Public Policy

The 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 to enlighten them with insights into their areas of expertise.


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 from November, 2018 to March, 2019.

  • Work-Readiness session by Talerang Career Training team on 12th July, 2018.

  • Professor Irfan Nooruddin, Ph.D. Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Indian Politics, Faculty Chair, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Director, Georgetown University India Initiative spoke at the guest lecture on 24th July, 2018 on "India's Role in the World as it Aspires to Global Power Status".

  • Urban Policy students visited Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai to hear a Lecture by Dr. Zachary Burt, a Research Fellow at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University on “Water and Sanitation for All: Tracking India's Progress” on July 25, 2018. 

  • Interaction of students with alumni, Mr. Cassius Castellino, Project Coordinator, Swissnex India, Consulate General of Switzerland on 8th August, 2018 as a part of a career  counseling campaign.

  •  Guest lecture by Prof. Madina Tlostanova, Professor of Postcolonial Feminisms at Linköping University, Sweden with the title, “The Postcolonial Condition, the Decolonial Option and the Postsocialist Mediation” was hosted by the Department of Public Policy, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai on September 25, 2018 in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna Centre.

  • The Department of Public Policy in association with The Xavier's Resource Centre for the Visually Challenged organised a workshop titled Antarchakshu®2.0 — The Eye Within” on 7th and 8th February 2019.

  • As a token  of respect to "Indian Navy at 70", the Department of Public Policy organised  a lecture on "Maritime Security Overview of India - History, Geography and Diplomacy" by Cmde Srikant B. Kesnur, Director, Maritime Warfare Centre, Western Naval Command, Indian Navy on 12th February, 2019. 

  • Interaction of students with alumni, Ms Purnima Khandelwal, Program Officer- Family Planning at Population Foundation of India, New Delhi, on 19th February, 2019 as a part of a career counseling campaign.

  • Foreign Policy students visited Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai for a talk by Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President of the Global Centers and Global Development, Columbia University, on February 22, 2019. The subject was, “Shifting Power Dynamics In The Middle East: Prospects for Democracy and Pluralism”




Ishita Patil:

1. Attended a 7- days workshop on 'Women Workers in the Labour Movement: Challenges and the Way Forward' organised by Urban Action School - 29th Oct to 4th Nov 2018


2. Attended Social Sciences Winter School in Pondicherry on 'Labour and Development' organised by French Institute of Pondicherry -  3rd Dec to 7th Dec 2018


3. Presented a paper 'Delivering Food in Mumbai: A Study of Platform and Non-platform Service Economy' at Ibteda 2019 - TISS Mumbai (March, 2019) 


Simran Massey

1. IPPN 2019 Conference- Paper presenter and panelist, among international participants, at the 2nd International Conference of the India Public Policy Network in collaboration with Water Aid India and Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. Theme: “Politics and Public Policy”, Panel: Employment Policy (Individual).


Presented an econometric research paper on the topic ‘Decent Work in Global Supply Chainsamidst Politics of Globalisation’, under Chairperson: Professor Sunil Choudhary and Discussant: Dr. Surae Soren.


2. TISS Ibteda 2019- Paper Presenter and Panelist.

Research paper on ‘Destruction or Polarisation: Impact of Technology on Jobs’ selected for top

 four presentations at ‘Ibteda 2019’- Academic Conclave of School of Development Studies

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.


3. Indian Liberals Essay Contest 2019, hosted by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

First Prize Winner, Topic- ‘Encoding Privacy in a Digital World’



4.  Niti-Samvaad Journal 2019, Volume III, Department of Public Policy- Co-authored research article published on the topic: “Protecting Innovations and Data: Can we have Ethical Surveillance?”


5. Stephanian Finance Review 2019, Individual research paper selected and published in the Finance and Investment research journal of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi on the topic ‘Finance in the Informal Economy: Promoting Decent Work among Women’.


