Moulding next-generation leaders: Harvard, Stanford and IIM Alumni come together to establish Kautilya School of Public Policy in India

The Kautilya School of Public Policy- aiming to enhance public policy education and mould leaders for tomorrow- thas been established in Hyderabad to make public policy education an essential part of broader higher education reform in India. The newly established campus is spread across 24,500 sq. ft area coupled with sophisticated facilities and technology, making it one of India’s most contemporary institutes.

The highlight of the initiative is those alumni of Harvard, Stanford and IIM have come together to build this school which aims to fulfill the urgent need for evidence-based policymaking in the country and offer education at par with any Ivy League institute

Kautilya School of Public Policy has a different approach to education. It is designed to be a non-hierarchical, interactive space to enable learning and sharing of knowledge. The school envisions shaping leaders capable of undertaking rigorous public policy education and applying the lessons to solve India’s 21st-century problems.

Affiliated to Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management, popularly known as GITAM, the school has a founding team consisting of alumni from Stanford, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)) along with an eminent Executive board.

The founding team includes M. Sri Bharat, President, GITAM Deemed to be University, PrateekKanwal, Co-founder, and Sridhar Pabbisetty, Founding Director. 

According to a report from The Economic Times, GITAM president M Sri Bharat said, “Today, our country does not only need capable leaders but people who can steer the growth which we believe is possible through effective public policy education. Coming from a background of public life over generations and a keen interest in nurturing the country’s future through education, Kautilya is a step towards mouldings the leaders of tomorrow. Through the institution, we aim to bring a global quality curriculum addressing the lack of evidence-based education in public policy with experienced faculties and industry experts.”

Kautilya is expected to create a curriculum that emphasises academic depth as well as practical application. Offering a two-year residential Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) Program with a unique mix of core courses, electives, skill shops and specialisations, a batch of 60 commencing July 2021.

The applications for MPP will be open from November 30, 2020. Management Development Programs for working professionals will be launched starting in January 2021.

The Executive Board at Kautilya includes names like Anil Swarup, a retired IAS officer and an author, Dilip Cherian, Communications consultant, political campaign advisor, Indermit Gill, non-resident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, M V Rajeev Gowda, an Indian politician and academician, Navtej Singh Sarna, Former IFS Officer among other noted names.


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