Masters in Public Policy

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Public Policy, an integral aspect of governance, touches all aspects of life. This makes it necessary for the academic world to engage with public policy to understand it, critically analyze it and thus ensure efficient governance and a just society.  Currently in India, there is an acute dearth of post-graduate degree courses in public policy. It is in view of this lacuna that St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, an autonomous college affiliated to University of Mumbai launched the Master in Public Policy (MPP) Course in 2013.  This two-year course is completely multi-disciplinary covering subjects  like sociology, politics, economics, law, history, philosophy and ethics and even the natural sciences.

Some of the objectives of the MPP are:

  1. To develop the skills to objectively analyze policy content and outcomes.
  2. To gain in both quantitative and qualitative policy problem solving skills.
  3. To expose students to actual outcomes and dynamics of public policy through internships.
  4. To train students in policy advocacy.
  5. To tailor electives that will allow student to specialize in policies connected to health, gender, environment, urban and rural development, media and so on.

Our first set of Post-Graduate students would be completing the MPP course by June 2015. During their internships (May 2013 to end June2013) these students worked with various organisations such as: NABARD, EPW Research Foundation, 3.2.1. Education Foundation, Environment Policy and Research India, Centre for Civil Society, PRS Legislative Research, India Spend, Mumbai Votes, Mumbai Mobile Creches, Action for Agricultural Renewal of Farmers in Maharashtra, Jameel Poverty Action Lab in collaboration with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, et al.  

Some of the internships generated outcomes that have been acknowledged by collateral agencies:

  • The Thane Municipal Corporation has shown interest in the suggestions of one of our students on Solid Waste Management.
  • Another student’s recommendations presented to the State Election Commissioner (in December 2014) will take the form of a white paper to be sent to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
  • Yet another student has been called for an internship interview with the RBI during summer 2015. 

COURSE FEES:   Rs. 60,000 p.a. (payable in three installments)

LECTURES TIMINGS: Evenings (5 pm to 8 pm); 2 lectures per day, on all working days of the week.

SEATS AVAILABLE: 30

Allocation of seats:

The College is a Catholic Minority College, administered under the Provisions of the Indian Constitution, to promote the welfare of the minority community and to extend its services to all other communities in India, so as to contribute to the harmony and integration of Indian society. 50% of seats are reserved for Catholic minority students. The reservation of seats (as per the directives given in the University of Mumbai Circular No.Spl.Cell/(68)/218/2005 dated 3rd June, 2005) is given below:

 

Sr. No.

Category

No. of Seats

 

TOTAL SEATS

30

1.

Management Quota 15%

4                                                Only those the College is obliged to

 

BALANCE SEATS – 85%

26

2.

Minority: 50% seats of the balance 85% seats 

13

3.

General Category: 25% seats of the balance 85% seats

7

4.

 Reserved Category :

(SC/ST/DT(A) / NT(B) /NT(C) /NT/(D)/OBC/SBC )           Visually/Physically Challenged and                                **Special Category.  

** 6

** The Special category is for the wards of transferred State / Central Government and Private Sector employees, Defence Personnel, Ex-Servicemen, Freedom Fighters; for students who have met with an accident and also for award winners at the District / State / National Level in Sports or Cultural activities.  

ELIGIBLITY FOR ADMISSIONS:

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in any faculty or discipline, with a minimum of 50% marks can apply for this course. 

SELECTION PROCESS:

The College has introduced an ONLINE application system for admissions to the MPP.  All candidates applying for admission to St. Xavier’s College - Autonomous are expected to apply through the online application system on the homepage of the website www.xaviers.edu which will be activated in March 2015 till one week after the declaration of the BA results by the Mumbai University.  Candidates can apply from March 2015.  Provisional admission could be offered after a formal interview with the Head of Department; but, such admissions would be finalized only on the presentation of the Degree’s result by the candidates.

Admissions are made on the basis of the overall percentage of marks at the qualifying examination and personal interview with the Head of the Department.  The Grades awarded by some Universities are converted to percentages according to a formula provided by their respective Universities or by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi for students coming from Foreign Universities.

The Last date for submission of online application forms for admission to the College and dates for interviews and for display of merit lists will be put up on “homepage” of our website www.xaviers.edu.

At the time of admissions the candidate must submit the Degree Marksheets in original and two attested copies of the same and one attested copy of other relevant documents as mentioned below:

a)   Degree Marksheets – (Original + 2 attested copies)

b)   Baptism Certificate (For the Minority community - Christians)

c)   Caste Certificate (for reserved category)

d)   Documentary Evidence regarding special category.

ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE:

1.   Provisional Eligibility Certificate:

Students passing the Degree Examinations other than Mumbai University or from a Foreign University have to apply for a Provisional Eligibility Certificate issued by the University of Mumbai at the time of admission through the College. The duly filled in forms are required to be returned to the College with an attested copy of the Degree marksheet and a passport size photograph along with a prescribed fee of Rs.320/- for eligibility and Rs.500/- (towards verification of documents) total Rs.820/-. The other documents that have to be handed in are: Degree Marksheet (original), Pass Certificate (original) and Migration Certificate (original). The duly filled in application form will then be forwarded to the University of Mumbai for issue of the Provisional Eligibility Certificate.

2.   Students passing the Degree Examinations from Mumbai University will be required to submit the Transfer Certificate issued by their respective Colleges.  This needs to be submitted after completion of the admissions process to the College.  

COURSE LAYOUT: 

Semester I    (Mid-July to Mid-Dec)

Core Courses:

  1. Public Policy Analysis
  2. Dynamics Of Public Policy
  3. Economic Analysis and Public Policy
  4. Research Methodology

Semester II    (Jan to June)

                        Core Courses:

  1. Law and Public Policy
  2. Statistical Methods For Policy Analysis

                        ANY TWO Electives from:

  1. Environment and Public Policy
  2. Gender and Public Policy  
  3. Health and Public Policy

Semester III    (July to Mid-Dec) 

Core Courses: 

  1. Bureaucracy and Civil Society
  2. Ethics and Public Policy

ANY TWO Electives from:

  1. Urban Planning Policy
  2. Rural Development Policy
  3. Media and Public Policy

Semester IV    (Jan to June)

Core Courses:

  1. Social Protection and Public Policy
  2. International Economics and Public Policy
  3. Dissertation Writing

ANY ONE Elective from:

  1. Micro Finance Policy
  2. Foreign Policy

Each semester has: Two CIAs (20 marks each); and One End Semester Exam (60 Marks)

Note: Compulsory Internship between the 2nd and 3rd Semesters. Students work with organizations connected with various aspects of public policy.