BENGALURU: The country’s first batch of MA in Public Policy (MPP) students at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, may take a couple of months to graduate, but most of them have already bagged exciting job offers. A one-of-its kind course, MPP aims to equip students with skills in framing policies and preparing action plans for various projects for governments and private companies.

Of the 42 students, 11 are placed in different companies with a salary package ranging from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 11 lakh per annum. Four have been offered a package of Rs 11 lakh per annum. Four students in the pilot batch have opted out of placements to pursue higher studies.

In the first round of interview, six companies, including Deloitte, Tata SED and others have selected 11 students. In the second round, 12 employers, including the government of Andhra Pradesh and the Centre for Innovation in Public Systems, will hit the campus to recruit the remaining students.

Most of MPP students have done internship with different government departments. NLSIU, Bengaluru, doesn’t have a placement officer but it has a recruitment coordination committee (RCC) comprising five MPP students – Anirudh Chakradhar, Pratik Harish, Paras Tyagi, Pranvendra Champawat, and Swasti Raizada. RCC sends invitation to firms along with relevant information for campus interviews.

Multidisciplinary course

There are 17 National Law Universities (NLU) in the country and only the Bengaluru centre offers MPP. At present, there are hardly any employees specialized in preparing policies, forcing most companies to hire a team of MBA, law and statistics graduates to get the job done. Since MPP is a multidisciplinary course, one PP graduate will be replacing management, law and statistics graduates. The course is not restricted to one particular stream of undergraduates; UG students from any stream can pursue it. In the first batch, 46% of the students are from social science and humanities, engineering (28%), commerce and management (14%), Science (5%) and law (5%) and medicine 2%). Among them, 20 have work experience of two to four years. The batch has completed monthlong project work in Rajasthan, studying various problems faced by rural people .

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Will achieve 100% placement

Campus recruitment is on, we will achieve 100% placement in the second round of campus interview as many state governments are keen on hiring MPP graduates from our university. These graduates work with government and private organizations as consultants, advisers, research associates, analysts and also in the field of regulatory affairs. – S Japhet, Coordinator for MPP in NLSIU, Bengaluru

Professionally trained as a doctor, MPP enabled me to understand the interdisciplinary nature of policy process, particularly in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, through its stimulating curriculum and strong legal interface. I was looking for an avenue to work on various issues pertaining to the development sector. – Nalini Kaushik, student who is placed at Chase India

About one fourth of the batch has been placed; that’s an encouraging result for a new programme. There is considerable variety in the kinds of jobs offered. There are private consultancies, NGOs, academic organizations as well as media and advocacy units recruiting from the batch. There is similar diversity in the sectors as well which include infrastructure, media, public health, economic and governance-related areas. – Shrikant Wad, MPP student

TIME FOR SECOND BATCH

*The admission for MA in PP for 2016-17 is open.

*Last date to apply – April 18.

*Entrance exam – Policy aptitude test (PAT) on May 1.

*Face-to-face interviews on May 20 and 21.

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Source: TOI-BGLR