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Master of Arts – MA (Public Policy and Governance)

  • Offered by:
  • Specialisation:
    Education, Health, Energy/Environment, Strategic Studies, Urban Studies
  • Duration:
    2 years full-time master's programme with flexi timings
  • Campus:
  • Eligibility:
    Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university. The department may conduct tests/interviews to determine the selection of candidates for the programme.

M.A. Public Policy and Governance (M.A. PPG) is a two-year master’s degree programme, which opens avenues into the world of public affairs for those who are passionate and committed about contributing to social and political change by engaging with public institutions as a policy researcher, commentator, consultant or advisor. It aims to impart the necessary knowledge and skills that will help the students to develop meaningful and sustainable solutions to the challenging situations in public affairs and governance. An effective training in theory complemented by learning experiences from real-world policy challenges covering key areas will help the students to address contemporary political, economic and social issues.

The M.A. PPG programme offered by CVV is the first of its kind in Kerala. This programme is a knowledge and skill enhancer for prospective bureaucrats, judicial officers, financial and banking professionals, development professionals, social entrepreneurs, economists and social leaders.

Programme Structure




Core Courses

Fundamentals of Public Policy Making: Paradigm and Practices

Economics for Policymakers

Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for Policy Research

Idea of Development: Theory and Praxis

Public Policy Analysis and Implementation

Understanding Governance: Constitutional Context, Institutions and Practices

Global Governance Agenda and International Organisations

Public Policy Communication

Data Analytics

Technology and Challenges to Conventional Public Policy Frameworks2











Foundation Courses

Introduction to Indic Knowledge Systems

Indian Conceptions of Dharma and Niti



Specialization (Any 3)




Strategic Studies

Urban Studies

Life transformation courses: Yoga/Seva 2
Internship/ field engagement 2
Dissertation 6
 Total Credits69

After completing this programme, ample career opportunities await the participants in governmental institutions, state planning boards, global institutions such as the UN and its subsidiaries.

So also, a career in political advocacy, government-initiated projects, national and international development organisation, and multilateral aid agencies. Sector-based opportunities lie in ICT, Health, education, development, environment, energy, urban planning, and transport.

The participants of this programme can handle policy-related assignments in consultancy firms, government and non-governmental organisations, private companies, media, and funding agencies and academics. Policy experts are also recruited as education administrators, administrative services managers, executive directors, program analysts/directors, or urban managers.

Media Mentions
Experts speak about Public Policy

“Awareness about public policy and enhanced training in relevant skill sets will help participants gain better understanding of the Government decision making process. Their engagement in public policy discourse will definitely improve the quality of governance and have a positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens.”

Dr. D. Dhanuraj, Chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi

Scholarship Policy

The management of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) believes that ‘means’ should not come in the way of meritorious students desirous of pursuing higher education at CVV. Hence, CVV encourages deserving students to apply for Scholarship. Public policy applicants can avail up to INR 25,000 as fee waiver based on merit. Read more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
  • What are Public Policy and Governance (PPG) studies?
    Public Policy and Governance studies help the learner to understand how public policies are framed, discussed, and implemented in a structured manner. It helps the student to understand the role of various institutions, both public and private, in formulating the policies and the role played by them for the execution of the policies at different levels. PPG studies also help the student to understand how the framework of the policies could lead to the indirect benefits/losses and the inadvertent consequences at times. PPG will also help in comprehending the concepts of equity, liberty, the rule of law, efficiency, effectiveness, etc and how they are constituents of a practical public policy framework.
  • What about the duration and timing of the M.A. PPG programme?
    The M.A. PPG programme is a two-year, four-semester, full-time programme with flexible timing to cater to working professionals.
  • What is unique about the M.A. PPG programme?
    It is first of its kind in Kerala. The programme is designed by integrating the best of traditional and modern knowledge with the proper balance of academics and practice, The programme is designed in collaboration with the Centre for Public policy and Research (CPPR) India, a think tank with fifteen years of experience working with various government agencies, development organisations, interest groups, and corporate bodies. CPPR brings very practical experience in the policy formulations in India.
  • What is the eligibility to apply for this programme?
    Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university.
  • Who should apply for this programme?
    Any graduate who is exploring a career in different sectors of public policy such as health, education, energy, environment, urban development, law, international relations, technological innovation, and aspiring civil servants, aspiring political and social leaders, mid-career professionals and serving officers who are eager to enhance their skill sets.
  • What are the different courses taught in this programme?
    The courses are divided into Foundation Courses, Core Courses, and Elective Courses. Foundation Courses are based on Indic Knowledge Systems (IKS); Core Courses deal with public policy and governance concepts, theories, and practice. Elective Courses are offered to gain specialised areas of expertise in diverse areas of public policy. Along with this Self-Immersion Courses, Internship and Research Project/Dissertation are also a part of this programme.
  • Who are the faculty conducting this programme?
    The programme is handled by core faculty, visiting faculty and guest faculty. Core faculy are full-time faculty members of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. Visiting faculty are the faculties with expertise in specialised courses. Guest faculty are eminent personalities who worked in the field of public policy and governance. Fellows and experts at CPPR add value to the programme.
  • Does CVV arrange for internships?
    Participants of this programme will be provided internship opportunities based on their areas of interest.
Faculty Information
Programme Advisory Committee
Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan

