CPPG is the flagship institute for public policy and social science research at FC College. It aims to create an innovative and inclusive ecosystem for research and policy design in Pakistan. CPPG supports cross-cutting and interdisciplinary research and teaching on issues of socio-economic, political, and human development in Pakistan, and globally. At CPPG, students are encouraged to contribute to research and public their theses via social science journals and as academic papers. The Centre’s Quarterly is a student-led academic newsletter that provides young researchers with a platform for developing and evaluating new ideas across thematic areas. The Centre’s mission is to produce evidence-based knowledge products and to expand the dialogue on public policy within a community of students, faculty, academics, and practitioners.

Admission Begin

july 1st, 2022

Last Date for Form Submission

Sept 7, 2022

Admissions Test

Sept 9, 2022


Sept 13-15, 2022

Merit List

Sept 19, 2022

Last Date for Fee Submission

Sept 23, 2022

Our News View All

Hear From Our Alumni

Dr. Muhammad Babar Alam

Executive Masters in Public Policy
Batch 2009 – 10
Operations Officer World Health Organization, Lahore District, Punjab

Kainat Shakil

MPhil Public Policy
Batch 2016 – 18
Nonresident Research Associate at European Center for Populism Studies

Naseer John

Executive Masters in Public Policy
Batch 2014 -16
Adjunct Faculty at the History and Pakistan Studies Department – FC College University, Lahore

Sara Pervaiz

Executive Masters in Public Policy
Batch 2012 – 13
Head of Career Services & Internship Office, FC College.

Waqar Ud Din

Executive Masters in Public Policy
Batch 2015 – 16
Project Director, Punjab Green Development Program, Environment Protection Department, Punjab

Our Research

Saba Shahid


October 27, 2021

Type:Discussion paper

Subject/Topic: Environment & Climate Change, Health Policy The Discussion Paper analyzes the policy framework for Lahore's hazardous waste management with respect to hospitals and evaluates the extent to which disaster risk reduction is integrated into the implementation process. Whilst previous studies have evaluated the effectiveness of hospital waste management procedures in the country, this research brings to attention the environmental risks that can result from improper waste disposal. It argues that by building adaptive governance, policymaking that anticipates a matrix of development concerns, a public administration response can be cultivated that is able to respond to the dynamic governance challenges improper waste disposal raises.  

  1. Subject/Topic: Foreign Affairs, Economic Development, Media & ICT
  2. Publication Type: Discussion paper
This discussion paper aims to investigate three questions; how has media engagement between China and Pakistan taken shape under the CPEC canopy? Second, how is it transforming Pakistan’s mediascape and cinematic interactions? Third, how is ‘Islamic’ Pakistan and ‘Communist’ China’s cultural cohabitation evolving? This paper argues that media collaboration emerging through CPEC shows resilience of China-Pakistan ties and that it is an expression of Belt and Road Initiative’s (BRI) broader vision of expanding China’s culture and soft power across the ‘silk road’.

