Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Mumbai | Tuljapur | Guwahati | Hyderabad

MA in Public Policy and Governance Programme 

As part of the course curriculum, the students pursuing MA in Public Policy and Governance spend  20 weeks spread over two years in the field for exposure and hands on experience.

 1: End of First Semester: Understanding Rural Societies and Development in Rural Areas


 At the end of the first semester, the students undertake two weeks of rural exposure. The purpose of the rural immersion programme is to develop an understanding of rural society, structure, agriculture, land holdings, resources, habitation, institutions, areas of inclusion and exclusion, rural politics, market linkages and government policies and programmes pertinent to rural development (applying class room learning to realities). At the end of the rural immersion programme, the students prepare a report delineating their critical observations with the help of facts and figures observed and collected during their rural stay

Representative Reports 

 Batch of 2019: Experiential Learning – December 2017 

Batch of 2022: Experiential Learning - December 2020

2: End of Second Semester: Policy Area Concentration Aligned Experiential Learning

At the beginning of the second semester, the students of MA in Public Policy and Governance (MA-PPG) choose a specific Policy Area Concentration (PAC) in order to specialise in a particular sector of Public Policy. Currently, three PACs are available for the students of MA-PPG - Regulation and Institutions, Urbanisation and Social Conflict and Public Policy.

After the completion of the second semester, the students of each PAC undertake an internship under the aegis of the Public Policy and Good Governance Lab (PPGGL) collaborating with diverse public or private institutions – international, national and local. The purpose of the six-week internship is to provide a hands-on experience on:

  • Evidence-based policy studies
  • Incubate and experiment with newer policy ideas
  • Evaluate and monitor existing policies
  • Initiate research, debate and discussion on diverse policy initiatives

Representative Policy Reports

MGNREGA: A Case Study of Jalandhar

SEWA Kendra in Punjab

Contouring the Methods of Targetting in India

Understanding Food Delivery Platform: Delivery Persons’ Perspective

The Platform Economy: A Case study on Ola and Uber form the driver partners’ perspective.

Land Use Land Cover Analysis of Indian Cities 

 Human-Wildlife Conflict

 3. End of the Third Semester: Capstone Projects 

Capstone projects leading to research dissertations/ policy projects offer an opportunity for students to acquire hands-on engagement towards addressing real-life policy concerns.  The capstone projects have stipulated timeframes of 25-20 weeks

Under the aegis of Public Policy and Good Governance Lab, the students join an external policy institution and work on real life policy problem. The School closely mentors the students during the capstone project. 

The students are expected to undertake an in-depth study of the policy problem locating it within the context of the existing body of knowledge of policies and institutions. The students apply the concepts learnt in the classrooms and experience gained while during previous internships  to address the challenges, incubate ideas and offer policy recommendations.

The capstone projects are spaces to demonstrate independence of thought and analysis. The policy reports are expected to testify to students’ ability to apply theory and select appropriate methods to address a specific policy problem(s).

The final capstone project report usually have a word length of 6000-8000 words.

MA in Cities and Governance Programme 

 As part of the course curriculum, the students pursuing MA in Cities and Governance spend 12 weeks spread over two semesters in the City Lab. The city Lab is an integral component of the Cities and Governance programme in which students learn the skills of preparing plans at different scales- regional, city level, zonal and sector-specific plans in their second and third semesters.

The uniqueness of the MA programme enables students not only to learn the technical preparation of the plan but also design plans while taking cognisance of variety of governance and institutions arrangements , finances and relevant socio-economic data.

The planning exercises under the city lab are as follows:

 End of Second Semester: City Lab-I and II- Regional Planning and Development Planning:

 The primary objective of these two exercises is to develop the abilities and skills of the students to prepare a regional plan and a development plan for selected regions and cities, respectively. The exercise mandates making plans for city development by identifying the key drivers and their implications. During these exercises, the students are expected to demonstrate their comprehension of various approaches, techniques, and technologies learned during the semester and prepare a regional plan/master plan for any selected region/city. This is a group exercise where students work on different urban development sectors in groups and then integrate their efforts with each other and develop a holistic regional/master plan.

Representative Report

Master Plan of Turkyamjal (Hyderabad)  Municipality 


End of the third semester: City Lab III, IV and V

 City Lab III (Infrastructure and Utility Planning): The primary objective of this exercise is to provide basic knowledge about the planning of social and physical infrastructure for an area in the city. The students will work in groups and prepare model plans for different physical and social infrastructures for a particular city area. The students understand the needs and aspirations of the community, appraise the planning guidelines and standards, and assess the financial requirements for the implementation of these plans.

 Representative Repport from City Lab-III :

Storm Warter Analysis of Gajwel Municipality 

Waste Water - GAJWEL - PRAGNAPUR Municipality 


 City Lab IV (Traffic and Transport Planning)

. This exercise familiarizes the students with planning and designing transport facilities and city traffic management tools. The students conduct field surveys, examine and analyse the data and information and prepare a traffic and transport plan for a city. This also includes catering to the needs and aspirations of different sections of society while also taking into cognisance the planning standards and financial viability of the proposed plans. The students also prepare alternative plans to understand the most suitable plan for the area.

 City Lab V (Informal Settlements and Inclusive Planning): In this exercise, the students learn the different planning approaches, methods, and techniques for preparing a plan for informal settlements. The students learn about in-situ development, resettlement, and rehabilitation are different approaches of planning used by developing countries for informal settlement. The students work in groups, and each group prepares a plan for the informal settlements using the most appropriate approach to planning. The group has to provide the rationale for adopting the particular planning approach..

 Other Students'  Research Report 

Municipal Fiinace Report 


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