Institute for Social and Economic Change



Executive Education program on Public Policy and Governance (PPPG)


The Executive Education Programme on “Public Policy and Governance (PPPG)” is a four-week programme conceived by the Government of Karnataka and Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru for the Karnataka State Civil Service Officers. The main objective of the programme is to impart state-of-the-art knowledge on different dimensions of public policy making and effective implementation of policy for better outcomes of governance using theoretical and field-based research insights. This programme is an outcome of a long persistent effort and dialogue stretched over one year between the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) ISEC and Government of Karnataka.

About the Programme

Public Policy has emerged as a rapidly evolving field of study, cutting across several disciplines. A central concern of the course was to examine the process of public policy making, highlighting multiple formal and informal channels through which the shaping of policy happens. The gap between policy and execution is a recognized but inadequately explored aspect of Public Policy. In this course, the typical and known obstructions to effective implementation were highlighted, but more importantly, the course paid attention to successful cases of governance, in order to build a knowledge base on good governance.

The course aimed at promoting an interdisciplinary approach in finding solutions to the various socio-economic issues plaguing India today and build a policy environment focusing on data science and analysis. The course combined the traditional disciplines of public policy like Political Science, Public Administration along with extremely important policy analysis tools based on Applied Economics and impact evaluation. It was expected that the participants would learn conceptual boundaries of policy and governance and its interaction with the various stakeholders in the society. The programme was designed to imbibe teamwork, cooperation, and interaction among participants and with the faculty.

Course Objectives

  • Provide analytical insights into the core issues of public policy making – particularly financial, budgetary and economic aspects, as well as political-institutional dimensions of policy, emerging from multiple and competing stakeholders.

  • To engage the participants both with the academic literature on areas of policy making, as well as to apply class room skills and resources to thinking about real life situations which call for policy responses. The programme perused a comprehensive coverage of planning, execution and monitoring of public policy and the issues emanating there from using the cases from Karnataka state’s thrust sectors such as Agriculture, Education, Rural development, urban development, water etc.,

  • Conceptualizing leadership training as an exercise that builds on experience from the grassroots level, the programme attempted to familiarize participants with policy execution at different levels, starting from gram panchayats to urban local bodies. The attempt was to highlight channels of leadership deficits, and in what ways the issue of leadership transformation could be addressed.

  • Evidence based understanding of governance aspects of service delivery with reference to policies and programmes of Government of India and state governments, relating to agriculture, food, housing, education, health, rural and urban sectors. Discussion included models of select successful cases of service delivery drawn from both the national and global context and their adaptation to the state.

  • Understanding of cutting-edge monitoring and evaluation tools to perform the process and impact evaluation of government programmes, tools to assess performance and its management, the use of performance indicators in evidence-based policy formulation.

Uniqueness of the Programme

  • Rich in house Public policy research and understanding: ISEC has served as thinktank to Government of Karnataka in terms of extensive policy research spanning across all the major sectors over the last 36 years. ISEC also has carried out considerable amount of policy research for various Ministries of Government of India. In addition, ISEC houses two centres funded by Government of India: a) Population Research Centre funded by Ministry of Health b) Agriculture Development and Rural Transformation funded by Ministry of Agriculture. Given ISEC’s existing research infrastructure, it has often been chosen by central and state governments to conduct policy evaluation studies. This has aided in the creation of a huge database of case studies that would serve as an important educational resource that was used throughout the course to train the participants about the intricacies of policy evaluation.

  • Renowned and Multidisciplinary In-house Faculty: Policy challenges are becoming more complex every day and officials need to be able to use expertise from different specialist fields to find innovative solutions. For this reason, the PPPG programme draws lessons from a range of disciplines that were taught by its renowned faculty who have rich empirical research insights on the working of public policy and also have served as resource persons in reputed institutes/ universities both within and outside the country.

  • Visit to a Foreign Policy School: As the governance and policy models vary across countries, it is important that public policy professionals are aware of the best governance practises from across the world allowing them to learn from it and analyse its application in the Indian context. Bearing this in mind, the officials were sent for a week-long field trip to the Korea Development Institute (KDI) an internationally reputed public policy institute that has had the distinction of training over 1500 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers from India, to gain the exposure required to understand the different models of policy design and implementation.

