Each semester will consist of 16 credits for Core Courses and 8 credits for Allied Courses
Core Courses: There are 14 core courses and a dissertation in the final semester. These courses focus on the fundamentals of public policy in India and draws from different subject areas of Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, History and Communicative English.
Allied Courses: The Allied Courses focus on the essential skills required to become a successful policy professional. The skills imparted include communicating effectively, quantitative and data analysis techniques, policy analysis, media strategy, and political campaigning.
Dissertation and Internship: The final semester includes a Master’s dissertation thesis and an internship. The dissertation is an academic paper involving in-depth research into a policy topic that the students will work on through the semester.
The internship or attachment is meant to provide students exposure to public policy in practice. Whether they decide to work in a think-tank as analysts or as a campaign manager for a politician, the internship will prove to be an enriching experience.
The public policy curriculum was developed under the aegis of a distinguished board of studies. This includes Dr. M Govinda Rao, Member of 14th Finance Commission, and former member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India. The board also included Mr. Ravichandar, of Bangalore City Connect and a member of the former BBMP Restructuring Committee, who has played a catalytic role behind many innovations in the city. It also includes faculty from Mount Carmel College, the Takshashila Institution, Janaagraha, Namma Bengaluru Foundation and Bangalore University.