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epolicy for Young Leaders | Webinar based introductory course in public policy

Event Date: 15 Oct To 22 Oct 2022; Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days
Venue: Online

  • What are the essential functions of the Government? 
  • What are our current Policy challenges? 
  • What is the role of Civil Society in public policy? 
  • What does a good policy look like?

To get the answers to these questions and more join at the epolicy for Young Leaders 

epolicy for Young Leaders is a three-day online introductory certificate course, introducing students and young professionals to a liberal approach to public policy. Our aim is to provide you with a first look at public policy, with expert interaction, and an opportunity to network with the Centre for Civil Society’s alumni base of over 8,000 students and young professionals.

Come interact and learn with a diverse cohort from all over India over three days. epolicy has six live webinar sessions, group discussions, thought experiments, and policy games to provide you a truly holistic understanding of public policy. 

We only accept 40 participants in each course. Applications are selected on a rolling basis!


Upcoming courses

Dates: 15th, 16th and 22nd October 2022

Time:  10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on all days

Applications Deadline: 8th of October 2022

The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online. For any queries, email

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Online Certificate Workshop on ‘Use of Statistics in Public Policy’

Event Date: 19 Jun 2022; Time: 10:00 AM to 04:00PM
Venue: Online via Zoom

Centre for Civil Society brings you another edition of its online certificate workshop on the topic ‘Use of Statistics in Public Policy’.

What is the workshop about?

At this workshop, the participants can get a preliminary understanding of key concepts in statistics relevant to public policy research. These concepts include - basic probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, etc. Participants will learn these concepts as tools, with the end goal of applying them to real-world scenarios. The session will focus primarily on the application of these concepts via examples, including some negative examples with improper use of statistics to avoid common (and often dangerous!) pitfalls. Furthermore, we will also look at scenarios where we will encounter theoretical limits on applying statistics. .

What are the key takeaways?

> Applying statistical techniques to specific problems in public policy.

> Developing a mindset to analyse data from statistical and probabilistic perspectives.

> Recognizing the limitations of analysis and assertions (admitting that we don’t know what we don’t know)

When and Where?

June 19th 2022, via Zoom

Session 1: 10 AM – 12 PM

Session 2: 2 PM - 4 PM

Who is the Speaker?

Dr Srinivasan Iyengar is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft Research India. He holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, he worked as a research associate at Tata Research Development and Design Centre (part of Tata Consultancy Services). Before this, he completed his undergraduate studies with a B.Tech. in Computer Science from the College of Engineering Pune. His research interests are distributed systems, low-cost environmental sensing, the Internet of Things, cloud and edge computing, and energy systems.

What is the eligibility criteria?


Anyone above 18 who is interested in Public Policy Analysis and Application of Statistics can apply.

Apply here.

Application Deadline:June 5th 2022.

What are the fees?

The fees for this workshop is INR 2500/- (payable online post selection)

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Austrian Economics Seminar | An advanced epolicy certificate course

Event Date: 05 Feb To 27 Feb 2022; Time: 9:30am to 6:30pm only on weekends
Venue: Online

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Rooted in the tradition of Austrian-born economists Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and F.A. Hayek, “Austrian” economics is not a specific field within economics, nor is it a set of conclusions. It is an entirely different approach to understanding the social reality that dissents from the mainstream method, theory, and policy.

The Austrian school of economics promotes an economic and social thinking that is not confined to unrealistic, mostly mathematical models. The analysis focuses on autonomous entrepreneurial action and the free interaction of individuals in the marketplace.

The Austrian Economics Seminar will illustrate the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way and show the usefulness of these insights in terms of their relevance to creating either prosperity and freedom, or poverty and oppression in India.


About Austrian Economics Seminar Details:

The Austrian Economics Seminar is a 3-week advanced online certificate course run by the Centre for Civil Society. This online program introduces 30 participants to the principles of the Austrian School of Economics. AES aims to equip the participants with tools and principles based on sound economic theories that they can apply in analyzing policies.

