The Takshashila Institution launches a pioneering Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy

The Takshashila Institution launches a pioneering Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy

BANGALORE 20 June 2016

The Takshashila Institution launched its new Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy (PGP), at a function held at Taj Vivanta, Bangalore on 20th June 2016.  The event saw Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion by Mr Nitin Pai, Director of the Takshashila Institution.

Introducing the programme, Ms Mazumdar-Shaw spoke about the need for graduates with differentiated skill sets to enter the policy space. She said, “We need an army of policy makers. Every corporation, institution or NGO needs somebody who understands what public policy is about. We need thinkers, writers, doers and planners and they shouldn’t all be encompassed in one person.”

After the keynote address, Ms Nandita Lakshmanan, founder and Chairperson of Practice, Mr Sushant Naik, National Head of Government Affairs at Tata Motors and Mr Manish Sabharwal, Chairman and Co-founder of Teamlease participated in a panel discussion. It focused on the evolution of public policy in India and the impact of bad policies on governance, the private sector and citizens. “Policy is the child of politics and for an understanding of public policies we need to recognise the constraints laid by the political economy,” said Manish Sabharwal, who serves on various state and central government committees on education and employability.

Speaking about the indispensability of understanding public policy to strengthen governance, Nitin Pai, Director of Takshashila Institution, said, “The PGP program does not intend to create jobs or certificates. It is intended to create careers.”

The Takshashila PGP is a first-of-its-kind master’s level programme and is targeted at dynamic individuals who are keen to enter the growing professional sphere of public policy, public affairs, governance and leadership, while pursuing their current occupations. This 48-week programme is delivered through a combination of live online webinars and four contact workshops through the duration of the programme. The PGP faculty features prominent policy experts, such as Dr M Govinda Rao, (Member of the Fourteenth Finance Commission and former Member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council), Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta (President, Centre for Policy Research), Dr Sanjaya Baru (former media advisor to the Prime Minister), Dr C Raja Mohan (head of Carnegie India), Dr Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (FDD, Washington DC), Mr Rahul Sharma (President, Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI)), Mr M R Madhavan (CEO, PRS Legislative Research), etc.

For further details about the PGP, contact Nidhi Gupta, Programme Manager, at pgp at takshashila dot org dot in or drop a note on the website.

About the Takshashila Institution

The Takshashila Institution is an independent, non-partisan think tank and school of public policy located in Bangalore. It is a non-profit institution. Over the past four years, Takshashila has educated over 500 talented individuals in public policy in shorter courses. It partnered Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) in India’s first civic leadership incubator programme (B.CLIP).

Takshashila brings together a number of domain experts in geopolitics, national security, geoeconomics, technology, cyber strategy and urban policy both online and offline.