Prime Focus

Bharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB, through its various research programmes, training initiatives and public-private collaborations, has been working towards enhancing the practice of public policy, including in the areas the Hon’ble Prime Minister laid emphasis upon, in his address at ISB -- connecting global and local markets; administrative reforms and capacity building; pandemic preparedness; innovations eco-system, and transparency in governance. We assure to keep enriching the public policy domain and help make India, as the PM said, ‘future ready’.

This issue of Communique’ covers Bharti Institute’s engagements and activities for the months of May 2022 to July 2022.


Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy

The fourth and the final residency of the Cohort 22 of Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy was conducted from 18th June to 26th June, at ISB Mohali Campus.  Social Policy; Agriculture and Food Policy; Urban Governance; Environmental Policy; Rural Development; Corporate Finance and Global Financial Markets, were the six courses undertaken during this residency besides three guest sessions by distinguished policy practitioners.

A Capstone Research Poster Presentation was also organised wherein AMPPP students presented their year-long individual studies in the form of research posters which covered diverse topics across multiple domains and dimensions of public policy -- education, agriculture, financial, technological, environmental among many more. As a substantial research component of AMPPP, the Capstone project entails a rigorous analysis of a policy challenge or pressing issue in public policy. The best presented research studies were awarded by team of faculty judges, including Prof AK Shivakumar, Prof Anjal Prakash, Dr Aarushi Jain, Ms V Neeraja (IPS) and Mr Sundeep Jammalamadaka. Shibanka Das Biswas, Jaspreet Singh, and Swati Pandey received the Best Capstone Poster Awards.

Expert sessions during Residency

Three highly interactive guest sessions were organised wherein eminent policy practitioners shared their insights on topics of national and international importance:

Dr Anil Jain, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India, discussed about the country’s energy strategy and factors impacting it, recent developments in coal sector, and the issues of energy security, net zero and global energy crisis, also sharing new innovations for ‘Making India Energy Secure’.

Mr Navdeep Suri, Former Ambassador of India to UAE & Egypt and High Commissioner to Australia, talked about India’s international relations, various opportunities which can be tapped and challenges to overcome. The special session, organised in collaboration with External Relations at ISB, was aligned with the commemorative lecture series by the Ministry of External Affairs, titled ‘India@75: Videsh Niti Distinguished Lecture Series’, as part of celebrations of 75 years of India's Independence.

Mr. Prabodh Saxena, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Planning, Economics, Statistics and Personnel, Government of Himachal Pradesh, spoke on ‘A Bird’s Eye View of India’s Economic Diplomacy' focussing on aspects of external assistance, developments in bilateral policy, India's relationship with IMF and other agencies, and related concepts on economic diplomacy.


In an engaging conversation with Dr Aarushi Jain, AMPPP alumni shared their experiences of the Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy, during a special live info-session organised in May. While Ms Malini Agarwal, Addl. Director General of Police, Government of Rajasthan, emphasised how AMPPP helps a senior professional get aligned with the dynamism around and document the learnings for better career growth, for Ms Aarti Singh Parihar, Director, External Relations & Power, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the AMPPP experience was more about expanding the horizons of knowledge and looking beyond the current job profile. Mr Ankit Anand, Asst. Vice President, Invest India, in his interactions, highlighted the course’s importance to understand nuances of policy structures, and how cohort learning enriches the experience in AMPPP. Different takeaways, different stories, but one goal – Growth. Listen to the full session here.


“AMPPP helps break the silo one tends to get into after years of service, and get you back to the drawing board to learn and re-learn about formulating and implementing policies based on evidence.”

Rishi Garg, IAS, Executive Director, MP Industrial Development Corporation (AMPPP 2019-20)


Archana Jayaraj, Director, University Partnerships and Talent Acquisition, Wiley India. (AMPPP 2021-22)

“In AMPPP, one learns about making impact. Policy practice doesn’t just include designing effective policies, but influencing them in a better way. How things work in multiple domains, and how theories are implemented in everyday life, are the best takeaways.”


“Managing public systems often involve more complexities than commercial ones. The course equips public and private service practitioners with an understanding of dealing with complex public policy questions in various sectors.”

