Inaugural Session: AMPPP Co’24

The eighth batch of the flagship programme of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy (AMPPP), was formally launched by the hon’ble Minister for IT, Industries and Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Government of Telangana, Shri KT Rama Rao, at the Mohali campus of the Indian Business School.

The hon’ble minister was accompanied by Shri G Ranjith Reddy, Hon'ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha). Sharing his insights with the participants of AMPPP, he emphasised the need to promote innovation, infrastructure, and inclusive growth across the states. He said, “India possesses immense strength, and when tapped into correctly, the country can emerge as a global leader.”

Shri Rao shared his experiences as a student in the USA and his time in different parts of the world, which shaped his ideas. He informed the gathering about how Telangana, being the youngest state of India, has achieved a stellar record across diverse fields such as Pharmaceuticals, Information Technology, Agriculture, Higher Education, and Infrastructure, etc. He shared his government’s vision to focus on three ‘I’s – infrastructure, innovation and inclusiveness that helped the state to usher in a new era of development. He also elaborated upon how the vision of the political class can help transform other states of India by utilising available resources optimally.

Residency 1

The first residency of Cohort 2023-24 of the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy was held from 11th August to 21st August 2023 at ISB’s Mohali Campus. Shri KT Rama Rao, the Hon’ble Minister for IT, Industries and Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Government of Telangana, addressed the cohort and formally inaugurated the programme.

Guest Speaker Sessions by:

  • August 13: Dr Pushpinder Puniha, Financial Advisor to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in his covered session on collaborative governance and its role in policy formulation. navigated through the nuances of collaborative governance, demonstrating how effective partnerships and coordinated efforts between various stakeholders can lead to more efficient and equitable outcomes. He shared the Green Revolution story, where different stakeholders, from the government to farmers came together to make it a success. Citing examples of NPAs (non-performing assets), self-assessment tax default, smart cities, IPL, NBA and EPL, Dr Puniha explained how collaborative approaches can lead to more sustainable solutions in the realm of public policy and administration.
  • August 19:  Dr Shailendra Joshi, former Chief Secretary and former Advisor to the Government of Telangana started his session with an introduction to the book ‘Reflections on India’s Public Policy’ and its 10 co-authors, who incidentally are his batchmates from the IAS 1984 batch. Dr Joshi threw light on different aspects of inter-governmental cooperation while formulating policies. A substantive part of the lecture was on the importance of good public expenditure and its intricacies with public policy. During his session, he focused on the importance of people centric governance and the need for the public institutions to overcome their inertia to be future ready.
  • August 20: Dr Mukesh Jain, Special DGP (Training), Police Headquarters, Bhopal started his session on the ‘Science of Happiness’ by explaining the philosophical underpinnings of happiness and how certain mental barriers stops us from achieving it. Dr Jain threw light on positive happiness and the positive psychology research.  He discussed the human capacity to bring back positive memories to make us happy. Dr Jain also explained how positive emotions impact human performance and how it is contagious. Towards the end of his session, he discussed various external factors and their influences on our hormones which impact our mood. Dr Jain also explained to the class the importance of ‘echo point’- the fact life reverberates what we feel. 

Residency 2

The second residency of the Cohort 2023-24 of the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy was held from 22nd -31st October 2024 at the Hyderabad campus of the Indian Business School.

Guest Speaker Sessions by:

