The Course Be a Change Catalyst

Change Catalyst

Admissions are now open for the 4th batch of the PG Diploma Course – Facilitating Governance Reform. Send in your applications by 15th March 2019. Take the first step toward a brighter future.

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Be a Change Catalyst

Barefoot Academy of Governance, in association with TISS, has launched a one year PG Diploma course entitled Facilitating Governance Reform. Become a Change Catalyst and engage in live issues of governance reform of institutions.

Commit to deepening democracy and dignity on the path to sustainable development.

Learn From Experience!

The only course in India that combines action research and experiential learning, the PG Diploma course offers

  • a critical and comprehensive study of good governance ethos and practices, based on the ideals of creating inclusive, equitable, and sustainable democratic practices
  • a combination of academic and experiential learning
  • the academic experience of TISS
  • the expertise of a team of governance reform practitioners, acquired over 18 years of designing and effectuating change management and governance reform programmes in a number of states.

Not just a degree but a new perspective!

Here’s what you get out of it

  • Theoretical and analytical skills: Learn to identify and comprehend the complex interplay of social, economic, cultural and political processes in governance practices.
  • Experiential and behavioural skills: Learn to design concrete, practical, equity-centric, democracy deepening interventions with the aim of transforming institutions and institutional practices.
  • Field and research experience: Complement your theory with invaluable onsite experience in the field of community-led governance reform.

Students will engage in 4 thematic learning phases spread out over the year. Each phase is divided into

  1. Direct Learning program of 2-3 weeks with core faculty at SRS, TISS Tuljapur Campus
  2. Distance Learning program of 10 weeks field studies undertaken over 3 months.

Governance Reform: The Need Of The Hour!

Across all Asian countries, over the last 5-6 decades, we have seen tremendous investment in building economic and social infrastructures. However, uneven development, inequitable progress, and unsustainable economic and ecological growth paradigms find expression in community strife and social conflict. If the past has taught us anything, it is this.

  1. The failures of development and democracy are not merely that of institutional shortcomings but of a profound failure and crisis of the governance processes.
  2. The future of growing democracies hinges upon making governance processes equitable, participatory, just, and inclusive. Governance reform must recognise and include all the varied social and political players and communities as equal members.
  3. Although large groups of people are engaged in development and political processes, few of these practitioners are equipped with the knowledge to
    • change the mind-sets of people and institutions
    • transform the perspectives related to governance, and the relations between citizens and governance institutions
    • democratise institutions

It is this challenging situation that the course seeks to address.


The last date for submission of application forms along with completed essays is
15th March 2019.


This course is open to anyone interested in designing and implementing institutional change programmes on themes related to ‘dignity, development, and democracy’.

Candidates must have

  • A graduate degree
  • Working knowledge of English

For more information regarding the course and applications, visit TISS Website

Course fee: Rs 60,000/-

Change Catalyst
Change Catalyst