Indian School of Public Policy’s 1-Year PG Programme in Policy, Design & Management: Apply by March 15

About the Institute:

ispp logoThe Indian School of Public Policy [ISPP] has been conceived as the first design–thinking focused school of public policy in India, offered as a one-year full-time and residential Master’s equivalent course. With an inaugural cohort of 58 policy scholars, the academic program commenced in August 2019.

Based in New Delhi, India’s capital and epicenter of policymaking, and steered by prominent thought-leaders and visionaries, ISPP will create a new cadre of policy leaders who redefine governance, understand policy design and execution, and can offer sound policy solutions.

Chaired by Vijay Kelkar, Former Finance Secretary of India, ISPP brings forth an accomplished academic council and faculty, including prominent policy experts, practitioners, industry leaders and scholars representing leading academic institutions, including George Mason University, University of Virginia, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, the Fletcher School, IDFC Institute, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, among others.

Our curriculum integrates learning in Skills, Political Economy, Ethics and Leadership to combine theoretical learning with skill-based and experiential thinking.

Academic Leadership:

Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Arvind Panagariya, Vijay Kelkar, Parth Shah, Jessica Seddon, Shekhar Shah, Shamika Ravi, Michael Greenstone, Alex Tabarrok, Seema Chowdhry & more.

Industry Partners:

Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI), Samagra Foundation, Indiatech.Org, Observer Research Foundation, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young, PwC, Boston Consulting Group, Dasra, Skill India, GMR Group,  among others.

 About the Programme:

ISPP trains its scholars to be leaders for policy action. As such, our scholars not only undergo a comprehensive academic programme in Public Policy, but they are also rigorously trained in management, communication and leadership skills. The one year academic session is divided into 8 terms of 6 weeks each.

Over the course of our programme, all scholars will be trained in a wide range of public policy subjects, namely – Statistics, Social Psychology, Political Economy, Design Thinking, Organisational Strategy, Project Evaluation, Law, Conflict Management, Research, Ethics and Leadership Skills.

The programme culminates with a capstone project where the scholars utilise their learnings from across these subjects to frame relevant policy problems and conceive positive workable solutions.

Outside of academics, our scholars also undergo training in R programming, creative writing, networking, spreadsheet management, presentations, proposal writing, public speaking, negotiations, project management and advocacy.

Classroom Learning:

  • Theoretical Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Focus Areas like Environment, Education, Technology, National Security, Healthcare, Urbanization
  • Design Thinking

Skill Building:

  • Workshops
  • Tea & Policy Series
  • Design Labs
  • Skill Accelerators


  • Live Project
  • Capstone Seminar
  • Policy Hackathon

Leadership & Management Training:

  • Conflict Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership & Feedback
  • Problem Solving
  • Working in Teams
  • Story-telling
  • Negotiation

Focus Areas:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Environment
  • Urbanization
  • Technology
  • National Security

What sets ISPP apart: 

  • India’s first dedicated policy school based in South Delhi
  • Launched by former policymakers, industry leaders & academicians
  • Strong partnerships with industry & government
  • Unique focus on design & management of policy

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Life @ISPP:

At ISPP, we aim to build a group of empathetic, curious and ambitious students. We aim to inspire you!

A considerable part of your learning will take place outside the classroom with your peers and mentors.

Students will work on projects with mentors, engage in live projects, workshops and interactions with industry experts to enrich their worldview and build creative designs to understand policy spaces with senior policy makers and leaders. All of this will be interspersed with cultural osmosis drawn from each other and faculty.

The campus is a flourishing space in the Qutub Institutional Area of New Delhi, the policy hub of our country. It is India’s first policy school situated in the heart of South Delhi.

With a state-of-the-art classroom topped with latest technological facilities, clubbed with an in-campus library boasting of an extensive collection of books, journals and magazines; the students also get the freedom to facilitate group work and hold discussions within more relaxed spaces on the campus like the cafeteria, reading rooms, study lounges, workshop spaces and more.


We are open to both freshers as well as working professionals, without assuming prior policy experience.


INR 8,00,000 + GST 18%

Our first round of application is in progress, the deadline for which is 15 March 2020.

Apply now:

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