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Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy Management (PGP-PPM)

At a time when the forces of technology and globalization are pushing societies to redefine their paradigms in all areas of critical concern, the field of public policy and governance has gained utmost importance. Recognizing the strategic significance of this field, MDI established The School of Public Policy & Governance in 2005. The Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy & Management (PGP-PPM) is the flagship initiative of the School.

PGP-PPM is an initiative to create a programme of excellence for practise, teaching & research in the field of public policy, governance and public management. The prospective participants are civil servants and public officials from central and state governments as well as participants from the development/policy sector. All the participants in the programme are key stakeholders in our mission to develop a professionally sound public policy and public service delivery which meets the needs of inclusive development by strengthening the learning and capacity building needs of officials / executives working in the field of public affairs and public service delivery.

PGP-PPM offers a unique integration of management concepts, tools and techniques with stress on public policy formulation, analysis and implementation, including the design and execution of delivery systems. It is a fifteen month programme designed in collaboration with Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India. Several Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) of the Government of India regularly sponsor their service officers for this progamme. In the past, participants have usually been from the three All India Services and Group A (Class–I), Central and State Services.

The first year of the programme is full-time residential and includes a 2 weeks term in an international public policy school with an objective to expose the participants to global governance perspectives and challenges There is a provision for domestic attachment to organisations relevant for public policy profession. During the second year, participants would return to their respective work locations but would continue to work on a dissertation / policy paper on a topic of their interest having significance for public policy discourse. The Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Public Policy and Management will be granted only when the dissertation/ policy paper is approved by the evaluation committee.

Programme Learning Goals (LGs) and Learning Objectives (LOs):


LO1. Be able to identify and describe issues (challenges/opportunities/concerns) relating to public value and ethics

LO2. Be able to analyze the impact of identified issues (related to public value and ethics) on stakeholders


LO1. Be able to identify and describe global management issues related to policies, culture, cross border trade, competition, customer, suppliers, global markets, etc.

LO2. Be able to analyze impact of global management issues (as opposed to the domestic environment) and their impact on management decisions


LO1: Be able to identify and describe leadership related issues and challenges in a difficult situation in policy domain

LO2: Be able to analyze the importance of key leadership traits in order to address the identified leadership related issues and challenges in policy domain


LO1. Be able to identify a public policy problem, and assess different policy alternatives

LO2. Be able to make evidence based policy choice, and plan the implementation process


LO1. Be able to appreciate citizen's engagement for effective policy

LO2. Be able to make policy choices responsive to citizen's need, and suggest mechanisms for citizen's engagement in policy implementation

LO3. Be able to develop strategy for engaging with citizens in policy making

Programme Design

PGP-PPM is designed to emphasize self-learning and collective deliberation. Some of the key features of this Programme are:

  • Thrust on strategic thinking, global mind-set, sensitivity and innovation;
  • Experiential learning through outdoor activities
  • Interdisciplinary approach and learning
  • Leveraging of personal and collective experience through reflection and dialogue
  • Integration of global trends with local realities
  • First hand experience of a global way of working through the foreign-study tour.
  • In depth understanding and testing of ideas through an application oriented dissertation / policy paper

The Academic Schedule

  • The PGP-PPM curriculum comprises of three components: the Course Work, an International Module and a Dissertation/ policy Paper. During the Course Work, the participants will be expected to take a set of core and elective courses, which will be supplemented by Guest Lectures by practitioners. On successful completion of the courses, the participants will be exposed to an International Module and then they will work on a dissertation/ policy paper during the last three months of the fifteen month period.
  • The participants would be required to compulsorily stay on MDI campus during the course work. They would continue to work on their dissertation/ policy paper after completing the course work and reporting to their respective organisations.
  • The courses will provide a wide range of theoretical as well as application-based inputs on various aspects of managing public policy and public-systems including leadership, negotiation skills and ethics in governance.


On successful completion of the programme requirements, a participant is awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management, with specialization in Public Policy Management which has the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education, Government of India.