Policy making has always remained a challenge in India. With glaring regional diversity in terms of availability and ownership of resources, people, and environment, the challenge has been to promote a sustainable and improved level of wellbeing for all members of society especially those vulnerable sections that are living at the margins of society. Since Independence, India chose the path of a planned economy, where allocation of scarce resources was decided by priorities set by the elected governments. Planning became an important process aided by a set of Development Policies related to agriculture, industry, employment, welfare, environment etc. Policy making itself is a dynamic political process reflecting agendas, needs and requirements of different sections of society. Development policy is an important tool which sets the agenda for an inclusive nation building process. This agenda gets articulated through planning measures, relevant Acts, formulation of schemes and guidelines and Development Governance.
Master of Arts / Master of Science (Development Policy, Planning and Practice), a two year masters’ programme, is designed to address the needs of Policy Analyst, Planners and Practitioners in understanding the intricacies and processes of policy making, multilevel planning and implementation. The course would equip the Policy Analyst, Planners and Practitioners to understand the process of Policy Making (formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) at the grassroots level along with developing a global perspective on Development Policy. The programme would integrate national and international perspectives of Development Policy, Planning and Practices. In doing so, it will evaluate experiences and contextualize the learning for India
The aim of this programme is to create a cadre of professionally qualified Development Policy Analyst, Planners and Practitioners in multidisciplinary and integrated policy making, planning and practice related skills. The programme is for two academic years spread over four semesters (two years).