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06 January 2018
A Monthly Update on CCS Initiatives

FORGING CHAMPIONS OF LIBERTY:
iPOLICY FOR DEVELOPMENT LEADERS

We conducted iPolicy – our flagship certificate course in public policy, for 33 Teach for India fellows on the concerns of education policy in India. The course received an over-all feedback rating of 3.46 out of 4 from the participant fellows.


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ON THE 'ISMS' OF INDIA: POLICY DIALOGUE WITH STUDENTS FROM IIT MADRAS

We hosted the Student Legislative Council from IIT Madras for a policy dialogue on the ideological traditions that predominate the political and policy landscape in India. The gathering addressed the continuing challenges in policy-making and the role of civil society in the political landscape.



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BAMBOO IS NOT A TREE!

In a big win for bamboo-based livelihoods in India and for us at CCS, President Ram Nath Kovind cleared an ordinance amending the Indian Forest Act 1927. The amendment classifies non-forest bamboo as 'grass', freeing up the regulatory regime in bamboo trade and production and opening up markets for communities directly dependent on bamboo-based livelihoods.



SPONTANEOUS DIALOGUE: LESSONS FROM THE AMERICAN POLITICAL LANDSCAPE

Spontaneous Order, our digital publication, launched the first edition of ‘Spontaneous Dialogue’ featuring Mark Hansen, leading scholar on American politics from the University of Chicago, and Mohit Satyanand, Member, Board of Advisors, Centre for Civil Society.


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TAKING POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE NEP COMMITTEE

On invitation of the Kasturirangan Committee, the apex body headed by Dr K. Kasturirangan tasked with developing the New Education Policy (NEP), CCS presented policy reforms recommendations on the separation of roles of the Government, implementation of Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) in education, and learning outcomes-based school recognition.

read more on NEP

To get involved, connect with us at ritika@ccs.in

NISA HOSTS DELEGATION OF EDUCATORS FROM AFGHANISTAN

National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) hosted a delegation of educators from Afghanistan for a dialogue organised by the Asia Foundation and supported by USAID. The delegation included school-owners of budget-private schools, representatives from government ministries of Afghanistan, and educationists.


BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY: CREDIT COURSE WITH VEDICA SCHOLARS

We concluded our 60-hour elective course on 'Business and Public Policy' conducted as a part of the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. The closing session was conducted by Dr Geeta Gouri, former member of the Competition Commission of India. The course received an overall feedback of 3.59 of 4.

CCS IN  NEWS
  • On the occasion of C. Rajagopalachari’s birth anniversary —founder of the Swatantra Party and prominent Indian Statesman, we published his select writings on Indian Liberals, our digital archive of liberal writings. The writings were subsequently syndicated on Livemint.

  • Ritika Chawla, former Research Associate, CCS, authored an article premised on Sandhi, our research pilot implemented in Hastsal in west Delhi. The research sought to study the effect of introducing information on learning outcomes and school excellence on parental choice, to steer competition amongst schools and urge an improvement in school quality. The editorial titled ‘A Delhi-Based Organisation Believes That Schools Should Be Given Scores. Here’s Why!’ was published in The Better Indian.

  • CCS receives two international media citations! Deroy Murdock’s editorial titled ‘Atlas Network defeats poverty for $4.88 per person’ on the Union Leader discusses the Atlas Network’s collaborations with organisations across the globe, highlighting CCS’ continued efforts on the Ease of Doing Business in India. The article was also published in The National Review.

  • Bibek Debroy, eminent Indian economist, authored an editorial on the need to institutionalise the repeal of redundant legislations. The editorial titled The Order Changeth Not recognises CCS’ continuing research and advocacy for the same and was published in the Financial Express and the Indian Express. Read about our Repeal Laws Project here.

  • CCS received two media citations on the PIL it had filed in Delhi High Court on the poor state of learning outcomes in Government schools as a result of the RTE’s ‘no-detention policy’. The Delhi High Court has directed the concerned municipalities to file counter affidavits within three weeks. Articles on the same were published in The Pioneer and Outlook.

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