Dr. kiran Hassan

September 27, 2021

  1. Subject/Topic: Education, Health Policy, Media & ICT, Foreign Affairs, Economic Development, Peace & Conflict Resolution, Democracy & Governance
  2. Publication Type: Quarterly
COVID 19 has disrupted social relations and economic activity across the world. Academic institutions, including schools, colleges and universities in Pakistan like many other countries were caught by surprise. Despite lack of preparedness universities are witnessing unprecedented transformations. Technology has produced enormous opportunities and created unforeseen challenges. Among the universities in Lahore, FCCU took the lead in setting up procedures for adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic and adopting platforms for online teaching. Since the CPPG only has post-graduate programs and the student body size is relatively small (Executive Masters, MPhil and PhD), it quickly embraced ZOOM for its programs. We swiftly converted our well established Seminar and Policy dialogues series into Webinar series—around 12 have been conducted so far, highlighting public policy concerns ranging from the management of the global health crisis, to the significance of media freedom. Several others are lined up in the coming weeks as we continue to commit our efforts towards evidence-based policy advocacy. Besides, enriching its academic programs, teaching, research and trainings, over the years CPPG has been building and expanding its Think Tank functions by connecting with other national and international Think Tanks. In November (10-12), 2019, the Director CPPG, participated in Asia Pacific Think Tanks Summit, at Bangkok, Thailand. This is an initiative and global out reach program stemming from the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania. It has a Think Tank Membership of about 181 from across the globe and I was able to register CPPG in 2018. Since then, the CPPG has actively participated in Virtual Global Think Tanks Town Hall Meetings, the Director nominated Ms. Saba Shahid, Research Fellow to participate in the meetings and serve as Focal Person. This helped CPPG build connections with other think tanks internationally, including the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) a leading Think Tank in India and we contributed towards the publication of their monograph “Rebooting the World: Six Months of COVID- 19” (September 2020). In 2020 we applied to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict for a fellowship and were able to secure it. Dr. Rabia Chaudhry is the Focal Person and was nominated to attend a three-day online program – titled Reflecting on Peace Building and Sustaining Peace – on behalf of the CPPG. Four institutions, namely; Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Peace Direct and the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, organized this. Dr. Chauhdry, attended and contributed to panels on Sustaining peace on the ground – the role of civil society in peacebuilding; Partnerships with the United Nations and others; Civil society’s role in building and sustaining peace; and additional relevant topics. This virtual consultation was attended by academics and civil society organizations from sixty different countries. Earlier in 2019 the CPPG signed an MOU with George Mason University, Virginia, USA and in January 2021, Dr. Mark J. Rozelle Associate Dean gave a webinar on “The Meaning of January 6 and the Biden Transition”. The CPPG continues to work closely with the Urban Unit, Government of Punjab and Dr. Imdad Hussain is the focal person for that initiative. In addition, Dr. Ali Saleem wounded up the project on Local Government with GTZ and the CPPG published the final report titled “Effective Implementation of the PLGA 2019: Lessons Learnt from the Implementation of the PLGA 2013.” The CPPG retains the distinction of being the leading academic and actionable policy research Think Tank and publisher at FCCU. Despite, the pandemic, we have produced two policy related researches on two critical issues including a policy brief titled Pathways to Governance and Civil Service Reform in Pakistan: Federal, Provincial and Local (April, 2020) and a discussion paper on Bridging the Gender and Digital Divide in Post COVID-19 Pakistan: Empowering Women Through ICT (March 2021). Further researches are in the pipeline for the current year. Finally, it gives me pleasure to share with you that since 2008 we have been publishing the Quarterly Research & News magazine. Raheem ul Haque has been the dynamic team leader ably assisted by Saba Shahid, since 2016 while, I have played only the supervisory role. Over the years it has performed a very useful function of sharing the views of our guest speakers, occasionally publishing a research article, policy brief and consultative dialogues and their reports. Now, the CPPG faculty is ready to launch a policy research journal, therefore, we have decided that from this year the CPPG students will edit the Quarterly. In that spirit the current issue carries two articles by students who have completed their MPhil in Public Policy. Moreover I would like to acknowledge our MPhil students Shahwar Asif, Moazma Ashraf, Hurmat Nadeem, Momna Malik, Ehtisham Akhtar, Surteel Siddiqui and Sobia Mustafa for the assistance they have given with this edition. The CPPG faculty members will advise and oversee this transition of Quarterly to promote a culture of research, deliberation and tolerance of opposing views in an academic environment. We hope the students will welcome this opportunity, enabling the faculty to consolidate the Think Tank functions of CPPG..

Dr. Saeed Shafqat, Raheem Ul Haque, Saba Shahid

June 27, 2021

Our Events

11 05, 2022

Ms Androulla Kaminara, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to PakistanVisits the Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG)

11 05, 2022

The emerging shift in international tax policy

11 05, 2022

Geo-political transformations in the Indo-Pacific and their relevance for Pakistan


    Go to Top