The University of Delhi (DU) has taken a step further to enhance the range of discussion and opportunities available for students, proving that it has the ability to respond to changing needs.
In a welcome decision taken by the University’s Academic Council, DU is now preparing to set up a center for research on Public Policy and Governance. The proposal for the establishment of such a center had been longstanding and was finally passed during the meeting held on 21st June 2019.
The minutes of the meeting revealed that the centre would be named ‘Delhi School of Public Policy & Governance’ or ‘DSP&G’. The minute added,” The School is the University’s endeavour to contribute to the quality of policymaking and governance in an increasingly complex and challenging world. It will provide a platform wherein a wider community of academics and practitioners will come together to initiate, develop and share ideas to address various emerging domestic and international public policy challenges.”
The subjects that the school intends to focus on are so vast that it presents an opportunity for researches and teachers from various departments and colleges to pursue projects at the centre. A member of the Academic Council, while speaking to Hindustan Times mentioned, “They (researchers) may continue working in their respective departments and colleges, and at the same time, carry out their research project in the School and participate in its programmes.”
The centre will, however, not limit itself to research scholars and plans on providing short term courses to practitioners such as lawmakers and policymakers working with the Government.
As per the proposal, the school will be governed by a Governing Body, an Advisory Council, and Area Coordinators. The Governing Body will have the Vice Chancellor or his nominee as the Chairperson. It will also have representatives from leading institutions in the field of Public Policy and Governance.
Further details about the functioning of the centre and the kind of courses and specialisations it would provide would be publicly available as its establishment takes shape.
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