Prof OP Agarwal, CEO, World Resources Institute, and Visiting Faculty, AMPPP


Closed Roundtables on E-commerce policy

Experts from the government, e-commerce marketplaces, seller associations, industry, law firms, and academia shared deep insights on themes ‘Data and Search on E-commerce Platforms, and ‘Taxation, Competition and Counterfeit products’ in closed roundtable discussions moderated by Prof Avik Sarkar and Dr Sharique Hassan Manazir, to deliberate on pertinent aspects of India’s e-commerce policy, at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad Campus, on May 6. The discussions contributed to devising reports on issues of data ownership, and taxation laws, under a year-long project funded by Empower India, in which Bharti Institute is preparing a series of reports comprising of policy recommendations for growth of e-commerce industry in India.

Roundtable on Bamboo Forestry

A roundtable discussion on ‘Security of Tenure for Sustainable and Competitive Bamboo Value Chains’, organised in partnership with the Centre for Responsible Business, saw participation of chief officials from prominent paper & pulp industries, like ITC Paper Boards & Speciality Papers Division, BILT Graphic Paper & Products, JK paper and Orient Paper, as well as representatives from social sector, academia and think tanks. The session, which was held on July 6 at ISB Hyderabad Campus, is the first among a series of sessions planned under the ‘Initiative on Forest Economy’, and focussed primarily on facilitating interactions among multiple stakeholders to explore the current scale and future potential of existing value chains for sustainable bamboo forestry in India, and deliberate upon ways to establish and upscale forest economies in the country. “The best way to harness the forest potential to its fullest is by including forest-dependent communities in the formal economy through creating job opportunities at local level. This Community Forest Resource Rights model, strengthened by use of technology, can lead to major positive outcomes for industry,” emphasised Prof Ashwini Chhatre.


LBSNAA-Bharti Institute tie up for evaluation of govt schemes

Bharti Institute has collaborated with the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) to help the probationers in critical assessment of the major central government schemes. As a knowledge partner, Bharti Institute will anchor the process of coordination on various officer trainee-led reports in sync with LBSNAA faculty. As many as 36 schemes have been identified for evaluation. The reports will broadly focus on policy issues, establishing a Theory of Change backed by data and evidence, leading to insights and policy suggestions. The Institute has the team of experts, faculty, researchers and interns supporting the teams of officer trainees (OTs).

Two workshops in this regard were organised at LBSNAA from 2nd July to 6th July, which were attended by more than 150 OTs. Prof Anjal Prakash and Dr Aarushi Jain, along with a team of research analysts, conducted the foundation sessions, focussing on aspects related to data sources, research report writing, theory of change analysis etc, which would help OTs in composing their reports. Also, in an orientation session in mid-July, the interns for the project were welcomed at ISB Mohali Campus.


Workshop for Punjab Water Resource Department Officials

In a collaboration with the Department of Water Resources, Punjab, a five-day workshop on ‘Leadership, Ethics, and Emerging Issues in Water Resources’ was organised by Bharti Institute at ISB Mohali campus from 20th June  to 24th June, 2022. The workshop is the first of the series of training sessions to be organised for officials of the department as part of a capacity enhancing collaboration wherein Bharti Institute is the training and knowledge partner. In total, 45 senior officials from the Department attended the programme which aimed to equip government officials with contemporary management concepts and enhance their motivation and leadership skills, along with imparting research-driven knowledge on water management, security and agri-water conflicts resolution.

Mr Krishan Kumar, IAS, Department of Water Resources, Punjab, gave away certificates to the participants during the culmination ceremony of the workshop, which was preceded by an interactive feedback session. “The training was initiated to help the officials overcome the challenges of status quo thinking, expand horizons of knowledge, and pave way for process re-engineering to enhance the system efficiency. It’s an attempt to inculcate innovative thinking in young officials and thereby improve the work dynamics,” said Mr Kumar. Read more about the workshop here.