  • World Class Visiting Faculty: Given ISEC’s reputation among research institutes across the world, it has been able to build an academic network that consists of the world’s best faculty. The institute has used these faculty resources in its training.

  • Tailor made to the requirements of government officers: The public policy executive education programme in ISEC has been specially customised to meet the demands of the practising government officials to present them with the opportunity to blend theory with practise. This programme is expected to help in designing policies through empirical application, a nuanced understanding of the socio-economic issues and also using a multi stakeholder approach. The curriculum also consisted of a robust feedback mechanism to make sure the officials can apply the course’s teaching to their respective professional fields.

Course Delivery

  • The public policy programme at ISEC was conducted through an innovative course work and hands-on exercises. The initial course design has included field visits to innovative service delivery experiments, these, however, could not be accomplished in the course. This will, however, taken up in future programme.

  • The programme has incorporated Lectures / Discussion sessions by / with bureaucrats, professionals, academicians, Political leaders concerning formulation and implementation of policies.

  • In addition, the programme required participants to spend one week at a university abroad in order to familiarize themselves with global public policy discourses and pedagogy.

  • The programme also entailed the writing of a policy brief, based on desk research, under the supervision of a Programme faculty, which was prepared by the participants.

Course Structure and Contents

The PPPG course delivery comprised of training at ISEC from 7 January till 18 January followed by that of Korea Development Institute training at Seoul until 28 with the remainder completed at ISEC by 2 February 2019. The course contents were carefully drawn up by the PPPG Committee in consultation with the Senior Government Officials associated with the programme who spent considerable amount of time on shaping the course outlines. The training combined lecture sessions, group discussions, hands on exercises, exposure to important databases, its use and panel discussions to make the training effective and useful. In all there were 55 lecture sessions, 3 panel discussions, 3 group discussions.

Training at Korea Development Institute (KDI)

KDI visit: The four-week training included a visit to the Korea Development Institute (KDI) from 19- 27 January 2019 for the participants to have a first-hand understanding of successful policy options and interventions in the international context.

The study programme to Korea Development Institute included series of lectures by scholars of international repute and site visits to certain departments and business units to understand the working of transport management, public health centre, smart city units. The broad themes of ten classroom lecture series focused upon Korea’s development experience, performance management in public sector, Korea’s education and vocational training policy, Social security and welfare policy in Korea, Labour laws and policy of Korea, global trends of smart cities and Korean case, E-government and good governance and conflict resolution and negotiation. There were in all six site visits which included Seoul Metropolitan government office, Seoul Expressway Traffic Information Centre, Samsung Innovation Museum, National Agency for Administrative City Construction, Korea Development Institute and Gangnam Community Health Centre. The interactions of participants with the scholars on the key aspects of Korean development experience and visits to major departments and business units is expected to help the participants in adopting some of the best practices of service delivery in Karnataka State. The team has withstood the test of extreme weather conditions and engaged in fruitful debates earning for themselves the reputation that the team is very interactive.

Participation by the Trainees

The training was designed to engage the participants in the preparation of policy papers for select key sectors, by making available relevant literature, datasets and faculty interaction. In all there were seven groups that worked on the following themes.


  • Rural Waste Management: A Paradigm Shift Approach

  • Doubling Internal Finance Mobilisation in ULBs

  • Solid Waste Management with Reference to BBMP

  • Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation policy for Karnataka: Draft policy on evaluation for primary and higher education

  • Restructuring Governance: Changing Citizen-Government Interface - Enhanced citizen services through e-platform

  • Health Policies - Adoption of Primary Health Centers by Public and Private Medical Colleges

  • Land Acquisition for Infrastructure




Alumnus of the first batch of
Training in Public Policy and Governance Programme

7th January to 2nd February, 2019

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Name and Contact Particulars of the Officers


Shri S.C. Mahesh

Deputy Secretary

Zilla Panchayat, Gadag – 582103



Dr M. Krishnaraju

Deputy Secretary

Mandya Zilla Panchayath

PES Engineering College Rd, PES College Campus,
Mandya, Karnataka 571401

Email: ;


