Swayam Central

State and Local Governance: Machinery & Processes

By Dr (Prof) Ajmer Singh Malik   |   Department of Public Administration, 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: 640


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 13 Jan 2020
End Date : 25 Apr 2020
Exam Date : 09 May 2020
Enrollment Ends : 08 Mar 2020
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Postgraduate


    Week 1: State Administration: Introduction
    Week 2: State Legislature 
    Week 3: Governor: Powers, Functions and Role
    Week 4: Chief Minister: Council of Ministers, Powers, Functions and Role
    Week 5: State Secretariat: Organisation and its working; 
                  Chief Secretary: Role and Functions
    Week 6: State Directorate: Organization, Functions and Role
    Week 7: District Administration: Evolution and Significance; 
                  District Collector/Deputy Commissioner – Powers, Functions and Role
    Week 8: Autonomous District Councils in North Eastern States - Structure, Powers, Role and Functions; 
                  District Rural Development Agency: Organisation and Working
    Week 9: Evolution of Local Governance in India;  
                  73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992; 
                  74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992
    Week 10: Gram Sabha & Gram Panchayat: Composition, functions and Role; 
                    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: Sources of Finance in Rural and Urban Local Bodies; 
                    State Finance Commission: Composition, Functions and Role
    Week 14: District Planning Committee & Metropolitan Planning Committees; 
                    State Election Commission: Composition, Functions and Role
    Week 15: Final Examination Preparation


    The list of Books and Readings is available separately with each theme of the course.


    Dr (Prof) Ajmer Singh Malik

    Department of Public Administration, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
    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.


    Internal Assessment: 30 Marks ( Based on subjective assignments and weekly quizzes)
    External Proctored Examination: 70 Marks ( Comprises of MCQs, short answer type and long answer type questions)