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What is this course all about?

This is an online post graduate certificate course on public policy and advocacy certified by National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS)

What is the duration of the course?

The course duration is of three months October 2020 to December 2020. The course will be for 3 hours per day 5 days a week in the evening.

Why you should take this course?

Public policies influence everybody’s life. Good public policies are essential for transforming societies and making the world a better place for all. Understanding complexities of public issues and designing effective policy solutions and governance processes to address those issues are challenging tasks. Advocacy is an art of influencing policy formulation and governance. The policy-makers and development sector organisations, irrespective of the theme they choose to work on, are relying on the expertise of trained personnel to understand and fathom new challenges, issues and suggest and design policy solutions. But there is a dearth of skill and perspective when it comes to public policy advocates. Policy studies and advocacy is both a socially fulfilling experience and a career opportunity. NCAS is offering this online certificate course to up skill yourself during the pandemic and boost your career.

What will you learn from the course?

This course focuses on Public Policy Advocacy as a practical tool and skillset necessary for policy studies and advocacy. A meticulously formulated curriculum to understand the complexities of the Indian condition – its social fabric, economics and politics – both academically and in the context of socio-cultural realities, will guide this programme for preparing youth in the praxis of people-centered advocacy. The course content includes understanding the society, theory and practice of public policy, institutions of governance and theory and practice of advocacy and research methods. The curriculum combines the theory and practice of engaging with public policy issues and its advocacy at various levels. Methodology includes classroom sessions, case studies and films, interactions with policy researchers, academics and practitioners and subject experts. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, academic inputs and interactive sessions will be held using online communication platforms. All learning material will be made available in soft forms and submissions will also be made electronically.

What is the course structure?

Course Name Contents
Public Policy: Theory and Practice

Nature and Scope

Typologies of Public Policy
Policy Inputs, Policy Outputs and Policy Outcomes
Policy Analysis
Changing Contours of Public Policy

Policy Advocacy Social Change and Social Action
Theory and Practice of Advocacy
Power, Politics and Policy
Approaches to Advocacy
Tools and strategies of Advocacy
People-Centred Advocacy
Governance Institutions and Systems of Governance
Policy-Making Structures and Processes
Intergovernmental Relations and Policy-Making
Public Policy and Civil Society
Transparency-Accountability-Participation and Public Policy

What will you need?

For pursuing this course one will require a stable internet connectivity and one’s personal device for attending the lectures online.

Who Can Apply

Both fresh graduates and post graduate’s students and working professionals can apply for the course. There is no age limit for the course.

How to apply?

Fill in your details through this application form

How will the course be certified?

Students’ performance will be evaluated against assignments and dissertation/thesis. After successful submissions, one will get a certification of completion from NCAS.

What is the course fees ?

The course fee is Rs.10000 for three months inclusive of the application fee. The fees have to be paid online. The details of the same is provided in the application form instruction.

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  • It was an exciting, enriching and gratifying journey altogether. Our batch was honoured to be a part of series of lectures arranged by eminent personalities in the field of academics. We got the opportunity to participate in many useful and effective discussion on diverse topics ranging from advocacy, bureaucracy research governance to the nature and scope of public policy. We learnt to develop our thoughts on concepts and theories of advocacy that are often difficult to grasp. The faculty always encouraged us to ask questions and undertake structured assignments that taught us some valuable lessons as budding advocates of public policy. The kind practical exposure that the course provided has personally helped me to understand with clarity how society and its institutions exist and function. I can confidently say that post this course I have become an informed citizen who is mindful of issues that are often overlooked at the individual level. The course has taught me perspective through which I can practice advocacy in an effective and orderly fashion. I am grateful to the members of NCAS for allowing me to be a part of such a well-planned and organised course during these unusual pandemic times

    Sneha Brigit Zachariah
    -PG in Public Policy, St. Xavier’s College
  • My work as a head of programs and policies at water aid required me to enhance my perspectives I was exploring for a good institute with which I can enrol with. Through my friend I came to know about NCAS and enrolled in public policy and advocacy. The uniqueness of the program which I like the most was all the faculties are the practitioners so while they teach they relate their personal experiences which are imaging to learn. NCAS is the only institute which works exclusively on public policy and advocacy. The class timings offered by NCAS are suitable for working professionals like me and besides this the class recordings could also be watched as per convenience. The course fee offered by NCAS is nominal and affordable by all sections of people. I have immensely benefited out of this and I suggest those who want to pursue public policy and advocacy as a career to join the course offered by NCAS and get benefit out of it.

