The first quarter of 2023 laid the foundation for exciting work at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, as we started new projects, strengthened our state engagements, focusing on policy outreach activities, and embarked on new collaborations to impact public policy and implementation. The newsletter reflects the new activities and initiatives at BIPP.


Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy (AMPPP)
Graduation Ceremony

A graduation ceremony was held on 6th March for the four Advanced Management Programmes at ISB Mohali campus, wherein 30 students of the sixth batch (Co’22) of the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy (AMPPP) of the Bharti Institute were awarded certificates of completion.

The graduation ceremony commenced with a formal procession led by the Chief Guest Hemang Jani, Secretary, Capacity Building Commission (CBC), Government of India. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Mohali Campus Advisory Board and Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises; Prof. Madan Pillutla, Dean, ISB; Prof. Ramabhadran Thirumalai, Deputy Dean, ISB; Prof. Saumya Sindhwani, Associate Dean-AMPs, and other senior faculty members also participated in the procession.

A farewell dinner was organised by the Indian School of Business for the graduating students which was well- attended by the members of the Mohali Campus Advisory Board, Dean, faculty members, outgoing students, staff, and invited guests.

Residency of Batch 7

The third residency of the AMPPP Batch 7 (Co’23) comprising 38 participants, was held at the Mohali Campus of the Indian Business School, from 24th Feb - 5th March, 2023.

A networking dinner was organised during the residency enabling the participants to interact and connect with other participants beyond the boundaries of classrooms.

Expert Sessions During Residency

The residency included three expert talks:

  • Anurag Awasthi, an alumnus of AMPPP sixth batch (Co’22) and Vice President, India Electronics and Semiconductors Association (IESA) introduced the AMPPP Cohort 2023 to the geopolitical context of semiconductor operations globally.
  • Ravi Capoor, former CEO of Sansad TV and former Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, shed light on the process of PPE manufacturing in India during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Professor Steven Block, an international faculty at the Tufts University and a member of the Advisory Council of the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, held a session on the various facets of food policy, food security, affordability, availability and cost of nutrient adequacy.
Policy Walk

A policy walk was conducted for the AMPPP Cohort 2023 in New Delhi. 40 participants over the course of three days visited the corridors of power including the Parliament, North and South Block, and interacted with the senior functionaries of the government to get a firsthand experience in governance and understanding the nitty gritty of policymaking.

Many alumni of previous batches of AMPPP also interacted with the current cohort along with the members of the Advisory Council, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, during a gala dinner organised on the first day of the policy walk.

As part of the Policy Walk, a host of interactive sessions were held with several policy makers and eminent speakers.

  • A fireside chat was organised with J S Deepak, IAS Retd.; Group Director, International Strategy and Public Policy, Former Secretary of Telecom and IT, Government of India, and Former Ambassador WTO. The session was moderated by Ankit Anand, an alumnus of AMPPP cohort of 2021, and currently working as Assistant Vice President, Invest India. The conversation delved into the intricacies of telecom policy formulation, regulations, and reforms in the telecom sector, with a focus on the challenges faced by the government in implementing these policies.
  • Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Executive Board Member and Chairman, Mohali Campus Advisory Board, ISB and Vice-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises; and Sunil Kant Munjal, Member, Executive Board, ISB and Chairman, Hero Enterprises addressed special sessions, which were well attended by the participants of the visiting cohort and over 20 alumni members of AMPPP.
  • Other members of the Bharti Institute’s Advisory Council including Sunil Kant Munjal, Member, Executive Board, ISB and Chairman, Hero Enterprises; V K Duggal, IAS Retd., and Former Home Secretary, Government of India; Former Governor of Manipur and Mizoram and T Nanda Kumar, IAS Retd., Former Secretary Food and Agriculture were also present on the occasion and had informal interactions with the participants.
  • Aishwarya Bhati, Additional Solicitor General of India and Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, who shared her professional journey and experiences of being a female lawyer with the participants. She elaborated on how technology empowers women lawyers in recent times, especially in a post-Covid world.
  • A joint session was held by S Radha Chauhan, IAS, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training and Rajul Bhatt, IAS, Joint Secretary, Training, Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India at the Civil Service Officers Institute (CSOI), New Delhi. Rajul Bhatta outlined the various capacity-building initiatives that the GoI has initiated through Capacity Building Commission, Mission Karmyogi while S Radha Chauhan, discussed in detail about how the government is looking forward to harnessing the capabilities of both government and private sector for improved governance.
  • During his interaction, Dr V Anantha Nageswaran, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, elaborated upon India's cyclical growth story from the 1980s to the pandemic of 2020, and explained how in a growth cycle every upward turn is followed by a downward turn.
  • In an enriching discourse with Gudey Srinivas, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India, who is also an alumnus of the first batch of the Management Programme in Public Policy (2015-16), the participants learnt the functioning of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and its role in efficiently handling diverse parliamentary work on behalf of the government.
  • In an insightful session, Derek O’Brien, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, discussed policy intervention and its long-term impact on the Indian democracy. He shared experiences regarding the governance challenges and how parliamentarians overcome these during their day-to-day work.
  • In an interactive session, Suman Bery, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, discussed the various trade and commerce policy initiatives that the NITI Aayog is working on in collaboration with the government and private sector. He happily answered the queries of the participants and shared the process of policy formulation, highlighting the need for improved capacity building and the future role of NITI Aayog in the progress of the country.
  • Giridhar Aramane, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, during his interaction with the participants elaborated on the efforts of the Ministry of Defence in guiding policymakers to achieve a strategic mix of autonomy and diplomacy in today's global times. He also discussed the government's recent initiatives in strategic procurement and manufacturing policies, focusing on domestic manufacturing of defence equipment and encouraging small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to deliver quality products quickly.
  • Dinkar Gupta, IPS, Director General, National Investigation Agency (NIA), Government of India, shared valuable insights on the agency's operations, including their newly added verticals in cyber-security and narcoterrorism. During the discussion, he  emphasised the importance of fully developing the potential of police officers.

