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Liberty and Society Seminar 2019

Event Date: 11 Jul To 14 Jul 2019; Time: 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Goa

About the Program

At CCS Academy, we are pleased to announce the roll-out of the Liberty and Society Seminar (LSS) for all CCS graduates from the 11th to the 14th of July, 2019.

This advanced course is a four day immersive residential program, strictly aimed at those who have attended one or more of our programs in the past, the ones who are sympathetic toward and curious about the ideas of liberty, choice and accountability. The program will engage students and young professionals in vital issues of public policy, involving them in creating a new vision for India, and ultimately helping them become more aware and responsible citizens.

Why should you apply?

LSS is for you if you wish to deepen your understanding of public policy and classical liberal ideas, and their application in today's world. As a participant, you will also get to share your journey as a CCS graduate among other open minded, enthusiastic and concerned youth to become active change agents, and interact with prominent voices from the policy space in India.

When and where will it be held?

Date - 11-14 July, 2019
Venue - Goa

Are you eligible for the program?

You are eligible to apply for the program if you have attended one or more of our programs (Liberty & Society Seminar, I, Society and Public Policy, ìpolicy, RR Internship, Colloquium, Credit Course, Politics of Development, and Lex Policy) or have been/are a Students For Liberty Leader.

  • Step 1
    • There is a written application form you will need to fill. The last date of submission is 23rd June, 2019.
  • Step 2
    • Basis the merit of your application form, we will schedule an in-person/telephonic interview with you.
  • Step 3
    • All participants will be informed on a rolling basis about the status of their application. Please note that only selected participants will be informed about the future of their candidacy.

How much will it cost?

INR 4,000*

*Limited scholarships available based on the merit of the application.

The program fee covers accommodation, food, and course materials for the entire duration of the program.

Course Vision

The program will provide participants with a greater understanding of the larger world - society, economy, and culture - within a liberal framework, which emphasizes limited government, individual rights, rule of law, free trade and competitive markets.

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For details contact: Shivang Raina (shivang@ccs.in)

Course Schedule

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

  • 19:00 | History of communism, 'The Soviet Story' | Documentary

Thursday, July 11, 2019 | The foundations of liberalism

  • 08:00 | Breakfast
  • 09:00 | What is good in the world today?
  • 09:30 | Liberalism in India | Parth Shah
  • 11:00 | Break
  • 11:30 | Property and rule of law | Baladevan Rangaraju
  • 12:30 | Lunch
  • 14:00 | Socratic Seminar
  • 15:30 | Break
  • 16:30 | Economic Reasoning for Public Policy | Anupam Manur
    OR
    Freeing our farmers | Parth Shah
  • 18:00 | Break
  • 18:30 | Socialism kills: The human cost of delayed reform | Swaminathan Aiyar

Friday, July 12, 2019 | Development challenges

  • 08:00 | Breakfast
  • 09:00 | The jobs crisis | Anupam Manur
  • 10:30 | Break
  • 11:00 | Right to Education: One step forward, two steps back | Baladevan Rangaraju (Activity based)
    OR
    Caste | Swaminathan Aiyar
  • 13:00 | Lunch
  • 14:30 | Sex drugs and rock n roll | Bhuvana
  • 16:00 | Break
  • 16:30 | Market friendly financial regulation | Renuka Sane
  • 18:00 | Break
  • 18:30 | Open Spaces - I

Saturday, July 13, 2019 | The market society

  • 08:00 | Breakfast
  • 09:00 | How is wealth created? Trade is Not A Zero Sum Game | Bhuvana Anand
  • 10:30 | Break
  • 11:00 | Open borders: the under-rated antidote to global poverty | Neeraj Kaushal
    OR
    Pension Reform | Renuka Sane
  • 12:30 | Lunch
  • 14:00 | Socratic seminar
  • 15:30 | Break
  • 16:30 | The morality of capitalism | Swaminathan Aiyar
  • 18:00 | Break

Sunday, July 14, 2019 | Reflection

  • 08:00 | Breakfast
  • 09:00 | Agents of change | Miniya Chatterjee
  • 10:30 | Break
  • 11:00 | Policy Debate
  • 13:00 | Lunch
  • 14:00 | Open Spaces - II
  • 15:30 | Social change through ideas | Bhuvana
  • 17:00 | Departure

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Meet the Speakers

Parth Shah

Parth's research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property rights approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He has published extensively in international and Indian journals, on various topics from currency regulation to education policy. He holds a PhD in Economics from Auburn University, and taught at the University of Michigan.

