About the Programme


This programme structures multi-dimensional and inter-sectoral knowledge-base for strengthening Local Government Institutions and development organisations.   The curriculum enables the youth to analyse the dynamics of decentralized governance and to equip them with the requisite skills towards realising local economic development and social justice.  It is expected to enhance their leadership potentials as change agents. The new trends in the field like E-Governance, Common Property Resource Management, Public Policy, Sustainable Cities, Disaster & Risk Management, Evaluation of Programmes & Projects, etc. are also incorporated in the programme.   It is designed to evolve appropriate approaches and strategies in decentralised governance and development.  It empowers the learner to apply the principles of ‘Horizontal Learning’ to identify, share and adapt the best practices, to achieve ‘good governance at the grassroots’.  Thematic workshops,  learning journey,  internship, field-based studies, social laboratory, experiential learning, etc. add value to the programme and enhance the employability of the learners in diverse work settings. 

Objectives of the Programme

  • To mould the learner as responsible citizens with social relevance, by providing relevant inputs for knowledge, attitude and skills to enable them to contribute for empowerment of Local Government Institutions, development organisations and civil society.  
  • To equip the learner to play an active and responsible leadership role in the functioning of Local Government Institutions. 
  • To develop capacity among the youth in the planning, implementation and monitoring of various development and welfare programmes.
  • To enable the youth to effectively participate in disaster management and sustainable development.
  • To suggest policy initiatives in various cross-cutting areas of governance and development.
  • To continuously strive for realising ‘Good Governance at the Grassroots’.
  • To empower the learner to actively participate  in governance and development as ‘Subjects’ rather than as ‘Objects’, i.e., to take part in the process as ‘informed citizens’ rather than as ‘beneficiaries’.