Welcome to the platform which facilitates one of the largest Policy Discussion Exercises in the country

POLICY BOOTCAMP is a 21 day residential program focused on public policy and governance, leadership, and nation building. It serves as a launchpad for aspiring public leaders, and policy enthusiasts who are specialists in their respective fields.

150 delegates from all across the nation and the world come together and stay on one campus. The program is graced by over 50 speakers including union ministers, bureaucrats, parliamentarians, grassroots reformers, social leaders, academicians, impact investors, and young achievers. The Policy BootCamp has been carefully designed to deliver holistic learning, exposure, and mentorship to the future leadership of the nation.

A sneak-peek into the 2017 edition of the BootCamp can be found here.

Program Highlights:

  • ​​21-day immersive residential program in Delhi/NCR
  • ​​Engage with politicians, bureaucrats, academicians, social workers, thinkers, policy entrepreneurs and more.
  • Experience the spirit of India with workshops, community interactions, group exercises, ideation workshops, and field work
  • Learn from India’s leading minds through seminars, interactive discussions, one-to-one interactions and implementation modeling.
  • Connect with future co-workers, peers, ground workers, policymakers, and various stakeholders of democracy.

Partners from previous editions

  • When

    June 4 to June 24, 2018

  • Course Plan

    The Policy BootCamp has been sharply designed to deliver a panoramic understanding. Click here for an overview of the course plan.

  • Selection Process

    Applications for Policy BootCamp 2018 are now open. Details about the selection process and registration can be found here.

  • Where

    BootCamp is a residential programme and is hosted at a scenic campus located in Delhi/NCR.

  • Speakers

    Policy BootCamp provides a platform for the brightest young minds to learn from and interact with the best and the most influential people in this space. This includes cabinet ministers, distinguished parliamentarians, experienced bureaucrats, academic experts and grassroots workers.
    Click here to see some of the speakers who addressed the delegation during previous editions of the Policy BootCamp

  • Community Members

    Policy BootCamp has grown into an actively connected community of change makers.
    Click here to view cohorts from the previous editions of the BootCamp.

    Come, join the community!

    Check out FAQs about the BootCamp, incase of any queries. In the case that the FAQs do not answer your query, feel free to shoot us an email on

What our Alumni and Guest Speakers have, to say

Ketan Dand

If you’re planning to sign up, do not hesitate. irrespective of whether you’re coming from the public policy space or not. It really is a ‘BootCamp’ and there is nothing similar to this, in India, at the moment.

Ketan DandM.A. Public Policy and Governance, Amity University
Kangkana Haloi

Whether dawn or dusk, you’re always left wanting for more. It is the perfect way to enhance learning and kudos to the optimism that runs in the corridors of the BootCamp.

Kangkana HaloiIndependent Corporate Law consultant; Insolvency professional; Organic Food entrepreneur
Nishtha Joshi

21 days of intellectual stimulation and holistic learning experiences. Definitely going to stay in touch with each one I’ve met at the PBC.

Nishtha JoshiM.A. Political Science, Delhi University; Founder, Walkathon Tours
Pranav Bharadwaj

One of the many things I have learned in this camp is to be a sponge – take everything in and then YOU yourself decide what to leave out. All publications and content in print media cannot be taken at face value. Learning to read between the lines and validating content, are just as important.

Pranav BharadwajApprentice, WS Atkins;
Shail Shah

“Agar aap desh ke liye kuch karna chahte ho, kuch dena chahte ho toh apko ye ikkis (21) din VIF ko dene chahiye”

Shail ShahAlumnus, Gujarat Technological University
Ravi Kapoor

All one needs is a push to break out of that cocoon and drive toward the ‘magic’. And this push is exactly what the BootCamp gave me. 

Ravi KapoorFounder, Sankofa Jewels;
Rama Tentu

‘I’ who needs to change first. It is commendable how VIF has brought together changemakers from across the country.

Rama TentuManagement Trainee (R&D), Hindustan Unilever Limited
Siddharth Nalluri

I was actually very overwhelmed when I came here – saw a lot of kids younger than me who are doing so much more.

Siddharth NalluriStrategy Head, OTS Advertising; Alumnus, Penn State University
Krisha Gandhi

I have had the opportunity to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds with everyone having their own story to share. The PBC was a lot of learning and self-actualisation.

Krisha GandhiB.Sc. Economics and Finance, University of London International Programmes;
Abiram Devnathan

“The Policy BootCamp made me realize the vision of BeAndMake – Let us be One India and let us make Glorious India.”

Abiram DevnathanStudent at Loyola College, Chennai
Ankita Kumar Ratta

“I think this bootcamp is a fantastic opportunity for people who have ideas in the policy space and want to learn how to take them forward” 

Ankita Kumar RattaUniversity of Toronto
Aditya Kesanupalli

“These 3 weeks have been very engaging. There are discussions that go all the way upto 3 AM in the night…”

Aditya KesanupalliYoung India Fellow and currently working with the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
Karthik Ponnappa

“I feel such a platform was really required and I’m very happy that we have got the best of the speakers from the top levels in polity and a lot of people who have been working on the ground” 

Karthik PonnappaIIM Bangalore Alumnus and Co-Founder, Smarter Dharma
Alina Alam

“I came here with massive expectations and have got more than what my appetite could allow me. Along with learning, there was also a lot of rethinking about our entrenched notions.” 

Alina AlamStudent of Development Studies at Azim Premji University
Somya Bajaj

“If 21 days teach what it otherwise takes a lifetime to learn, you know you have made the right choice” 

Somya BajajChrist University Alumnus and currently working with FourthLion
Rhea Kumar

“For somebody studying abroad, the BootCamp provided an opportunity to stay engaged with issues in India. It helped me understand ways to contribute and make a difference in the public policy space”

Rhea KumarStudent at Yale University
Jigar Inamdar

“I feel I have got what had been missing from my political life till now. Had I attended such a camp before contesting elections, results might have been different. I recommend this to everyone who wants to enter politics.”

Jigar InamdarSocio-Political Leader from Gujarat
Agastya Yeachuri

“The BootCamp helped me to understand how we as aspiring youth can get involved in public policy”

Agastya Yeachuri Consultant, Government & Infrastructure Advisory, Grant Thornton
Sagarika Unnikrishnan

“The organizers invest in you as a person and this is the best part about the camp.”

Sagarika UnnikrishnanStudent at Government Law College, Mumbai