    N Srinivasa Rao
    Programs & Policies Head, Water Aid
  • I am working as an advocacy consultant in a NGO called Navajeevan Trust in Tamil Nadu. When I applied for this course I thought how far this course will benefit me in my career but after completing this course I really felt that it was a very useful course for me. It is not only that but while practicing the advocacy it was really helpful and I hope this course will also help me to successfully do advocacy work with the parliamentarians. The course content were very useful and the faculties were very experienced and the lectures were very wonderful. This is a fantastic course and those persons who are doing advocacy will benefit them. I thank NCAS for giving me this opportunity to take up this course.

    S Ashokan
    -M. Phil, Navajeevan Trust, Tamil Nadu
  • I am a chartered engineer, research scholar and a freelance public policy analyst. I heard about NCAS from social media and learnt a lot about public policy making, policy formulation analysis and how to evaluate and make suggestion to those responsible for it. From NCAS, I learnt from defense policy to foreign policy, NREGA and many more. I pay my gratitude and sincere thanks to all of my colleagues and faculties at NCAS. It was a very exciting and adventurous journey. 

    Sumanta Bhattacharya
    -Chartered Engineer, Public Policy Analyst Freelancer
  • My journey with the PG certificate course on Public Policy and Advocacy has been one of the most rewarding courses that I have attended. Despite being from a medical background I was perfectly at ease with all the lessons that were delivered and the faculties who ensured that all of us students were given the lessons in a perfectly designed and effective manner. I would surely recommend this course to anybody who is interested in the policy making space to pursue a career in the same and to anyone who are from the non-profit sector who would like to understand the making and implementation of policy with its related advocacy campaigns. I am also thankful to NCAS for all the works that it has been doing and for making these courses available to all the forthcoming students

    Irene Elza Noble
    -MDS (Endodontics), Director, NGO, Wayanad, Kerala
  • NCAS program was extremely useful in developing an understanding of people centred policy advocacy. Exposure to lectures with vast pool of policy researchers and policy practitioners on a variety of issues of policy was very enriching. Each of the lectures emphasised the importance of dealing with ‘power’ dimension in policy work. I personally benefitted and highly recommend the course. An excellent and important course for our current times.

    T Navin
    -Associate Dean, Institute for Livelihood Research and Training
  • This course at NCAS is the most brilliant example of how education meets social activism. After completing it I can certainly say that it has expanded my horizon and increased my knowledge in the field of public policy and advocacy. The wide range of highly educated and experienced teachers gave us in depth knowledge of real world problems and how to find effective solutions for a better world. Our interactions in class were very useful in spite of it being online.”

    Tuba Junaid
    -BA, English Literature, Aligarh Muslim University, Fellow, Led By Foundation, leadership incubator, Indian Muslim Women
  • My background is nowhere near public policy studies, yet the course gave me a solid platform to begin my journey such that I was able to avail opportunities to further my learning in this sphere. As the teachers have real-time experience in policy-making and advocacy, the course goes deeper than just theory. The students from diverse backgrounds gives a chance to look at the subject from different perspectives. I found this course to not just educate me, but also inspire.”

    Sushmitta Ranganathan
    -B.Arch, PPP Fellow, Madhyam
  • The course curriculum should actually be introduced at school level to ensure that this particular aspect of thought process be inculcated at a very young stage for better upbringing of the society. However, as that is missing, I think NCAS does a wonderful job of bringing this knowledge to us in a very relatable way. The faculties have made it possible even through online sessions. Some of the sessions have been eye opening and it is a must under any circumstances for people who want to find answers and then want to raise questions of their own. The administrative staff was very approachable and punctual. If you can get involved with NCAS in any which way, I strongly suggest you do so!

    Aditya V. Kotbagi
    -CA, Works at Ankur Vidyamandir
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