T. P. Sreenivasan is a former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Vienna, and Governor for India of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna and Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia (2000-2004), T. P. Sreenivasan has served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years. He has nearly twenty years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Nonaligned Movement. He has chaired several UN Committees and Conferences and was a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India from 2009 to 2012. He is the author of four books: ‘Words, Words, Words—Adventures in Diplomacy’, ‘Encounters’ ‘Mattering to India-the Shashi Tharoor Campaign' and 'Applied Diplomacy Through the Prism of Mythology'. Know more.

R Devi Prasad IES

P.R Devi Prasad has extensive experience with technical matters relating to macro-economic policies and government budgets as well as administrative, financial, and vigilance matters, performance management in central and state governments. He started his career as a lecturer in Mumbai (1979-1981) and later joined the Indian Economic Service (1982-2014). He established the Fiscal Policy Institute, Bengaluru, for the Government of Karnataka; worked with the Government of India in various capacities in the Budget Division in the Finance Ministry, Department  of Commerce, Ministry of Rural Development, Delhi Development Authority,  etc. Know more: Detailed CV

Dr. Anuradha Balaram IES

Dr. Anuradha Balaram served as a member of the Indian Economic Service from 1986 to 2016 in various advisory capacities. As Chief Economic Adviser and Member Secretary, Kerala State Planning Board, she advised the Cabinet on several critical economic issues, introduced several innovative ideas including setting up of a Public Private Partnership Board, finalising the Kerala Perspective Plan 2030, presenting the State’s Memorandum to the 14th Finance Commission, revamping the prestigious Annual Economic Review, among other work. She has been able to bring about a significant change in the work culture In the Kerala State Planning Board.

Know more: LinkedIn Profile  Detailed CV

K.M. Gopakumar

M. Gopakumar is a Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher with the Third World Network (TWN), New Delhi. His area of focus is the global intellectual property regime and its impact on developing countries.

Dr. Vijay Sakhuja

Dr. Vijay Sakhuja is former Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi. He is currently Visiting Senior Fellow, Cambodia Institute for Cooperation and Peace, (CICP) Phnom Penh; Trustee and Executive Director, The Peninsula Foundation, Chennai; Executive Editor, India Strategic and is associated with Kalinga International Foundation, New Delhi.  Detailed CV

Core Faculty
Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal

Professor of Statistics and Vice Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Dr. Nagaraj Neerchal has been the Graduate Program Director for Statistics and the Director of Center for Interdisciplinary Consulting and Research in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Maryland, USA. With a Ph.D. in Statistics from the Iowa State University, Prof. Neerchal's research and publications span a broad range of disciplines including transportation, environment and ecology, pharmacology, high-performance computing and many others. He has guided several Ph.D. and master’s students and has innumerable publications to his credit including three books. He has won numerous awards including the University of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Innovation Excellence, the Kauffman Entrepreneurship Fellowship, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Statistical Association.

Dr .Vanisree Ramanathan

Dr. Vanisree Ramanathan is an Associate Professor in the School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems, at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. She is involved in teaching, research and advocacy experience in interdisciplinary areas of sociology, political science, leadership programmes, demography and law for over 14 years. Dr. Vanisree has published several research articles in international peer-reviewed journals, delivered keynote speeches as well as presented papers in International conferences. She is an expert in using experiential learning methodology as well as participatory development paradigms. She has been associated with various institutions like Symbiosis Law School, MIT School of Government, Savitribai Phule Pune University, and Symbiosis School of Economics. Vanisree has also taught courses in Demography, Public administration and Business Ethics and Law. Know more.