Government of Meghalaya

Public Policy Workshop for Legislators and Fellows under MLRF

In furtherance of its multi-point collaboration with the Government of Meghalaya, Bharti Institute organised a unique leadership training programme in the form of ‘Public Policy Workshop for Legislators’, to strengthen the legislative institution and explore leadership challenges and solutions for policymakers. The four-day coveted workshop, held at ISB Mohali Campus, from 16th May to 19th May, saw participation of 28 MLAs, including three Ministers in-charge of key portfolios of the state of Meghalaya, besides chief officials of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and state agencies.

With sessions focusing on policy challenges for India in general and Meghalaya in particular, the workshop facilitated the legislators with insights to research-oriented policy formulation and implementation. The training modules leveraged contemporary management principles through team-building activities; simulation tools, role-plays, case studies, group projects and presentations, to enrich experiential learning. Additionally, this also helped invigorating rapport and teamwork among the political leadership spanning across different ideological and party affiliations. In addition to class engagements, the MLAs had also visited Punjab Vidhan Sabha on the concluding day while interactions were also galore with the Governor of Punjab, Sh. Banwarilal Purohit, who presided over the special dinner organised by ISB for the Meghalayan guests, at its premises on May 18. Know more about the workshop here.

“The workshop has sensitised us about the significance of leadership, how to serve people more efficiently, and to work for our citizens in empathetic and diligent ways. On a personal level, it has certainly encouraged me, and gave me paths to fructify that encouragement, to give my best to the state and nation I serve.”

Mr Banteidor Lyndoh, Minister of Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare; Sports & Youth Affairs; Textiles; and Horticulture, Meghalaya.

“The programme helped build and improve rapport among the Members, who despite their different political affiliations, were seen working, engaging and learning together inside and outside the class through group projects and studies. I sincerely believe the insights and teamwork spirit gained here will bear significant results back home.”

Mr Aiban Swer, Director, Meghalaya Institute of Governance and Project Lead, MLRF.

As the knowledge and executing partner for Meghalaya Legislative Research Fellowship programme, Bharti Institute has been training fellows through regular in-person and virtual engagements. For the given quarter, expert sessions and workshops organised for fellows’ training included interactions with: Dr Samrendu Mohanty, Asia Regional Director, International Potato Center; Mr Alok Prasanna, Lawyer, Supreme Court, & Co-Founder of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy; Prof. V Ramgopal Rao, Former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Ms Tamara Law Goswami, Executive Director, North East Network; Ms Shruti Shukla, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes doctoral fellow at the School of Social Science & Technology, Technical University of Munich, along with workshops on Quantitative Data Analysis by ISB Research Associates Ewan Thomas and Akanksha Naygandhi; and on Data Visualisation and Representation by Project Specialist Dr Sharique Hassan Manazir.

Government of Jharkhand
Government of Himachal Pradesh

Under the Initiative on Forest Economy (Pangi pilot), the team of researchers is working closely with the district administration of Chamba for the recognition of community forest resource rights. The objective is to facilitate the claim filing process at scale (starting from the block and scaling up to the district), which has begun from the Pangi block, Chamba. Through formal interactions with district administrative officials, the team has also gathered information about collection permits, export permits and local traders of Seasonal Forest Products. In addition, active conversations are underway with several corporate and social organisations towards enabling the buying of Seasonal Forest Products from local communities and women-led enterprises in the pilot region of Pangi Valley, Himachal Pradesh. A meeting with executive members of Chotta Bhangal Mahagram Sabha was held in this regard to devise ways for scaling sustainable harvest of forest products and collective sales of SFPs. Also, work is in progress for community sourced hazelnuts and walnuts from the forests of Himachal Pradesh to be sampled and sold in the retail sector. This is being done to understand the market before the start of the harvest season for both the seeds.. Researchers also connected with some members of the Gujjar community in Sachpath to make them aware about the forest rights and claim filing process.

Government of Punjab

Bharti Institute’s unique asynchronous self-paced training course on ‘Leadership & Motivation for Effective School Management’, launched in collaboration with the Department of School Education, Government of Punjab, in July last year, has been completed by more than 7000 Principals, Heads and Lecturers in State Government Schools till June 2022.

WRI-NUIA collaboration

The Leaders in Climate Change Management (LCCM) programme, for which Bharti Institute had been collaborating with World Resources Institute and the National Institute of Urban Affairs, was launched in June 2022 by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Sh Hardeep Singh Puri. The programme is aimed at building capacity among urban professionals to lead climate action across sectors and geographies in India. The Institute will be handholding six core modules of the programme in the form of asynchronous courses.

