The University of Lucknow was the first in the country to recognize the importance of the study of Public Administration and to institute specialized courses. In 1945, it started a Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Public Administration under the Department of Political Science.
The seminal decision for the creation of an independent Department of Public Administration took final shape in 1963 — emerging from the folds of its mother discipline Political Science, to carve out an identity of its own.
A pioneering institution in the country and one of the few to provide teaching, training and research in Public Administration the Department has since its inception been running, Masters Programmes and Diplomas in Public Administration and related fields.
The Department has a long tradition of providing training, both induction and in-service, to government officials of different levels on various aspects of Public Administration. It is a pioneering institution in northern India, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, where teaching, research and training in public administration and information management is provided. The Department also undertakes evaluation of various government programmes and also provides consultancy.
It has well-established international linkages with exchange of scholars for higher training and research. It also has the distinction of being the first Department in India for providing courses in Public Administration to senior teachers of the country.
From time to time the Department has organized seminars, workshops and symposia, which have been attended by academicians and experts from all over the country and has undertaken a number of research studies which have been sponsored by various agencies both national and international.
Brought to its present enviable heights through the undaunted efforts of Professor R.B. Das and Professor D.P. Singh and others who served the Department as its Head, the achievements of the Department constitute a long list.
One of the special features of the Department is its well-equipped library with text books and reference material in Public Administration. It has about 32,000 volumes. The library has its own reading room where text books and reference material can by consulted. Efforts of the faculty contributed to the launching of the Department Bi-Annual journal since 1995-96, entitled DYNAMICS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (Print ISSN 0975-3907, Online ISSN 0976-0539).
The Department is located in an independent campus of the University on the bank of the river Gomti. The Department has its own Auditorium, Conference / Seminar Hall and Computer Laboratory with audio - visual aids.
Keeping pace with the demands of the time, the Department launched Self Financing PG-Diploma in Human Resource Development, and Masters Degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration, Masters Degree in Rural Management, and M.Phil, enrolling more than 1200 students till date. The Department also offers degrees in Ph.D. and D.Litt. Students have found placements in both Public and Private sectors. Defence personnel have lately formed a special student section in all the courses run by the Department. A separate library for the self-financing PG-Diploma Courses has been created to cater to the requirements of the students. The Library has more than 2000 books on its shelves.
Besides the above the Department has successfully conducted 14 Refresher Courses in Public Administration under the aegis of the Academic Staff College, University of Lucknow; has initiated the holding of Professor R.B. Das, Professor S.C. Singh and Smt. Sumarti Tyagi Memorial Lectures every year and awarding of Smt. Sarala Bhatnagar, Dr. R.S. Gopal and Dr. Virendra Swaroop Gold Medals to meritorious students.