Bootcamp to devise a new set of policymakers
To impart information on policy and policymaking, a Policy Bootcamp was organized for the students of Mount Carmel College
Mysuru: With an aim to impart insights on policies and their implementation at the grassroots level, GRAAM, a development research organization held a five-day ‘Policy Bootcamp’ for the students of Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru on April 25.
The Policy Bootcamp was inaugurated by Dr R Shivappa, Registrar, the University of Mysore who in his inaugural address, stressed the importance of understanding the ground realities of the profession and encouraged the students to participate in field studies. The event provided an opportunity for young minds to understand public policy, policy making, and the meaning of good governance.
During these five days, the participants received hands-on experience in developing questionnaires, data collection, and analysis. The students were also taken on field visits to tribal settlements in HD Kote to analyze the situation to come up with policy recommendations. The camp also turned out to be a platform for the students to interact with bureaucrats and gain knowledge from their experiences.
The valedictory of the Policy Bootcamp was held on April 29. Dr B S Manjunathaswamy K A S, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mysuru, was the chief guest, Dr. Indira M, former chairman of the Department of Economics, University of Mysore, was the special invitee.
In his keynote address, Dr Swamy explained his working as a policymaker and as a policy implementor. He said that the political forces and bureaucracy strongly influence the policymaking process; hence, youth need to be part of the political system. He also asked students to be part of the bureaucracy. Dr Swamy also asked the students to work with organizations like GRAAM to understand the ground realities of policies and programs, as he advised GRAAM to take lead in policy advocacy movements.
Dr Indira M suggested to the students to utilize the multiple opportunities available in the development sector. She recommended they pursue internships at World Bank, Niti Aayog, Karnataka Evaluation Authority (KEA), GRAAM, and many leading institutions in the research and public policy space.
The policy bootcamp saw the presence of Dr Suma Singh, Dean of Humanities, MCC and Dr Basavaraju R Shreshta, Executive Director of GRAAM.