India is at an inflection point. Since independence, we’ve put in the hard yards. We’ve established the world’s largest democracy. We’ve created global businesses. We’ve bred visionaries who’ve shaped economies, ideologies, and institutions. We’ve established a soft power that makes the world look at us with admiration. And with 90% of our population being under 60 years of age, we’re entering a phase of rapid economic growth.
If there’s one word that well and truly defines India today, it is ‘potential’.
Yet, the fact remains that development has not been sustainable and inclusive. Several sections of society do not have access to basic human rights. Development is often haphazard and short-sighted. Ignoring issues such as these puts at risk the potential upside of India’s demographic dividend.
Building a new India will require passion, long-term commitment and, most importantly, a pool of public policy professionals formally trained in evidence-based policy making, implementation and leadership – which is precisely what we, at Kautilya School of Public Policy, aim to do.
Kautilya’s vision (“Rebalance the role of Society, Government and Business towards an equitable and regenerative India and world”) and mission (“Empowering leaders who solve our 21st century problems, through rigorous public policy education”) encapsulate our focus on imparting education that is relevant, contemporary, and practical. We offer passionate young minds a robust training ground that nurtures grassroots aspirations with a rigorous academic program. We have brought on board some of the world’s leading academic experts and policy practitioners to prepare students for a transformed path in nation-building, by inculcating diverse skills necessary for a successful career in public life.
M. Sri Bharat
President of GITAM
Co-Founder, Kautilya School of Public Policy
Founding Director, Kautilya School of Public Policy
Retired IFS officer,
Fmr. Permanent Rep. of India to the UN
Managing Director, Research and Policy, ODI
Former Professor, Harvard Kennedy School
Navtej Singh Sarna
Former Indian Ambassador to the US & Israel
Political Campaign Advisor Communications Consultant
Ram Mohan Naidu
Member of Parliament, 17th Lok Sabha
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
Author, Retired IAS Officer
M. V. Rajeev Gowda
Former Member of Parliament; Chairman, Congress Research Department
Fellow at The Belfer Center for Science and Intl. Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Dr. Menaka Guruswamy
Supreme Court of India
Build a career
in public policy
Our program’s combination of academic rigour and on-ground experiences will give you the confidence to assume leadership in any career of your choice. Some of the popular avenues you can choose after your MPP include:
This includes business consultants, policy consultants of large corporations, policy analysts, think tanks and private policy implementation organisations. Courses on financial reporting, management, cyber security, etc. focus on these streams.
This includes policy making and implementation, government roles and political candidates, who can leverage subjects like politics, public policy design and analysis, ethics, constitution and law, political campaign management, etc.
International and Foreign Affairs
This spans a variety of domains ranging from positions within the Government of India and international organizations like World Bank and United Nations, to positions within international NGOs like ICLEI, ITF and WWF. Students will need to grasp the value and potential of diplomacy within the framework of foreign policy towards creating collaborative and cooperative ties focused on common goals and objectives.
Non-profit or Social Enterprise
The MPP helps build capacity in entrepreneurship with focus on different sectors within social development. Subjects such as gender, strategy, organization behaviour, energy and climate change, negotiation, corruption, etc. help build all-round skills to drive greater impact in this sector.
Media & Communications
Aspiring media, journalism and communications professionals who focus on public sector topics can leverage subjects like communication for leaders, macroeconomics, global trade and policy, data visualisation, business government and society.
Research & Academia
This includes individuals who want to teach, pursue research, and push policy thinking in India and globally and can leverage courses on research methodologies, quantitative analysis and macroeconomics.