The nascent choice for a career: Public Policy

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While ‘public policy’ is one of the favourite topics to debate upon in our country, most people are rarely acquainted with the intricacies involved in the framing of public policy. Due to the acute dearth of academic opportunities available in India to study policy making, we neglect its social relevance and shun it by regarding it as just another social science degree. A career prospect in public policy may seem to be at a very nascent stage today, but holds a very important aspect for key tasks revolving around the government machinery.

Here are some important questions answered about studying public policy!

What is the structure of a course on public policy?

Most of the courses offered in India on public policy are usually two year postgraduate programmes. The programmes are generally multi disciplinary in nature covering myriad academic fields like economics, sociology, politics, law, history, philosophy, science etc. Many colleges also require students to work on a dissertation after the completion of the course to have a field experience also.

What are the basic eligibility criteria for studying public policy?

Though the criteria differ from one institute to another but some of the basic criterion required by most of the college is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, CAT/GMAT/GRE scores followed by an entrance examination and interviews. Some colleges also enlist work experience as an eligibility criterion.

Where can one study public policy in India?

Some of the popular colleges which offer an academic degree in the discipline are St Xaviers Mumbai, IIM-Bangalore, TERI University, National Law School, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy where one can enrol into the programmes offered.

What are the career prospects after studying public policy?

After obtaining a degree in public policy, one can explore a plethora of options to choose as a career. One can work at corporate organisations that deal with the government on various issues like corporate social responsibility, PR and communication, consultancy and audit tasks etc. To work with the government agencies, United Nations agencies as think tank specialists are a bright career option. A career in journalism can also be nice choice after studying public policy.

Why should one go for studying public policy?

If you wish to be bring out a change in the systemic level of bureaucratic machinery in our country and explore the multiple opportunities to participate for achieving sustainable development. For individuals who want to explore the multitude learning, reasoning opportunities in a single academic degree, public policy is a must go then. Those who are inquisitive and want to make a career in a field that promises new challenges and excitement everyday with a purpose to serve the society could make good candidates for a career in public policy.


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