Public Policy

The Public Policy program was envisioned by Principal Agnelo Menezes based on the need of the hour to provide multi-disciplinary skills to understand, analyze and evaluate the ever-expanding role of the government in the economy, polity and society. The program aims to create public policy analysts trained to solve real world problems affecting the lives of large groups of citizens.

It is a constant endeavor of the department to get external experts from the field of academics, government and NGOs. 


Some examples of the student enrichment programs conducted in college and attended in the city:

  • Workshop on Designing Policy Solutions for drought in Maharashtra with Georgetown University students

  • "Understanding The GST Reform" by Dr. Ajit Ranade

  • Historians’ Workshop On History And Hermeneutics: Beyond Texts By  Prof. Kanchana Mahadevan

  • A Talk on Maharashtra Farmers’ Protest and interaction with the leaders of the successful strike: AjitNawale& Ashok Dhawale

  • Mumbai Return: Journeys Beyond The City by Urbz - Exhibition

  • An Eye On The Future of India-US Relations with Arun Kumar and Frank Wisner

  • Immigration and its Discontents

  • International Migration After Brexit, Brussels, and Trump- A talk by Dr. Neeraj Kaushal

  • ‘Water Talk - 2017’ by Centre for Water Policy, Regulation and Governance (CWPRG)

  • Panel Discussion: Rivers of the Future: Evolving Approaches to Integrated Water Management organized by Columbia Global Centers

  • Launch of the  book “I do What I do” by Raghuram Rajan

  • Talk by Ashok Toprani  Director, NSSO on the Indian Statistical Service 

  • Workshop on Introductory R for Public Policy and Data Analysis

  • Work Readiness Session: Talerang

  • Archiving the Mill Lands: Mythologies of Mumbai

  • Workshop on Public Policy by University of Chicago

  • Conversation with Suresh Narayanan, CEO Nestle India

  • Populism and the Retreat of Globalisation – discussion with Ashutosh Varshney and Ridham Desai

  • Public Health Policies – Guest lecture by the CEO of SNEHA, Vanessa D'souza

  • NitiSamvaad Panel Discussion: Environment and Development in the Urban Jungle with Stalin Dayanand( Vanashakti), Pravin Darade(IAS) & Nandini Deshmukh

  • NitiSamvaad Film screening: Q2P by Paromita Vohra followed by a panel Discussion on Women’s access to a toilet in urban spaces

  • NitiSamvaad Keynote Address: The Idea of the Nation by Gurcharan Das

  • NitiSamvaad Panel Discussion: Dissent & Dialogue with Makarand Paranjpe, Sudhakar Solomon, Meghnad Bose

  • NitiSamvaad Panel Discussion: Gender & Policy with Padmini Swaminathan & Lakshmi Lingam

  • NitiSamvaad Keynote Address on Protest and Politics in the Agrarian Sector by P. Sainath

  • NitiSamvaad: In Conversation with ShyamBenegal

  • Interaction with Mr. BandulaJayasekhara, a media personality from SriLanka on bilateral 

relations between India &SriLanka

  • Vision IAS workshop on Civil Services as a career


Bhumika Jain was selected as a delegate for the Harvard US-India Initiative Conference held at Delhi on 6-7th January, 2018. She was also shortlised for the Idea Fair held in the conference wherein she presented a proposal on the "Supply Side Reforms for Menstrual Hygiene Management in Rural India."

Brenda Marbaniang



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Sankalp Singh



 Bronze Medal in Discus Throw during Annual Sports Event held in College (2018). 


Awarded A grade and certificate of excellence by United Nations Humanitarian Summit (Rio +23) programme in 2016, Mumbai



Stuti Agarwal

  • Mumbai University Handball Tournament: St. Xavier's College Women's Handball Team - 3rd Place

  • Mumbai University Football Tournament: St. Xavier's College Women's Football Team (Captain) -  3rd Place


Kalyani Palkar and Tanya Desai

  • Participated in the DR Gadgil Memorial Paper Presentation at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, where they presented a paper 'Women in Agriculture' on January 18, 2018.

