30+ Sessions | 5+ Projects | 6+ Workshops | In-Person Meetups*

Public Policy Programme
For Executives

Unbox India & Engage With Country's Top Bureaucrats
  • Public Policy Programme for Executives (P3E) is a 12-week project-based immersive executive programme in public policy and governance, specially curated for mid-career professionals to strengthen their grasp over design, analysis, implementation, and regulation of policymaking.
  • Equipping delegates with the practitioner’s perspective, the programme builds competencies for evidence-based policy research.
  • Delegates analyse, deconstruct and assimilate policy themes and ideas of national and global significance.
  • The programme also facilitates proximity to bureaucrats and senior policymakers through mentored projects and expert sessions, and helps build the strong leadership and communication skills that are necessary for success in the world of public policy.

Live eLearning
01 May – 24 July, 2022 (12 weeks)
6-8 Hours Per Week
25+ Leading Experts
Weekend Sessions
Fees: ₹42,999 (Incl. of taxes)
For any queries, email us on p3e@rashtram.orgm or call us on +91-8384074775

Past Speakers

Dr. Jayaprakash

Founder, Lok Satta Party
Domain: Civil Society

Sh. Srikanth

CEO, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy
Domain: Civil Society

Sh. Atul

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Smt. Richa

Associate Professor ,School of Public Policy, IIT Delhi

Sh. Kunal

Joint Secretary & Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), MoUHA
Domain: Governance

Smt. Suparna Diwakar

Director of Centre for Regenerative Development, Rashtram

Sh. R

Editorial Director, Swarajya

Sh. Arun

Former Member ,Planning Commission & Former Chairman, BCG

Lt. Gen Rameshwar

PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Veteran) Former Director General Infantry, Indian Army


Neha Nagpal

Consultant, PwC
"The programme has a diverse blend of academically bent lectures, interactive sessions, and panel discussions to understand the policy-making space with various kinds of stakeholders in the industry."

Vinay Venkatraman

Columbia University, New York
"The P3E programme enabled me to interact with policy experts whom I’ve followed for years and the Hands-On Projects (HOPs) helped us experience governance from a practitioner’s perspective."

Shoumi Dasgupta

Deputy Director · Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC)
"Public Policy Programme for Executives (P3E) Monsoon 2020 edition was a great experience. Getting to understand the various aspects of public policy and working on them hands-on have added excellent value to my career”

Ajay Chandar

Senior Analyst, I-PAC
"The programme gave me a ringside view of the world of public policy. The sessions with the expert speakers gave me a strong theoretical understanding of the core concepts and frameworks. This was further strengthened by the sectoral sessions. The Hands-On Project was a great learning experience for me; it's one thing to study public policy in a classroom and entirely another to work alongside a bureaucrat on a real-world policy challenge and gain the perspective of a practitioner!”

Susmita Sinha

Founder, LocalFeedback.org
"P3E is a novel idea in policy education! The quality and mix of speakers, teachers as well as peers in the cohort is top notch! The highlight being the “hands-on project” where we solve actual challenges and closely observe how government functions. The course is rigorous, so be up for it!”



Engage with a multidisciplinary approach to public policy and emerge with a well-rounded understanding that places you ahead of the curve


Solve real-world policy issues with mentorship from senior serving and retired civil service officers and other policymakers


Learn to identify and act on emerging policy opportunities in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.


Become a thought leader by learning how to craft impactful op-eds and publication-quality project reports


Understand the Indic worldview and explore policy paradigms to create policies that work in the Indian context


Gain lifetime access to the Rashtram network and have privileged access to career, publication and project-engagement opportunities.


