Huge Opportunities for Public Policy Professionals in Corporate Sector
Public Policy as a profession has
undergone a rapid evolution in India especially in the corporate sector,
according to Chetan Krishnaswamy, Director of Public Policy, India and South
Asia at Google. Taking part in a panel discussion on public policy careers in
corporate sector organised by Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) in New Delhi, Chetan
Krishnaswamy said that the profession welcomes individuals from diverse
educational backgrounds and work experiences. Strong analytical and
interpersonal skills, along with the ability to distil complicated developments
in a manner that they are easy to grasp for non-experts, are arguably the two
most vital requirements from a public policy professional.
Ashish Aggarwal, Senior Director and Head - Public Policy, NASSCOM, spoke about public policy still being an emerging space India. He emphasized on the scope for development this domain has to offer, adding that those entering this space, at this point in time, are set to see a challenging yet expansive career. “Select domain expertise and experiential learning would be crucial,” he added. Mandar Kagade, Head, Public Policy & Outreach, RupeePower, one of the eminent panellists, emphasized on public policy being an important career option for the reason that it serves as a vital interface between the government and the corporates, adding value to both ends. He added that soft skills, with focus on communication, and hard skills including a macro understanding of law/economy, besides others, were important skill sets required by a public policy professional.
Speaking on the occasion, Vineeta
Hariharan, Senior Leadership - Public Policies and Programmes (GoI and
Multilaterals), added: “Today is the right time for individuals to embark on a
career in public policy. Private and public sectors need trained professionals
in this domain. A course in public policy is vital to speed track one's career
in the public sphere, and for the youth to be educated and trained to
contribute towards nation building.” Arun Bhagat, President- Corporate Affairs
& Advocacy, GMR Group mentioned that though public policy was not seen as
an integral part of a business in earlier times, times have, now, seen significant
change, ensuring that public policy is being seen as an emerging career choice.
According to him, the skill sets required for a professional in this domain may
be varied, but focus is on communication skills, panoramic knowledge and
awareness, as well as basic intelligence.
The session began with an introduction to the ISPP by Dr. Parth J. Shah, Founder & Director, the ISPP and President - Centre for Civil Society, and was followed by the panel discussion that addressed key questions such as the state of public policy making in India and the role of the corporate sector, the need for policy making minds in the corporate sector in India, comparison of a corporate's engagement in public policy outside India, the future of policy making in the corporate sector, careers for graduates in policy making and talent skills expected, amongst others.
The Indian School of Public Policy will commence a year-long, equivalent to Master’s Certificate Programme in Policy, Design & Management, intended to prepare students for challenging careers in policy action across government, industry and civil society.