M.A. – Good Governance and Public Policy

The Faculty of Good Governance at Sri Sri University offers a two-year Master of Arts Program in Good Governance. The program aims to create ethical and effective leaders in: Politics / Administration / Civil society through NGOs / The CSR sector.

Course Details

Masters of Arts in Good Governance and Public Policy program focuses on issues of governance and analyses how society deals with challenges and policy problems, often by combining the resources of government, private and community sectors. Students develop practical knowledge and a critical, enquiring approach to questions of governance and policy development in the new millennium. Students are exposed to leading thinkers and debates in the public, private and community sectors, and develop capacities to enhance effectiveness in the workplace and gain a better understanding of the way governments operate as well as the major public issues confronting our society.

One of the cornerstones of this program is its interdisciplinary curriculum, which prepares students for work at the intersection of various academic disciplines. The GGPP program aims to train young professionals and public leaders to implement transparent, efficient and democratic governance based on the rule of law and social justice.

Governance is linked with political, social and cultural challenges for all kinds of political actors participating in political decision-making in all policy phases. Such challenges may be the contradictions arising out of diverse social demands and various economic constraints or problems linked with competing interests between cultural diversity and universal values. The highlights of this course are:

1. Focus on equipping students with tools for analysis and development of public policy not only through classroom interaction, but also through a ‘hands on’ approach by facilitating summer engagement program/project in the areas of public policy and good governance.

2. Regular weekly guest lectures by senior IAS/IPS officials and from other eminent personalities gives wide range of exposure to students

3. Program includes policy action/research labs which will open up space for debates, interaction and engagement through experimentation with scholars, citizens, policy makers and activists on policy making and its practical implications

4. The ethics and values espoused by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ,founder of Art of Living are also inculcated into students life for a value based holistic development

5. The pedagogy embeds unique approach of class room teaching and labs like job shadowing, policy analysis and field visits etc. to add to skill development of students.

1. Good Governance: Issues and Challenges 2. Fundamentals of Public Administration 3. India: Democracy and Development – I 4. India: Democracy and Development – II 5. Principles of Indian Economy 6. Introduction to Public Policy 7. Civil Society: Social Movements and NGOs 8. Indian Economy and Public Finance 9. Ethics in Governance 10. Public Sector Organizational Behaviour 11. Law and Public Policy 12. Research Methodology 13. India and Global Governance
1. Political Governance 14. Party System and Political Participation in India 15. Constituency Management 16. Parliamentary Procedures and Privileges 17. Indian Political Thought 18. Political Strategy and Innovation 19. Public Relations 20. Political Sociology 21. Electoral Politics in India 2. Administrative Governance 22. Development Administration 23. Administrative Law 24. Comparative Public Administration 25. E-Governance 26. Urban Development Administration 27. Disaster Management 28. Tribal Development Administration 29. Human Rights Administration 3. NGO & Corporate Governance 30. Rural Development 31. Corporate Social Responsibility 32. Environment and Sustainable Development 33. NGO Management 34. Social Welfare Administration 35. Corporate Governance 36. Environment Impact Assessment and Social Impact Assessment 37. Public Health Policy and Management
1. Governance and Policy Labs – Six innovative Laboratories for greater learning experience 2. Summer Internship 3. Dissertation


Graduation (Min 50%)


Duration – 4 Semesters
Seats – 60
Selection Procedure: Group Discussion and Personal interview conducted by the university

Fees INR
Per Semester INR 50,000
Hostel type (Default) 3 sharing non AC, INR 37,500/- Per Sem

Fee Details apart from Tuition and Hostel Charges:

Admission fee: INR 5000/-
Examination Fee: INR 5000/-

Caution deposit
Library deposit: INR 5000/-
Hostel Security Deposit: INR 10,000/-

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Good Governance Scholarship Test on 30th June 2017

We are delighted to inform you that OVBI – SSU announces two prestigious national scholarships (Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Netaji Subhash Ch. Bose) for students of Masters in Good Governance and Public Policy at Sri Sri University. Please find the scholarship guidelines & details about test pattern. Please feel free to contact us for any queries.

Scholarship Aptitude test : 30th June 2017
Written Test : 11 am to 12 pm ( 1 hour )
Certificate Verification : 12 noon to 1 pm
Personal Interview : 3 pm to 5 pm
Venue : Shruti Block, Sri Sri University, Odisha
Bring the following documents in original and in photo copies for the verification while coming for the test :
1. Family average income certificate that less than 6 lacs.
2. 10th , 12th and Graduation mark-sheets and Certificates. Other relevant academic certificates if any.

Selection Procedure will be based on your performance in the Entrance Test (50%), Career Marks (30%) and Personal Interview (20%).
To apply for the Scholarship Test, one need to make the provisional admission payment before 28th June 2017.
Please find attachment of the exam pattern.

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  • Vishal Dewan

    I want to be a civil servant but I think that exams alone don’t provide enough training for those who want to become good administrators. To be an effective leader, you need to be dynamic and do the groundwork. This course trains students to become dynamic leaders. The most fascinating part of the course is that that you actually learn to practically engage with what you study.

  • Jasneet Jodhka

    The program trains me in subjects including law, economy, environment, and resource management, which are crucial to the policymaking process. At the same time the course is complemented by fieldwork for holistic development. As a civil service aspirant, I have the opportunity to learn what it means to be an effective administrator and a nation leader from top civil service officers and politicians.

  • Priti Bhujbal

    The course offers an ideal blend of academics and fieldwork. As part of our fieldwork, we also had the opportunity to visit surrounding villages. That was when I began to understand village life, its problems and dynamics. It inspired me and strengthened my conviction to work for rural development. I believe that a good politician has to be dynamic outside and calm within and Sri Sri University is the best place to learn to become a good leader.