Shri Anthony Maria Emmanuel M

Joint Director

Department of Agriculture, Udupi

Email -


Ms P. Jayamala

Deputy General Manager

Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development & Finance Corporation (KUIDFC)

Nagarabhivriddi Bhavan, #22, 17th 'F' Cross, Old Madras Road, Indira Nagar,
2nd Stage, Near BMTC Bus Depot, Bangalore – 560 038



Ms Anupama

Project Director

District Urban Development Cell, Tumkuru

Email -;


Ms M. Renuka

Chief Project Officer

Directorate of Municipal Administration

9th Floor & 10th Floor, V.V Tower,

Ambedkar veedhi, Bengaluru - 560001.

Email -


Shri Mayanna Gowda A

Project Director

City Municipal Council

District Urban Development

Old Bengaluru- Mysuru Road, Ramanagara – 562159



Ms B.H. Girija


Department of State Education Research & Training (DSERT)

#4100 Ring Road, BSK 3rd Stage

Hosakerehalli, Bangalore - 560085



Shri G.V. Hariprasad

Senior Lecturer


Email - ;


Shri S.N. Balachandra

KAS (Sr Scale)

Special Deputy Commissioner (LAQ)

KIADB, Bengaluru



Ms Anitha. C

KAS (Sr Scale)

Joint Director (adm)

Department of Municipal Administration

V.V. Tower, Bengaluru



Shri Varaprasad Reddy B N

Project Officer

Centre for e-Governance

DPAR (e-Governance)



Shri Praveen P Bagevadi

KAS (Jr Scale)

Project Director

DUDC, DC Office, Belagavi


Ms Kathyayinidevi S

KAS (Jr Sclae)

Administrative Officer

Department of Health and Family Welfare




Jayavibhava Swamy, K.A.S.,


Directorate of Differently Abled and Senior Citizens,

Podium Block, VV Tower,Dr. BR Ambedkar Veedhi,

Bangalore - 560001.

Email –;


Ms Shilpa M

Chief Administrative Officer

Department of Collegiate Education

2nd Floor, Technical Education Department Building,

Palace Road Bangalore - 560001

Email :;


Ms Rashmi G

Joint Director (Admin)

Directorate of Technical Education

S J (Govt.) Polytechnic Campus,
Sheshadri Road, Bengaluru 560001

Email: ;


Dr Mahesh M

General Manager(Admn & Hr)


Corporate Office, K.R. Circle, Bangalore-01.           



Shri Naveen Kumar Raju S

Joint Commissioner

Karnataka State Tourism Development Corpn.Ltd.,

No:49, 2nd Floor,

Khanija  Bhavan, West Entrance, Race Course  Road,  

Bangalore-560 001 


Shri Devaraj A

Special Land Acquisition Officer

Madikeri-Mysuru 4/9 path Road

National Highway Authority of India



Ms Vani B

Joint Director (Admin)

Commissionerate of Rural Development

RDPR, Bengaluru

Email –


Ms Zehera Naseem

KAS (Sr Scale)

Addl Regional Commissioner

Kalaburagi Division, Kalaburagi

Email: ;


Shri A.M. Yogeesh

KAS (Sr Scale)

Chief Administrative Officer

Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Devleopment Limited (KIRDL)




Shri P.R. Shivaprasad

KAS (Sr Scale)

Director (Personnel)

KSRTC Shanthinagar, Bengaluru

Email -


Ms. Kavitha R.

Head Quarter Assistant to Commissioner,
 Food Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs Department, Bangalore



Ms. Shantha L.H.

Chief Manager (Implementation),
Rajeev Gandhi Rural Housing Cooperation Ltd, Bangalore



Mr. Rajendra Prasad M.N.

Special Land Acquisition Officer,
National Highway Authority of India (NHAI),
 Malavalli, Mandya District



Mr. Jagadeesha B.A.

Council Secretary, Belagavi Muncipal Corporation,



Ms. Shanthala K.T.

Under Secretary, RERA, Bangalore



Shri Manjunatha A L

KAS (Jr Scale)

Special Land Acquisition Officer

KIADB (BMICP), Arvind Bhavana

Nrupatunga Road, Bengaluru -560 001

Email -



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