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January 2021
Director Speaks
We wish you a very Happy 2021!
It gives us immense pleasure to share with you the very first newsletter of Bharti Institute of Public Policy in the new year. The inaugural issue gives a glimpse of our educational, research and outreach activities.
A welcome message from our Executive Director, Professor Ashwini Chhatre.
Professor Ashwini Chhatre
Executive Director, Bharti Institute of Public Policy
Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP) at Indian School of Business aims to lead education and research in the domain of public policy. We engage with government bodies, other institutes and policy makers, providing them with critical, data-driven evidence, research & analysis of relevant and critical concerns. We have partnered with the world-renowned Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA. Our flagship programme Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy (AMPPP) is an inter-disciplinary course for mid-career government and private sector professionals. We work on policy challenges across diverse domains, primarily Agriculture & Food, Environment, Education, Finance, Governance and Digital Identity.
Headed by Professor Ashwini Chhatre, BIPP has a strong, dynamic team of 50 people.
Initiative In Focus
Indian School of Business started a one of its kind, unique initiative called JumpStartIndia@ISB with the aim to power India’s post Covid-19 economic recovery by harnessing student’s expertise and intellectual leadership of faculty into projects of national importance. This initiative was launched in mid-May and began with 8 overarching topics which focused on key primary areas of recovery. In a short span of six months, there are around 35 projects and 350 students who are involved in this taskforce. BIPP has played a key role in providing the administrative support to this initiative along with various projects and engagements with governments.
Read more here
Grant In Focus
India Data Portal
Launched in 2018, the India Data Portal is an on-going project to develop a one-stop open portal for public data. Journalists, researchers, students, policy makers, administrators, NGOs, and entrepreneurs can access, interact with and visualize information, data and knowledge related to agriculture and financial inclusion.
The portal makes available two kinds of datasets - the IDP datasets and high-frequency high-resolution indicators (HFIs – HRIs) under the JumpStartIndia@ISB initiative. The repository of datasets includes an exhaustive collection of publicly available data with overlapping as well as independent well-established, remote-sensing and satellite products. These are available at different granular levels spanning the country. The HFIs – HRIs for monitoring India’s economic recovery were introduced on 13 August 2020.
The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Know more here
In News
Dr Anjal Prakash quoted in a story about the decadal increase in cyclone events along the Maharashtra coast in the last few years and what could be done to prevent and deal with it in the future.
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Dr Anjal Prakash shared his views on the McKinsey & Company study that says India Inc. can learn to mitigate climate change risks from the Covid-19 response.
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'Empower local communities for effective and extensive forest restoration and climate change mitigation' - A study co-authored by Prof Chhatre, lays the blueprint for forest rejuvenation, climate change mitigation & community empowerment.
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Prof Ashwini Chhatre spoke about JumpstartIndia@ISB on CNN News18's panel discussion on the way forward for the Indian economy in the context of job creation. Listen to his views here
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Global forest restoration and the importance of prioritizing local communities by Prof Ashwini Chhatre and Nabin Pradhan.
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Online training starts for 672 newly recruited Headmasters.
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Keep up to date with all the BIPP news by selecting BIPP in the news category here
Focus: Policy Case-Study Brief
e-Registration in Maharashtra: Transforming service delivery!
The case study reflects on the need and importance of an e-governance solution in one of the prominent legacy government setting- Department of Registration and Stamps, Government of Maharashtra. The re-engineering of registration process (for Leave and License Agreements) has set a shining example of how e-governance can lead to efficiency in service delivery and generate benefits for all the stakeholders.
By Isha Mahajan, Anil Kawade and Aarushi Jain
Read the case brief here
Rapid Assessment towards a Change Management Strategy and Organisational Transformation of EPTRI, Hyderabad, India
Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI) is a quasi-government agency established in 1992 in Hyderabad. It is an independent society set up with the assistance of the Government of Telangana and Government of India that provides training, consultancy, applied research services and extends advocacy in the field of environmental protection to industries, regulatory bodies, government organizations and NGOs. It works in the areas of biotechnology, climate change, environmental engineering, and management. Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP), ISB was approached by EPTRI to do a rapid assessment of the institute’s functions aiming at bringing about change management and transformation of the organization at large.
The Rapid assessment of EPTRI happened in June-July of 2020. For this study, various quantitative and qualitative methodologies were employed. Quantitative data included annual reports, details of organizational structure, human resources, financial management information, and statistics on project inflows and expenses, while qualitative data included interactions with chief functionaries, research personnel, and key administrative staff of EPTRI. Two rounds of interactions took place with the staff along with SWOT analysis, interviews with external clients of EPTRI, analysis of existing policies procedures, ongoing and completed projects along with their financial records were conducted. From the interactions combined with necessary data analysis, key recommendations were presented to the Director-General of EPTRI in their staff meeting.
Researcher Speak
An in-depth and holistic analysis of the unemployment landscape in the Covid-19 pandemic and post the lockdown and its challenges. The issue brief aims to help strategise public policy interventions.
By Sridhar Kundu
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Thought Leadership
Bharti Institute of Public Policy provides thought leadership on various aspects of public policy , focussing on evidence and data, in particular. Various expert sessions and panels were organised by the institute to discuss imperative aspects of public policy.