Baladevan Rangaraju

Baladevan Rangaraju is the Founder Director of India Institute. He is a social entrepreneur with extensive experience in research, advocacy, community engagement, campaigns, organization building and education leadership. He is the author of The Private School Revolution in Bihar: Findings from a survey in Patna Urban (with James Tooley and Pauline Dixon), India's first landscape study of the school market in a city. His pioneering use of GPS technology to measure private school popularity provided new information on school distribution and enrollment patterns – data that helped the state review its regulatory policies. The study won the global Templeton Freedom Award in 2012.

Renuka Sane

Renuka Sane is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). Her research interests are in household finance, especially on household choice in financial instruments such as credit, pensions, insurance and equity markets, as well as consumer protection in finance. She is also interested in research and policy on the criminal justice system in India.

Bhuvana Anand

Bhuvana Anand is a governance and public policy specialist. She has worked with various donors and civil society organisations in Sudan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and the United States, in policy advocacy, managing multi-pronged programs and research. She previously worked with the United Nations, the British Government's Department for International Development, and MIT's Poverty Action Lab.

Anupam Manur

Anupam Manur is an Assistant Professor at the Takshashila Institution. He was previously working as a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore, after completing his Masters in International Business (Economics) from Lancaster University.

His research interests lie at the intersection of economics, technology, and public policy. He is currently working on platform economics, India's ongoing jobs crisis, digital payments, and the New World Order. He has published several editorials in the Mint, Financial Express, The Hindu, NDTV, Scroll, Deccan Herald, Bloomberg Quint, AsiaGlobal Online and others. He has also edited three books under the Takshashila Institution Press.

Anupam teaches economic reasoning and macroeconomics in all of Takshashila's public policy programmes and is responsible for designing the curriculum for the educational programmes.

Swaminathan Aiyar

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is an Indian journalist and columnist. He is consulting editor for the Economic Times and writes regularly for the Economic Times and The Times of India. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute

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Baithak: Conversations in Policy

Event Date: 30 Jun 2019; Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices, 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court #37, Lalbagh Road Bangalore 560027

 

What?

Last year at CCS Academy, we curated a platform for CCS alumni, young students and professionals to engage in themes and discussions around public policy; now popularly called Baithak: Conversations in Policy. Baithaks follow an open group discussion format where the speaker is also the moderator of the debate, the principal guide and the facilitator of free flow of information among all the participants.

About Dr. Ashwin Mahesh

Dr.Ashwin Mahesh is a social technologist, environmentalist and urbanist. After a 15-year career in science, during which he was an astronomer and an Antarctic climate scientist, he switched to social enterprises, focused on urban development and governance. He is a founder of the technology lab, Mapunity, which builds urban social networking platforms and tools for citizens, public administrators and businesses. He is also a co-founder of Lithium, which operates the largest fleet of electric cars in India. He is a co-founder and editor of the national public affairs magazine, India Together. He was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurs in 2009.

Why?

The idea of Baithak is to give a platform to all CCS graduates and potential course participants to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues in the presence of prominent voices from the liberal movement in India. Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

When and where?

Topic: Federalism: A standalone idea or part of something larger?
Date: June 30, 2019
Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices,
4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court
#37, Lalbagh Road
Bangalore 560027

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For details contact: Manasa Pidatala (Manasa Pidatala)

Baithak: Conversations in Policy

Event Date: 30 Jun 2019; Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: GP Brilla, Hyderabad


What?

Last year at CCS Academy, we curated a platform for CCS alumni, young students and professionals to engage in themes and discussions around public policy; now popularly called Baithak: Conversations in Policy. Baithaks follow an open group discussion format where the speaker is also the moderator of the debate, the principal guide and the facilitator of free flow of information among all the participants.

About Ragini Bajaj

Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary, Director Caspian Impact Advisors is development finance professional with more than 20 years of experience in microfinance, impact investment and development. Prior to Caspian, Ragini served as a CEO of GMC India, where she led the development of its strategic road map for the Affordable private school sector, set up operations to lead an 8m early stage investment fund, an Accelerator – Calibrator for mobile ed-tech companies and eco-system development for education.

Prior to GMC, she led the financial inclusion agenda of Poorest State Inclusive Growth (PSIG) Programme as well as its impact investment and incubation portfolio as a Private Sector Development Advisor, UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) India.

