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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MPP Results – The results for the Policy Aptitude Test which was held on 15 June, 2020 for the Master Programme for Public Policy (MPPP), will be published in your edchemy account. Please verify using your credentials of the login id provided earlier. By end of the day the results will be available on your portal.

The current pandemic brings concepts of property to the foreground. Stay at home orders, social distancing, commercial closures, draconian border control, the interruption of air travel (to use just a few examples) are about how space is to be used, about new mandates for (most commonly) restrictions to commons, public, and private property, and often very intense social controversy over who gets to set the rules for property use. How property is understood and treated in the planning process will now be one of our key issues going forward. In Pandemics, Property, and Planning ( https://youtu.be/cwS65jUw2v0 ), a movie produced by the Institute, a global group of scholars reflect on the pandemic’s meaning and implications through the lens of land-based property rights and spatial planning.  

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Testimonials


The MPP programme is at the forefront of NLSIU's quest to becomea leading multi-disciplinary University in the world.  The MPP students are the lifeblood of intellectual life on campus and we look forward to you joining us !

Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Vice-Chancellor

Master’s Programme in Public Policy
2020-02-03T13:22:32+05:30

Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Vice-Chancellor

The MPP programme is at the forefront of NLSIU's quest to becomea leading multi-disciplinary University in the world.  The MPP students are the lifeblood of intellectual life on campus and we look forward to you joining us !
“With hands on experience in the remotest villages of Rajasthan and the lectures that force you to immerse yourself knee deep into the contextual reality of a problem before you even begin to try and solve them, has changed my world view beyond recognition and yet for the better.”

Dunna Anna Salome

Master’s Programme in Public Policy
2017-02-07T05:30:22+05:30

Dunna Anna Salome

“With hands on experience in the remotest villages of Rajasthan and the lectures that force you to immerse yourself knee deep into the contextual reality of a problem before you even begin to try and solve them, has changed my world view beyond recognition and yet for the better.”
The reality is that NLSIU Bengaluru has existed for more than 25 years as the frontrunner in providing ‘intellectually stimulating, professionally competent and socially relevant legal education’. It has successfully addressed society’s need of arbiters who can arbitrate on social values such as justice. “

T S Thakur

Former Chief Justice of India

Master’s Programme in Public Policy
2017-02-14T17:08:16+05:30

T S Thakur

Former Chief Justice of India

The reality is that NLSIU Bengaluru has existed for more than 25 years as the frontrunner in providing ‘intellectually stimulating, professionally competent and socially relevant legal education’. It has successfully addressed society’s need of arbiters who can arbitrate on social values such as justice. “
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

Master’s Programme in Public Policy
2017-02-17T18:24:06+05:30

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

Master’s Programme in Public Policy
2017-02-17T18:25:00+05:30

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.
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