Department of Public Administration

Department of Public Administration

The objective of the course at the Master's level is to provide the student with a enhanced knowledge base that would include both the theoretical formulations and practical orientation so that he / she is equipped to handle the challenges of management and administration. The structure of the course is so patterned that Indian students taking the course can see its utility in the context of civil service examinations, both at the central and at the state levels.

In the first year of study there is the detailed examination of the theory of the state and elements of public administration along with organization and management and human resource management. The course provides comprehensive knowledge to the students on the nature and relationship of the society and administration. It develops the conceptual faculties of the learner on various administrative theories, postulates, models, process, methods, instruments, techniques and the likes.

The student of Public Administration by the time of graduation is familiar with Indian administration, its status and transformation with a focus on urban / rural management as also functional management. There is also the exposure to international administration, the international administrative culture, the international corporate management and its roots.

The department offers 16 core subjects at post-graduate level, for a total of 80 credits. The department offers M.A., and Ph.D programmes. For the academic year 2011 - 2012 the department of Public Administration has 15 students from Bhutan seeking the Master's degree, all of whom are middle to high level bureaucrats from the Ministry of Home in the Kingdom.


Facilitating study course by way of lectures, conferences and research in matters relating to Government and Public Administration. The course focuses more on ethics and sociological components than focussing solely on profit. The coursework is intended to help students acquire the necessary knowledge base and critical thinking skills required for jobs in Public Administration and Private Administration. It also helps prepare students for different type of careers by exposing them to a wide range of economic, legal, political and social issues within the context of the field.

Areas of Concentration

Areas of concentration within the course include

  • Administrative Thought
  • Organisation Theory
  • Principles of Management
  • Administrative Ethics
  • Development Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Comparative Administrative Systems
  • Administrative Law

Course Features

  • The department encourages students to participate in national and international conferences organised by SRM and other colleges and universities.
  • The department also provides scholarships for meritorious and economically backward students to pursue their education.
  • The department provides opportunities for the students to undergo internships in various organisations of their choice during the course of their study to enable experimental learning.
  • A separate Placement cell functions centrally to place meritorious students in leading companies.
  • The department also organises educational and industrial visits for the students to complement their course.
  • The department has a student’s association in which students actively participate in programmes and seminars at national and international levels. This helps the students to enrich their leadership qualities.
  • The department imparts effective lectures through smart classrooms.
  • The department organises special lectures from eminent personalities and subject experts to enhance the knowledge of the students.
  • The department also encourages students to publish research papers in national and international journals.
  • The university provides hostel facilities for both men and women students at affordable rates.


The department has a distinguished faculty who have made their name in academic and administrative work through their contributions. All the faculty members of the department are Ph.D holders with NET/SLET.

Job opportunities relevant to the course of study

Jobs in Public Administration make up more than half of all State and local Government jobs.

  • Jobs at Central and State machinery in administrative capacities (UPSC and TNPSC).
  • Jobs in middle and top level management in various MNCs, non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
  • Jobs in Human Resources and related fields.
  • Avenues in social science research in reputed organisations.
  • Positions in United Nations Organisations at various administrative capacities.
  • Opportunities in Government and private educational institutions.