November 07, 2011


Overview | Curriculum | Course Outlines | Faculty | Administration & Fees | Application Form | FAQ

As economic growth propels India towards becoming a middle-income country over the next decade, it is imperative that its structures, processes and ideas of governance keep pace. Closing the governance gap requires talented individuals to be equipped with the right ideas, competencies and networks.

Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP) programme aims to equip dynamic Indians with knowledge, skills and exposure to public policy.

The 12 week course provides a firm understanding of the fundamentals of public policy and governance and enable participants to apply them in their professional lives and political discourse. The programme is designed to prepare participants to better engage in the public arena, as analysts, public officials, leaders or indeed, as active citizens.

Download the Prospectus.

Outcomes that matter
The GCPP Programme equips students with the knowledge of the policymaking process and the factors that influence it. They will acquire skills required to analyse policy in their own context and apply this understanding to their personal, professional and political goals.

Learning from the best
The faculty is drawn from Takshashila’s international network of academic experts, practitioners and experienced professionals, making for an innovative, exciting and inspiring curriculum that both addresses the basics of the discipline as well as teaches skills that can be readily applied while engaging in public affairs.

Who should take this course
The GCPP Programme is primarily designed for citizens who want to take an active, more informed role in public affairs. It is open to qualifying individuals from any sector, discipline or occupation. The programme meets the needs of those engaging in, or seeking to engage in a broad range of professions ranging from the media, civil service, non-government organisations, law, advocacy, regulatory affairs and international business.

Individuals and organisations engaged in consulting, social services, public health, economic development and international development will benefit from this programme.

A small number of junior studentships is available for promising undergraduate students who can add value to the class.

The GCPP Programme consists of a 12 week blended learning programme. Most of the course will be conducted remotely using an online Learning Management System.

To successfully complete the course a student must:

  1. Complete the two core modules
  2. Either complete the elective or work on a policy research project of their own choice
  3. Participate in the two weekend contact workshops. (For the Jan 2012 pilot intake: Students who are unable to attend these workshops for a genuine reason may apply for either deferment or opt to receive a Citation of Completion of Studies instead of the full GCPP.
  4. Pass a composite final examination.

Application Deadline: 7 November 2011

Course Commences: 9 January 2012

Disclaimer: The GCPP Programme is not approved by UGC, AICTE or any other government authority. At this time is not officially recognised as a qualification for government employment.

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