M.Phil in Public Policy and Governance

This proposed 2-year M Phil program in Public Policy is distinctively different from the other programs offered in the country. Our program would be a multi-disciplinary program that will contextualize and analyze issues relating to South Asia in general and Pakistan in particular. It would be innovative and inculcate in the students leadership qualities, managerial skills and analytical acumen. It will draw upon faculty expertise to enable students to explore one of the most complex and fascinating regions of the world compelling them to address crucial political, economic and social issues confronting us in the twenty-first century. These include, for example, questions of the appropriate design of institutions, the management of contractual relationships, and the design of regulatory mechanisms and economic and sociological approaches to policy evaluation. Appropriate Information Technology and Management (ITM) skills would be integrated into the program to bring about attitudinal change and develop professional expertise in promoting methods for efficient, judicious and transparent policy execution through Electronic Governance. Students would be encouraged to shape their course program and research according to their interests, needs, and desired areas of specialization. Upon completion of all requirements leading to M Phil, the students would be able to do policy analysis and research independently.

Besides receiving rigorous academic training, students would also be exposed to the practical side of policy making. Over the years the CPPG has institutionalized its net working with eminent national and international scholars and policy makers who hail from different government departments, NGOs, consultancies, think tanks or businesses and are invited as guest speakers. The CPPG Seminar and Policy Dialogues Series offer a mix of both practitioner and academics who discuss their work. Seminar series and policy dialogues at the CPPG demonstrate our continued commitment to research that engages and interacts with the academia and broader policy-making community.

FCC has a strong and evolving base of social sciences departments that enable students to supplement their education. The CPPG has the distinction of holding and encouraging duel appointments across disciplines and departments. In that spirit the program would design and encourage cross-listing of courses with other social sciences graduate programs at the FCC.  The CPPG also has Adjunct/Visiting Faculty from retired and serving civil servants. More importantly, the CCPG has recently created its own FCC Public Policy Research and Resource Centre, which has Library and virtual space facility. At this point we are in the process of building archives and documentation through digitization.