2nd Edition | 14 August - 24 October, 2021 | Weekend Sessions


in knowledge partnership with InTech Dispatch

Topics Covered

Challenges Posed By Artificial Intelligence

How do we prevent social inequalities, bias and exclusion in algorithms?

Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Will India ban crypto or leverage it to build a new financial economy?

Data Privacy & India Stack

How should the government safeguard our personal data?

Big Tech Regulation In India

How do we make Twitter & Amazon answerable to Indian law? 

Indic Technology Futures

How do we decolonize technology futures and make them work for India?

Policymaking for Emerging Technologies is an eleven-weekend online specialisation programme for professionals and students. The programme will help build domain knowledge in technology policy, understand new approaches for regulating disruptive technologies and seek practical toolkits to launch a career in the tech-policy ecosystem in India.

The course is interdisciplinary, and draws from politics, economics, law and ethics to understand India’s technological transformation.

Gain an Adaptive Toolkit to regulate emerging technologies

Learn and apply technology policy thought models to regulate emerging technologies using a toolkit of agile frameworks in policymaking.

Understand Philosophy & Ethics of Technology

Reason from first principles by building a foundational understanding of technology from philosophical and ethical perspectives.

Gain a contextual understanding of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Understand key social, legal and political implications of cutting-edge technologies in India. Learn global best practices through immersive case studies.

Shape Indian Technological Futures

Contextualise technology to the Indian context, design from an Indic worldview and envision Indic Technological Futures.

Live eLearning
14 August – 24 October
4-5 Hours Per Weekend
Fees: Rs 24,999
40 Delegates
Tech Policy Specialisation

For any queries, contact us on namaste@rashtram.org.

External Speakers

Experts from the field will take individual sessions

Kamya Chandra

iSPIRT Fellow - Building Public Data Infrastructure
will take a session on
Regulator 2.0 and Orchestrating Digital Playground

Gaurav Porwal

Chief Operations Officer
at Ola

will take a session on
Future of Mobility in India

Knowledge Partner

This programme is in collaboration with





Here are the various learning components of the PET

Various modes of learning and discussion

Live e-Learning Masterclasses

Focussed, topical, interactive masterclasses on key themes in technology policy.

External Speakers

Interact with experts from field of tech policy. List to be announced soon.

Tech Policy Live Project

Pursue projects on tech for social good, ethical challenges in technology and emerging technological risks.

Peer-To-Peer Learning

Interacting with the cohort enriches the learning process, and also opens opportunities for collaboration.

Technology Breakdowns

Briefs to keep delegates well-versed with each tech stream discussed during the sessions.

Resource Rich Learning Experience

To better understand the emerging tech

Technology Guides

Access in-depth and articulate technology and policy guides from around the world, some curated by InTech Dispatch.

Mind Maps

Mind maps are an effective way of understanding the complex nuances of the ever-evolving tech landscape.

Pre & Post-Session Reads

Relevant reading material that cuts through the clutter and optimises your knowledge and context gaining.

Career Advancement

Gaining competencies and knowledge in technology policy will aid you depending on your background

Law Students & Graduates

A lawyer with knowledge and competencies in technology law policy has many high paying jobs within their reach. From working at a firm that specialises in tech law practice, tech policy consulting, working for think tanks to working as a govt affairs professional.

Engineers & Entrepreneurs

Any entrepreneur entering the tech space should have an idea of the tech policy landscape of the country. Beyond that, engineers with said competencies can work in the consulting domain, tech for the public good, or work with govt. think tanks.

Public Policy Graduates

A public policy professional with tech policy competencies can work as a compliance officer, as public policy manager at tech companies, represent govt. in tech policy affairs, or research at a public policy think tank.


List of topics covered module-wise

M1: The 4th Industrial Revolution & Global Transformation

In this module, we will discuss the fundamental paradigm shifts of our time with a special focus on VUCA, Complex Adaptive Systems and Exponential Change. You will be introduced to 4th industrial revolution technologies like  5G, AI, CRISPR, Blockchain, IoT. 

M2: Technology Policy for Emerging Technologies

In this module, we will discuss some fundamental questions likes what is technology? Deep dives will be made in to the philosophy of technology, socio-technical systems & code as law. We will also discuss the traditional policymaking process and its limitations and new technology policy paradigms.

