Policy in Action

The Policy in Action Program is a month long engagement for young professionals and university students who are keen to explore the fields of public policy and development. The program is designed to deliver core skills in policy analysis, advocacy and leadership, along with the experience of working on live projects for policymakers – MPs, MLAs, ministries and other government institutions.
Public policy can be a potent tool for civic action. The Policy in Action Program is YLAC’s attempt to increase citizen engagement with the policymaking process and equip people with the skills necessary to drive change. It is also an attempt to strengthen the development and governance ecosystem in the country by expanding the pool of talented individuals committed to working in the space.
Launched in 2016, the program now runs in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai. The program is a highly selective engagement that receives a large number of outstanding applications from a diverse pool of candidates. It is designed as a mix of weekend sessions and remote collaboration that makes it easy to accommodate alongside regular study and work commitments.
The tentative calendar for 2020 is available here. You can sign up below or follow us on social media [Facebook, Instagram] for updates.
Program details:  Schedule | Project Work & Time Commitment


Note: COVID-19

Given the spread of COVID-19, the Delhi and Mumbai 2020 editions of the Policy in Action Program are likely to be run online. However, the launch of the programs will be delayed by a month or two due to uncertainty around parliamentary and assembly schedule, and the limited bandwidth available with policymakers at this time.
We’ll announce the launch on social media whenever applications are opened. Please follow our handles for updates.


The Journey So Far

The Policy in Action Program was launched from Delhi in 2016. Delhi’s success and the overwhelming support of our fellows encouraged us to expand the program to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai. In each city, the program attracts participants from a wide range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Today, a key highlight of the program is the diversity of its cohort.
Another highlight is the opportunity to work on some of the most pressing policy problems in the country. In the time since its launch, Policy in Action fellows have supported the work of MPs from across different regions in India, representing a spectrum of political parties in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, as well as many central and state government ministries and institutions such as NITI Aayog. Our fellows have had the chance to work on a diverse range of issues such as electoral laws, labour reforms, encryption policy, urban homelessness, HDI and malnutrition, to name a few.
The opportunity to work on real and live policy issues, along with the chance to interact with experts and learn from a diverse and talented cohort, is the primary appeal of the program today!
For specifics related to the previous editions, please see:   Bengaluru 2019  |   Delhi 2019  |   Hyderabad 2019  |   Mumbai 2019


Public Policy for Civic Action


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Research & Analysis

Advocacy Campaigns

Live Projects for Policymakers

Public Leadership

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Careers that Channelize Passion

Civic Action & Impact