Thinking of a career in the social sector?

The social sector today offers a variety of exciting career opportunities for students with a desire to contribute to the development of the country. You can look forward to fulfilling roles in organisations that engage in grassroots work in the field.

There is growing public investment, landmark legislations (such as the Right to Education Act), large government programmes (like NREGA, NRLM) and increasing participation of NGOs in the development processes. 

Areas of policy-making and implementation and monitoring require talented professionals in large numbers. There is need for social entrepreneurs capable of innovative thinking who can ideate, create and implement path-breaking solutions to social problems.

There are also roles in academia, policy think tanks, politics, government programmes, multilateral agencies, corporate social responsibility departments of companies, funding organisations and in the media.

There is a need for talent to enter the field of education to develop equitable responses to field realities. Government institutions are no longer sole players but have found significant participation from philanthropic organizations, private organisations, international organisations, independent consultants and researchers.

Our recruiters for the MA Education programme are:

Azim Premji Foundation is not-for profit organisation that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools.

Educational Initiatives is a cutting-edge educational research and a technology-based solutions approach to revolutionize how children engaged in the K‑12 education space learn.

Eklavya Education Foundation was set up in 1982 with academic responsibilities of the landmark Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme (HSTP) and was jointly run by the state government and two voluntary organisations, Kishore Bharati and Friends Rural Centre.

Going to School makes design-driven stories to enable children to transition from schools to equitable work. 

Educate Girls Foundation a non-profit that focuses on mobilising communities for girls’ education in India’s rural and educationally backward areas.

Kaivalya Education Foundation is a social change organization working in the field of education in India.

Bodh Siksha Samiti is a pioneer in the field of education for the urban deprived with growing expertise in the rural domain.

The Teacher Foundation is a dynamic organisation that aims at infusing the school education system in India with new energy, enthusiasm and expertise.

Magic Bus Foundation works with children and young people and takes them on a journey from childhood to livelihood and out of poverty.

Mantra 4 Change works towards the vision of holistic development of society – the key component being quality and equity in education.

Akanksha Foundation || Kotak Education Foundation || Indian School Leadership Institute || Pratham

India has daunting developmental challenges. There is malnourishment, poor learning , lack of decent income and work. There are wide ranging environmental concerns from climate change. Addressing them requires a different set of skills and knowledge. This situation requires a holistic understanding of Indian society and its culture, as well as institutions that influence people’s lives. It is necessary that existing government policies at work are examined and how other countries have addressed similar problems.

Development interventions now take place in multiple sites and scales — local, national and international, in the shape and form of policy, programmes, movements, campaigns, institution, model buildings etc. Development professionals are recruited by local NGOs, CBOs, national level CSOs, national and international campaigns, social movements, banks, philanthropic foundations, CSR units of corporate bodies and of course, government missions and UN organisations.

Your roles vary from directly mobilising communities for behaviour change, building lasting community institutions, district level programme oversight, to policy analysis, programme design and programme evaluation. Development interventions need social entrepreneurs capable of innovative thinking are needed to ideate, create and implement path-breaking solutions to social problems.

Our major recruiters are:

Understanding complex public problems and designing effective solutions for them are challenging tasks. A common requirement for graduates from our programme involve roles in the application of policy analysis, programme evaluation, research and consulting, development of programme-level strategy, performance measurement and managing a network of stakeholders and leading project teams. 

Organisations hiring our graduates look for candidates with excellent communication skills, analytical abilities, and managerial skills and above all an appreciation and aptitude to understand complex public policy processes, articulate governance challenges, strategise for community mobilization and issue-based campaigns, and the ability to deliver results by navigating inter-governmental administrative structures.

Graduates from our programme can look forward to challenging careers

  • Working in the public government sector in programme implementation for national and subnational schemes
  • Non-profit organisations for measuring impact, monitoring and evaluation of programmes
  • Political-consulting for policy research and campaign management advice to political candidates and parties
  • In academic roles. 

Some of our major recruiters are

The interdisciplinary nature of our programme will equip you with sufficient skills to approach a problem from multiple vantage points.

You can

  • Work in regulatory and governance roles with public and private sector institutions.
  • Opt for careers in research and advocacy on issues of development, social justice and public policy.
  • Secure academic positions at the various law schools and universities.
  • Opt for a socially engaged critical legal practice.

Our graduates have a career in academics as assistant professors and research associates at law universities. Some have chosen to be litigators and legal officers, and in research with civil society organisations working in the sectors of health, education and socio-economic empowerment.