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Governance and Policy in India

The short capsule on “Governance and Policy in India” aims to introduce the participants to the basic governance structures in India including the constitution, ethics, public finance, and public policy. The participants will be exposed to specific case studies and policies to analyse. The role of the judiciary, accountability of the government will also be discussed.

Expected Outcomes:

  • The student will be able to think critically about current events taking place by asking relevant questions related to the field of governance in India
  • The ability to evaluate policies related to social benefits may be defined within the context of a given situation
  • Understanding various institutions and stakeholders involved in the functioning of India
  • The student will also get a certificate of completion after attending the course.

What this course includes:

  • 12 hours of live webinar and discussion with the faculty
  • Access to the webinar video
  • In-class activities
  • Reading Materials will be provided
  • Certificate of completion

DAY 1: Examining Democracy (will consist of three sessions, detailed schedule of sessions will be provided)

On Day 1, the course will focus on the theories of Democracy, characteristics of Democracy with an introduction to Democracy in India and Indian polity (Governance structure). A brief analysis of the democracies of the world, their concepts and functions will be discussed. Separation of powers with a comparative analysis of Western and Indian democracy will be taken up along with a case study of federalism in the two regions. Furthermore, the space for reforms in democracy and its impact will also be discussed. Day 1 will conclude with a repertoire on the psychological analysis on the choice of the Indian form of democratic government.

DAY 2: Indian Constitution and Good Governance (consists of three sessions, detailed schedule of sessions will be provided)

On Day 2, the course will focus on features of the Indian Constitution, the Westminster type of administration and the other choices made by the founding fathers of India while formulating our constitution. Critical questions such as unionism, autonomy for states, institutional checks and balances, separation of religion from the state will be discussed. Ideas such as Good Governance, right to life (includes fundamental necessities) will be taken up. Further, questions such as the efficiency of the executive, legislative and judiciary will also be discussed in a detailed manner. Day 2 will conclude with a repertoire on centralisation and decentralisation of public institutions, local governance and will elaborate upon the characters of Good Governance.

DAY 3: Public Policy in India (consists of three sessions, detailed schedule of sessions will be provided)

On Day 3, the course will focus on the introduction to Public Policy, the meaning, scope and stakeholders of Policymaking and its features. The idea of policy making, and the primary players involved in policy formulation will be discussed. The mechanisms and resources available to policy makers, the role of pressure groups to the execution part in the means of parliamentary bills will be elaborated upon. Practical analysis of policies such as the right to information act, seventy-third amendment, etc will be studied from their formulation till their implementation. Sessions will also include the role of bureaucrats and parliamentarians in democracy. Day 3 will conclude with a repertoire on the Human Development Index.

DAY 4: Elections in India (consists of three sessions, detailed schedule of sessions will be provided)

Day 4 will focus purely on elections in India. The constitutional provision, morals and ethics of elections will be discussed. Basic electoral principles like transparency, funding, the role of governors, the role of election commission will also be elaborated upon. Furthermore, we will also compare the electoral system of India with the United States. This day will be concluded by looking at what changes the Indian democracy/electoral system requires.

There will be two Distinguished Lectures by internationally renowned scholars.

  • First lecture will be on Federalism and Constitution
  • Second Lecture will be on Religion, Politics, Democracy and Governance.


  • Air Marshal M Matheswaran AVSM VM PhD
  • Professor RamuManivannan PhD
  • Professor M A Kalam PhD
  • Dr.Sunod Jacob PhD
  • Dr Neela Ganguli PhD
  • Dr S Venkatraman PhD
  • Group Captain R Srinivasan VSM Ph.D (Retd)
  • Dr UthamJamadgini PhD
  • Dr S Venkatraman PhD
Duration 12 hours of live webinar
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Fee 7999.00
Course Date To Be Announced
Discounted fee for students and researchers (Under-Grad, Post-Grad and PhD Scholars) at Rs. 4000.
For Institutional Registration, Contact researchdirector@thepeninsula.org.in.