IIMB announces admission to PG in Public Policy and Management

PGPPM is one of the initiatives of IIMB in developing policy professionals and public systems managers in the government sector. It has been a successful engagement with the government and is supported by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) of the Government of India. IIMB with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of India (DoPT) had established the Centre for Public Policy (CPP) in the year 2000.

The Centre for Public Policy at IIMB has emerged as a think tank of public policy professionals. CPP has been following multi-pronged strategy of excellence in research and scholarship, education and training. PGPPM is one of its strategic initiatives.   

PGPPM has the distinct advantage of being a public policy programme offered from a management school. The participants stand to gain from exposure to faculty from various management disciplines and also have the advantage of taking electives from the other management programmes of IIMB.

They learn not only technical and analytical skills and but also soft skills in the areas of leadership, communication and organisational behaviour. The programme also
encourages specialisation in a public policy area.  

The course was initially started for mid-career officers from the All India and Central Services. It is being extended to candidates from outside the government also, as it was felt there is large segment of people from think tanks and NGOs, PSUs and utilities, regulatory agencies, and private sector operating in infrastructure, communication and social sectors, who would stand to gain from this programme.

The boundaries between public and private sectors have got blurred with Public Private Partnerships. It is proposed to select 20 to 25 participants from the open candidates category and 30 from the government.  

The class comprises government officials as well as students from non-government sectors facilitating a free exchange of ideas and cross learning. This strategy is also in line with the global model of delivery of public policy programmes in leading schools.  

There is also a component of international immersion. In this module, the students gain international exposure and perspective on public policy at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in New York.  

In addition to course work and guest lectures, a very important aspect of the PGPPM is the master level dissertation to be undertaken on a public policy issue. Over the years the programme has built a huge repertoire of studies on public policy and public systems themes undertaken by these participants.  Last date for submission of applications is December 24.

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