Public Policy

Policy making is today seen as a vital process that lies at the heart of all democratic governance systems. To help make good policies one needs not just empathy but multidisciplinary analytical skills that are tied to a quest for justice. The Masters in Public policy aims to provide the student with multidisciplinary inputs on the social sciences, economics, international relations, media, law, ethics and philosophy in order to equip the student to analyse the complexity of our contemporary context. Theoretical inputs in the Classroom are complemented by real-world research projects and internships. The student is thus given a wholistic set of tools with which to work out policy inputs in a variety of governmental, non-profit and corporate contexts. The MPP is a two year programme whose lectures are usually held from 5 – 8 PM on every working day.

The core Faculty for the course for 2015-16 are:

Head of Department: Dr. (Fr.) Arun de Souza sj

Degree: Phd in Sociology

Disciplinary interests: Environment and Development.

 

Name: Dr. Agnelo Menezes (Principal)

Degree: PhD in Economics

Disciplinary Interests: Informal Economies

 

Name: Nandini Naik

Degree: MA in Politics (International Studies) ;M.Phil in International Trade and Development,    

Disciplinary Interests: Public Policy Analysis, Foreign Policy, Bureaucracy, Media, Gender.

 

Name: Awanish Kumar

Degree: MA (Development Studies), MPhil (Development Studies),

Disciplianary Interests: Social Policy, Agrarian Studies, Development Studies 

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program provides students with analytical, contextual expertise and knowledge to tackle real world problems and advice policymakers in a variety of institutional settings. Governments, nonprofit and private employers need highly skilled, well trained policy analysts who can dissect a problem, analyse and interpret data, and evaluate and create alternative courses of action.

Despite  public agreement on many of society’s goals, deciding which policies will be most effective is a challenging task. What are the best ways to reform our education or our health care system? Will “pollution taxes” help improve environmental quality? The rigorous two year MPP Program equips students with multi-disciplinary analytical tools and critical thinking skills  to tackle these questions with humility, courage and compassion that is the ethos of a Jesuit institution.

The first batch of MPP students graduated in June 2015. We are proud of the fact that a majority of  our alumni are either working or continuing their education after two years of constructive engagement in class as well as internships.

