With India at the cusp of a regulatory evolution triggered by globalisation, geo-political and national issues, further driven by disruptive innovations in consumer technology, and industrial as well as social spaces, it is imperative for India to evolve a segment of public policy and professionals to support such regulatory challenges, Rameesh Kailasam, public policy expert and CEO of Indiatech.org said at a lecture series held in New Delhi
The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) organised a lecture series titled a “Practitioner’s approach to Public Policy” during which, students were exposed to real life situations in a workshop conducted by Kailasam.
“The workshop was aimed at helping the students experience and understand real life practical approaches towards public policy,” the CEO of Indiatech.org said.
The lecture series comprised of three parts and covered aspects of the role of public policy professionals and career prospects in industry, research, not for profits, governments and media. The sessions also covered the art of policy making and advocacy in emerging markets vis-à-vis developed ones and stressed on the need for practitioners to be up-to-date on policy issues and thought processes of stakeholders. It also covered advocacy tools, narrative building, media and third party advocacy, followed by multiple case studies.
The students were exposed to real life examples and underwent team-based workshops to take on the modern day emerging policy challenges.
Rahul Menon, a public policy scholar at ISPP, who attended the workshop said: “The three part lecture series conducted by Mr. Kailasam provided fascinating insights into contemporary policy issues in India. Several case studies pertaining to corporate firms and government institutions were explored that helped our batch expound two policy issues, in a nuanced manner, during the concluding session.”
Tushar Meshram, another scholar at ISPP commented: “During the series, one important take-away, among many others, was to understand the crux and nuances of advocacy; advocacy is a hard sell and one must be aware of the ‘bargaining power’ of the other party as well. Discussions must be carried out in such a manner that one’s personal preferences don’t get in the way; awareness about the environment in which, and the regulations within which policy discussions happen, can enhance the position of the policy professional.”