Course starts on
February 10, 2024
A 3-month online certification course.
The online certificate course offered by the Center of Policy Research and Governance (CPRG) focuses on equipping learners with a comprehensive understanding of the basics of public policy and governance in India. The course is designed to cater to a diverse audience including students, academics, professionals, and policy enthusiasts. Led by accomplished scholars, bureaucrats, and seasoned practitioners across diverse policy domains, this course seamlessly blends cutting-edge research, theoretical insights, and real-world scenarios to equip learners with tools to understand and evaluate the public policy systems and processes.
Our Core Tenets
By bringing distinguished academicians and policy practitioners within our cohort, we nurture an engaging and empowering learning opportunity for the Indian public.
Our strategy involves designing conversation-based sessions that go beyond the traditional pedagogical model. Learners actively engage, critically question, and test the ideas they encounter during the sessions with domain leaders. These vibrant exchanges foster personalized and profound learning encounters, fostering the growth of fresh ideas.
Stretched over 12 weekends, the course offers learners the flexibility to balance their commitments, be it college or work-related engagements. Typically conducted on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings, the sessions are designed to accommodate diverse schedules. The course entails a weekly commitment of 3-4 hours.
Areas of Study
Over 24 interactive sessions, learners will actively explore the fundamental debates and questions of public policy and governance in India. Moreover, they will have an exceptional opportunity to engage with the practical applications of public policy and develop skills to navigate their own paths in this dynamic space.
Our sessions are intentionally divided into three key areas of study, which are as follows:
Understanding Policy in India, which includes aspects like state capacity, politics of development, political ideologies, economic foundations of public policy, public finance, and representation.
Tools of Policy, which includes aspects like research methods, impact evaluation, and policy case study.
Public Policy in Action, which includes aspects like health, climate, power, education, environment, agriculture, gender, and technology
The course assessment serves as a valuable juncture for learners to pause, reflect, and enhance their grasp of the concepts explored during the sessions. Our mentors will diligently review submitted assignments, offering practical feedback to aid learners on their path.
We welcome learners from diverse academic backgrounds and aim to provide a comprehensive learning experience that caters to individuals with varying levels of prior knowledge and expertise. We expect our candidates to have either completed or are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree.
Mr. Aditya Chopra
Dr. Anustubh Agnihotri
Mr. Arun Goyal
Member of the Central Electricity
Regulatory Commision, IAS’85 Batch
Prof. Badri Narayan
G.B. Pant Social Science Institute
Mr. Chetan Aggarwal
Harvard University Ex-Government of India
Mr. C.K. Mishra
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India
Dr. Disha Sharma
Air Pollution Expert
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Manisha Priyam
National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), New Delhi
Dr. Mrinal Mishra
Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer)
University of Melbourne
Ms. Nidhi Ladha
ESG and Sustainability
Mr. Nitin Mehta
Officer on Special Duty
Dr. Omkar Joshi
External Faculty Affiliate
Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland
Dr. Prakash Jha
Mississippi State University
Mr. Pranav Gupta
University of California at Berkeley
Prof. Rachna Sharma
IIMC, New Delhi
Dr. Rashmi Das
Founder & Promoter
Live Media & Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Rahul Verma
Centre for Policy Research
Dr. Santosh Mehrotra
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Mr. Shahnawaz Khan
Principal Lead, Ecosystems - Google Cloud
Mr. Sharad Vivek Sagar
Founder & CEO
Dr. Shruti Gupta
Senior Training Associate
J-PAL South Asia
Ms. Sohini Mookherjee
Senior Training Manager
J-PAL South Asia
Dr. Sudhir Pratap Singh
Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurugram; IPS '83 Batch
01. Is the course an online course?
Our course is conducted entirely online.
02. Will the online sessions be recorded?
The sessions will be recorded. The cohort will have access to these recordings for a limited period of time.
03. Who can apply for it?
Those who have completed or are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. A typical cohort includes graduate students, doctoral researchers, and working professionals.
04. What is the time commitment needed for the course? Can professionals working in full-time roles pursue this course?
With a commitment of 4-6 hours per week, including live sessions, learners can easily integrate course responsibilities into their routines. The schedule is designed with the learners’ full-time engagements in mind.
05. Do we need any prior knowledge for the course?
No prior knowledge is required. The sessions aim to provide learners with a foundational understanding of policy and governance, accommodating individuals with varying levels of familiarity with the subject.
06. What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is 11:59 PM, Sunday, February 4, 2024. Our rolling application process considers submissions until the deadline or until all spots are filled. Thus, we recommend applying as soon as possible.
07. If my application was previously rejected, will it affect my chances for future cohorts?
Past rejections will not impact your prospects for future cohorts. Each application is assessed independently, and previous rejections will not negatively affect your application for upcoming cohorts. We encourage you to reapply.
08. Will I receive any placement support?
We do not provide placement or internship support as part of the course. Although we do not facilitate placements, a dedicated session on careers and advanced education in public policy will acquaint learners with potential paths to explore.
09. Will I receive a certificate upon completing the course?
Yes, you will receive a certificate upon successfully completing the course.
10. What is the language of instruction?
The sessions and all communications will be delivered in English.