  • October 27 : A special session was held on ‘Breaking Barriers: Gender Inclusivity in Public Policy’, which was moderated by Professor Anjal Prakash. Guest speakers for this session were Tashi Choedup, founding member of Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti, and Queer Swabhimana Yatra and Shikha Goel, IPS, ADGP, Women Safety Wing, Telangana State Police. The session delved into various aspects of gender inclusivity through the lens of stereotypical notions of binary in gender and the need for systemic change to cater to the marginalised sections in a colloquially hierarchical world. During the session, Tashi Chodeup stated that most queer or trans-identifying individuals do not have the ability to deal with the mainstream social practices. He added that there is a need for opportunity, accessibility of resources, and visibility equity across all communities within the gender spectrum. Shikha Goel, a highly accomplished officer from the Indian Police Services (IPS) spoke about the nature of work involved as the head of the Women Safety Wing of the Telangana State Police to ensure sensitivity and safety towards women-centric involvement in policing. She said that in the past 30 years, there has been a phenomenal change in the scope of women’s involvement in policing with increased representation of women in the state police forces. She provided the AMPPP cohort with valuable insights about the need to attain gender sensitivity across all dimensions further stating that gender colours the way we view the world, therefore, gender matters.
  • October 27 : An Alumni Panel Discussion on “Public Policy and Governance” focussing on ‘Emerging Facets’ was held during the residency. The panellists were Dr Abhishek Jain, Secretary (Home, Information Technology, Finance, Planning and Statistics, Labour and Employment) and Secretary to CM, Government of Himachal Pradesh; Colonel Anurag Awasthi, Vice President, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association & Interim CEO of Electropreneur Park, Delhi, and Dr Pankaj Sharma, a consultant to the government. The discussion was moderated by Sushma Kattamuri, Head, Strategic Initiatives, Bharti Institute of Public Policy. Dr Abhishek Jain emphasised the crucial importance of incorporating the voices of local communities in policy formulation, drawing from his experience as the District Collector of Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. He highlighted how this approach contributed to the remarkable achievements in human development within the state. Dr Jain underlined the significance of human engagement and environmental preservation as integral aspects of effective public policy. Colonel Anurag Awasthi underscored the value of research data and academic involvement in the policymaking process. He elaborated on the differences between sustainability and green practices, cautioning against blindly importing Western models due to cultural and business disparities. Colonel Awasthi also noted the limitations of afforestation and the need for documented critical technology policies to prevent talent shortages. Dr Pankaj Sharma shared his perspective on system complexity and the scientific methodologies available for comprehension. He advocated for a balanced approach, emphasising the broader importance of sustainability, within which environmental concerns are encompassed. Dr Sharma also anticipated the growing urbanisation of India in the coming decade, with associated challenges in environmental degradation. Additionally, he discussed the request from policy makers to the US federal government to cease the use of AI in citizen-facing programmes, while expressing his belief in AI as a solution to digital illiteracy.
  • October 28 : Neetu K, Leading Communication & Policy Advocacy in South Asia, Management Member- Inter IKEA Group walked the participants through the remarkable journey of the global furniture giant. She elucidated IKEA's core objectives and helped connect the dots between the theoretical concepts discussed in the course and the practical application as exemplified by IKEA's case study which was taught to participants. She delved into the very spirit of IKEA, which extends far beyond profit margins and market share.

Residency 3

The third residency of the Cohort 2023-24 of the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy was held from 17th February-25th February 2024, at the Mohali campus of the Indian Business School.

Guest Speaker Sessions by:

  • February 20 : K. Rajeswara Rao, IAS (Retd), former Special Secretary NITI Aayog, Government of India and presently serving as President, Sampark Foundation. During his session on ‘Public Policymaking: The insider's perspective’, he emphasised the pivotal role that community plays in the effective implementation of policies. Drawing from his vast and rich experience of working in various ministries, he engaged the participants with insightful anecdotes and practical examples to illuminate the intricate dynamics of participatory policymaking. This helped the students to understand the nuanced interplay between policymakers, communities, and the effective implementation of policies on a national scale.
  • February 24 : Colonel Anurag Awasthi, Vice-President, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), held a session on ‘Technology and Society’. He delved into various facets of the evolving landscape on the intersection of technology, geopolitics, and global change. Emphasising on the significance of the tenant policy paradigm, he highlighted the interconnectedness of political, cultural, economic, and technological powers in shaping up of a comprehensive national power. The session explored global drivers of change, encompassing demographic shifts, urbanisation, transmigration, climate change, and the rise of technology giants. Colonel Awasthi underscored the critical role of technology in contemporary politics, referencing instances like Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before the US Senate. The discussion expanded to cover the challenges in critical technologies, knowledge sharing, and cybersecurity, emphasising the control of materials, particularly in the semiconductor supply chain. He also touched upon the global security spectrum, focussing on the centrality of radio frequency in weapon systems. He concluded the session by outlining the complexities of the global supply chain for semiconductors, stressing the importance of understanding this intricate process in policymaking. Overall, the session provided a broad overview of the complex and interconnected issues at the nexus of technology, geopolitics, and global dynamics.
  • February 23 : JS Deepak, IAS(Retd.), former Secretary Telecom & IT, Govt of India and Group Director, Bharti Enterprises, and Former Ambassador of India to the World Trade Organization (WTO) began his session on ‘International Trade’ by explaining the economic importance of trade and its impact on a country's GDP. He cited various examples of India's trade percentage and highlighted the significance of trade in international relations and its role in fostering growth. He emphasised that while there is a consensus on the benefits of trade, it must also be fair and universally accepted. He delved into trade policy measures, focussing on customs duties, both bound rates and applied rates, as well as non-tariff barriers like standards and restrictions. He concluded the session by stressing on the need for countries to balance free trade with fairness to enhance overall welfare and global economic relations.