 MPP Student Activities and Achievements

  • Students attended an interactive session centred around the developments in Indian trade at Government Law College (GLC). They attended sessions on Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy- by Prof Bhala (Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law and the Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas); Indias Trade Policies: Prospects and Challenges- Consul General of Canada in Mumbai by Richard Bale, Prof Raj Bhala and Prof Kishu Daswani (Professor of Law, GLC-Mumbai and St Xavier's College, Mumbai) and Finance and Ethics in India and Around the World- by Dr. Kara Tan Bhala (Former Managing Director of Merrill Lynch and Founder Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics).
  • Attended a policy debate entitled “India 2015: China vs USA” at the Mumbai University Convocation Hall wherein discussions on how India will be impacted by a change in China and USA policies were argued upon by Neelam Deo, Director at Gateway House and Vaidyanathan –  Fellow for geo-economics at Gateway House.
  • Guest lecture on “Regulating media in the 21st century - Is it Necessary? It is Possible?” by Dr. Venkat Iyer, Law Commissioner for Northern Ireland. The nature of media regulation, its rationale, relevance and the myriad  challenges thrown up by convergence  of different media were explored.
  • Guest lecture on Competition Law by Nisha Kaur Oberoi and Arunima Chandra from Amarchand and Mangaldas  law firm.
  • 6th Government Law College International Law Summit 2015 attended by students where Professor Agnelo Menezes presented a paper and Prof Kishu Daswani, Professor of Constitutional Law chaired the Panel Discussion on “Look East Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Stable Trade Relations and Economic Growth”
  • Sanchita Kadam and Debomita Dasgupta were selected to present their research papers at the 4th National Conference on Holistic Growth: Symbiosis of Theory and Practice at St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur. Sanchita presented her paper on “Journalism: Theory and Praxix” while Debomita's topic was related to economics of happiness.
  • Mohita Gupta and Akriti Rai participated in a development aid themed essay competition and submitted a paper.
  • Attended a program to meet the US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma on his first visit to Mumbai and Pramit Jhaveri, CEO of Citi India where they discussed the future of Indo-US relations. The programme was a part of the Diplomatic Briefing Series, which are designed by the Asia Society to engage with diplomatic missions and to provide them a platform to inform the public about relevant issues facing their countries vis-à-vis Asia.
  • Guest lecture by Veena Mankar, founder of Swadhaar on the role and importance of micro finance institutions in India.
  • Students who opted for the elective on Micro Finance also completed an internship with Swadhaar for a duration of 2 months alongside the theoretical classes which helped add a practical and working knowledge of the subject.
  • Mohita Gupta and Marian Abraham co-authored a paper on the need for universal health coverage in India which has been accepted for the 10th IIM Bangalore conference on Public Policy and Management.
  • Mukta Gawde while interning at the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development submitted a report on the Agricultural Value Chain of Cashew in the districts of Thane and Sindhudurg. Report was adjudged the 3rd best report on an all India level. Also interned with the RBI , submitting a report on the “Impact Analysis of IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) on the Investment Portfolios of Banks”.
  • Tanushree Sahai undertook an impact assessment study for Mann Deshi's Udyogini program during her internship in partnership with SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Gretta Castelino worked with the Informed Voter Project at Mumbai Votes and presented a report on "Electoral Policy Analysis and Recommendations for Reform" to the State Election Commissioner.
  • Shama Chalke  helped Thane Municipal Corporation to design methods to achieve zero waste status in their office complexes. Also presented a gap analysis of MSW (Municipal  Solid Waste Management Rules) and Solid Waste Management Policy in India at the Green Health International Conference, 2015.
  • Maithali Pradhan conducted critical research on legal aspects of Election Manifestos, loopholes in the present mechanism and suggested recommendations in a report, "Scrutiny of Election Manifestos" soon to be presented to the State Election Commission.
  • Shivanee, the topper of the first MPP batch started work at McKinsey.
  • Shakeel Ahemed Quereshi is currently working in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India on the New Education Policy with the Joint Secretary to Govt. of India
  • Chetan Bhakkad has joined Grant Thornton, a company that advises the government and public sector on infrastructural projects and proposals.
  • Akriti Rai is proceeding to Boston University to pursue the Master in Public Health program.
  • Marian Abraham has been selected for the M.Phil program  in Planning and Development at IIT-Bombay with an offer of Teaching Assistantship.
  • The second batch of  MPP students completed internships at a varied set of organisations like NABARD, Aam Aadmi Party, CII, PHD Chambers of commerce and industry, TERI, Aastha Parivar, Shiv Charan Mathur Social Policy Institute, Founder of Democratic Reforms and Equations.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORT 2014 - 2015

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program provides students withanalytical, contextual expertise and knowledge to tackle real world problems and advice policymakers in a variety of institutional settings. Governments, nonprofit and private employers need highly skilled, welltrained policy analysts who can dissect a problem, analyse and interpret data, and evaluate and create alternative courses of action. Despite public agreement on many of society’s goals, deciding which policies will be most effective is a challenging task. What are the best ways to reform our education or our health care system? Will “pollution taxes” help improve environmental quality? The rigorous two year MPP Program equips students with multi-disciplinary analytical tools and critical thinking skills to tackle these questions with humility, courage and compassion that is the ethos of a Jesuit institution. The first batch of MPP students graduated in June 2015.

We are proud of the fact that a majority of our alumni are either working or continuing their education after two years of constructive engagement in class as well as internships.

MPP Student Activities and Achievements

• Students attended an interactive session centred around the developments in Indian trade at Government Law College (GLC). They attended sessions on Recent Developments in International and Indian Trade Law and Policy- by Prof Bhala (Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law and the Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas);

India’s Trade Policies: Prospects and Challenges- Consul General of Canada in Mumbai by Richard Bale, Prof Raj Bhala and Prof Kishu Daswani (Professor of Law, GLC-Mumbai and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai) and Finance and Ethics in India and Around the World- by Dr.Kara Tan Bhala (Former Managing Director of Merrill Lynch and Founder Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics).