The P3E contains a mix of weekend online webinars with experts from the various fields with an infusion of practical real-life experiences and knowledge gained through the Hands on Project. The program curriculum also includes regular reflections, assessments the help the delegates keep track of their learnings throughout the program

Foundational Learnings

Module 1: Unboxing Policy

  • Foundations, Stakeholders and Institutions in Public Policy  
  • Policy Paradox
  • Structure of Government
  • Systems Thinking  

Module 2:  Understanding Development

  • Understanding Urban India: Opportunities and Challenges in Urban Development
  • Understanding Rural India: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Development
  • A Billion Opportunities: Unleashing the Power of Human Capital in India

Module 3: Understanding Law and Constitution

  • Introduction to Indian Constitution
  • Idea to a Law

Module 4: The State, Market and Economy

  • Application of Growth diagnostic framework to India
  • National Income Accounting and Select Frameworks
  • Starting and Sustaining an enterprise- Microeconomic Perspectives
  • Nudging Impact: Behavioural Economics for Policymakers
  • Public Finance

Module 5: Understanding Bharata

  • An introduction to Civilisational India
  • Arthashastra for the 21st-century Policymaker 

Module 6: Behaviour, Ethics and Change 

  • Ethics in Public Policy

The Policymaker’s Toolkit: Skills and Capabilities

  • Media Narratives and Tools for Policymakers
  •  Measuring impact: Monitoring and Evaluation for Policymakers
  • Design Thinking for Policymakers
  • Crafting Impactful OpEds
  • Engaging Stakeholders for Impact
  • Negotiation Strategy for Policymakers

Policy in a VUCA World

  • Environment and Public Policy
  • Technology in Governance
  • Energy Policy
  • Defence and Foreign Policy
  • Public Health
  • Education Policy

Experiential Learning

To learn the  intricacies of Governance delegates would engage with top bureaucrats/practitioners/academicians for 

  • A 11-week research-oriented project with a clear problem statement and probable solutions

Reflections and Way Forward

  • Master Debrief
  • Panel Discussion on Careers in Public Policy by experts of various fields- Corporate/Civil Society/Government sector/Politics

Hands-on Projects

Work under the mentorship of bureaucrats on real-world policy problems and gain the practitioner’s perspective.


Take part in assessments designed to test your public policy acumen and learn what it takes to design and implement effective policies.

Admission Process

Steps to apply the Public Policy Programme For Executives


candidates should submit an online application by clicking on ‘Apply Now’ button



application review within 4 weeks of submission and communication of application status



the candidates who have cleared the first round screening will have to appear in the group interview round



selected candidates should pay the programme fee within 30 days of receiving the confirmation email



admissions will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum intake.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process?

Hop into the interview round after we select you post-screening of your form responses. Once you come out of there with flying colours, we’ll be confirming your admission by e-mail. With a highly select intake, we expect the programme fee to be paid within 7-days of receiving the confirmation. Count on our Admission Team to guide you through.

Can people from outside India apply?

Yes. Thanks to online-mode, you don’t have to be in India to participate in P3E!

Can a college student apply for this programme?

You are welcome to apply after completing our college graduation. An undergraduate degree in any discipline is our minimum criterion.

I’m a working professional, will I be eligible for this programme?

Yes, the P3E sessions are specially curated for mid-career professionals just like yourself! Our past delegates have been engaged with corporates, consulting firms, media, government, political, civil society, health care & social purpose/development organisations. P3E is for you if you are looking to develop core knowledge and understanding of the various dynamics at play in the public policy space.

I’m a social worker and want to pursue this programme, will I be eligible?

Yes, you will find a number of opportunities to engage with top policymakers to aid hands-on understanding of social welfare schemes, its applicability, challenges etc in the development or social entrepreneurship space. Like always, we aim at bringing together a mixed bag of professionals from diverse meaningful backgrounds for this edition of P3E.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for:

– Policy Professionals engaged with Corporates, Consulting Firms, Government Organisations, Political Organisations, Civil Society, Media, and Social Development Organisations, who wish to undergo a rigorous academic programme in the domain.

– Postgraduates and Doctorates who wish to understand the practitioners’ perspective of Public Policy and Governance.

– Public Leaders and Development Professionals and enthusiasts who wish to equip themselves with the tools of Public Policy and usher in a medium of change.

