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Dr Shanker Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy (SDSID)

Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy is a forward looking Institute that would be focusing on governance and public policy as these are the elements to take any nation, particularly India, to make it progressive while benefitting all segments of the society. It would be done by training the students with analytical rigour and deep understanding of the issues besides promoting research and capacity building at different levels through training programmes.

Foundation laying ceremony of the Institute by Dr. Girilal Gupta and Mrs Vimala Sharma (wife of Late Dr Shanker Dayal Sharma, former President of India) was made on September 12, 2007 at the Second Campus of the University of Lucknow. The Institute along with the Dr. Girilal Gupta Institute of Public Health came into existence together with the great commitment and generous contribution by the son of Dr Girilal Gupta, Sri Vinod Gupta who is a recognized business entity in USA. Dr Girilal Gupta has been alumnus of our great University during 1938-40. The funds were made available through the VGCF, New Delhi. The VGCF is being chaired by Shri AD Sharma (son of late President of India Dr Shanker Dayal Sharma).

Shanker Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy was inaugurated in November, 2009 and its foundation stone was laid by Mrs Vimala Sharma with the aim of training, research and teaching. The Institute is committed for promoting the cause of democracy in various ways.

Prof. M.K. Agarwal

BA (Honours) in Public Policy

M.A. in Public Policy

There is growing realizations in the Indian context that despite cumulative increase in wealth and resources including trained and skilled manpower the country is not able to perform as per expectation. There is also growing unanimity among all sections in India as well as in other developing economies that poor public policy would not result in the optimum output and inclusive development. India is a critical case where despite very high growth rates, poverty, unemployment, exclusion (social and economic) is not diminishing appreciably.

Given this there is growing need to develop trained manpower professionally to deal with the issues of the public policy – social, economic, political and cultural – to get the best out of the given resources and technology. Thus, a good public policy is like an input in the production process known as the soft skill as well.

Given this, the Shankar Dayal Sharma Institute of Democracy has launched the following two courses from the session 2014-15.

Features BA (Honours) in Public Policy MA in Public Policy
Number of seats 30 (Thirty) 30 (Thirty)
Course duration 6 semesters (3 years) 4 semesters (2 years)
Nature of course Innovative course Professional course
Fee of the course Rs 9,500/- per semester Rs 18,000/- per semester
Qualification for admissions Any student who has qualified the 10+2 examination Any graduate
Admission Process Through merit and Interview Through merit and Interview
Utility of the Course This level of training will prepare the manpower at mid-level to provide the support in the policy analysis and understanding. Such skilled manpower would be a strong link between top policy makers and policy dissemination besides supporting the top policy makers. Such people may get jobs in the government sector, NGOs, research organizations and elsewhere. At this level even mid career professional would be invited to join the course to train and upgrade their skills. This level of training would help the people in understanding and formulating a suitable policy analysis. They may get employment in government agencies, NGOs, research organizations, work as consultants besides exploring further avenues.
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