About CPPG

The concept of the Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG) was initiated by the Rector of Forman Christian College in conjunction with the Director, CPPG, in July of 2007. This was followed by development of a strategic plan and building of an advisory board for the Centre. Envisioned as an academic, research and training institute, the first member of the research team was hired in spring of 2008 followed by the launch of Faculty Seminar Series and the Research & News Quarterly publication. Over the course of the year 2008-09, the Centre – supported by university faculty and its advisors – formulated the curriculum for the first-of-its-kind Executive MA in Public Policy, geared towards training public, private and non-profit sector managers with several years of experience under their belt. Additionally, CPPG organized academic seminars and workshops, brought out regular issues of the Quarterly, published an Occasional Paper and co-hosted an International Conference during the same time. The strength of the faculty increased to four permanent and four visiting fellows, and support administrative staff increased to two. Infrastructure developments included a small but growing library, a 20 workstation computer lab and an Executive Seminar Room.
The Executive MA in Public Policy program started in the Fall of 2009 with a class of ten, comprising of public and non-governmental sectors. Classes were held four days a week while at least one academic seminar was organized every month. In addition to hosting more than ten academic seminars, CPPG also organized three policy dialogues on Civil Services Reform, Agriculture Policy Implementation and Urban Policy while initiating its short-term training series with a 3-day course on Public Financial Management. The overall student experience included theoretical frameworks and skills development, enriched by the multitudes of activities at CPPG. The students are now preparing to finalize their research proposals having gone through a rigorous process of discussions with their supervisor and presentations to the faculty. CPPG looks forward to producing quality research through its course participants as it gears for the next academic year with greater faculty strength and an increased vigour to generate research and contribute towards evidence based policy making in the country.

The CPPG launched its MPhil Program in Fall 2014. This two year program aims to develop leadership qualities, managerial skills and analytical acumen among students along with a deep understanding of the processes that formulate public policy and their consequences, both intended and un-intended, along with all the hazards associated with their successful implementation. It is designed to equip students with qualitative as well as quantitative research methods along with the endurance to conduct good quality research. CPPG is currently offering three areas of concentration:
  1. Governance, Democracy and Institution Building
  2. Environment, Demography and Urban Change
  3. Peace Building and Conflict Management
CPPG plans to add the following areas of concentration in the next few years:
Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies
Culture Media and Globalization
Social Change and Sustainable Development

Strategic Outlook
Message from the Rector
Message from the Director