The dissertation is a unique feature of Post Graduate programme in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM). It is carried out on a contemporary policy issue in the area of the participant's choice. The participant devotes the second year of the PGPPM to carry out policy research, which may be basic research, applied research, or evaluation research. The research and writing process is extensive and involves many steps of refinement. The Dissertation Advisory Committee monitors and finally approves the dissertation, after successful defence of the dissertation by the participant.
Since the first PGPPM batch of 2002-04, the programme has produced more than 220 dissertations. These have been undertaken in a wide range of policy areas, including infrastructure policy, environmental policy, trade policy, tax policy, education policy, health policy, personnel policy, regulatory policy and macroeconomic policy among others. The dissertations have focused on specific steps of the policy cycle: policy formulation, policy implementation and policy evaluation. The recommendations elaborated in some of the dissertations have been applied towards the improvement of policy procedures and have been included in policy documents.
We have brought out a compilation of the abstracts of these dissertations which will be helpful to researchers and academicians in understanding the breadth of research issues and methodologies in public policy.