NLSIU, a premier law university, offers a two year post-graduate programme in public policy with a thrust on law as an interface between development and public policy. India is fastest growing economies of the world, continuously faced with challenges of justice, inequity, exclusion and progress. The study of Public Policy informs the state as to how it could respond to the new dynamic challenges that emerge in the society. As every legislation requires clear policy formulation, there is demand for trained professionals who will be equipped to design, implement and evaluate policies and programmes. We derive inspiration from our transformative Constitution while addressing the contemporary challenges of pluralistic society.
We train young professionals to become policy practitioners capable of supporting inclusive and sustainable development focusing on the interface between policy and law as our niche area. We emphasise a dialectical pedagogy that encourages students to question the complexities in the practice of public policy arising from real-life situations of people from a diverse set of social and economic backgrounds.National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, a premier Law University in the country, offers Master’s Programme in Public Policy – a two-year residential interdisciplinary programme with a special thrust on the law as an interface between inclusive sustainable development and public policy.

Nurturing Right Perspectives

“What is the right thing to do?” This is the question at the core of the discipline of Public Policy. Answering this question requires developing perspectives to distinguish right and wrong decisions. As Zen guru said, the thrust of the course is not merely to help the candidates to earn a living, but to teach what to do with living when a candidate earns one. In other words, the candidates of this programme become enriched on the basic crisis of contemporary times: What is a good life both for individual and society.

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Field Exposures

Policy is what it does. Beautiful policies created in national capitals have serious unanticipated consequences when the logic of practice is contrary to the good will of the policy maker. Field exposures as part of the public policy programme, enables students to appreciate what policy does to the people. Each of the participants spends at least three weeks in a rural location, facilitated by a grassroots organisation, after the first trimester of the course work.

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Client-led Projects

Practice is the mantra to become professional. After the second trimester of the course work, each of the candidates spend four weeks with policy advisory firms, regulatory agencies, international organisations, think tanks and government departments.The candidates gain experience to engage with real world policy problems by participating in the live projects. There is a further longer internship in the second year.

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Guest Lectures

Public Policy as a discipline needs to be complemented with sectoral expertise (e.g. Water, Technology, Power, Infrastructure, Banking, Transport and Environment). With this aim, at NLSIU, a series of guest lectures by eminent practitioners and scholars from diverse fields are organised. Beyond listening and engaging with guest speakers, the participants of the programme mandatorily participate in the sectoral workshops conducted by stakeholders.

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Skill sets for practitioners

Public Policy programme at NLSIU is a good blend of skill-based courses and theoretical courses. As the candidates are preparing to emerge as policy practitioners, hands on training is provided on scientific writing skills, quantitative data analysis, writing policy memos and briefs, studying case laws and judgements, designing surveys, project evaluation, prospective planning, public speaking, tools for negotiation and stakeholder consultation, and interpreting budgets and balance sheets.

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Latest news

NLSIU in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa organises a panel on ‘Interface of Law and Public Policy’ at the 3rd Conference of International Public Policy Association at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore during 28th June to 30th June 2017. http://www.ippapublicpolicy.org/

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Testimonials


“Instead of following an already existing standard, we believe in – to use a striking term coined by Plato in The Statesman ‘weaving the future’ through creatively combining present contradictory materials and processes into making a better future. Our faculty of impeccable expertise has innovated curriculum to institutionalize the best of systems. We believe this quality is absolutely essential for the muddling through problems which are wicked and don’t have established solutions.”

Venkata Rao

Vice Chancellor

2017-02-14T17:13:18+00:00

Venkata Rao

Vice Chancellor

“Instead of following an already existing standard, we believe in – to use a striking term coined by Plato in The Statesman ‘weaving the future’ through creatively combining present contradictory materials and processes into making a better future. Our faculty of impeccable expertise has innovated curriculum to institutionalize the best of systems. We believe this quality is absolutely essential for the muddling through problems which are wicked and don’t have established solutions.”
I really enjoy the inter-disciplinary approach of the curriculum in which a policy is analysed with the help of different disciplinary lens- be it politics, economics, law or sociology. I like the fact that we not only have theoretical classes, but also workshops and skill based courses where we learn policy memo writing or case preparation by actually doing it

Deepa K S

2017-02-17T18:24:06+00:00

Deepa K S

I really enjoy the inter-disciplinary approach of the curriculum in which a policy is analysed with the help of different disciplinary lens- be it politics, economics, law or sociology. I like the fact that we not only have theoretical classes, but also workshops and skill based courses where we learn policy memo writing or case preparation by actually doing it
When compared to the numerous well-acclaimed public policy programmes abroad, the emphasis that the MPP curriculum at NLSIU lays on policy processes in India is hugely useful for my future goal to contribute to social policy designs in India. The student exchange programme in the second year would help me learn from international practices.

Amrutha Jose Pampackal

2017-02-17T18:25:00+00:00

Amrutha Jose Pampackal

When compared to the numerous well-acclaimed public policy programmes abroad, the emphasis that the MPP curriculum at NLSIU lays on policy processes in India is hugely useful for my future goal to contribute to social policy designs in India. The student exchange programme in the second year would help me learn from international practices.
The MPP at NLSIU offers a wide array of intellectually stimulating courses coupled with experiences that supplement and further deepen understanding. For me personally, the course has allowed space for interactions with leading intellectuals of our country that has not only given shape to my thoughts but has also challenged several long-held notions, consequently pushing my thinking

Tanya Agrawal

2017-02-17T18:25:26+00:00

Tanya Agrawal

The MPP at NLSIU offers a wide array of intellectually stimulating courses coupled with experiences that supplement and further deepen understanding. For me personally, the course has allowed space for interactions with leading intellectuals of our country that has not only given shape to my thoughts but has also challenged several long-held notions, consequently pushing my thinking
Given my passion to make a tangible contribution to societal development, I felt that it is essential for me to undertake training that would prepare me for the same. The curriculum of MPP at NLSIU covers a broad range of socio-political issues, both theoretical and practical, that are directly relevant to different levels of society (individual, community and government)


Paras Tyagi

2017-02-17T18:26:29+00:00

Paras Tyagi

Given my passion to make a tangible contribution to societal development, I felt that it is essential for me to undertake training that would prepare me for the same. The curriculum of MPP at NLSIU covers a broad range of socio-political issues, both theoretical and practical, that are directly relevant to different levels of society (individual, community and government)
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