Environmental Defense Fund

Bharti Institute of Public Policy, in partnership with Environmental Defense Fund, hosted three roundtables between 18th – 20th July, wherein thought leaders, industry experts, and investors came together to share their perspectives on opportunities to scale climate technologies in India. The first roundtable, with representatives from EY, Wipro, TCS, Urban Innovation Movement Fund, and Green Artha, focused on analysing India’s prospects in achieving its climate goals. The second one was an insightful discussion about challenges in raising the right kind of capital for climate-tech, and analysing India’s position in terms of climate financing around the world. Investors from development finance institutions like IFC, GIZ, and various climate-focused funds such as Aavishkaar Capital, Speciale Invest, Bharat Fund, Endiya Partners, and SBI Neev Fund participated in the event. The third event had industry experts Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group; Arvind Bodhankar, Chief Risk Officer, Dalmia Bharat Group; Prabodha Acharya, Chief Sustainability Officer, JSW Steel, and Damandeep Singh, Associate Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY, sharing their insights on climate technologies for reduction in short-term and long-term emissions in hard-to-abate sectors like steel and cement; policy incentives that could support these sectors, and the need for indigenous technology development in India through stronger industry-academia collaborations.




As an unprecedented and inevitable consequence of pandemic-induced nationwide lockdown, a large-scale reverse migration process had begun in March 2020. For states like Punjab with rampant migrant population, challenges became enormous – to manage huge gatherings of migrants while curtailing the spread of the pandemic and regulating their reversal amid a lockdown. The reverse migration was also expected to create economic crisis in the state in the long run.

In this context, a team of researchers at Bharti Institute have completed a case study focussing on organisational and administrative systems at work in the state and strategies adopted by the government for facilitating migrants back to homeland. Some of the major challenges for authorities included supply of information, food, water and healthcare to the migrant population, their re-settlement and transportation issues to specific states, which also called for efficient coordination with concerned nodal officers/agencies. Researchers analysed how the state government formed separate teams led by highly skilled district administrators to perform specific tasks, creating a strong network for intra-team and inter-state information dissemination for facilitating safe transport and settlement. The government also received adequate support from NGOs and civil society oganisations in Punjab. Direct interviews with migrants showed that the movement of labour through trains and other means of transport was hassle free. The study also paves way for lessons in post-Covid migrant management. Senior Research Analyst Dr Sridhar Kundu led the study with help from research interns Ms Armida Ashfaq and Ms Parvaz Virk, and guidance from Dr Aarushi Jain.


  • Dr Anjal Prakash’s co-authored study ‘Climate Adaptation Interventions in Coastal Areas: A Rapid Review of Social and Gendered Dimensions’ was published in Frontiers in Climate, in May 2022.
  • Dr Sridhar Kundu’s co-authored working paper ‘Fiscal policies and their impact on income distribution in India’ was published as the Commitment to Equity Institute Report – India, by Tulane University in May 2022.
  • Dr Sharique Hassan Manazir published two research papers in Elsevier’s Social Science Research Network, titled ‘Revisiting Marx and Schumpeter on Technology: A Comparative Analysis’, and ‘Personal Data & Digital Democracy Regime: A Critical Analysis of Proposed Policies in India’, in July 2022.


  • Dr Aarushi Jain and Prof Anjal Prakash took part in a special interaction with Shri Metbah Lyngdoh, Hon’ble Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, and Mr Andrew Simons, Commissioner & Secretary, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, in Shillong. The engagement was followed by cultural evening and dinner organised by the Hon’ble Speaker. They also interacted with the Chairman and members of Committee on Information and Communication Technology Management of Rajya Sabha.
  • Prof Anjal Prakash and Dr Aarushi Jain interacted with Prof. D P Goyal, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. The discussions centered on designing a roadmap for future collaborations between the two institutions for capacity building and research-based pursuits focussed on the North-Eastern region.
  • Dr Aarushi Jain met Ms S Radha Chauhan, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, in New Delhi to discuss aspects of enhancing engagement of public sector professionals in ISB’s advanced management and executive education programmes.
  • The South Asia president of Sweden-based AAK group and Director (procurement), AAK India, met Prof Ashwini Chhatre and the team to understand the model of working with forest-based communities with security of tenure in India, and expressed interest in a collaboration with ISB, under the Initiative on Forest Economy.