Nithin Ramakrishnan

Nithin Ramakrishnan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems, at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. A post-graduate in International Law,  he has received international scholarships and honours from The Hague Academy of International Law (2015), University of Geneva (2016) and Xiamen Academy of International Law (2018). His master’s thesis, ‘ International Legal Order and Global Governance’ is an expansive work on the structural principles of international legal order and the aspirations of global governance. He is pursuing his interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the Department of Bharatiya Dharshan, Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, in which his areas of research include early conceptions of State and International Law from Sanskrit Literature and Ancient Indian Knowledge Systems (Sastras). Know more.

Dr. Shilpa Pandit

Dr. Shilpa Pandit is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. She is a trained psychologist and a development professional with a Ph.D. in Health in school contexts and more than a decade of research work experience in different domains of social and human development. Over the past nine to ten years, Dr. Pandit has been an expert researcher on gender, health, poverty and livelihoods and employability. She has contributed to conversations on social policy. She has worked with associates, collectives and organizations with a wide and interdisciplinary network like MSSRF, Hand in Hand, SIAPP, SEWA, UNICEF, UNDP, University of Madras, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (RGNIYD), IFMR etc. Know more.

Sreenath Namboodiri

Sreenath Namboodiri, Assistant Professor in the School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems, at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, is a post-graduate in Law of Intellectual Property Rights from Inter University Centre for IPR Studies, CUSAT, Kochi. His areas of interest are in Intellectual Property Rights vis a vis Health systems, Sustainable Development and Innovation, Pharmaceutical Patents, Knowledge Governance and, Technology and Law. He has been an honorary fellow of the Centre for Economy, Development and Law since 2013. He is also a part of the editorial team of Elenchus Law Review, a biannual peer-reviewed from the Centre (CED&L) and peer-reviewer of other national journals. Know More

Visiting Faculty
Dr. D. Dhanuraj

Dr. Dhanuraj is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive of CPPR of which he is also one of the founding members. He holds a PhD (Anna University), MSc Physics (Mahatma Gandhi University) and MA Political Science (Madras Christian College). He also holds a Post Graduate Executive Diploma in International Business from Loyola, Chennai and has undergone training by TTMBA of Atlas USA, IAF Germany, FEE USA, etc. Dhanuraj started his career as a Research Associate in 2003. He has handled various social research projects and has extensively travelled across the country to manage projects of various kinds. He works in the areas of urbanisation, education, health, livelihood and law. Dhanu, as he is fondly called by friends and colleagues, is foremost a policy researcher and then an entrepreneur and consultant.

Dr Resmi P. Bhaskaran

Dr. Resmi P. Bhaskaran, is a trained Applied Economist specialised in Policy Research, Knowledge Management, and Strategy Development. Her expertise also lies in policy research and advocacy, M&E, documentation, strategy and brand development. Her current areas of work/interest are in  FinTech, Education, Migration, Livelihoods, Labour Markets, Women and Child Rights, Financial Inclusion (Microfinance), and Urbanisation. She is the co-author of ‘Census of Street Children in Delhi, Surviving the Streets, State of Indian Livelihood Report 2011 and 2013’ (Sage publication), and Microfinance Literature Review (EPWRF publication).

Board of Studies
  • Manoj Kumar Sinha, Director of Indian Law Institute, New Delhi
  • Sreenivasa Varakhedi, Vice Chancellor, Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Nagpur
  • Sai Baba, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
  • Valson, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
  • Nagraj Paturi, Director, Indic Academy and Former Professor of Cultural Studies, FLAMES School of Communication, Pune, Maharashtra
  • B Kannan, Retired Professor of Sanskrit, Jain University, Begaluru, and Academic Director, Swadeshi Indology
  • K M Gopakumar, Legal Advisor, Third World Network, New Delhi
  • D. Dhanuraj, Director, Centre for Public Policy Research, Kochi
  • Arun Krishnan, Adhoc Faculty, School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems (EGCS), and Consultant for the LL.M. Legal Theory programme, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
  • Vanisree Ramanathan, Head of the School of EGCS, Chinmaya VIshwavidyapeeth
  • Sushree Sasmita Pati, Assistant Professor of Dharmasastra, School of EGCS, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
  • Nithin Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of International Law, School of EGCS, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth