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.
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.
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.
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 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.
|Duration||12 hours of live webinar|
|Course Date||To Be Announced|
|Discounted fee for students and researchers (Under-Grad, Post-Grad and PhD Scholars) at Rs. 4000.|
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