Team in News

Prof Anjal Prakash shares his views on climate resilience, extreme weather events in India and steps for effective climate mitigation and other policy issues in various news stories: The Week ,Carbon Impacts, The Economic Times, Carbon Copy, Live Mint, India Narrative,  Mid Day, The New Indian Express, The Washington Post, CBS News, China Daily, The Telegraph,

Prof Ashwini Chhatre suggests how direct subsidies to farmers can promote organic fertilizers, and also shares his views on rice trade and agriculture in India, in news stories by The Economic Times

Senior Research Analyst Dr Sridhar Kundu gets quoted in The Hindu story that talks about Periodic Labour Force Survey 2020-21, released by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Dr Anjal Prakash writes in Forbes India on approaches to better invest in the planet, and in Hindustan Times on World Environment Day for making major institutional changes in India for handling environment and climate concerns

Prof Anjal Prakash explains the highlights of IPCC report of which he is a lead co-author, in The Print interview, and in conversation with Eco & Energy Talks, and takes part as an expert panellist for broadcast channels Mirror Now and The Wion News

In a co-authored Forbes India article, Prof Avik Sarkar talks about UPI's role in India's emergence as a global leader in digital payments. Prof Sarkar also shares his insights on government's role in protecting communities from digital breaches, in a programme on NDTV.

Events in News

28 MLAs from Meghalaya take part in leadership training at ISB, covered in The Hindu BusinessLine, The Meghalayan, The Times of India, The Shillong Times, UNI, The Print,, PTI, The Assam Tribune, The Rising Meghalaya.

Senior officials of the Department of Water Resources, Punjab, attended workshop on ‘Leadership, Ethics, and Emerging Issues in Water Resources’ at ISB, covered in Dainik Bhaskar and

India Data Portal conducts workshop on ‘using open data for creating & presenting news stories’ in Kolkata and Arunachal Pradesh, covered in ANM News, Bengal News Grid, News Stardom, Songoti, India Education Diary, Arunachal Times and Arunachal Age

Experts call for a holistic and online seller centric e-commerce policy in a roundtable discussion, in Higher Education Digest and CXO Outlook


Anjal Prakash: Prof Anjal Prakash spoke on IPCC report highlights during a seminar on ‘Building a Climate Resilient Jharkhand’ organised by Policy and Development Advisory Group, in Ranchi. He also spoke on the gaps between climate preparedness and adaptation in a webinar on ‘Economic Impacts of Changing Monsoon Patterns in India’ organised by Climate Trends.

Aarushi Jain: Speaking at the 38th National Police Training Symposium, Dr Aarushi Jain shared a well-devised toolkit, giving insights into how best actions in police practice and training can be shared through tools of documentation, case studies, designing simulations and virtual training programmes. The symposium was organised by Bureau of Police Research and Development at its Ghaziabad headquarters.

Avik Sarkar: Dr Avik Sarkar delivered a keynote address at two-day virtual symposium on ‘Applications of Machine Learning and Data Science in Inter-disciplinary Areas’ organised by IIM, Visakhapatnam. He spoke on the significance of data science & AI for enhancing agricultural research and science, during the 14th National Symposium of the Indian Agricultural Universities Association.

Dr Sharique Hassan Manazir: Dr Manazir spoke on digital platform-led public policy bias, digital identity, and shared decision making from India's perspective at the XIII Interdisciplinary Workshop on ‘Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance' organised by Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Humboldt University of Berlin.
Know more about the thought leadership activities of the faculty and team members here.

At Bharti Institute, our constant endeavours entail pushing the boundaries for public policy research and practice, and build upon engagements which help better lives through innovations and impact. In the perpetual process, we rely on our team’s committed efforts to help the Institute thrive and make noticeable imprints in policy domain.

Compiled by: Sukhmani Kaur