The second cohort of the Takshashila Institution’s Post-Graduate Programme (PGP) in Public Policy met for the first contact workshop between 24 to 28 January 2018 at St. Mark’s Hotel, Bengaluru.
The first workshop comprised five days of intensive learning through lectures delivered by core course faculty and eminent guests. The participants attended sessions on foundational microeconomic principles, the constitutional structure in India, the fundamentals of public policy, electoral and judicial reforms, the relationship between India and the US, liberal nationalism, and the interplay between civil society, markets, and the State.
The second cohort of the PGP has 21 students drawn from a rich variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of work experience. It includes individuals who work in leadership positions at large corporate houses and civil society organisations. Participants also include political consultants, lawyers, and consultants working with governments.
The faculty teaching at the workshop included Dr. Rajeev Gowda, academician and politician, current member of the Rajya Sabha; Rohini Nilekani, philanthropist and co-founder of Pratham Books and Arghyam; M R Madhavan, President and co-founder of PRS Foundation; Ashwin Mahesh, social technologist and former national vice-president of the Lok Satta Party; Prem Panicker, journalist and founder of The Peepli Project; Sadanand Dhume, writer and journalist, and a Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI); and Surya Prakash, Fellow and Programme Director at Daksh.
The workshop will be followed by live online webinars on a wide range of subjects, taught by domain experts over the coming weeks. The next workshop of the PGP will be held in May 2018.
About the Takshashila PGP
The Takshashila PGP brings together policy practitioners and academics from across the world. The programme is academically rigorous and attuned to the current requirements of industry, media, social sector and politics. Over a duration of 48 weeks, the PGP equips participants with a core set of skills in policy evaluation, economic reasoning, effective communication and public persuasion. Its emphasis is on how these skills can be applied to formulate and analyse policies in a variety of settings. The PGP comprises lectures, exercises and experiential learning experiences with some of the most eminent academics, journalists and practitioners in the public policy sphere.