Event Information

Politics of Development | New Delhi

Event Date: 19 Jul To 21 Jul 2019; Time: 10AM - 6PM
Venue: GD Goenka University

 Politics of Development or POD | 2019

About the Program

India has proved its ability to break through the global economy by joining the ranks of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, despite 71 years of political independence our nation still faces major concerns and challenges such as endemic poverty and sporadic development. Politics of Development (PoD) is a three-day residential certificate course that explains the root causes of such issues and explores solutions for the same. At PoD, participants will get a chance to explore what it means to 'do development differently' and what role public policy can play in solving social and economic issues plaguing our nation.

The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods, including dynamic games and role plays, lectures, documentary screening, discussions and personal reflections to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas in an open space.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how institutions determine outcomes through influencing behavior of rational actors by structuring their incentives
  • Evaluate how institutional arrangements that promote competition in both political and economic markets lead to better outcomes for citizens
  • Understand that public policy is the most effective means of achieving sustainable social change

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Course Schedule

DAY 0 | 19 July 2019

  • 14:30 - 15:00 | Registration
  • 15:00 - 16:00 | Welcome and Introduction
  • 16:00 - 17:30 | Social Change and Public Policy
  • 17:30 - 18:00 | Break
  • 18:00 - 20:00 | Public Choice: Benefits & Costs of Collective Action
  • 20:00 - 21:00 | Dinner

DAY 1 | 20 July 2019

  • 09:00 - 11:00 | New Education Policy: Choice and Competition in Education
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 | State of India's Agriculture: A Case for a New Farmer's Manifesto
  • 13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 | Socratic Reading: The Terracotta vs. Green Vision
  • 15:30 - 16:00 | Break
  • 16:00 - 17:30 | The Jobs Crisis in India
  • 17:30 - 18:15 | Break
  • 18:15 - 19:30 | Not a Zero-Sum Game: Activity
  • 20:30 - 21:30 | Dinner

DAY 2 | 21 July 2019 | Politics of Prosperity

  • 09:00 – 11:30 | Socratic Reading: Doing Development Differently & Activity
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Break
  • 12:00 - 13:30 | Reform Agenda for Modi 2.0
  • 13:30 - 15:00 | Lunch & Check Out
  • 15:00 - 16:30 | Decentralization: Solving Local Problems Locally
  • 16:30 - 17:30 | Feedback & The Way Forward
  • 17:00 - 18:00 | Closing & Graduation

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Who Can Apply?

We are looking to engage with a diverse group of students and young professionals, therefore applicants only need to meet an age criterion of falling in the age group of 18-35 years.

Selection Process & Fees

  • Interested candidates will have to fill a short application form and will be shortlisted based on the quality of their application.
  • Applicants will be shortlisted on a rolling basis so applying sooner will increase chances as seats are limited
  • The fee covers accommodation, food and program material for three days. The fee would also involve shuttle services from Huda City Centre and GD Goenka School, Vasant Kunj to the venue and back on the first and last day.

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Swaminathan Aiyar (Keynote Speaker)

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is an Indian journalist and columnist. He is a consulting editor for the Economic Times and was formerly Editor of two of India's biggest economic dailies, Financial Express from 1988-90 and The Economic Times from 1992-94. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and the elder brother of Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is a senior Congress leader.

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, a nonprofit, independent public policy research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Amit Kaushik

Amit Kaushik was a civil servant for 20 years, joining the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1987. During his time in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments, including as Director in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as well as the drafting of the Right to Education Act. He has consulted widely, with multilateral agencies like UNESCO and UNICEF, and has extensive experience of educational planning in India and other developing countries.

Since leaving government, he has worked with organisations like SRF, the NGO Pratham, Educomp Schools and IPE Global. He is currently the CEO at the Australian Council for Educational Research (India).

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Grad Says

Archita Das, works at NCERT

"PoD has been an enriching experience. It has encouraged me to look at things from a liberal and rational point of view. Instead of looking at the state as a provider of everything, the course has encouraged me to look at every human as a self-interest maximising individual and how incentives in the free market can help achieve the optimal outcome."

Mohammed Iqbal Omar, UG Pol Science, University of Essex

It has helped me rethink incentives and using them to achieve the required outcomes. It has also helped me rethink the role of a State and the need for libertarian values in the same.

Aakriti Kandoi, UG Pol Science, DU

I was more of a person who spoke about the problem but could never give a solution. This course helped me challenge that and work towards finding solutions. It also helped me think critically about those problems

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Early Bird Deadline: 30th June 2019
(Program Fee: Rs 3,500/-)

Final Application deadline: 07th July 2019
(Program Fee: Rs 4,000/-)

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Fee includes food, accommodation, transport from Huda City Centre to the venue on first and last day, and learning material.