Welcome to the 7th Cohort of the Masters of the Policy Programme!
In any other year, we would welcome our new batches into the University with a week-long orientation programme involving the usual campus tour, an introduction to faculty and peers, and a peek into the course features. This year however, our new MPP batch begins its NLS journey on July 22 completely online, and in rather exceptional circumstances in the midst of a pandemic.
We are glad however that the COVID-19 pandemic has not dampened the spirit of our academic endeavours. Students have enrolled in higher numbers this year with our MPP batch growing from 50 to 70. We also welcome the second batch of the Integrated Ph.D. programme in Public Policy. We are excited to welcome all of you to an engaging and intellectually productive time with us through and beyond the pandemic.
The Public Policy programme at NLSIU commenced in 2014. Prof Sony Pellissery, Associate Professor and Member, MPPP Council emphasized that the programme specialises in the interface of law and policy. “Since every good legislation requires clarity on policy, an interdisciplinary learning of politics, law and economics distinguishes our Public Policy pedagogy from any other programme in the world,” he said.
“Given that the world is in the tight grip of a pandemic, what is the most appropriate intervention we can make? A group of enthusiastic faculty members are waiting to engage with young aspiring professionals this year. A comprehensive review of the curriculum was undertaken last year and a new curriculum will be rolled out for the batch of 2020-22,” Prof Pellissery said.
A few students from our new batch share their hopes and aspirations as they begin the programme in the midst of a pandemic.