Nandi Hills, Bangalore, 15-17 November 2019 Students of The Takshashila Institution’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (Defence & Foreign Affairs), GCPP (DFA) programme attended a 3-day residential workshop at the Discovery Village, Nandi Hills. The workshop comprised intense experiential learning delivered through Exercise Amrut, Takshashila’s crisis simulation game. Designed to hone skills such as crisis management, negotiating and decision-making through role-playing, Exercise Amrut is a unique component of the GCPP (DFA) programme.
Under the mentorship of Lt Gen (Dr) Prakash Menon, students deliberated upon complex challenges of international politics such as the Afghanistan peace process and the role of the US in the Indo-Pacific. The role-playing game provides valuable insights into the conduct of policy to achieve strategic objectives.
Conducted three times in a year, the GCPP programme draws students from different professional and educational backgrounds including information technology, journalism, law, finance, academia and government. Students can choose one of three specialisations: Defence & Foreign Affairs, Public Policy and Technology & Policy. Faculty comprises policy practitioners and academic experts from across the world to equip students with the skills needed to build the intellectual foundations of an India with global interests.