizzes and one final assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of all these components of the 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 Ethical Reasoning in Public Policy, Understanding Rohingya Crisis and India’s Migration Policy, Unpacking India’s Government Budgets and Tackling Epidemics in India.


Inside Xi's China

Manoj Kewalramani is Fellow - China Studies at The Takshashila Institution. Manoj has previously worked as a journalist in India and China. His current research revolves around Chinese foreign policy and the geo-politics of new technologies. He also writes a weekly newsletter titled Eye on China, which has fast emerged as the preferred source of China analysis for diplomats and Indian China watchers.


The course design makes it accessible to and useful for a range of individuals, including professionals dealing with strategic affairs, journalists, students of political science and international affairs along with individuals working in China or with Chinese enterprises and even those who are simply interested to learn more about the country.


Webinar schedule:

  • 17th Feb (Mon): 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
  • 19th Feb (Wed): 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
  • 24th Feb (Mon): 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
  • 02nd Mar (Mon): 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
  • 04th Mar (Wed):  08:00 PM to 09:30 PM
  • 09th Mar (Mon): 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM

Q- Do I need to attend all webinars to get the certificate?
A- Yes, you have to attend all the webinars.  The course consists of six webinars, three multiple-choice quizzes and one final assignment. Students will receive a certificate on successful completion of all these components of the course.

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 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 enrol for the course.

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.

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 48 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.


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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