The Takshashila Institution launches Post-Graduate Programme in Public Policy

July 1, 2016

The Takshashila Institution launched its Post-Graduate Programme in Public Policy (PGP), at a function held at the India International Centre, New Delhi. The event saw Mr Nitin Pai, Director of the Takshashila Institution, deliver the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion on the topic of Emerging Careers in Public Policy.

The panel consisted of Mr Sanjaya Baru, media advisor to the former Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, Shri Rajeev Gowda, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Mr Rakesh Thukral, Managing Director of Edelman India, and Mr T S Vishwanath, founding member of the Public Affairs Forum of India. The discussion focused on the scope of public policy professionals in the international landscape.

Mr Baru, spoke about the various fields that require graduates with policy training. He said, “There is a new generation of youngsters who are willing to dive into public policy and forge a career in it.” Shri Rajeev Gowda spoke about how decision-makers in the government need implementable research. “Researchers working with a MP need to understand issues, prepare talking points and do analysis in real time,” he explained. It has now become common practice for political parties to include interns trained in public policy. It is not government alone but also industries, social sector organizations and corporates that require public policy professionals. Mr T S Vishwanath pointed out, “Public affairs has moved away from being just about lobbying to engaging professionally with various stakeholders.”

The PGP is a 48-week course crafted specifically for working professionals to address the growing need of trained public policy professionals in India. The course is delivered through a combination of webinars, online self study and group study by eminent faculty such as C.Raja Mohan, M. Govinda Rao, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Sanjay Baru and Rajeev Gowda among others. There are deep scholarships offered for the pioneering batch of the PGP.

For further details, contact Nidhi Gupta at pgp@takshashila.org.in.

About the Takshashila Institution

The Takshashila Institution is an independent, non-partisan think tank on India’s strategic affairs and public policy, registered in Chennai and with offices in Bangalore. It has pioneered modern public policy education in India through its graduate programme targeted at working professionals in the media, politics, NGOs and the corporate sector. Takshashila conducts policy research in a number of policy domains, supports an active community of bloggers and has been publishing Pragati—The Indian National Interest Reviewa monthly magazine on public affairs since April 2007.

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Audience at the launch of the PGP in Public Policy, at IIC Delhi