The Centre was set up in 2016 to provide a fillip to the study of Public Policy. Policy Studies is a relatively nascent discipline in India. Given the increasing complexities of the economy, international relations, technology, and governance, it is imperative that this discipline takes firm roots in our polity and society. The academic community has an important role to play in this regard. In setting up this Centre, we hope to make useful contributions to the field of Policy Studies.
To that end, we have established a Ph.D. programme; and the first batch of doctoral students joined the Centre in Autumn 2017. In July 2019 we will welcome our first batch of students for the Masters Programme in Public Policy. Our researchers work on diverse topics ranging from information economy and governance to natural resource management, from manual scavenging to smart cities, and from public health to corporate social responsibility.
IIT Bombay has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary research—an approach at the heart of Policy Studies. Along with its core strength in traditional science and engineering disciplines, IIT Bombay has a fully integrated Humanities and Social Science Department, a business school (SJMSOM), and a number of interdisciplinary centres such as one for design (IDC), and one for the study of technology alternatives for rural areas (CTARA). The Ashank Desai Centre for Policy Studies aims to collaborate with and contribute to these various disciplines, borrowing their strengths and offering policy expertise.
To become a centre of excellence that facilitates evidence informed and inclusive public policy.
To encourage a sustained dialogue between academia and other policy stakeholders in order to promote evidence informed and inclusive policy making and analysis; and create capacity for policy studies in the country.