During the Policy Walk, a gala dinner was also organised wherein about 20 alumni members of previous batches of AMPPP also interacted with the current cohort. The participants got an excellent opportunity to interact with the members of the Advisory Council, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, during the occasion.


Advisory Council Meeting

The Advisory Council of the Bharti Institute led by the chairperson Rakesh Bharti Mittal, was held in person on 6th March at the Mohali campus. Various initiatives, existing projects, and the roadmap for the next decade for the Institute were part of the discussions held during the meeting.

MoU with HUL

Bharti Institute signed an MoU with Hindustan Unilever to collaborate on the impact evaluation of the latter’s ‘Prabhat Poshan Saathi’ programme. Bharti Institute of Public Policy will work with HUL and its implementation partners (American India Foundation and SHARP) as an external evaluator to bring rigour to the analysis of the data being collected under the project through adjustments in research design and the use of advanced statistical methods. The programme, launched in 2021, focuses on women’s health, especially pregnant and lactating women. It aims to enhance their nutritional status and reduce anaemia among them, supplementing the union government’s efforts under the Poshan Abhiyan.




Prof. Ashwini Chhatre Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, participated at the Gates Foundation’s Convention of experts from across the world on Nutritious Food Systems, held in London, U.K. He co-led a fishbowl debate on catalysing the transformation of Nutritious Food Systems, leading conversations that deliberated upon mobilising the global evidence base, challenging established notions, and discussing opportunities and relationships to catalyse transformation.

Prof. Ashwini Chhatre was invited to present at the Jharkhand pre-budget consultation chaired by the Chief Minister Hemant Soren. In his presentation, Prof. Chhatre outlined the massive potential of implementing the forest economy initiative in Simdega district and across the state and elaborated upon how Jharkhand can be a pioneer in the global journey towards reduction of emissions from fossil fuels.

Dr. Anjal Prakash Research Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB attended the launch event of the Indian ESG Network and spoke on ‘Advancing Learning Perspectives in the ESG Ecosystem: The Role of the Indian School of Business’ at the launch event. He also participated in a panel on ‘ESG Impact Assessments - Measuring Achievements, Celebrating & Scaling’.

Dr. Aarushi Jain, Policy Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB, participated in the launch event of Indian ESG Network in Delhi. She also participated in the panel discussion on ‘Capacity Building for ESG - Primary, Secondary and Tertiary.’ Bharti Institute of Public Policy is the knowledge partner for year-long events of the Indian ESG Network.

  • Dr. Aarushi Jain attended the annual event, Aksha, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, held in New Delhi.
  • Dr. Aarushi Jain participated in the National Governance Summit, supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, held in New Delhi.

Policy Outreach

Policy Talks, an initiative of ISB Studios in association with the Bharti Institute is a unique videocast series, aimed at enabling viewers to gain perspective on the nuances of policymaking in India.

