IGNOU MPA ASSIGNMENT 2020-21

IGNOU MPA ASSIGNMENT 2020-21

 

 

 

MPA

M.A. (Public Administration)

MPA

Assignments

(For M.A. 1st Year Courses)

For July 2020 and January 2021 Session

Faculty of Public Administration

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY MAIDAN GARHI NEW DELHI-110068

 

M.A. 1st Year (Public Administration)

 

Dear Student,

 

As a requirement of the Programme, you will have to do one Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) for each course.

 

Before you attempt the assignments, please read the instructions carefully provided in the Programme Guide. It is important that you answer the TMA questions in your own words. Your answers should be within the approximate range of the word-limit set for each question. Remember, writing answers to assignment questions will improve your writing skills and prepare you for the term-end examination.

 

You are to submit the assignments to the Coordinator of your Study Centre. You must obtain a receipt from the Study Centre for the assignments submitted and retain it with you. It is desirable to keep with you a photocopy of the assignments submitted by you.

 

Once evaluated, the Study Centre will return the assignments to you. Please insist on this. The Study Centre will send the marks to the SE Division at IGNOU, New Delhi.

 

Submission:

 

Note: This booklet contains Assignments of all the four courses offered in M.A. 1st year. You are requested to submit the same within the below mentioned stipulated time for being eligible to appear in the term-end examination.

 

Assignment Number Date of Submission Whom to send
Tutor Marked Assignment March 31, 2021 for To
(TMA) of July 2020 Session The Coordinator of the
MPA-011, MPA-012, Study Centre allotted to
MPA-013, and MPA-014 September 30, 2021 you
for January 2021
Session

GUIDELINES FOR DOING ASSIGNMENTS

 

We expect you to answer each question as per instructions in the assignment. You will find it useful to keep the following points in mind:

 

  • Planning: Read the assignments carefully, go through the Units on which they are based. Make some points regarding each question and then rearrange them in a logical order.

 

  • Organisation: Be a little selective and analytical before drawing up a rough outline of your answer. Give adequate attention to question’s introduction and conclusion.

 

Make sure that:

 

  1. The answer is logical and coherent

 

  1. It has clear connections between sentences and paragraphs

 

  1. The presentation is correct in your own expression and style.

 

  • Presentation: Once you are satisfied with your answer, you can write down the final version for submission. It is mandatory to write all assignments neatly in your own If you so desire, you may underlining the points you wish to emphasize. Make sure that the answer is within the stipulated word limit.

 

Wishing you all the best,

 

Prof. Alka Dhameja

 

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

M.A. (Public Administration)

 

 

MPA-011: State, Society and Public Administration

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-011

Assignment Code: Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 100

This Assignment consists of Section-I and Section-II. There are five questions in each Section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 500 words each, selecting at least two questions from each section. Each question carries 20 marks.

SECTION-I
1) Discuss the role of the State in the globalisation context. 20
2) Examine Riggsian contribution to society-administration relationship. 20

 

  • ‘Gandhian perspective on the theory of State was embedded in model polity
called ‘Swaraj’.’ Comment. 20
4) Analyse the institutional devices and strategies for citizen- administration interface. 20
5) Discuss the evolution and role of the Indian State. 20
SECTION-II
6) Explain the role of bureaucracy in policy formulation. 20
7) Describe the concept on internationalisation of public governance. 20
8) Discuss the significance and characteristics of good governance. 20
9) Write a note on conflict management at the macro-level. 20
10) Describe the context of ethics and bring out its significance for public administration. 20

 

 

MPA-012: Administrative Theory

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-012

Assignment Code: Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 100

 

This Assignment consists of Section-I and Section-II. There are five questions in each Section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 500 words each, selecting at least two questions from each section. Each question carries 20 marks.