  • An article titled 'Night Schools in Mumbai' accepted for publication in the Madras School of Economics' magazine 'Athena' (ISSN: 2347-6125).


Vidushi Verma



Faculty Publications and Seminars Attended

Mr. Awanish Kumar:

Editing and Refereeing Responsibilities

  • Member, Editorial Board, Yesteryears: Journal of Railway History (a new journal published by Central Railways)



  • Member, Editorial Board, the blog of the Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bangalore. Available at 


  • Referee, Economic and Political Weekly (2015- Present) 


  • Referee, Irish Journal of South Asian Studies (IJSAS) (2018-pres)


National Peer-Reviewed/Journal Publications

  • ‘Village India: Change and Continuity,’ Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 2. Available at


  • ‘Agrarian Questions: Old and New,’ Review of Agrarian Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1. Available at


Presentations at International and National Peer-Reviewed Conferences

  • ‘Gairan Land Movement in Marathwada, Maharashtra State: A Dalit Land Question?’ Second International Dalit Studies Conference, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. January 22-24, 2018.


  • ‘Class in Itself? Caste for Itself? Exploring the Latest Phase of Rural Agitations in India’, International conference on New Extractivism, Peasantries and Social Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Debates, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow, October 13-16, 2017.


  • ‘Studying the new (Dalit) movements in Gujarat and Maharashtra: Contested questions of land and labour in India’, International conference on New Extractivism, Peasantries and Social Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Debates, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow, October 13-16, 2017.


  • ‘At the Margins of the Hindi Heartland: Bihari Identity and its Contradictions,’ Paper presented at the third International Conference on ‘Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision,’ Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna, March 24-27, 2017. 


Significant Publications in Popular Media

  • ‘Communal Violence: Reconciliation is not possible without truth’ (in Urdu), The Wire Urdu, 30 November 2017.


  • ‘India’s Unique Enigma of High Growth and Stunted Children’, The Wire, 22 September 2017.


Public talks/lectures delivered

  • Speaker, Round Table on the Emerging Frontiers of the Labour Movement in India, Deputy Chairman Hall, Constitution Club of India, Delhi. March 9-11, 2018, organized by the ActionAid Association, with the Urban Action School and the Workers Solidarity Network.


  • ‘A New Dalit Land Question?’, Wednesday Seminar at Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. 24 January 2018'


  • ‘Indian Agriculture’, Summer School on Public Policy & Advocacy, National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS), Pune, 23 May 2018.


  • Speaker, Panel Discussion on Globalisation and Nationalism, the Economics department Festival: Econundrum 2018. 5th January, 12pm to 1:30pm. 


Other Engagaments



Nandini Naik: 

  • Attended a workshop on “ Contemporary Themes in India’s Economic Development and the Economic Survey“ conducted by the CEA Dr. Arvind Subramanian from 11th to 17th June 2017

  • Participated in the Conference on “Political Economy of Public Policy“ at the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy, University of Mumbai on 15th and 16th of December, 2017

  • Attended the India Today Conclave on 9th and 10th of March 2018 at Mumbai


It is heartening to note that many of our students have secured employment with well-known organizations like IGIDR, World Resources Institute,Lynk Global, Educational Initiatives,Adfactors, Charoen Pokphand-CP group,TISS CSR Hub etc.

Being the youngest PG department on campus we are proud to have taken forward the flagship policy conclave NitiSamvaad initiated last year to greater heights this year. We look forward to expanding our horizons in the new academic year.

Dr. Agnelo Menezes

HOD and Principal

NitiSamvaadPanel Discussion: Dissent & Dialogue with Makarand Paranjpe, Sudhakar Solomon, Meghnad Bose


Keynote Address by Shri Gurcharan Das on the Idea of the Nation

NitiSamvaad: In Conversation with Shyam Benegal


NitiSamvaad: In Conversation with ShyamBenegal



NitiSamvaadKeynote Address on Protest and Politics in the Agrarian Sector by P. Sainath


Niti Samvaad Panel Discussion: Gender & Policy with Padmini Swaminathan & Lakshmi Lingam

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