The AES will illustrate the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way and show the usefulness of these insights in terms of their relevance to creating either prosperity and freedom, or poverty and oppression in India.

Takeaways for the Scholars :


  • A comprehensive learning experience with experts around the world
  • An illustration of the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way
  • Understanding of real-world application of Austrian economics concepts
  • e-Certificate and value addition to the CV
  • Opportunity to connect, deliberate, and learn with scholars across country
  • Access to CCS’ alumni network


Applications Open: 10th December 2021 
Application Deadline: 23rd January 2022
Program Date: 5th - 27th February 2022

Course fee: 3,999/- (the course fee is payable upon selection; registration is free of cost)
10% early bird scholarship available if you apply before 20th December 2021.


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CCS Policy Camp

Event Date: 02 Jan To 30 Jan 2022; Time: 10 AM to 4:30 PM on all days
Venue: Online


What is CCS Policy Camp?

CCS Policy Camp is a certificate program run by the Centre for Civil Society for students of age 16-18 years. The Policy Camp introduces the scholars to concepts of public policy. It offers 40 bright-minded scholars of the country a platform to learn, network, and lead with sectoral experts, mentors, and speakers. The program encompasses analysis of contemporary policy issues and challenges and their potential solutions. Most importantly, it encourages scholars to read, deliberate, discuss and write to enhance their analytical and critical skills.

Why should you attend CCS Policy Camp?

When is it?

2 January - 30 January 2022

This is a 5-week long program, however, the teaching lectures will be limited to Saturdays and Sundays only. The weekdays will encompass self-readings, peer discussions and assignments.

Who all can apply?

Your cohort will have students in grade 11 and 12. However, anyone in the age group 16-18 is eligible to apply for the Policy Camp. 

How can you apply?

Registration is through this online registration form only. If you're selected, you’ll be informed of your selection within two weeks of your application. The last date to apply is 26 Dec 2021.

What’s the selection procedure?

The applicants will be shortlisted on a rolling basis, based on the merit of their answers, and interest in the program. Limited seats are available for this cohort, and applications will close as soon as the seats are full.  

How much does it cost?

Rs. 6000/- for the whole course (need-based scholarships available). Registration for the CCS Policy Camp is free; the fee is only payable upon selection.

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Colloquium on Feminism, Gender Justice, and Economic Freedom

Event Date: 05 Dec 2021; Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST
Venue: The Caliph Hotel, Powai - Mumbai

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is thrilled to bring back in-person programs in Mumbai with a Colloquium on Feminism, Gender Justice and Economic Freedom scheduled to take place on Sunday, the 5th of December, 2021.

The discourse surrounding Feminism and Gender Justice has gained increasing momentum as more institutional and social disabilities come to the fore. In this Colloquium, we will explore the philosophy and thought behind feminism vis-a-vis state and society, its relation with economic freedom and deliberate on the role of markets as a force for gender justice and inclusion. The Colloquium will also critically assess the popular notions of socialist-feminism. The works of authors like Suzanne La Follete and Deirdre McCloskey will be part of the Socratic Deliberation, among others.

What is a Colloquium?

A CCS Colloquium is an in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The Colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The Colloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.

Unlike a conventional conference, where one lectures and the audience listens, participants at the Colloquium explore a specific theme together by discussing a common Reader (curated collection of Readings), that they read before the program. Their shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate their own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is not to convey doctrine or to drive home certain preconceived conclusions but to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.

The discussions at the Colloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.

How does it Work?

CCS will select 20 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.

The Colloquium reader will be shared with the participants two weeks prior to the date of the Colloquium. The reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.


Venue: The Caliph Hotel, Powai - Mumbai
Date: 5th of December, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 17th of November, 2021
Fee: Rs. 1199/- (10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online. It is inclusive of the Welcome Kit, Lunch, and Tea)


Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the Colloquium. The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible!
We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the Colloquium.

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