Policy BootCamp is a flagship program of VIF aimed at training young leaders in public policy and governance. It serves as a launchpad for aspiring public leaders and policy enthusiasts.

BootCamp is a unique opportunity for policy enthusiasts to build an understanding in this field and find out career paths.

Program Highlights:

  • 21 day immersive residential program in Delhi/NCR
  • Learn: The Program Focuses on Comprehensive Learning and Career Trajectories in Public Policy & Public Leadership.
  • Engage: Engagement Opportunities to Work with Members of Parliament, Bureaucrats, Think-Tanks, Subject Experts, Panchayats, Policy Initiatives and Governance Enterprises.
  • Experience: Field Visits for Community Interactions and Innovatively Designed Modules to Develop a Panoramic Understanding.
  • Ideate: Focused Group Discussions and Activities to Work on Policy Problems, Case-Studies, Proposals and more.
  • Connect: Live, Laugh, Learn and Connect with a Diverse Community of People Passionate about Making a Difference.

A key element of the Policy BootCamp is the focus on career trajectories in the policy making, governance and public leadership space.

Partners from previous editions

  • When

    June 3 to June 23, 2017

  • 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

    See the selection process and registration details here. Applications for Policy BootCamp 2018 shall open 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 the 2017 edition of the Policy BootCamp

  • Community Members

    Policy BootCamp has grown into an actively connected community of change makers. Click here to view this year’s cohort that has recently graduated; here to view the 2016 cohort; and here to view the very first cohort from 2015. Come, join the community!

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What Our Alumni Have to Say

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

Please click here to see the synopsis of Policy BootCamp 2016