PGP Specialization


1. Title: Climate Change and Business
Faculty: Ashwini Chhatre, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Academic Director - Digital Identity & BIPP.
Term: 8

The course will introduce the students to the salience of climate change on business in three dimensions. First, students will learn about changes in physical risks and hazards as a consequence of climate change. Second, the course will focus on institutional dimensions of the human response to climate change, with a focus on regulatory mandates for reducing carbon emissions. Finally, we will focus on new opportunities - both technological and financial - for business that are intended to usher in the new low-carbon economy. Instead of moving sequentially through these three dimensions, the sessions are designed to consider all three simultaneously, in order to better understand the impact of change change on business. By the end of the course, students should expect to gain enough knowledge about these issues to be able to identify threats and opportunities arising from climate change in economic sectors of their interest.

2. Title: Government, Society and Business
Faculty: A K Shiva Kumar, Development Economist; Policy Adviser to UN agencies; Former Member, National Advisory Council, Government of India and Director, International Centre for Human Development, UNDP.
Term: 7

This course is designed to help students: (1) think analytically about development policy and its assessment, (2) develop more informed positions on key development issues, and (3) explore the many ways in which government, business and society can contribute to advancing human development. Readings and discussions will help stimulate thinking on what development is and how progress in society ought to be measured and assessed. Sessions will offer a framework for policy analysis and practical insights into the complexities of formulating social policies.

3. Title: Infrastructure and the Private Sector
Faculty: Om Prakash Agarwal, Country Director of the World Resources Institute (WRI) in India, and the CEO of WRI India.
Term: 8

Investment in infrastructure is necessary for growth. However, because of the fiscal resource crunch, time and cost over-runs, and the general poor quality of publicly provided infrastructure, governments, the world over, have invited the private sector to take on infrastructure provisioning responsibilities. Private provision of public services has taken the form, most often, of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure. The course aims at providing participants with a clear understanding of infrastructure challenges, how PPPs can help, and their use in practice. To internalize the concepts, participants would be expected to analyze and make presentations on assigned case studies.4

4. Title: The Business Food
Faculty: Ashwini Chhatre, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Academic Director - Digital Identity & BIPP.
Term: 7 & 8

Students in this course will come to appreciate the (1) complexity of the food system, (2) role of different actors in changing it, and (3) impact of our individual and collective choices today as consumers on the future of food. During this course, each student shall be able to (1) identify key issues in prominent debates around food, (2) develop a perspective that is supported with relevant information, and (3) draw and evaluate conclusions. Also, the students shall be able to identify ethical issues embedded in global and national food debates, understand the impact of a particular issue on multiple stakeholders, recognize the rights and responsibilities of the stakeholders, and systematically analyse the pros and cons of any decision related to the ethical issue. With respect to awareness of global issues, the students shall be able to identify key relevant global factors in the dynamic food system and be able to analyse the impact of individual and collective choices.

5. Title: Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy
Faculty: Avik Sarkar, Visiting Assistant Professor and Senior Research Fellow.
Term: 7 

Artificial Intelligence system is a machine that demonstrates several human like cognitive capabilities – a technology that has gained huge prominence due to the several technological breakthroughs over the last decade. The course will provide a clear definition of what comprises AI along with understanding of the key technological breakthroughs leading to its recent prominence. The course will then explore India’s official strategy for Artificial Intelligence in-terms of its economic implications, as well as impact on work, skills and education, especially in comparison to other countries. The positioning of India’s AI strategy on economic growth, eradicating poverty and managing rapid urbanization will be discussed through multiple use cases to illustrate the potential and challenges of AI from the perspective of public policy. Expanded use of AI systems raises several important issues, such as transparency, accountability, bias, governance, and ethics. These key issues will be discussed in the course along with introduction to debates on the evolving regulatory and policy frameworks for dealing with these issues.