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27 January 2016
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CCS DashboardLaunch: – Stories from Life under License Raj, 30 January 2016

IndiaBefore91 Launch

This year marks the 25th anniversary of India’s economic reforms – a move that was a pivotal moment in the making of our country as it stands today. To celebrate these reforms, and understand how life was before the reforms, we are launching a portal: "" on 30 January in partnership with FICCI. This website aims to crowd source stories from citizens across the nation.

On the panel:

  • Mr Jairam Ramesh, Former Minister of Rural Development
  • Dr Arvind Virmani, Economic Mentor, FICCI & Former Chief Economic Advisor, GOI
  • Dr A Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI
  • Dr Parth J Shah, Founder President, Centre for Civil Society
  • Mr Praveen Chakravarty, Eisenhower Fellow & Angel Investor (Moderator)

Date: 30 January 2016, 11 am – 1 pm
Venue: FICCI, 1 Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi

The event is invite only.

Please contact Snigdha Verma for more information ( | +91 99712 86630)

CCS Dashboard#ccstalks TweetChat: ‘#SkillIndia: Why is there a demand-supply gap?’, 3 February 2016, 4-5pm

TweetChatWith an aim to skill over 40 crore Indians by 2022, #SkillIndia is a very ambitious project. What is the role of government in skilling the youth? How do we ensure that there is a match between the skills youth need, the demands of the market, and the skill training being provided?

Join us for #ccstalks on Wednesday, 3 February 2016 from 4-5pm! Log in to or Twitter and follow #ccstalks. We look forward to speaking with you! For more information, contact Snigdha Verma (

CCS DashboardAsia Liberty Forum, 18-20 February 2016

Asia Liberty Forum 2016LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER. We’re one month away from the annual Asia Liberty Forum, being hosted this time in Malaysia! Don’t miss this chance to explore the challenges to liberty and how to tackle some of Asia’s most challenging development problems with leaders in the liberty movement. Register NOW. For more information, contact, follow the link.

CCS Events Calendar
Upcoming Events

30 January 2016 - Launch of

3 February 2016, 4-5 pm - #ccstalks TweetChat on ‘#SkillIndia: Why is there a demand-supply gap?’

15-18 February 2016 - Think Tank Start Up Training, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

18-20 February 2016 - Asia Liberty Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Spontaneous Order
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UnpackED – The black box of Indian school education reform

UnpackED – The black box of Indian school education reformThe previous decade brought a great visibility of learning class in India. In attempts to reform education, people made several attempts at small and large scales. The book synthesizes lessons from these attempts and debates across different strands of education  - assessments, pedagogy, governance etc., and argues that weak state capacity is the critical constraint in the school education reform currently. It also lists out the implications of weak state capacity - forcing us to settle for second-best solutions etc. The book then discusses the meaning of state capacity and frameworks to understand the same; as well as widely debated themes in education - decentralisation, incentives, private schools, and vouchers. Finally, it argues that if we are to improve any further, we must focus on enhancing state capacity and it must be made the priority. Download here.

For more information contact  
Snigdha Verma  
M: +91 99712 86630  

Centre for Civil Society  
A-69, Hauz Khas  
New Delhi - 110 016, India  
Ph: +91 11 26537456, 26521882  
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