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LokNeeti Programme

4-Months Certificate Programme in Policy, Data & Behaviour Change for working professionals interested in participating in public policy

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Upcoming Cohort

Date: Starts from 14th October 2023

Duration: 4 months

Location: Hybrid

Format: Part Time

Programme Fees: ₹70,000 (+18% GST)


The LokNeeti programme happens twice a year. The objective is to democratise the discourse of public policy in the country and impart core public policy education in the vernacular.

  • Providing new career options to the students
  • Understand local needs and engage in evidence- based policy
  • Champion the local data revolution by learning the big data skills
  • Improve effectiveness of policies through application of nudge/behaviour change
  • Build state capacity in data, project M&E and behaviour change communication
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Learn more about LokNeeti


LokNeeti is a 4 months hybrid programme where you will have: 12 weeks of online class, 3 weeks of practicum and 1 week of offline classes

Student Experience

Discover the incredible journey of Adarsh Ashok, an accomplished engineer turned political enthusiast, as he shares his experiences


The students from LokNeeti’s founding batch received their certificate. The ceremony held on May 15, 2022, at the Ataraxia Resort in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

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LokNeeti Diaries

Chartered Accountant & fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India.

“Lokneeti – as the name suggests “Lok” means संसार (for public), “neeti” means Policies सरकार की नीतियां, a programme taught us an understanding of the thin line between the duties, roles, and responsibilities of “Sarkar” (Government), “Samaaj” (Communities/NGO) and “Bazaar” (Industry). All this understanding is possible by dynamic and dedicated professors of ISPP who are committed to developing the intellect of scholars of Lokneeti as perfect match for the future need of policymakers and think-tankers.”

― Rahul Gupta

Founding Class Of May 2022

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Who should attend the LokNeeti programme?

  • Fellows or consultants working with the government
  • Local government officials
  • Program managers or associates at social impact firms
  • Elected representatives and aspiring politicians
  • Final year students pursuing graduation

There is no minimum age limit for applying for the LokNeeti programme. We encourage everyone with an interest in Public Policy and who wants to pursue a part-time programme.

It is not mandatory to have work experience.

A Bachelor’s degree from any stream is the minimum requirement. Students in the final year of their graduation can also apply.

What will I learn in the programme?

  • Behaviour Change/Nudge
  • Data for Policy Design and Decision
  • Governance & Public Administration
  • Monitoring and Impact Evaluation
  • Design Thinking
  • Economics and Politics of Policy
  • Research & Writing
  • Art of Policy Networking
  • Negotiations in Policy

What is the medium of instruction?

The programme will follow a bilingual medium wherein the faculty will use daily spoken language, which is a mix of Hindi and English.

What are the timings of the lectures?

The classes are spread across the week. Broadly, there will be:

  • 6 hours of classes in a week
  • 2 sessions of 1.5 hours each during the week in the evening usually from 7 pm to 8.30 pm
  • 2 sessions of 1.5 hours each on Saturdays from 5 pm to 6.30 pm and 7 pm to 8.30 pm

Will I be counted as an alumnus/alumna?

ISPP believes in lifelong learning and will give you access to any guest lectures and workshops which ISPP believes might add to your skills.

What is design thinking as mentioned in the ISPP curriculum?

What makes a policy effective is the understanding of how it would affect the public and the designing of a policy around it. This is what design thinking is all about… putting end users’ needs at the centre of the policy formulation. At ISPP, our faculty will train you to not just formulate policies but identify the issue, define it, ideate, test the prototypes, and scale it.

Do you provide any placement?

No, we do not provide any placements as this is a 4-month certificate programme. Placements are only provided for the year-long Public Policy, Design and Management programme.

Do you provide networking opportunities?

Yes, we do provide networking opportunities. You will get to network with the alumni of ISPP and LokNeeti programmes, who are currently working in different sectors, as well as various faculty members and guest lecturers.

Is there any financial assistance available?

Selected candidates will be offered a 30% scholarship.

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