Episode 1,2 : In these episodes, Prof. Anjal Prakash, Research Director, Bharti Institute, converses with Manjari Jaruhar, Bihar's first woman IPS officer, who reminisces on her journey celebrating femineity which is essential for women’s leadership in a masculine work environment. Watch here :

Episode 3,4 : In these episodes, Dr Aarushi Jain, Policy Director, Bharti Institute, interviews Amarjeet Sinha, former advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who shares his experience and anecdotes of India's growth through his four decades of service in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). In an enriching conversation, Sinha highlights the positive impact of social development in rural India on the country's outlook. Watch here :

Episode 5 : In this episode, Prof. Anjal Prakash, is in conversation with Smita Prakash, Editor of ANI, who highlights the complex relationship between media and policymakers. Prakash explains the role of media in debating and disseminating policy, focusing on how media can contribute to public opinion on policy issues. Watch here :

Episode 6,7 : In this episode, Dr Aarushi Jain is in conversation with Dr. OP Agarwal, former CEO, WRI, IAS (Retd.), accomplished author, and teacher who spent his career formulating and executing policies associated with urban management, among other areas. He shares his perspective on India's unique urbanisation problem and indigenous solutions for the country.

In the second part of the conversation, Prof. Anjal Prakash converses with Dr O P Agarwal who discusses local solutions to the global problem of climate change. Watch here :

Admissions Outreach

Research Publication & Blogs

  • Devanshi Singh, Research Associate, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, co-authored a paper titled, “Why is farming important for rural livelihood security in the global south? COVID-19 and changing rural livelihoods in Nepal's mid-hills,” published in Frontiers in Human Dynamics in the Environment, Politics and Society section.
  • In a blog titled ‘The Power of AI in Policymaking: Advancements, Applications, and Challenges’, Captain Puneet Balasubramanian, Director, Ministry of Defence and an alumnus of AMPPP Co’ 2020 writes that responsible use of AI in policymaking has the potential to revolutionise the way that policies are developed and implemented.
  • In a blog titled ‘Roadmap to Carbon-Neutral Road Transportation in India: Challenges and Solutions,’ Feroz Khan, Lead, Regulatory Affairs & Policy Advocacy at Hero MotoCorp and a student of AMPPP Co’ 2023 writes that for India to meet its long-term carbon neutrality and decarbonisation targets, the widespread consumer and commercial adoption of electric vehicles is crucial.
  • In a blog titled ‘Breaking the Cycle of Gun Violence: The Need for Stricter Gun Control in the US,’ Tarun Gauba IPS, Secretary, Home Department, Government of UttarPradesh and a student of AMPPP Co’2023 writes that in the wake of mass shootings and loss of innocent lives, it’s time to tighten regulations and prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands.
  • In her blog titled ‘India’s Growing Trade Deficit: How Does it Matter?’ Nikhat Khalid, Teaching Assistant & Analyst, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB writes that India’s recent merchandise trade trends have been rife with the soaring trade deficit.
  • In a blog titled, ‘India after the COVID-19 Pandemic,’ Sridhar Kundu, Senior Analyst, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, discusses the macro-economic scenario of the Indian economy, emphasising the situation during the post COVID -19 period.
  • In a blog titled, ‘Skill Development – a Distant Dream in its Current Avatar,’ Saubhagya Samal, Manager Advisory Services, KPMG India and a student of AMPPP Co’ 2023, writes on how the National Skill Development Corporation, which was formed under the Ministry of Finance, Govt of India, to promote private industry partnership, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of ensuring the youth of the country are appropriately skilled and are employable.
  • In a blog titled, ‘Improving policing Through IT: Apps/Modules,’ Satyajit Naik, IPS and DIG(SCRB), Bhubaneswar and a student of AMPPP Co’ 2023, writes that with the advent of emerging technology, the challenges of the police are ever increasing when it comes to new crimes and criminals. Thus, police need to think and act wisely to prepare themselves to deal with these emerging challenges through a systematic transformation and capacity building at the organisational level as part of the change management programme.
  • In a blog titled, ‘It’s time for Micro-equity to enter the Micro-entrepreneurship sector,’ Shipra Singhal, leading Policy and Partnerships at Pan IIT Alumni Foundation and a student of AMPPP Co’ 2023, writes that there is a need for innovation in the capital structure of a micro-enterprise by bringing in equity funding.
  • In a blog titled, ‘Faceless Assessment and the consequent impact on Audit,’ Aditi Goyal, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax (Audit) and a student of AMPPP Co’2023, writes that with the change in the way the assessments are conducted by the Income Tax Department, changes have also been introduced in how the audit is conducted. She adds that not only has the Department become faceless with respect to its surroundings, but it has also become faceless on the inside by turning the internal audit online and faceless.
  • In a blog titled, ‘ It’s Our City, Dear Councillors!’, Aashika Jain, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali and a student of AMPPP Co’ 2023, writes an open letter to local area representatives reminding them to be responsible towards their city residents while addressing city’s concerns and not look at their cities though the the prism of its constituents, i.e., wards, rather than as a conjoint entity.