Chanya Kapoor 

1. Presented a paper in National Conference on “Disability, Gender and Violence: Issues and Challenges” organised by Centre for Women Development Studies and Women’s Asia Fund in February 2019.


2. Presented a paper in International Conference on “Safer Mobility”, organised by Indian Road Safety Campaign, Niti Aayog and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in May, 2019. The paper was given recognition under Watch the Road Competition. 



Faculty Publications and Seminars Attended

Dr. Awanish Kumar: 

Editing and Refereeing Responsibilities

1. Consulting Editor (Book Reviews), Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai.

2. Peer Reviewer: Economic and Political Weekly, Journal of Agrarian Change (Impact factor: 2.391)

3. Member, Editorial Board,, Foundation for Agrarian Studies, Bangalore.


Publications/Paper Presentations

1. ‘Ambedkarite Land Question in India’, Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, 23 May 2019.

2. Agrarian Economy of Bihar today’, and ‘Land andTenancy in Rural Bihar’, ‘Consultation on the Findings from Socio-economic Surveys in Bihar’, organised by the Foundation of Agrarian Studies, Bangalore, 22-23 December 2018.

3. ‘Autobiography of an Iconoclast’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol 50, No 20, pp. 25-28.  


Conferences/Seminars Organised

1. 7-day long fully residential URBAN ACTION SCHOOL on the theme, “Women Workers in the Labour Movement: Challenges and the Way Forward” in association with Action Aid India during 29 October to 4 November 2018. About 30 participants from across the country attended the school.


2. A two-day seminar titled, “Celebrating Mahatma Gandhi” to commemorate the 150 years of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi during 15-16 February, 2019. Prominent speakers such as Lord Bhikhu Parekh, GG Parikh, Usha Thakkar, Nishikant Kolge, Shyam Benegal, Prabodh Parekh. More than 100 participants over the two days.


3. Equipolis Urban Praxis Seminar on the theme, “Mumbai in Transition” on 22 February 2019 in association with YUVA, Mumbai. A report can be found here:


4. Public lecture by Prof. Madina Tlostanova, Professor of Postcolonial Feminisms at Linköping University, Sweden titled, “The Postcolonial Condition, The Decolonial Option And The Post Socialist Mediation” at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai on September 25, 2018 in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Patna Centre.


Public Lectures delivered/Invited Participation

1. Invited to deliver a lecture to the students of Post Graduate Degree in Dr. Ambedkar Thoughts at Dr Ambedkar Centre for Social Justice, University of Mumbai on 6th October 2018. The title of the lecture was “A New Dalit Land Question.”


2. Invited to deliver a lecture on the theme, “How to Write a Research Paper” in a 2-day National Workshop organised by the Faculty Development Centre, Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan on 4 February 2019.


3. Invited to participate in the workshop on the teaching of economics in India with a focus on the new CORE Economics textbook organised by Azim Premji University, Bangalore during 27-28 October 2018.


4. Invited to participate in the International Conference on “Women's Work in Rural Economies”, organised by Foundation for Agrarian Studies (FAS), Bangalore in Vayalar, Chertala, Kerala during 30 November to 3 December 2018.


Ms. Nandini Naik

  1. Participated in a faculty seminar on “Role of the University in a changing world”, on 20th February, 2019. The speaker was Prof. Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool Hope University.

  2. Participated in the Symposium on “Transforming Urban Livability”, organized by the Tata Trusts and University of Toronto in Mumbai on 6th March, 2019.

  3. Attended a presentation on the  “Status of Mumbai Metro” by Ms. Ashwini Bhide, IAS, Managing Director, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation on 26th April, 2019.


It is heartening to note that many of our students have secured employment with well-known organizations like Niti Aayog, SwissNex, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK), Population Foundation of India, Chase India, IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Mumbai, Urban Management Centre etc.

We look forward to expanding our horizons in the new academic year.


Dr. Agnelo Menezes

Head, Department of Public Policy

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