 

 

SECTION-I
1) Define public administration and bring out the distinction and similarities between
public and private administration. 20
2) Write a note on typologies of organisation. 20
3) Examine the growth of administrative theory over the years. 20
4) Discuss F.W.Taylor’s contribution to scientific management. 20
5) Define bureaucracy and critically analyse Max Weber’s model of bureaucracy. 20

 

SECTION-II
6) Explain Abraham Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs theory’. 20
7) Critically analyse Victor Vroom’s ‘expectancy theory’. 20
8) Explain the goals and anti-goals of new public administration. 20
9) Define ‘organisational culture’ and discuss its major components. 20
10) Examine the impact of new public management perspective. 20

 

 

 

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MPA-013: Public Systems Management

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-013

Assignment Code: Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 100

This Assignment consists of Section – I and Section – II. There are five questions in each section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 500 words each, selecting at least two questions from each section. Each question carries 20 marks.

 

 

SECTION-I

 

1)  Explain the concept of public systems management and discuss its scope. 20

 

  • ‘There are different social factors that affect the organisation and working environment of the public systems’ Comment.

 

20
3) Examine the role of legislature in governance. 20
4) Describe the models of inter-governmental relations. 20
5) Write a note on the important methods of budgetary control. 20
SECTION-  II
6) Explain the concept of inventory control and discuss its techniques. 20
7) Write a note on the important schools of thought in strategic management. 20
8) Discuss the various mechanisms to ensure the responsiveness in public systems. 20
9) Analyse the changing perspectives of the concept of accountability. 20
10) Examine the strategies to deal with dysfunctionalities of public systems management. 20

 

 

MPA-014: Human Resource Management

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-014

Assignment Code: Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 100

 

 

This Assignment consists of Section – I and Section – II. There are five questions in each section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 500 words each, selecting at least two questions from each section. Each question carries 20 marks.

 

 

 

SECTION-I
1) Discuss the scope of strategic human resource management. 20
2) Define ‘job design’ and describe the meaning and significance of job enlargement
and job enrichment. 20
3) Highlight the traditional methods of performance appraisal. 20
4) Write a note on the principles of remuneration. 20
5) Describe employee benefits and explain their important objectives. 20

 

SECTION-II
6) Describe the ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ training methods. 20
7) What is ‘Total Quality Management’ and what are its advantages? 20
8) Briefly discuss the various labour laws in India since independence. 20
9) Define ‘change’ and discuss the various approaches to change. 20
10) Define ‘stress’ and highlight ancient Indian approaches towards managing stress. 20

 

 

 

MPA

M.A. (Public Administration)

MPA

Assignments

(For M.A. 2nd Year Courses)

For July 2020 and January 2021 Session

Faculty of Public Administration

 

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY MAIDAN GARHI NEW DELHI-110068

 

M.A. 2nd Year (Public Administration)

 

Dear Student,

 

As a requirement of the Programme, you will have to do one Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA) for each course.

 

Before you attempt the assignments, please read the instructions carefully provided in the Programme Guide. It is important that you answer the TMA questions in your own words. Your answers should be within the approximate range of the word-limit set for each question. Remember, writing answers to assignment questions will improve your writing skills and prepare you for the term-end examination.

 

You are to submit the assignments to the Coordinator of your Study Centre. You must obtain a receipt from the Study Centre for the assignments submitted and retain it with you. It is desirable to keep with you a photocopy of the assignments submitted by you.

 

Once evaluated, the Study Centre will return the assignments to you. Please insist on this. The Study Centre will send the marks to the SE Division at IGNOU, New Delhi.

 

Submission:

 

Note: This booklet contains Assignments of all the four courses offered in M.A. 1st year. You are requested to submit the same within the below mentioned stipulated time for being eligible to appear in the term-end examination.

 

Assignment Number Date of Submission Whom to send
Tutor Marked Assignment March 31, 2021 for To
(TMA) of July 2020 Session The Coordinator of the
MPA-015, MPA-016, Study Centre allotted
MPA-017, MPA-018, September 30, 2021 to you
MSO-002 and MPS-003 for January 2021
Session

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR DOING ASSIGNMENTS

 

We expect you to answer each question as per instructions in the assignment. You will find it useful to keep the following points in mind:

 

  • Planning: Read the assignments carefully, go through the Units on which they are based. Make some points regarding each question and then rearrange them in a logical order.