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Team in News

Prof. Ashwini Chhatre

Prof. Ashwini Chhatre in a story in Business India shared his insights on how forests play a crucial role in supporting a large proportion of the rural economy in India. The story highlighted ISB-BIPP's 'Initiative on the Forest Economy. Read here.

Prof. Ashwini Chhatre shared his thoughts in an article that talks about the forest economy and ISB-BIPP’s ‘Initiative on the Forest Economy’ (IoFE). Read the full story in The Financial Express.

In this Hindu Business Line article, Prof. Ashwini Chhatre opines why an exclusive focus on carbon from forests is a bad idea and then outlines an opportunity in forests that is good for the planet, good for the people, and good for profits, simultaneously.

Dr. Aarushi Jain

Aarushi Jain in her opinion piece in ET Government underlined that investment in technology and digital infrastructure is essential to support the growth of the digital economy.

Aarushi Jain in a guest column in Hindustan Times highlighted that the Punjab model of transforming school education can be considered an example of the role of vision, leadership and governance in development.

Aarushi Jain in her opinion piece on gender equality highlighted that our society needs to be mobilised to challenge gender stereotypes and evils against the girl child. Read the opinion piece in News18.

Prof. Anjal Prakash

In light of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Anjal Prakash highlighted the significant implications of the report for India. Read his opinion piece in BQ Prime.

Anjal Prakash in an opinion piece said that, in India, the elderly population is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to various reasons. Read his opinion piece in ABP.

Anjal Prakash was quoted in a story on why B-Schools are creating managers with green skills. Read the full story in The Times of India - Education Times.

In light of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Anjal Prakash and Joyashree Roy (Director, SMARTS Centre) highlighted that the report points to the higher risk India’s indigenous groups face. Read their opinion piece in The Times of India.

Anjal Prakash shared his thoughts on the final Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Read the full story in The Hindu | Mint Lounge.

Anjal Prakash was quoted in a story that talked about India’s sinking islands. Read the full story in The Hindu - Sunday Magazine.

Anjal Prakash was quoted in a story that talked about how the onset of pre-monsoon showers may lead to crop damage. Read the full story in Business Standard.

Anjal Prakash in his opinion piece in BQ Prime called on the need to recognise the gendered dimensions of climate change and to ensure that policies and strategies for adaptation and mitigation are gender-responsive and promote gender equality.

Anjal Prakash and Rahul Sharma in an opinion piece in The Quint shared their insights on India's National Policy on Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

Anjal Prakash in an opinion piece called on the need to revisit the Indus Water Treaty. Read his opinion piece in Forbes India.

Anjal Prakash in an opinion piece said that with the right strategies in place, it is possible to mitigate the impact of rising temperatures and ensure a sustainable future for the country. Read his insights in The Indian Express.

Anjal Prakash in his opinion piece in BQ Prime said that climate change has been affecting agriculture in Punjab as it is experiencing changes in temperature, rainfall, and other weather patterns that impact wheat production.

Anjal Prakash and Anil Mehta shared their thoughts on the hidden impact of semiconductor manufacturing on climate change. Read their article in The Times of India.

Anjal Prakash was quoted in a story in The Hans India that talked about the harsh summer ahead in Hyderabad.

Anjal Prakash shared his thoughts in a story that talked about a new study- ‘Gross Domestic Climate Risk’ (GDCR) that revealed nine Indian states are among the world’s top 50 regions at high risk of damage to infrastructure due to eight climate change hazards. Read the full story in The Times of India.

Anjal Prakash shared his thoughts in a story that talked about how changing climate is wreaking havoc on traditional architecture. Read the full story in Hindustan Times.

