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As part of the course curriculum, the students spend 16 weeks spread over two years in the field for exposure and hands on experience.
1: End of First Semester: Understanding Rural Societies and Development in Rural Areas
At the end of the first semester, the students undertake two weeks of rural exposure. The purpose of the rural immersion programme is to develop an understanding of rural society, structure, agriculture, land holdings, resources, habitation, institutions, areas of inclusion and exclusion, rural politics, market linkages and government policies and programmes pertinent to rural development (applying class room learning to realities). At the end of the rural immersion programme, the students prepare a report delineating their critical observations with the help of facts and figures observed and collected during their rural stay
Batch of 2019: Experiential Learning – December 2017
2: End of Second Semester: Policy Area Concentration Aligned Experiential Learning
The purpose of the experiential learning component, undertaken at the end of the second semester, is to acquire practical, political and administrative experience in the sector in which students choose to develop their policy concentration/ specialisation. The Policy Area Concentration aligned experimental learning involves six weeks of hands on experience in a public or private authority, or an international organisation, or autonomous institutions involved in conceiving, implementing, monitoring or evaluating a specific public policy. Usually students join as interns in diverse international, national and grassroots organisations (public, private, not for profit and for profit corporations/companies) to acquire the hands on experience. The second semester experiential learning ends with presentation of a comprehensive report to the interning organisation and school faculty.
Batch of 2018: Intenship Profile
Batch of 2019: Internship Profile
3. End of the Third Semester: Dissertation-Aligned Field Work
During the course of the third semester, students are required to prepare a research proposal for their master’s dissertation based on the experiential learning component. As per the requirements of the research proposal, students undertake field work for primary data collection. The field work is for 8 weeks duration. On the basis of field work and earlier experiential learning, students write their respective dissertations and later defend it in an open viva-voce.
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