M3: Agile Policy Approaches

What is agile policy-making? We will discuss the eight regulatory approaches for emerging technologies and politics of technological systems: Bias, Access and Inclusion. Two case studies will be critiqued in this module:

  • Case Study 1: EU GDPR and data regulation
  • Case Study 2: EU’s Digital Markets Act & US’s Antitrust Measures

M4: India’s Technology-Policy Landscape

In this module, we will discuss the Indian tech policy ecosystem, the key regulatory questions and current state of play. 

M5: State Role In Building Digital Public Infrastructure

What are the digital public goods for the next century and what is  India’s approach to Public Digital Infrastructures? We will critiquing two case studies in this module: 

  • Case Study 3: India Stack and the United Payments Interface (UPI)
  • Case Study 4:  Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA)

M6: Emerging Technologies in India

In this module, we will discuss the emerging technologies in India. We will dive deeper into India’s 5G Conundrum, electric vehicles and India’s fin-tech ecosystem: blockchain and crypto-assets in India.

M7: Data Protection and Regulation in India

In this module, we will discuss the conceptual foundations of data and algorithms, various approaches to thinking about data and algorithms. We will also dive deeper into India’s data governance architecture.

M8: Geopolitics of Technology: Standards & Manufacturing

In this module, we will discuss the Great Global Fracture, the ‘splinternet’, the restructuring of global supply chains. We will be critiquing two case studies in this module:

  • Case Study 5: Silicon Chips and rare earths
  • Case Study 6: Production Linked Incentives for strategic sectors

M9: Regulating Big Tech in India

In this module, we will discuss the key regulatory challenges in the Indian Context and the government approaches to dealing with new technologies: From Laissez-faire to Digital Constitutionalism. We will be critiquing two case studies in this module: 

  • Case Study 7: The IT Rules 2021 and Social Media Intermediaries: Twitter & WhatsApp
  • Case Study 8: Amazon and protecting Indian e-commerce retailers

M10: Indian Technological Futures

In this module, we will discuss the non-western and de-colonial approaches to technology and how we can shift the paradigm towards Dharma of technology. We will also discuss how to chart technology policy careers in India.

Official PET Certificate

A ‘Certificate of Completion’ of the Specialization Course will be given to all delegates provided that they have attended at least 75% of sessions.

Who is this programme ideal for?

Are you the right fit?

Public Policy Professional

who seeks to understand the social, political and governance impacts of paradigm-shifting technologies, and learn adaptive policymaking and study global best practices in regulation.

Civil Services Aspirant

who wishes to understand the Indian government’s regulatory approach and understand how emerging technologies can be leveraged in governance.

Engineer or Entrepreneur

who seeks to understand the social, political and governance impacts of paradigm-shifting technologies, and learn adaptive policymaking and study global best practices in regulation.

Legal Professional

who seeks to understand the nature of emerging technologies, new policy and governance approaches in India, and explore careers in technology law.

Engaged Citizen

who wishes to participate in India’s technology policy and contribute to crafting Indian technological futures.

To get a flavour of the programme, watch the introductory talk on Adaptive Policymaking for Emerging Technologies by Shyam Krishnakumar.

Testimonials And Reviews

What our Delegates have to say about us

Deshna Suryanarayanan

Goonj Fellow | PET 2020 Delegate
"I think the course gave me a lot to think about emerging technologies...how to look at public policy in this aspect and gave a cultural angle to the same. I personally felt it was enriching. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wants to get thinking about tech policy and venture into it.

Vignesh Venkatachalam

Masters in Computational Analysis, UChicago | PET 2020 Delegate
"The eight methods of framing Technology Policy were very well collated. I appreciate the deepdive into philosophy of technology and Dharma of Tech. The course does a good job of bringing out the lack of coherence in the Tech Policy space in India, which in turn acts as an immediate action item for all course participants.

Admission Process

Steps to apply

Submit Your Application

Candidates should submit an online application by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button on PET webpage.


Application Review

Application shall be reviewed and the status of communication will be completed within 7 working days of submission.


Payment of Fees

Selected candidates should pay the programme fee within 5 working days of receiving the confirmation email.


Payment Confirmation

Admissions will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum intake.

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