• Attended a policy debate entitled “India 2015: China vs USA” at the Mumbai University Convocation Hall wherein discussions on how India will be impacted by a change in China and USA policies were argued upon by Neelam Deo, Director at Gateway House and Vaidyanathan – Fellow for geoeconomics at Gateway House.

• Guest lecture on “Regulating media in the 21st century - Is it Necessary? It is Possible?” by Dr. Venkat Iyer, Law Commissioner for Northern Ireland. The nature of media regulation, its rationale, relevance and the myriad challenges thrown up by convergence of different media were explored.

• Guest lecture on Competition Law by Nisha Kaur Oberoi and Arunima Chandra from Amarchand and Mangaldas law firm.

• 6th Government Law College International Law Summit 2015 attended by students where Dr. Professor Agnelo Menezes presented a paper and Prof Kishu Daswani, Professor of Constitutional Law chaired the Panel Discussion on “Look East Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Stable Trade Relations and Economic Growth”

• Sanchita Kadam and Debomita Dasgupta were selected to present their research papers at the 4th National Conference on Holistic Growth: Symbiosis of Theory and Practice at St. Xavier’s College, Jaipur. Sanchita presented her paper on “Journalism: Theory and Praxix” while Debomita’s topic was related to economics of happiness.

• Mohita Gupta and Akriti Rai participated in a development aid themed essay competition and submitted a paper.

• Attended a program to meet the US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma on his first visit to Mumbai and Pramit Jhaveri, CEO of Citi India where they discussed the future of Indo-US relations. The programme was a part of the Diplomatic Briefing Series, which are designed by the Asia Society to engage with diplomatic missions and to provide them a platform to inform the public about relevant issues facing their countries vis-à-vis Asia.

• Guest lecture by Veena Mankar, founder of Swadhaar on the role and importance of micro finance institutions in India.

• Students who opted for the elective on Micro Finance also completed an internship with Swadhaar for a duration of 2 months alongside the theoretical classes which helped add a practical and working knowledge of the subject.

• Mohita Gupta and Marian Abraham co-authored a paper on the need for universal health coverage in India which has been accepted for the 10th IIM Bangalore conference on Public Policy and Management.

• Mukta Gawde while interning at the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development submitted a report on the Agricultural Value Chain of Cashew in the districts of Thane and Sindhudurg which was adjudged the 3rd best report on an all India level. Also interned with the RBI, submitting a report on the “Impact Analysis of IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) on the Investment Portfolios of Banks”.

• Tanushree Sahai undertook an impact assessment study for Mann Deshi’s Udyogini program during her internship in partnership with SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, USA

• Gretta Castelino worked with the Informed Voter Project at Mumbai Votes and presented a report on “Electoral Policy Analysis and Recommendations for Reform” to the State Election Commissioner.

• Shama Chalke helped Thane Municipal Corporation to design methods to achieve zero waste status in their office complexes. Also presented a gap analysis of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules) and Solid Waste Management Policy in India at the Green Health International Conference, 2015.

• Maithali Pradhan conducted critical research on legal aspects of Election Manifestos, loopholes in the present mechanism and suggested recommendations in a report, “Scrutiny of Election Manifestos” soon to be presented to the State Election Commission.

• Shivanee Agarwal, the topper of the first MPP batch started work at McKinsey.

• Shakeel Ahemed Quereshi is currently working in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India on the New Education Policy with the Joint Secretary to Govt. of India

• Chetan Bhakkad has joined Grant Thornton, a company that advises the government and public sector on infrastructural projects and proposals.

• Akriti Rai is proceeding to Boston University to pursue the Master in Public Health program.

• Marian Abraham has been selected for the M.Phil program in Planning and Development at IITBombay with an offer of Teaching Assistantship.

• The second batch of MPP students completed internships at a varied set of organisations like NABARD, Aam Aadmi Party, CII, PHD Chambers of commerce and industry, TERI, Aastha Parivar, Shiv Charan Mathur Social Policy Institute, Founder of Democratic Reforms and Equations.

• We reiterate the motto of the college by encouraging our students to aim high and work hard to achieve their goals. Dr. Agnelo Menezes Head, Department of Public Policy

Dr. Agnelo Menezes

Head, Department of Public Policy

 

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