Anjal Prakash gets quoted in a story that talked about harsh summer ahead in Hyderabad. Read the full story in Deccan Chronicle.

Anjal Prakash and Anil Mehta in their opinion piece said that climate change is putting our weather system on steroids, and extreme weather events are everyday occurring. Read their opinion piece in Forbes India.

Anjal Prakash shared his thoughts in a story that highlighted green growth without factoring in green accounting is hollow. Read the full story here.

Anjal Prakash gets quoted in a story that talked about the Joshimath caving incident. Read the full story in Zee Business.

Anjal Prakash in an interview said environmental degradation can have far-reaching impact on every aspect of life. Read the full interview in The New Indian Express.

Anjal Prakash in his opinion piece in The Indian Express said that the crisis unfolding in Joshimath has led to conversations on the relevance of hydropower in the Himalayan region.

Anjal Prakash in his opinion piece in Moneycontrol said transitioning towards a fully green budget involves a comprehensive assessment of the environmental and social impacts of government spending and revenue policies.

Anjal Prakash shared his thoughts on the next steps in Joshimath and how to avert similar possible crises from happening in other Himalayan towns. Read the full story in The Hans India.

Anjal Prakash in a TOI Podcast shares his thoughts on Joshimath and the sinking truth about Himalayas.

Watch Anjal Prakash on HW News where he shared his thoughts on the Joshimath land subsidence. He also shared his views in The Washington Post.

Anjal Prakash in a story in Nature India shared his thoughts on the ecological crisis in Joshimath.

In this BQ Prime opinion piece, Anjal Prakash refers to a study of the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region and its three central learnings, each of which has implications for Joshimath's situation.

Anjal Prakash in a story in Nature India shared his thoughts on the ecological crisis in Joshimath.

Anjal Prakash answers burning questions on Joshimath’s situation in a News Today

Anjal Prakash shared his views in an interview with Moneycontrol stating that "there is a need to re-evaluate complex infrastructure projects in the vulnerable Himalayan region, especially in view of climate change."

Talking about the current situation of Joshimath town, in The Times of India, Anjal Prakash highlights how authorities overlooked decades of studies warning of Joshimath’s geological stress with power and road projects.

Joshimath, Uttarakhand's historic town, will be destroyed if an under-construction National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) project near it is not halted, says Anjal Prakash. Read his views on the Joshimath crisis in Business Today | News18 | Hindustan Times |Business Standard | Hindustan | NavBharat Times | India Today

Dr. Sridhar Kundu

In an opinion piece in ‘The Financial World’, Sridhar explained whether the present economic and fiscal position in the state of Punjab can help to eliminate poverty in its every form by 2030. Read here.

Sridhar Kundu in his opinion piece in The Shillong Times shared his thoughts on the challenges for the new government to address the issues of unemployment in Meghalaya.

Sridhar Kundu in an opinion piece in The Financial World shared his thoughts on capital expenditure by the union government and its necessity to create a conducive environment for the growth of both public and private sector.

Sridhar Kundu in his opinion piece in The Financial World highlighted that the Union Budget 2023-24 has touched every aspect of the agriculture and allied sector and has tried to give a harder push to the fishery and animal husbandry.

Sridhar Kundu in a special article shared his thoughts on the budgetary allocation for Northeast India. Read the article in The Shillong Times

Dr. Sharique Manazir

Sharique Hassan Manazir in his opinion piece shared his response to Noam Chomsky's critique of ChatGPT. Read his opinion piece in News18.

Sharique Hassan Manazir in his opinion piece said that despite various challenges and benefits, the widespread adoption of ChatGPT and other AI systems is inevitable. Read his opinion piece in ABP Live.

Call for Working Papers & Research Blogs

It is for the relentless dedication of our amazing team that Bharti Institute keeps on scaling new heights and flourishing even when times get pandemically tough. We thank our researchers, associates, managers, writers, and coordinators for their contribution and noteworthy effort to Bharti Institute’s innovative programmes, change-oriented collaborations, and dynamic pursuits. Miles to go, together!

About Bharti Institute of Public Policy

The Bharti Institute of Public Policy is an integral part of the Indian School of Business. Functioning as an independent think-tank, the institute engages with policy makers by providing them with critical, evidence-based analysis of public policy rooted in data. The institute works on policy challenges across diverse domains, the main ones being Agriculture and Food, Environment, Education, Financial Policy, Governance and Digital identity.

Compiled by: Smriti Sharma