Academic Courses

Certificate Programmes in People Centred Advocacy

Certificate Programmes on various themes in People Centred Advocacy are offered by NCAS in association with academic institutions and centres of excellence. The course content includes sessions on basics of advocacy, understanding Indian Society, stakeholders in advocacy, tools and strategies of advocacy, legislative and media advocacy, and advocacy campaign planning. Evaluation is done on the basis of assignments and participation in sessions. —-

Month-long course on Advocacy

NCAS conducts month long courses on advocacy for young post graduate students from disciplines of social work, law, rural development, sociology, political science, media etc. As part of our endeavor to promote ‘People Centred Advocacy’ through capacity building of youth, the course aims to develop a holistic and nuanced understanding of issues that plague our country. The objective of the course is to build pro-people perspective and impart knowledge and skills necessary for an effective advocacy. The methodology is participatory consisting of case study analysis, discussions on films and interactive sessions with experts and advocacy practitioners, alongwith a packed schedule of rigorous classroom sessions.

To apply, please write to us at learning@ncasindia.org


Advocacy Internship Programme (AIP) is a unique venture of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies. Since its inception in 1999, AIP aims at developing dedicated and active youth committed to social change and justice. The programme endeavours to instill rights-based perspective in the young interns and updates them with the larger political scenario, knowledge base, and skills required for effective people-centred advocacy. It is designed to prepare young people to work in the field of development and social change through a rigorous process of learning. Academic inputs, capacity building, field experiences and perspective building are important components of this extensive learning programme.

The multidisciplinary course is designed to emphasize a rights-based perspective to social change, focusing on the concepts and practices of people-centred advocacy and human rights activism. The topics covered include the character of Indian society, polity and economy; globalization and imperialism; human rights law and social justice; approaches to social change and social movements; public policy analysis; campaign planning; networking; and research methodologies.

The Advocacy Internship Programme has produced around 80 young advocates who are working in various positions in organizations of repute.

For queries, please write to us at learning@ncasindia.org