Introduction to Public Administration

By Dr (Prof) Ajmer Singh Malik   |   Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
Learners enrolled: 1607
This course is prepared to acquaint the learners with the evolution, conceptual developments and current status of the discipline. After completing the course, the students will be able to acquire the knowledge of the basic principles of an organization, various approaches used in studying the discipline of Public Administration and also about the changes and impacts of globalization, privatization and application of information technology etc. on the structure and functioning of public administrative systems in general.        
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 19 Jul 2021
End Date : 31 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 14 Nov 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 31 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate

Course layout

Week: 01 - Public Administration: Meaning, nature, scope and importance
Week: 02 - Public Administration: Evolution
Week: 03 - New Public Administration
                  Globalization and Public Administration
Week: 04 - Approaches to Study Public Administration: Classical and Scientific
                   Human Relations approach
Week: 05 - Behavioural approach
Week: 06 - Hierarchy
                  Unity of Command
Week: 07 - Span of Control
  Control and Supervision
Week: 08 - Centralization and Decentralization
  Authority, Power and Responsibility
Week: 09 - Line, Staff and Auxiliary Agencies
Week: 10 - Delegation and De-concentration
Week: 11 - Communication
Week: 12 - Decision making
   Paradigm shift from Government to Governance
Week: 13 - Ethics in administration
Week: 14 - Public Accountability
Week: 15 - Revision

Books and references

Theme wise list of readings and web-resources is provided on the dashboard of the course 

Instructor bio

Dr (Prof) Ajmer Singh Malik

Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
Dr. Ajmer Singh Malik is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration, Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra (Haryana) India. He is former Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration (2009-2012) and Coordinator, UGC’s Special Assistance Program (SAP) in between 2012-2015. He has also held the position of Director, Mahatma Gandhi All India Service Coaching Institute and Coordinator, Certificate Course in Panchayati Raj and Rural Development at the University level.

Presently, he is President of Indian Public Administration Association; Chief Editor Public Affairs & Governance – a biannual interdisciplinary journal; and Coordinator, Massive Open Online Course in Introduction to Public Administration.

He has also been associated with the University Grant Commission and other national level bodies in many ways. He has also been associated with almost all public universities of north India as subject expert/member of their academic bodies like Social Science Faculty, Post-Graduate and Under-Graduate Board of Studies, Department Research Committees etc.

Outside India, he has also been empanelled as an External Foreign Reviewer by the University Grant Commission, Bangladesh and as member of External Peer Review Team acted as convener of the review process of many science, engineering and arts and humanities departments of public and private universities.

Since his joining in Kurukshetra University in 1991, he has rich and varied experience of teaching, research and extension work. He has published two books and 30 research papers in national and international journals of repute. Till now, he has supervised 19 Ph. D students for their Ph. D degree.

Course certificate

Host Institution and National Coordinator will issue the credit transfer certificate to the learner who will participate in weekly quizzes, write and submit the assignments and appear in final examination in successful manner.

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