There is widespread unanimity of a serious governance crisis underlying the failure of development programmes from eradicating poverty, improving inclusion and equity and strengthening democratic processes.

TISS and Barefoot Academy of Governance are launching this one year PG Diploma Course to create a cadre of `Change Catalysts’ who will engage with issues of governance, sustainable development and democracy.

Who is this programme for?

The Diploma program invites applications from government officials, community leaders, elected representatives, development workers and others interested in designing and implementing institutional change programmes on themes related to `dignity, development and democracy’.


The aim is to foster an inter disciplinary and multi-sectoral exploration of conceptual frameworks and perspectives on governance themes leading to insights and knowledge of how people, communities, institutions and democracies function, from an experiential, personal and critical learning viewpoint.

Structure of the Programme

The PG Diploma Course is structured around 4 thematic modules of 3 months each consisting of both contact classes and distance learning processes.

Each Theme / phase will have a 2 week DIRECT LEARNING contact course program in which the theoretical foundations will be imparted.

This will be followed by a 10 week ACTION RESEARCH AND FIELD WORK programme when the participant-learners will undertake field studies with communities, government and development institutions in their areas of work.

This learning process will be supported through `Distance Learning’.

Important Dates
Sl. No. Activity Date
1 Formal launch of Course announcement in TISS website 22.4.2016
2 Acceptance of filled in application forms including submission of essays on topics described in application form. From 22.4.2016
3 Last date for submission of application forms along with completed essays 5.6.2016
4 Shortlist of candidates 12.6.2016
5 Announcement of list of selected candidates in web site 15.6.2016
6 Payment of I Semester Fees 01.7.2016
7 First Module Workshop – Contact Classes August, 2016
Application Procedure

1. Click HERE to Apply

2. Complete the online application in the above step.

3. Send the your essay to this email id : [email protected] and cc: [email protected]

Click HERE to view the Essay questions.

Admissions Helpline

Ph: 022 – 25525252

Curriculum Framework and Course Outline for Academic Session 2016 -17

Click HERE.

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