Prior to DFID, she has worked in Mi India (Dia Vikas Capital), EDA Rural Systems, Care India, Institute of Rural Management Anand, in various capacities specialising in, impact investment, training, rating, consulting and social performance management for microfinance, livelihoods and social enterprise space. Ragini is a management graduate from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) and has qualified as a Management Accountant from Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA),UK. Ragini strongly believes that her strong understanding of consumer context, social and economic challenges and rural realities has been on account of her grounding in IRMA. She counts this as one of her life-changing experiences.

Why?

The idea of Baithak is to give a platform to all CCS graduates and potential course participants to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues in the presence of prominent voices from the liberal movement in India. Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

When and where?

Topic: Privatisation of Education in India: The Sin or the Saviour?
Date: June 30, 2019
Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: TBD

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For details contact: Sourya Banerjee (Sourya Banerjee)

Baithak: Conversations in Policy

Event Date: 15 Jun 2019; Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Venue: Dialogues Cafe, J P Nagar, Bengaluru


What?

Last year at CCS Academy, we curated a platform for CCS alumni, young students and professionals to engage in themes and discussions around public policy; now popularly called Baithak: Conversations in Policy. Baithaks follow an open group discussion format where the speaker is also the moderator of the debate, the principal guide and the facilitator of free flow of information among all the participants.

About Dr Dhanuraj

Dr Dhanuraj is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive of CPPR of which he is also one of the founding members. He holds a PhD (Anna University), MSc Physics (Mahatma Gandhi University) and MA Political Science (Madras Christian College). He also holds a Post Graduate Executive Diploma in International Business from Loyola, Chennai and has undergone training by TTMBA of Atlas USA, IAF Germany, FEE USA, etc. Dhanuraj started his career as a Research Associate in 2003. He has handled various social research projects and has extensively travelled across the country to manage projects of various kinds. He works in the areas of urbanisation, education, health, livelihood and law. Dhanu, as he is fondly called by friends and colleagues, is foremost a policy researcher and then an entrepreneur and consultant. Election studies have been one of his main areas of interest and he has been analysing the polls on various TV channels and social media since 2012.

Why?

The idea of Baithak is to give a platform to all CCS graduates and potential course participants to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues in the presence of prominent voices from the liberal movement in India. Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

When and where?

Topic: Decoding the Polls and Policy Challenges Ahead
Date: June 15, 2019
Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Venue: Dialogues Cafe, J P Nagar, Bengaluru

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For details contact: Manasa Pidatala (manasa@ccs.in)

Baithak: Conversations in Policy

Event Date: 15 Jun 2019; Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Venue: A-69, Hauz Khas, New Delhi (CCS Office)


What?

Last year at CCS Academy, we curated a platform for CCS alumni, young students and professionals to engage in themes and discussions around public policy; now popularly called Baithak: Conversations in Policy. Baithaks follow an open group discussion format where the speaker is also the moderator of the debate, the principal guide and the facilitator of free flow of information among all the participants.

About the speakers

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, a non-profit, independent public policy research and advocacy organisation, based in New Delhi, India. Barun has also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Prashant Narang

Prashant Narang is a lawyer practising in the High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India. As a doctoral candidate at Center for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, he is working on a critical study of Supreme Court judgments on the Fundamental Right to practise business, trade and profession in India.

Nikhil Mehra

Nikhil Mehra is an advocate practicing in New Delhi before various forums, particularly the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi. Nikhil graduated from the NLSIU, Bangalore and started his career with Mr. Harish Salve. He went on to complete his Masters in Law at the prestigious Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, USA. He worked as a Corporate Attorney in New York for many years with two of the top financial law firms before returning to India to set up his own Litigation practice. Nikhil was part of the talented team that assisted in drafting the JS Verma Report of 2013 on Reform of Criminal Laws.

Topic

The discussion will center around The Constitution (First Amendment) Act, 1951 and its implications on society 68 years on. The act was the first attempt to dilute right to property, and limit freedom of speech, as well as land acquisition and distribution. It was also a manifestation of the widespread political support for efforts to curb property rights in various forms. Whilst Barun will provide a broad overview of the act with emphasis on the political context of the time, Prashant is going to speak on Article 19(6)(ii) inserted through the First Amendment, focusing on how state monopolies were made immune from judicial review under the clause. Nikhil Mehra will shed light on Article 19(2) in particular, discussing restrictions on freedom of speech.

Why?

The idea of Baithak is to give a platform to all CCS graduates and potential course participants to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-cultural and economic issues in the presence of prominent voices from the liberal movement in India. Its objective is to create a knowledge ecosystem, impacting the policy space in India at large.

When and where?

Date: 15 June, 2019
Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Venue: A-69, Hauz Khas, New Delhi (CCS Office)

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For details contact: Shivang Raina (Shivang Raina)