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M.A/M.Sc in Development Policy,Planning & Practice

M.A/M.Sc in Development Policy,Planning & Practice

Overview :

Policy making has always remained a challenge in India. With glaring regional diversity in terms of availability and ownership of resources, people, and environment, the challenge has been to promote a sustainable and improved level of wellbeing for all members of society especially those vulnerable sections that are living at the margins of society. Since Independence, India chose the path of a planned economy, where allocation of scarce resources was decided by priorities set by the elected governments. Planning became an important process aided by a set of Development Policies related to agriculture, industry, employment, welfare, environment etc. Policy making itself is a dynamic political process reflecting agendas, needs and requirements of different sections of society. Development policy is an important tool which sets the agenda for an inclusive nation building process. This agenda gets articulated through planning measures, relevant Acts, formulation of schemes and guidelines and development governance.

M.A./M.Sc. in Development Policy, Planning and Practice, a two year masters’ programme, is designed to address the needs of Policy Analyst, Planners and Practitioners in understanding the intricacies and processes of policy making, multilevel planning and implementation. The course would equip the Policy Analyst, Planners and Practitioners to understand the process of Policy Making (formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation) at the grassroots level along with developing a global perspective on Development Policy. The programme would integrate national and international perspectives of Development Policy, Planning and Practices. In doing so, it will evaluate experiences and contextualize the learning for India The M.A./M.Sc. program is a multi and interdisciplinary programme integrating social sciences and social work disciplines

 The aim of this programme is to create a cadre of professionally qualified Development Policy Analyst, Planners and Practitioners in multidisciplinary and integrated policy making, planning and practice related skills. The programme is for two academic years spread over four semesters (two years).

Key Features :

The M.A./M.Sc Programme in Development Policy, Planning and Practice has the following key Features:

  • Overview of the theoretical underpinnings of development policy that has direct bearing with the welfare and development agenda of the state.

  • Understands the impact of neo liberal structural adjustment policies in defining the role of the state, international agencies, non – profit organizations and other civil society groups in policy formulation and implementation 

  • Understanding Development Policy & Planning Domain areas – social development, economic development, human development indicators, sustainable development (environment and ecology), distributive justice, health, education, employment and labour etc.

  • Interrogate the Development Policy, Planning and Practice process from the perspective of the marginalized sections

  • Understanding Development Governance

  • Politics of policy making and processes which makes radical shift in policy possible

  • Policy & Planning – implementation gaps and locating the causes

  • Development Policy Analysis

  • Multi level planning and peoples participation in policy making, monitoring and evaluation

  • Linking micro and macro level planning

  • Concentration on Rural & Urban Planning and Practice

Curriculum Framework :


SEMESTER I (18 credits)

FC 1: Understanding Indian Society (2)

FC 2 : Introduction to Political Economy(2)

FC 3: State, Democracy and Polity(2)

FC 4: India’s Development Experience(2)

DP 1: Approaches to Development(3)

DP 2: Skills & Tools for Development Policy, Planning and Practice – 1 (2)

FW 1: Fieldwork– I 4 weeks (5)

SEMESTER II (19 credits)

DP 3: Social Aspects of Poverty and Justice (existing course for MASW in Rural Development FC 6) (2)

DP 4: Understanding Development Policy (2)

DP 5: Introduction to Decentralized Governance and Planning (3)

DP 6 :Making of Policies and Plans(3)

DP 7: Research Methods (4)

FW 2: Fieldwork – II 4 weeks (5)

SEMESTER III (18 credits)

DP 8: Environment, Climate Change and Development (existing course for MASW in Rural Development CC8) (2)

DP 9: Public Economics (2)

DP 10: Dissertation/Project – Part 1 (Review/Survey of Literature) (1)

DP 11: Project /Programme Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (2)

DP 12: Skills and Tools for DPPP – 2 (2)

DP 13: Seminar Course on Development Policy Analysis(2)

DP 14: Seminar Course on Sectoral Planning(2)

FW 3 : Fieldwork – III Student’s own choice - 4 weeks (5)

SEMESTER IV (11 credits)

DP 10: Dissertation/Project Work – Part 2 (6+1 Viva )

Concentration Course: Choose one from any two i.e. DP 15 or DP 16

DP 15: Rural Planning and Practice (4) OR

FW 16: Urban Planning and Practice(4)

f4: Internship (non-credited - 4 weeks)

Employment Opportunities :

After the completion of the programme, students can avail of employment opportunities as a Policy Analyst, Development Planner or Development Practitioner in the Development Sector, Rural and Urban Planning Departments, Consultancy firms, Research Agencies Non-government Organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility Cells of companies etc. Students can also appear for Union and State services examinations or opt to pursue MPhil and PhD

Eligibility :

Candidates having a bachelor's degree in any discipline with minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent (under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognized university are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in the social sector and civil society institutions on social issues, policy advocacy, project planning and monitoring etc. and want to upgrade their knowledge and skills.   

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