State and Local Governance: Machinery & Processes

By Prof. Ajmer Singh Malik   |   Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

The course on State and Local Governance: Machinery & Processes comprises of  learning about governmental agencies and democratic decentralized institutions established at state, district and sub-district levels and the processes associated with these bodies. This level of the administration is highly significant as it provides a platform to the people to have a direct interface with the various organs of the state. 
The course covers  the State Legislature and State Administration and its important institutions like the Governor, the Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers, State Secretariat and the Chief Secretary etc. The students in this course will also be enlightened about the district administration including Autonomous District Councils in North Eastern States  and executive officer at this level of administration, popularly known as District Magistrate/ District Collector or Deputy Commissioner.  

The evolution of local governance and present system of Panchayati Raj Institutions, various types of Municipal bodies along with their constitutional models in the form of 73rd and 74th constitutional amendments and institutions like – State Election Commission, State Finance Commission -  and District Planning Committees are also the main constituents of the course.
The course is 15 weeks long academic program. The learners in this course will be instructed through e-Texts and Video Lessons. They will also be encouraged to explore  Further Readings and motivated for actively participating in Group Discussions. Regular interactions with the Teaching Team will be provided to clarify the doubts of the course participants.

Learners enrolled: 740


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 30 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 10 Nov 2019
Enrollment Ends : 11 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Postgraduate

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    Week 1:
    1. State Administration: Pattern of constitutional systems; Evolution, Constitutional framework and Issues in Indian context 2. State Legislature: Composition, Eligibility & Disqualifications for members and the Legislative Process

    Week 2:
    Governor: Powers, Functions and Role

    Week 3:
    Chief Minister: Council of Ministers, Powers, Functions and Role

    Week 4:
    1. State Secretariat: Organisation and its working 2. Chief Secretary: Role and Functions

    Week 5:
    1. State Directorate: Organization, Functions and Role 2. District Administration: Evolution and Significance

    Week 6:
    Deputy Commissioner/ District Collector – Powers, Functions and Role

    Week 7:
    1. Autonomous District Councils in North Eastern States - Structure, Powers, Role and Functions 2. District Rural Development Agency: Organisation and Working

    Week 8:
    1. Evolution of Local Governance in India 2. 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992  3. 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1993

    Week 9:
    Internal Assessment

    Week 10:
    1. Gram Sabha & Gram Panchayat: Composition, functions and role 2. Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad: Structure, Functions and Role

    Week 11:
    Municipal Corporation: Structure, Composition, Functions and Role

    Week 12:
    Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayats: Structure, Composition, Functions and Role

    Week 13:
    1. State Election Commission: Composition, Functions and Role 2. State Finance Commission: Composition, Functions and Role

    Week 14:
    1. Sources of Finance in Rural and Urban Local Bodies 2. District Planning Committee & Metropolitan Planning Committees

    Week 15:
    Final Examination Preparation



    Dr. A S Malik 
    Professor in Public Administration
    Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra Haryana (India).

    Dr. A S Malik is a Professor in Public Administration at Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra Haryana (India). He has been the Chairman and Coordinator, Special Assistance Programme (SAP, DRS-I) sanctioned by UGC to the department. He is currently the President of Indian Public Administration Association and Editor-in Chief of the interdisciplinary journal 'Public Affairs & Governance'. He has been nominated as a member of different academic/judicial/executive bodies like Court, Academic Councils, Faculty Councils, Department-level Research Committees, Board of Studies for Post-Graduate and Under-Graduate courses in various central/state/private universities of India. Besides this, he has been invited as an expert at state and national level academic bodies like UGC and others. He has organised and chaired technical sessions in addition to being Keynote speaker/Chief Guest/Guest of. Honour in various national and international conferences.


    “30 Marks will be allocated for Internal Assessment and 70 Marks will be allocated for external proctored examination”