Introduction to Public Administration

By Prof Ajmer Singh Malik   |   Vice Chancellor Chaudhary Devi Lal University Sirsa (Haryana)125055
Learners enrolled: 1096
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 : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 30 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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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

Prof Ajmer Singh Malik

Vice Chancellor Chaudhary Devi Lal University Sirsa (Haryana)125055
Dr Ajmer Singh Malik is the Vice Chancellor, Chaudhary Devi Lal University Sirsa ( Haryana) and earlier  Professor of Public Administration in the 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 and directed the Certificate Course in Panchayati Raj and Rural Development in his university. 

He is the Chief Editor of the Public Affairs & Governance – interdisciplinary journal in the field of social sciences and is also Coordinator of Massive Open Online Course on State and Local Governance: Machinery & Processes in addition to this MOOC on Introduction to Public Administration. 

He has also been associated with the University Grant Commission and other national level bodies and connected with almost all public and many private universities of north India as subject expert  or as member of their academic bodies. 

Outside India, he has also been empanelled as an External Foreign Reviewer by the University Grant Commission, Bangladesh and acted as convener of the review process of many science, engineering and arts and humanities departments of public and private universities. Recently, the United Nations Project Office on Governance and Korea Institute of Public Administration invited him for a presentation in an international webinar.

Above all, he has a rich and varied experience of 30 years of teaching, research and extension work. He has supervised 19 Ph. D students for their degree and published two books and 30 research papers in national and international journals of repute. 

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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