Degree Programme

Master of Arts in Public Leadership

MA in Public Leadership is a research-oriented master’s programme in public leadership. Through interdisciplinary coursework and research, scholars are encouraged to study public issues and use Bharata’s civilisational wisdom to design solutions for the world’s contemporary challenges. The admitted students will take course work in the first year and progress to guided research work in the second year.


Year 1 - Accelerator

Year 2 - Research Project

The programme is for those who want to pursue a doctorate or research-oriented careers in academia, think-tanks, governance or consulting.

These components are seamlessly integrated to provide a holistic understanding of our social systems, to build character and endurance of the participants to contribute to nation-building. 

  • 2-Year Residential Programme
  • Research-Based Projects
  • World Class Faculty
  • Meta-Skill Based Curriculum

MAPL Programme Details

MAPL Programme is a one-year extension to the Accelerator Programme. Admissions for Accelerator are now open.

Phase 2 of Applications closes on 28 February, 2021.

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Public Leadership
Jnana Shakti
Icchha Shakti
Kriya Shakti

What is public leadership?

Our vision of Public leadership is rooted in the civilisational ideals of seva and tyaga, and aimed at uniting the jnana, ichcha and kriya skati towards Nation building. We guide and incubate the journey of selfless individuals, who go on to lead various systems and institutions inspired by the spirit of dharma—devoted to the all-round prosperity of our country.

Jnana Shakti: Power of Knowledge

At every turn, thinkers produced ideas that animated the imagination of the people and created hospitable conditions for change. These ideas produce ‘Identity’ that give a sense of purpose and meaning to people – This is the process through which a random collection of a people, become a Nation. In today’s world, this mandate of producing good ideas is given to academia.

Icchha Shakti: Power of Will

Procedural justice is the vehicle that takes the ideas from the minds of a few to the hearts of many. It is this journey that confers legitimacy to the ideas and creates agency in people. Legitimizing right ideas through the creation of agency leads to ‘Stability’ – Guiding this journey and embedding nourishing ideas into the fabric of a Nation is the real job of Politics.

Kriya Shakti: Power of Action

‘Prosperity’ is a function of the energy of people channelized into productive avenues. The mandate for the state should be to create the conditions for Stability in which people can exercise the natural human genius for enterprise and creativity. The lifeblood of Ideas around Identity and Stability needs to flow through the veins of the civil society to create prosperity.


MAPL is a programme for people who want to make a thought-driven contribution to public life. The programme emphasises a leadership journey at all three levels, i.e. individual (leading self, building integrity of thought and action), institutional (producing thought and research, guiding institutions), and societal (engaging citizens).

The foundation is laid in the first year through course-work and field-work. The final year is spent on research or extended projects.

The programme is relevant to you if you relate to the following questions:

  • Are you driven by intellect and want to solve public issues?
  • Do you think our civilisational wisdom is a keystone to comprehensively answer contemporary problems?
  • Do you want to bridge the divide between thought and action?
  • Are you looking for an authentic immersion to find and pursue your purpose?

Are you a future public leader ?