 

  • Organisation: Be a little selective and analytical before drawing up a rough outline of your answer. Give adequate attention to question’s introduction and conclusion.

 

Make sure that:

 

  1. The answer is logical and coherent

 

  1. It has clear connections between sentences and paragraphs

 

  1. The presentation is correct in your own expression and style.

 

  • Presentation: Once you are satisfied with your answer, you can write down the final version for submission. It is mandatory to write all assignments neatly in your own If you so desire, you may underlining the points you wish to emphasize. Make sure that the answer is within the stipulated word limit.

 

Wishing you all the best,

 

Prof. Alka Dhameja

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR

M.A. (Public Administration)

 

MPA-015: Public Policy and Analysis

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-015

Assignment Code: MPA-015/Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 100

 

This Assignment consists of Section – I and Section – II. There are five questions in each section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 500 words each, selecting at least two questions from each section. Each question carries 20 marks.

 

 

SECTION – I
1) What are the major constraints in public policy formulation? 20
2) Examine the rational policy- making model and highlight its relevance to the 20
field of policy.

 

  • ‘Effective policy-making depends on active participation of the civil society organisations
and support of the government at all levels’. Comment. 20
4) Explain the role of the Prime Minister’s Office in policy-making. 20

 

  • Write short notes in about 250 words on each of the following:

 

a) Role of International Monetary Fund in policy-making. 10
b) Models of inter- governmental relations. 10
SECTION – II

 

 

  • Explain the role and responsibilities of legislative and judicial bodies in policy
implementation. 20
7) Examine the process of policy analysis. 20
8) Discuss the techniques of policy monitoring. 20
9) Describe the nature and criteria of policy evaluation 20
10) Analyse the process of disinvestment in the central public enterprises in India. 20

 

 

MPA-016: Decentralisation and Local Governance

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-016

Assignment Code: MPA-016/Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 100

This Assignment consists of Section – I and Section – II. There are five questions in each section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 500 words each, selecting at least two questions from each section. Each question carries 20 marks.

 

SECTION-I
1) Explain political and administrative decentralisation in contemporary scenario. 20
2) Highlight the socio-economic component of decentralistion and suggest necessary
measures to strengthen them. 20
3) Examine the partnership among local authorities and special purpose agencies in the education
sector. 20
4) ‘The impact of decentralised development can be observed on political, administrative,
functional and financial aspects’. Comment. 20
5) Write short notes in about 250 words on each of the following:
a)  Role of Panchayati Raj Institutions as instrument of social transformation 10
b)  The Principle of Balance 10

 

SECTION-II
6) Discuss the features of the 73rd Constitutional Amendment and observations on the Act. 20
7) Describe the rationale behind development planning and bring out the complex issues in urban
planning. 20
8) Explain the responsibility of State and local bodies in sustainable development. 20

 

  • ‘Municipalities are functioning as an effective institution of local self-government in India’.
Comment. 20
10) Write a note on the significance of capacity building of local administration for effective
democratic decentralisation and local governance. 20

 

 

 

MPA-017: E-governance

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-017

Assignment Code: MPA-017/Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 50

 

This assignment consists of Section I and II. There are five questions in each Section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 400 words each. It is necessary to attempt at least two questions from each Section. Each question carries 10 marks.

 

SECTION – I

 

 

1)    Discuss the concept of e-governance and its models. 10

 

  • Define Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and briefly highlight its
components. 10
3) Explain the various software applications of ICT. 10

 

  • ‘E-governance has brought in an electronic transformation in public service delivery’.
Elaborate with examples. 10

 

  • What do you understand by administrative organisation culture? Also, explain how it
can be transformed into a tech savvy culture. 10
SECTION – II
6) Write a note on e-panchayat project of Andhra Pradesh. 10
7) Elaborate upon digital portfolio and digital library. 10

 

  • ‘The Centre for Railway Information System is an umbrella covering all computer

