ISB valedictory ceremony: ‘Multiple set of policies needed to address diversity’

Analjit Singh said that India was a country of heterogeneous groups and one set of policies could not fit all.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 10, 2016 8:22:51 am

India is a heterogenous country and so one set of policies cannot fit all and public policy makers should create multiple set of policies to address the need of diversity, according to Analjit Singh, founder and chairman of Emeritus, Max India.

He was speaking at the valedictory ceremony of Indian School of Business’s (ISB) Management Programme in Public Policy (MPPP), here on Wednesday.

In his address, Analjit Singh said that India was a country of heterogeneous groups and one set of policies could not fit all. He said that the need of the hour was to create a multiple set of programmes, policies, and the like to address the needs of this diversity. This was possible by having policy makers, equipped with relevant and modern day skills, insights and best practices, he added.

“I look forward to hearing and learning from the views of tomorrow’s policy makers as their perspectives and understanding are going to influence policy making in the years to come,” he said.

Chairing the session, Rakesh Bharti Mittal, vice-chairman and managing director of Bharti Enterprises and chairman, Advisory Council of Bharti Institute, said, “We live in a world that is struggling with excessive information. The combination of appropriate knowledge with power results in effective policy making. Our aim through MPPP is to equip the policy makers of tomorrow with the right insights and expertise that will enable them to design better policies, and equally importantly, implement them successfully.”

The discussion was held by the Bharti Institute of Public Policy in association with the Centre for Executive Education at ISB.

The founding class of MPP comprises executives from the Indian Railways, Department of Posts, Indian Telecom Service, Food Corporation of India, Ministry of Defence, Niti Aayog, the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Yes Bank, Rashtrapati Bhavan, DLF Group, UIDAI, Tribal Development Department, Dalmia Bharat, IMRB International, Pratham, Transparency International India, Indus Towers, and Vodafone and others.

Pradeep Singh, CEO, Mohali campus, and deputy dean, ISB, said, “It is a proud moment for us at ISB to see the founding class of MPPP complete their programme successfully. It reflects a step forward in the school’s mission to contribute towards effective policy making in the country. I wish the class success. Let them scatter far and wide carrying their experience and learning from ISB to different corners of the country.”

Professor Prajapati Trivedi, senior fellow (Governance) at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy, ISB, and former secretary, performance management, government of India, served as the programme chair of the MPPP. Other faculty members include Shyam Saran, former foreign secretary and chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, Shashi Tharoor, MP and former MOS in Ministry of External Affairs, professors Laurent Jacque, Phil A Uhlmann, and Larry Weiss from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, K P Krishnan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Pradeep Singh, and Dishan Kamdar, professor of Organisational Behavior, ISB, among others.

The MPPP is for mid-career professionals both in the public and private sector. Its aim is to provide a rigorous and inter-disciplinary conceptual learning experience for civil servants and private sector professionals and equipping them with the latest in policy thinking and implementation around the world while facilitating a cross-border and cross-cultural knowledge exchange between the private and the public sector.

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