Bharti Institute of Public Policy welcomes you to an insightful journey into the dynamics of public policy in India, where innovations, practice, and the future converge to shape our nation's policy design and implementation. Our book series, "Innovations, Practice, and the Future of Public Policy in India," is a comprehensive exploration of the ever-evolving landscape of governance, policy formulation, and its implications on one of the world's oldest, most populous, and diverse democracies.

This series delves deep into the intricate fabric of public policy, highlighting groundbreaking innovations that have revolutionised the governance structure in India. We explore how these innovations have been put into practice, yielding insights and lessons learned from the field. Our series dissects the current scenario and forecasts the future trends and challenges that will influence public policy in India.

Join us as we embark on a captivating intellectual voyage that scrutinises the past, evaluates the present, and deliberates on the future of public policy in India.

Book Series - Innovations, Practice and the Future of Public Policy in India

The field of public policy is broad, interdisciplinary, and multifaceted, one that requires constant communication between stakeholders—academics, policymakers, practitioners, thinkers, and citizens, to address important public policy design and concerns around implementation.

Indian School of Business’s Bharti Institute of Public Policy-Routledge Book Series titled — Innovations, Practice and Future of Public Policy in India, brings together contributions and diverse perspectives of academics and practitioners in the field of public policy in India and chronicles innovative ideas and best practices to facilitate knowledge transfer, replication, or scaling. The books in this series focus primarily on the voices of academics and practitioners and offer crucial insights for corrective action and creation of more comprehensive policy designs. By critically analysing cases and policy designs, it offers insights into the feasibility of innovative models where theory meets practice in the pursuit of the public good.

Series Editors

Prof Ashwini Chhatre

Associate Professor and Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business, India

Prof Anjal Prakash

Clinical Associate Professor (Research) and Research Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business, India

Dr Aarushi Jain


Policy Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business, India

Series Editorial Board

  • AK Shiva Kumar, Independent Consultant and Visiting Professor, Indian School of Business, India
  • Rajeev Malhotra, O.P. Jindal Global University, India
  • Purnamita Dasgupta, Institute for Economic Growth, India
  • Ram Sewak Sharma, former CEO, National Health Authority, Govt. of India
  • Sanjaya Baru, Political Commentator and Policy Analyst
  • Rohini Chaturvedi, Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA)

Our First Book

The first book in the series, The Last Mile-Turning Public Policy Upside Down, authored by Amarjeet Sinha, IAS (Retd.) focuses on the challenges of the last mile in the diverse social development sector. It covers education, health, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, poverty reduction, housing, employment, livelihood, skills, and decentralised governance sectors.

About the Author

Amarjeet Sinha is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer (Retd.) of Bihar Cadre, 1983 batch. With four decades of social development engagement, Sinha, last held the office of Secretary, Department of Rural Development, Govt. of India. Mr. Sinha was appointed as the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister in February 2020 to oversee projects related to the social sector. He played a key role in designing Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (national mission for school education) and the National Rural Health Mission. Among the notable schemes and flagship programmes which were steered by Mr. Sinha are MGNREGA, PMAY(Gramin), PMGSY, Rurban Mission, National Rural Livelihoods Mission, Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (youth employment scheme), to name a few. He has published several books and scores of articles in various publications including Lancet, Economic and Political Weekly, The Economic Times, The Hindu, Business Standard, Hindustan Times, etc. 

Launch of the First Book in this Series:

The first book in this series will be launched at the India International Centre, on 26th October 2023. The event will focus on conversations around an inclusive, developed India, that provides social opportunities to every Indian citizen to develop their fullest human potential. To lead discussions on various aspects of the book under the vast expanse of Human Development, the following list of distinguished speakers have been assigned specific themes:

  • Dr. Ashok Lahiri - Decentralized Community Action for Human Development Outcomes.
  • Mr. Jugal K. Mohapatra - Public Policy and Governance for a Developed India.
  • Sister Sujita - Women's Collectives, and Vulnerable Social Groups and their Well- Being.
  • Dr. K. Srinath Reddy - Public Health for All.
  • Mr. Vineet Nayyar - Teacher Development and Learning Outcomes in Schools through frugal innovations.
  • Ms. Keerti, Bundelkhand's Women's Collective- The Real Change Makers
  • Ms. Saroj Mohapatra - Women's Collectives and Sustainable Livelihoods.
  • Dr. Mahesh Sharma - Technology and decentralized action for people centric development. Dr. Ritu Priya – Community Connect and Human Well-being.
  • Ms. Sanchita Mitra – Women-led enterprises for transformation.
  • Ms. Vrinda Sarup - Building Public Systems for Outcomes in Social Development.
  • Prof. Ashwini Chhatre - Climate Action and Justice.


Launch of the first book: The Last Mile-Turning Public Policy Upside Down

Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business launched its Public Policy book series “Innovations, Practice and Future of Public Policy in India” with the launch of the first book in this series. The first book ‘The Last Mile – Turning Public Policy Upside Down’ by Amarjeet Sinha, IAS (retd) was launched at IIC, New Delhi, on 26 October 2023.

Bharti Institute of Public Policy, at the Indian School of Business has partnered with Routledge Publishers UK for the book series.

During the launch of his book, author Amarjeet Sinha thanked all the contributors, and said that this book brings together diverse perspectives of academics and practitioners in the field of public policy in the country and records innovative ideas and best practices to facilitate knowledge sharing.

In his closing remarks, Prof. Ashwini Chhatre, Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, said that he found the book to be most suitable for both practitioners of public policy as well as the academia. “This book allowed me to clarify that how do you weave together a system where the role of the state is in synergy with the role of the community,” he said.

Eminent speakers spoke about the importance of creating the last mile connect under the vast expanse of human development with focus on specific themes. 

The evening, which was conducted by Dr. Aarushi Jain, Policy Director, BIPP also saw piano performance by Siddharth Mukherjee. 

Upcoming Books in the Series

Technology, Policy, and Inclusion: An Intersection of Ideas for Public Policy

Edited By Anjal Prakash, Aarushi Jain, Puran Singh & Avik Sarkar