Capstone Project Initiative

Capstone Project Initiative

The Capstone is an innovation in the curriculum of M. A. Public Policy programme. The Capstone project is a student-led independent research project in the chosen field to address a question or a problem encountered by a partner organisation. The allocation of the Capstone Project is scheduled in the fourth semester (last semester) for a duration of four to six months (subjected to the requirement of the project).


The student is expected to work in an organization/ professionally managed institution under the guidance of a supervisor who assigns specific work to the student, and in which he/she draws on the knowledge gained in the course to present the organisation with a solution. The project is monitored by two mentors, one is in-house faculty mentor and the other is field-level supervisor/ manager in the organisation.


The Capstone project has to be in line with the goals of the organisation, and the project must produce valuable research work for the organisation. The research work led by student needs to meet the minimum required time and quality standards. The Capstone project topic must be drawn on the knowledge and skills learnt by the student who must demonstrate its relevance in the organizational context. The purpose of working on a Capstone project is for students to apply their policy analysis skills in a way useful to the practical needs of the partner organisation.


JSGP has established links with various organisations to facilitate the Capstone projects. The students so far took projects in the following institutions:

  • US India Business Council, New Delhi
  • Council on Energy, Environment & Water, New Delhi
  • Centre for Budget and Planning Studies, New Delhi
  • The Asia Foundation, Srilanka
  • CUTS International, Jaipur
  • Assistants to Members of Parliament
  • Pratham, India
  • Delhi Dialogue Commission, Delhi
  • Deloitte Consulting, India Offices
  • National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi
  • National Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development, Hyderabad