– Practicing and aspiring civil servants who wish to undergo a formal grounding in contemporary models across the world such as ‘New Public Management’.

– Policy Researchers who wish to augment their academic knowledge with real-world understanding of governance systems

– Young working professionals who look-up to Public Policy as a viable career option, and higher education possibility.

– People with the curiosity to understand India better to foster enlightened citizenship.

What is the programme format?

The programme is designed for time-pressured professionals to combine their existing commitments with learning. Hence, weekend-based learning accessible in both online and offline formats  that are also appropriate for the ongoing Covid situation have been designedLive weekend webinars, held every Sunday morning build up a large part of the programme schedule. In-person deliveries of content are subject to Covid regulations. We hope to give you a clearer picture closer to programme time.

Can I attend the programme along with my job?

Yes, if some rigorous and fun policy learning suits your weekend plans! We are keeping the bulk of the sessions for Saturdays and Sundays.

What can I expect after this programme?

In-depth understanding of governance processes in India including state systems, stakeholders, challenges, and possible places for intervention and participation. Here’s to index possible outcomes-

– Get your ideas to reach millions with the help of hands-on live projects with serving bureaucrats.

– Receive letter of recommendations (LOR) from public policy practitioners and in-house faculty.

– Skill and profile advancement with a curated programme in Public Policy.

– Explore career opportunities with relevant corporates, governments, consulting firms, political, civil society, and social development organisations.

– Sustained interactions with experienced policymakers, faculty and the power of an illustrious peer network.

What type of projects would be taken up during the programme?

The governance projects will cover various domains of public policy like urban and rural development, energy, tourism, waste management, education, health, diaspora affairs etc. In addition to live project visits, we will also be interacting with government executives in-charge, and delve in-depth.

A list of some of our Hands-On-Projects are available here: https://rashtram.org/p3e/hops/

How much time do I need to commit weekly?

For successful completion of P3E, delegates need to devote 6-8 hours/week and of course more if you are the keen whatsapp consumer, debater, critique and commenter

What does this programme cost?

The programme cost is INR 42,999 (inclusive of taxes) –  a nominal sum for the rather large body of knowledge you will gain during and beyond the course duration! And, to make it easy, we accept the fee in two instalments, the first due upon completion of the admissions process and the second during the course (Our admission counselors will guide you).

Is there any financial aid available for this programme?

Financial aid to selected candidates will be offered on a merit-cum-means basis. Usually, early bird applications maximise chances of availing the aid

What is the cancellation policy?

The programme fee is refundable after the cancellation of the candidature within a certain time period before the programme is scheduled to commence. Write to the Admission Team over email citing your reason for cancellation and we’ll keep you informed.

Refund details-

75% –  If cancelled before 30 days from the commencement of the programme

50% –  If cancelled before 20 days from the commencement of the programme

25% – If cancelled before 15 days from the commencement of the programme

No refund – if cancelled before 10 days from the commencement of the programme 

Note: Institution’s decision will be final in case of any uncertain situation.


Are there any placement opportunities at the end of the P3E programme?

Instead of  placements, we try to provide our delegates with plenty of opportunities for building a successful career in the policy space, as follows:

Career Guidance

– A session on ‘Careers in Public Policy’ where we explain the various ways of building your career in the field of public policy.

– Direct contact with policy experts during meetups and webinars.

Build a Strong Peer Network

– Opportunity to interact and work together with a diverse, dynamic and dedicated P3E cohort.

– Access to P3E Alumni network.

– Access to pan-India and zonal alumni network offered by Rashtram.

Certificate and Letter of Recommendation

– Certificate of Completion.

– Grade Card mentioning your performance across various components of the program.

– Letter of Recommendation (LOR) from in-house Rashtram faculty. This is subjected to your excellent performance in the program coursework as well as on discretion of the undersigning faculty.

– Project Mentors may also give a letter of recommendation to the project team if the project-work is outstanding.

The Journey So Far

Hours of Policy Learning

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