 

activities of Indian Railways.’ Discuss. 10

 

  • Describe in brief the Saukaryam Project of Visakhapatnam Municipal

 

Corporation of Andhra Pradesh. 10
10)   Explain the issues and challenges facing ICT implementation in governance
and also the measures to address them. 10

 

 

MPA-018: Disaster Management

Assignment (TMA)

Course Code: MPA-018

Assignment Code: Asst/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 50

This assignment consists of Section-I and Section-II. There are five questions in each section. You have to answer a total of five questions in about 400 words each. It is necessary to attempt at least two questions from each section. Each question carries 10 marks.

 

SECTION – I
1) Discuss the relationship between development and environment. 10
2) Briefly discuss the nature of disaster management in mountainous regions. 10
3) Examine the challenges relating to disaster prevention in South Asia. 10
4) Describe the new directions towards resource mobilisation for managing disasters. 10
5) Define the term mitigation and describe problem areas in mitigation. 10

 

 

SECTION – II
6) Examine the key requirements in warehousing and stockpiling. 10
7) Discuss the problems in relief administration. 10
8) Explain the various types of damage reports. 10
9) Highlight on new directions towards resource mobilisation for managing disasters. 10
10) Define the term mitigation and describe the problem areas in mitigation. 10

 

 

 

MSO-002: Research Methodologies and Methods
Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA)
Programme Code : MSO
Course Code : MSO-002
Assignment Code: MSO-002/AST/TMA/2020-21
Maximum Marks : 100 Weightage : 30%
Answer questions from both the sections.
Marks
Section -A
Answer any two of the following questions
1. ‘Science  with  its  central  principles  of  objectivity,  universalisation  and  causal 25
explanation had a significant impact on social science’. Critically discuss.
2. What is participatory method of research? Explain 25
3. What is ethnography? Explain its significance in sociological research. 25
4. What is probability sampling? Explain its types. 25
5. Distinguish between: 25

 

  • pure research and applied research
  • participant observation and non-participant observation
  • questionnaire and schedule
  • qualitative and quantitative methods of research
  • correlation and regression

 

Section-B

Write a research report on any one of the following topics in about 3000 words.

 

1. Facebook friends. 50
2. Reverse migration of labour. 50
3. Healthcare system in contemporary times. 50

 

 

You can write this report based either on review of literature, or data collected from the primary sources.

 

For review of literature you are to select either two books or four research articles published recently on the selected topic of your choice. Write a review article focusing on the location of the study, methodology followed and the main findings of these studies.

 

For the primary source you are to collect two case studies and write a report on the selected topic in a comparative framework. While writing the report spell out clearly the objectives and the problems of the study and

 

  • problematise the issue within the existing/available literature,

 

  • elaborate your observations, finding and conclusion coherently, and

 

  • make proper referencing at the end.

 

 

INDIA: DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT(MPS-003)

TUTOR MARKED ASSIGNMENT TMA

Course Code: MPS-003

Assignment Code: ASST/TMA/2020-21

Marks: 100

 

Answer any five questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section.

 

Each question carries 20 marks.

 

SECTION-I

 

  1. Explain how democracy and development are related to each other.

 

  1. Discuss the nature of relationship between police, army and bureaucracy.

 

  1. What are the causes of internal migration? Explain.

 

  1. Discuss the working of federal system in India.

 

  1. Compare the main provisions of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments.

 

SECTION-II

 

  1. Comment on the following in about 250 words each.

 

  1. Sustainable Development
  2. Caste Inequalities

 

  1. Comment on the following in about 250 words each.

 

  1. Media and Democracy

 

  1. Ethnic politics

 

  1. Comment on the following in about 250 words each.

 

  1. Economic reforms and working class

 

  1. The basis of regionalism

 

  1. Comment on the following in about 250 words each.

 

  1. Gender and Justice

 

  1. Substantive Democracy

 

  1. Comment on the following in about 250 words each.

 

  1. Language and politics in India.

 

  1. Role of civil society in Indian democracy.

 

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