Fundamentals of PUBLIC POLICY is An Online Spring School Program, A Four-Week Immersive Online Introductory Certificate Training Course conducted in March 2023. Himanshu Shekhar began his insightful session on 'Media and Public Policy'. He commenced the discussion on 'Media and Public Policy' by emphasising the importance of reshaping public policy frameworks. He underscored how it is crucial for the media to spotlight the necessary changes to enhance India's resilience and expedite its recovery from crises like the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fundamentals of PUBLIC POLICY is An Online Spring School Program, A Four-Week Immersive Online Introductory Certificate Training Course conducted in March 2023. Ambassador Shashank began his insightful session on 'India's Foreign Policy' by emphasizing the critical importance of public awareness regarding global affairs. He underscored the need for individuals to understand the broader international environment and its implications for India and the wider Asian region. Ambassador Shashank went on to discuss the historical context of India's foreign policy and its evolution over the years.
Third speaker for the day was Mr Yash Agarwal, Founder, Public Policy India. He opened up by sharing his own experience in the field. I talked to multiple new people every day almost for 2000 people in the last four years about careers right and just mentoring people to help build careers in this broader policy government space. Mr. Agarwal answered questions from the audience, providing valuable advice and perspectives on entering the public policy domain.
Mr. Tikender Singh Panwar provides a historical perspective on the development of cities in India, highlighting the evolution of urbanization, governance structures, and urban design. He begins with ancient civilizations, such as Mohenjo-Daro, emphasizing that even in these early times, urban planning and architectural skills were evident. He points out that early cities in India were not necessarily ruled by a single autocrat but had participatory and democratic elements.
The session was opened by Prof Mukul Asher Former Professor Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Visiting Distinguished Professor, IMPRI. For the day7, he introduced the two major issues that are of High degree significance for India and one of which is the environment and Public policy. India needs to make progress in the environment Arena for its own National goals. Another issue, which is very domestic, that enough attention is not paid to India’s Urban-rural bodies and their governance.
Prof. Patel started with the reservation policy which is affirmative action to compensate for historical injustices. The Indian constitution provides provisions which allows the Union government and the states and territories of India to set reserved quotas or seats, at a particular percentage in Education admissions, employments, political bodies, promotions, etc., for “socially and educationally backward citizens.” She also highlighted the first population policy of India which came in 1952. India was the first post colonial nation to adopt Family Planning. NITI Ayog and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decide the population stabilization policies in India.
On Day 6 of the Fundamentals of Public Policy, an immersive online spring school programme, organized by the Impact and Policy Research Institute (IMPRI), New Delhi, an insightful session on Social security and Public Policy was led by Mr. Sandeep Chachra. The discussion began with the evolution of social security and where it lies in history. While social welfare provisions have existed in all civilizations, the evolution of modern social security can be traced back to the early days of capitalism around the end of 16th century.