GITAM School of Business

Visakhapatnam Campus

Centre for Research in Public Policy was established in 2013 as a centre for interdisciplinary research with a focus on research and dissemination of issues of development with reference to formulation and implementation of policy, functioning of public systems and governance, and their impact on business and economy in particular and society in general.


The centre is established with the following objectives:

  • To sensitize the leaders of tomorrow to the social and developmental determinants and consequences of public policy on business in a democratic society.
  • To familiarize managers and administrators of the future with effective public systems management practices.
  • To conduct research on the public policy context of business and management with a special focus on the socio-ecological impact of development.
  • odisseminate the research of the Centre through publications, conferences and academic events.


  • The Centre was represented in a multi-institutional team which conducted an impact assessment for a project sponsored by the Ratan Tata Trust in Pune in July 2013.
  • A report on the Impact of Development Induced Displacement on Women’s Psychosocial Functioning was prepared by the Center with field data collected from the villages of Umravan and Nayi Basti alongside the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh in June 2015. The report was submitted to the NGO Dhatri and formed one of the documents for policy recommendations.
  • The Centre for Research in Public Policy conducted a market survey in November 2015 for a social enterprise mobile app called Tapp Me, being set up by Vijay Nirman and Bothra Shipping in Visakhapatnam to connect consumers of home appliances and domestic hardware to service providers directly.

Papers Published :

  • The research paper titled Vedanta Mining Controversy: Conflict Resolution in the Spirit of Gram Swaraj was published in the GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies.
  • The research report titled The Hudhud Disaster: A Study on Preparedness and Prevalence of Psychosocial Trauma was published in the Journal of Indian Psychology.

Papers Presented :

  • A paper titled Issues in Access to Agricultural Credit and Weather Based Crop Insurance: An Exploratory Study of Farmers from the Kachchh region of Gujarat was presented in the 9th International Conference on Public Policy and Management, organized by the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore from 11th to 13th August 2014.
  • A paper titled Handloom Based Social Enterprises: Economic and Psycho-social Impact was presented in the XXIV Annual Conference of the National Academy of Psychology, organized by the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal from 12-14 December 2014.

Cases Published :

  • A Case titled Sajjata Sangh: Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme was published in Ushus Journal of Business Management of Christ University, in collaboration with the Development Support Centre.
  • A Case title Novartis Glivec Patent in India was published in GITAM Journal of Management.
  • A case titled Connecting the Shandy to the Rythu Bazaar was entered in the 4th International Case Competition organized by ICBM School of Business Excellence, Hyderabad. The entry won the first prize in the Special Category at the Competition. The case was published in the journal Udaan.

Representation in Seminars & Meetings :

  • The Centre participated in the Seminar on Conservation of the Eastern Ghats from 28th to 30th August, organized by Samata, an NGO involved in action research.
  • The Centre was also represented in the CII session on Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global, a special lecture and interaction session by Dr. William J. Antholis, Managing Director, Senior Fellow (Governance Studies), The Brookings Institution, USA on 10th September 2014.
  • The Centre was represented in Smart India: Smart Solutions for Smart Cities, a Seminar conducted by Confederation of Indian Industry in collaboration with Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Corporation on 26th June 2015./li>
  • The Centre participated in the UN Global Compact’s Network India Focus Group Discussion on Promoting Transparency in Smart Cities: 10th Principle in 10 cities on 15th December 2015.
  • The Centre participated in the state-level consultation on District Mineral Foundation organized by the NGO Mines, Minerals & People on 16th March 2016.

Workshops/Discussions Organized :

  • An exposition on the 4th Edition of the Resource Book for Livelihood Promotion co-authored by Sankar Datta, Rama Kandarpa and Vijay Mahajan were organized by the Centre. The discussants included P. Kiran Kumar of Fisherfolk Foundation and K. Ramadevi from DHAN Foundation.
  • The Centre organized a Workshop on Civic Leadership on 29th July 2015 at GITAM Institute of Management. The key resource person was Dr. Patrick McNamara from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Manohari Velamati shared her experiences on the field related to the promotion and practice of Civil Leadership.

Student Live Projects :

  • Livelihood issues of tribal communities about to be displaced in and around the Papikonda National Park.
  • TImpact Assessment of the Interventions of Rural Development Trust among village communities in Anantapur District.
  • Self Help Groups in Sand Mining in the Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh.


  • To build an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem that is conducive for generating Social & New-Age Entrepreneurs, who will create Sustainable and Scalable Enterprises for the overall wellbeing of the society at large.


  • To disseminate scientific knowledge to create Social & New-Age businesses
  • Infuse an innovation quotient in the thought process of Entrepreneurship
  • Foster ethical leaders sensitive to society and the environment
  • Incubate the start-ups with a viable idea for the society


Centre of Excellence – Social Incubation & Entrepreneurship is created to incubate socially innovative ideas and nurture them to be scalable and sustainable in the long run. It will encourage frugal innovations from Innovators from all walks of life and incubate their ideas with proper mentorship. The focus of the center is to promote Startups in the domain of Social Enterprises and New-Age businesses. Ministry of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has given recognition to establish Business Incubator (BI) for implementation of the scheme namely 'Support for Entrepreneurial and Managerial Development of MSMEs through the incubator. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE – An organization of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, GOI) has given Nodal Training Institute (NTI) status to implement 45 days Agriculture Entrepreneurship Training Program under the scheme “Agri-clinics and Agri-Business Centres” (ACABC). The center signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MSME Technology Centre, Visakhapatnam to conduct joint courses and training programs. Our center will act as a catalyst to transform the Innovation into a new enterprise through various National & International Linkages.

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between GITAM & MSME Technology Centre, Visakhapatnam
Orientation program for Nodal Training Institutes (NTI) at MANAGE, Hyderabad