CPPR-APPE Webinar | How is Public Policy Education Relevant for the Country and Its Citizens

Event Start Date:
May 14, 2024
Event End Date:
May 14, 2024
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Association for Public Policy Education (APPE), in collaboration with Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), is organising a panel discussion on “How is Public Policy Education Relevant for the Country and Its Citizens?” on 6 April 2024 from 4 to 5 PM on Zoom.


Role of Public Policy Schools in India

Public policy schools play a crucial role in shaping the future of governance, public administration, and policymaking. Overall, public policy schools serve as hubs for education, research, and engagement, playing a critical role in advancing the theory and practice of public policy and governance. Public policy schools in India provide education and training to individuals interested in pursuing careers in government, non-profit organisations, international institutions, and the private sector.
In India, few universities/institutes offer a degree programme in Masters of Arts in Public Policy; additionally, thinktanks and organisations provide various programmes like Public Policy, Design & Management, Graduate Certificate in Public Policy certificates and diploma programmes. There are also online short-term courses and degree programmes which are made accessible for students and professionals across the world. These schools equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective policymaking and implementation from the Indian context. Think tanks also have their own policy academies that provide public policy courses.
Policymaking requires an interdisciplinary approach for the governance of a country like India. Public policy schools foster collaboration between scholars and practitioners from various fields, including economics, political science, sociology, law, education and public health. This interdisciplinary approach helps in generating innovative solutions to complex problems and promoting holistic policymaking.
The public policy schools in India also conduct research on various policy issues through their policy labs, initiatives and centres, ranging from urban, gender, security, technology, healthcare and education to economic development and environmental sustainability. Through empirical research and analysis, they contribute to the development of evidence-based policies and solutions to address complex societal challenges.
Additionally, public policy schools play a crucial role in building the capacity of governments and organisations to design, implement, and evaluate policies effectively. They offer training programmes, workshops, and seminars for policymakers and practitioners to enhance their skills and knowledge in areas such as policy design and management, policy analysis, policy evaluation, and policy communications.  
Above all, the schools pioneer in public service values by emphasising the importance of “Public in Public policy” by keeping citizens at the centre of policymaking. The life at the schools aims to promote ethical leadership, transparency, and accountability in governance and encourage individuals to pursue careers that contribute to the public good and to also recognise the role of markets in solving societal problems.
As more public policy schools are incubated, the Association for Public Policy Education (APPE) members are committed to advancing and strengthening the discipline and practice of public policy in India by leveraging the strength of the public policy schools and institutions in India. 
The webinar aims to facilitate conversations with the key stakeholders in the following areas: 
1) Why is public policy education vital to address governance challenges and improve government efficiency in India? 
2) How are institutions contributing to equipping public policy leaders?
3) How is public policy education relevant for the country and its citizens?


Date: 6 April 2024
Time: 4 to 5 PM IST
Platform: Zoom



Professor Anupam Manur
Assistant Professor at the Takshashila Institution
Anupam Manur is an Assistant Professor at the Takshashila Institution. He was previously working as a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, after completing his Masters in International Business (Economics) from Lancaster University. His research interests lie at the intersection of economics, technology, and public policy.
He is currently working on platform economics, India’s ongoing jobs crisis, digital payments, and the New World Order. He has published several editorials in the Mint, Financial Express, The Hindu, NDTV, Scroll, Deccan Herald, Bloomberg Quint, AsiaGlobal Online and others. He has also edited three books published by the Takshashila Institution Press. Anupam teaches economic reasoning and macroeconomics in all of Takshashila’s public policy programmes and is responsible for designing the curriculum for the educational programmes.



Dr Parth J Shah
Dean and FA Hayek Professor of Spontaneous Order, Indian School of Public Policy
Parth J. Shah is the founder president of Centre for Civil Society and the founder of National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), a federation of 80,000 budget private schools in India. Dr. Shah’s research and advocacy work focuses on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property rights approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish).
He has edited and published extensively in international and Indian journals and popular press on various issues ranging from currency regulation to education policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University, and has taught at the University of Michigan. He has been a visiting faculty at JNU and MS University and has served on the Senate of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh and of Tamil Nadu. He has been a member of several state and union government task forces, including the education task force of the governments of Delhi and Karnataka. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the Atlas Network, USA.



Professor Sudarshan Ramaswamy
Dean and Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O.P. Jindal Global University
Prof. R. Sudarshan has had distinguished careers in the domains of research, development programming and governance. After he obtained a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics he was elected to a Rhodes scholarship. He joined Balliol College, University of Oxford, and obtained a Master’s degree in Politics in 1977. He was elected to a research fellowship at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, where he studied judicial review of economic legislation by the Supreme Court of India, specializing in the interface of law and economics. In 1983 he was a visiting scholar in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.
In 1984 he served in the Ford Foundation’s South Asia Office in New Delhi as Assistant Representative and Program Officer for Human Rights and Social Justice. In 1991 he joined the UNDP in India as Senior Economist and Assistant Representative for Governance and Public Policy. In 2000 he served UNDP in Jakarta as its Senior Governance Advisor. In 2002 he was appointed Policy Advisor for Justice and Governance in the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. In 2005, he was transferred to the UNDP Asia-Pacific Centre in Bangkok, where he was Regional Policy Advisor for Governance, Human Rights, Rule of Law, Justice, and Legal Reforms.
In 2012 he joined the O.P. Jindal Global (Institution of Eminence Deemed To Be University) as the founding Dean of the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy. He has an impressive track record of publications comprising books, articles, and UN policy reports, reflecting his inter-disciplinary research, teaching and policy experience in development programmes, human development, law, governance, institutions and policy.


Association for Public Policy Education (APPE) is meant for promoting public policy education in India. Association aims for the development of the public policy discipline and practice by encouraging collaboration and partnerships between public policy scholars, and practitioners including the institutions involved in teaching, training, and research in public policy. The objective is to advance and strengthen the discipline and practice of public policy in India.


Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is an independent, not-for-profit, public policy think-tank dedicated to in-depth research and scientific analysis with the objective of delivering actionable ideas that could transform society. Based out of Kochi, in Kerala, our engagement in public policy that began in 2004 has initiated open dialogue, policy changes, and institutional transformation in the areas of Urban Reforms, Development Studies, Economy, Ease of Doing Business, Governance & Law, and International Relations & Foreign Policy.  Over the years, CPPR has worked with different Ministries and Departments of the Government of India, Different State Governments in India, City Corporations, Universities, Academia, and Civil Society Organisations on various projects and themes. We have also worked with Embassies and High Commissions of different nations in India, international foundations, and multi-lateral organizations. Please find more details about the people, work, and impact of CPPR at www.cppr.in