Fundamentals of Public Policy

“From a Circle of Intellectuals to a Public Serving Think Tank”

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As part of our commitment to nurture young talent and promote their active participation in public policy and politics, CPRG conducts an eight-week online certificate course – Fundamentals of Public Policy. The course enables students, academics, and working professionals to develop a comprehensive understanding of the basics of public policy and governance in India. The course is taught by leading scholars, practitioners, and bureaucrats working on a wide range of policy domains in India.
After the completion of the course, the students will be able to:

  • 1. Identify and describe the diverse foundational public policy processes in India through a multidisciplinary lens.
  • 2. Interpret the public policy developments in the country by discerning the different elements involved.
  • 3. Analyse different policies by evaluating the building blocks of the policy.

Course outline

Every edition of the course usually covers the following themes-

  • 1. State capacity, public institutions, and bureaucracy
  • 2. Governance
  • 3. Politics of Development
  • 4. Economic Foundations of public policy
  • 5. Representation and accountability: Issues of caste, gender, and religion
  • 6. Policy Evaluation
  • 7. Research methods
  • 8. Health and education
  • 9. Gender policy
  • 10. Environment and climate change policy
  • 11. Careers in public policy

Past and current faculty

Dr.Anustubh Agnihotri
Assistant Professor, Ashoka University
Prof. Badri Narayan
Director, G.B. Pant Social Science Institute
Mr. Chetan Aggarwal
MPA Candidate, Harvard University/Ex-Government of India
Dr. Disha Sharma
Air Pollution Expert, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Dr. Mrinal Mishra
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Zurich
Mr. Nitin Mehta
OSD, Prasar Bharati
Dr. Omkar Joshi
External Faculty Affiliate, Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland
Mr. Onkar Gopal Marathe
OSD, Ministry of Education, Government of India
Mr. Pranav Gupta
Ph.D. Candidate, University of California at Berkeley
Dr. Rahul Verma
Fellow, Centre for Policy Research
Dr. Rashmi Das
Founder & Promoter, Live Media & Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Dr. Santosh Mehrotra
Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Sharad Vivek Sagar
Founder & CEO, Dexterity Global

Fees and Financial Aid

  • Fees: Rs. 10,000/-
  • Limited need-based financial aid is available. Further instructions will be shared with applicants who have been shortlisted and had opted for financial aid in the application form.
  • Fees once paid are non-refundable.


The course has been intentionally designed to accommodate the full-time engagements of the cohort. Live sessions are conducted every Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

The upcoming cohort is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 10, 2023.

“A rigorous understanding of the basics of public policy offered by the course enabled me to acknowledge, understand and analyze the most mundanely talked about issues of our country such as representation, accountability, and stakeholders’ consensus through a very context-sensitive lens. The sessions encouraged exponential learning and triggered minds to analyze, furthering efficient interactions during the course.”
– Prata Goyal
“Choosing “Fundamentals of Public Policy” by CPRG has been the best choice for me. (For) Someone like me who is completely new to the field of Public Policy, this course helped me get first-hand experience of how various government functionaries work via direct conversation with stakeholders working in these departments. It has indeed been a wonderful learning experience for me.”
– Ankit Kumar Gupta
“It was a comprehensive and informative program that delved into the intricacies of policy-making at various levels of government. The coursework covered various topics, including policy analysis, implementation, evaluation, and the political and social factors that influence policy decisions. The instructors were experts in their respective fields and provided engaging lectures, practical examples, and constructive feedback on assignments. The course also provided networking and collaboration opportunities with fellow students from diverse backgrounds who had different perspectives on policy issues.”
– Shreni Jani


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Apply Now

  • Our course is open to full-time students (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students) and working professionals.
  • Candidates are required to submit the registration form. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further steps.
  • We are accepting applications for our June – July 2023 edition on a rolling basis till May 31, 2023. We have limited seats.
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