Data and Journalism: Panel discussion at launch of India Data Portal
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IDP-Newslaundry webinar | Indian Economy and COVID-19 – Insights from Data
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IDP-Newslaundry webinar | Data Led Approach to India’s Agri-Economy
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IDP-Newslaundry webinar | Rural अर्थव्यवस्था के Data का संग्रह है India Data Portal
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BIPP offers multiple public policy electives in the Post Graduate Programme at ISB and various Executive Education programmes for public and private sector professionals.
The institute's flagship programme, Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy, helps develop a deeper understanding of policy formulation and its implementation at various administrative layers and levels. The course, designed in consultation with The Fletcher School, Tufts University is a rigorous and challenging programme, delivered in a research oriented and interactive format to maximise learning.
Know more about the programme here
  • First-ever E-Graduation Ceremony for Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy
  • BIPP welcomed the Class of 2021 of Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy in an E-Ceremony
Despite the Covid-19 disruptions, the AMPPP Co’21 was onboarded successfully with the JumpStartIndia@ISB initiative and had their first residency in October 2020. A glimpse of the residency.
The batch has a balanced representation from both public and the private sector. It comprises senior officers from IAS, IPS, Railways, Revenue, Central Civil Services and entrepreneurs, professionals from corporates, banking, entrepreneur, law, media and developmental sector. The average work experience of the batch is 17.5 years, with a 25% female representation.

It is a constant endeavour to engage the AMPPP students with eminent and distinguished people in the realm of public policy.
AMPPP Expert Talks
Mr Suresh Kumar, IAS (Retd) Chief Principal Secretary to CM, Punjab interacted with the participants in the first residency and shared his rich on -ground experience in the formulation and implementation of public policies with contextual bent on agriculture. He briefly explained the recent farm laws enacted by the Central Government and their impact on farmers particularly in the state of Punjab. He stressed on the role of stakeholders consultation in framing public policies for better effectiveness.
Brief Video here:
AMPPP Speaker Series
A student-led initiative, AMPPP Policy Talk aims to bring in experts from various policy-related fields to engage with participants on contemporary issues.
'Administrative Change in US: Implications for Public Policy, International Cooperation and Trade', with Professor Harsh V Pant, Kings College London & Kyle Gardner, McLarty Associates, moderated by Rahul Gossain, AMPPP Co’21.
Brief Video here:
Student Section
Ankit Anand, student of AMPPP Co'21 evaluates the necessity to reform the Centre-State relationship and provides with a primer on the current state of affairs and the measures needed for course correction. Read here
Alumni Corner
Puneet Balasubramanian, an alumni of Co'20 writes on Policy Coherence highlighting its relevance during the current times.
The Alumni of AMPPP talk about their experience of the programme:
Rishi Garg, IAS,
Additional Commissioner,
Tribal Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh. B.Tech,
IIT Kanpur
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Arindam Mukherjee,
Asst. Executive Director,
Dalmia Bharat Group Masters’ Degree in International Business from IIFT,
New Delhi
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Event In Focus
Open Data Conclave
Conceived by Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP) under its project India Data Portal (IDP), the Open Data Conclave was held online, in a first of its kind virtual experience. The conclave brought together experts from government, journalists, academia, researchers, industry, philanthropic organizations and data enthusiasts working on various aspects of ‘Open Data’ in India.
Speaking at the inaugural Prof Ashwini Chhatre, Executive Director, BIPP, said: “Open Data Movements across the world have been propelled by the willingness of the governments to open their doors for data. It is a state marker of an open democratic society.”
Panel discussions on Open Data Platforms in India; Data Led Journalism in India; Open Data and Industry; Data Led Approach to India’s Agri-Economy; Framework, Sustainability and Support for Open Data in India.
Read more here
Read more about events here
Upcoming Events
Indian Democracy at Work
This year's theme is ‘Rule of Law’. Scheduled between 20th - 28th February 2021, the sub-themes are Police Reforms, Prosecution Reforms, Judicial Reforms, and Procedural Reforms.
Foundation for Democratic Reforms, Bharti Institute of Public Policy, Indian School of Business and Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad will co-host this Annual Conference series.
2021 IPPN Annual Conference
We are delighted to host India Public Policy Network’s Annual Conference 2021, ‘Technology & Policy’, at the Indian School of Business Mohali Campus, on the 26th and 27th March, 2021. In congruence with the new order of things, the conference will be on a Hybrid format, with the option to attend virtually. We will be hosting pre-conference workshops on 25th March 2021. The conference will bring together academics, researchers, and practitioners from national and international universities, research institutions, civil society organizations, public agencies, and the private sector. The conference is an excellent platform to present research, engage with topical issues, and collaborate with like-minded people to address critical issues in public policy.
The Call for Proposals has been opened. We will be accepting new submissions and shall be reaching out individually to those whose proposals were accepted. The deadline for proposal submission is 15th Jan 2021 IST at 17:00hrs IST. Decisions will be notified no later than 31st Jan 2021.
Register for the conference here.
For more information, please visit the conference website.
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