Altaf Aziz Virani

Academic Year: 
To Yale
Exchange Partners: 
National University of Singapore
Project Title: 
Private Sector Solutions to Public Sector Problems: A Critical Appraisal of Public Hospital Reforms in India

Altaf Virani is a third-year Ph.D. candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Prior to his doctoral studies at NUS, he was a researcher at the Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and consultant at the Centre for Insurance and Risk Management, Institute for Financial Management and Research, Chennai. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Homoeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) from Goa University and a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration (MHA) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. His research interests are broadly focused on health policy and health systems, particularly new governance arrangements, performance management, organizational design and the effective use of information for decision-making in public sector organizations. His doctoral thesis critically examines the nature of recent governance reforms in India’s public hospitals, their effects on healthcare provision, the suitability of private sector instruments for improving performance in public sector organizations and its implications for ‘public ethos’ and the attainment of the intended public policy objectives