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- What is the ideal role of government in society?
- What is a public good?
- How come markets work in certain circumstances, but not in others?
- Why are some laws difficult to implement?
- How can India become a developed country?
To get some answers to these and more questions, come attend epolicy for Young Leaders.
epolicy for Young Leaders is a two-day online 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 and learn with us over two days. epolicy has six live webinar sessions by eminent public policy experts. Around the session days, you get to see cool videos and network with fellow participants and policy experts.
We only accept 35 participants in each course!
Dates: 11th and 18th July 2020
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Applications Open: 17 June 2020
Fee: Rs. 1,500
The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.
For any queries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on Liberty, Democracy and the Rule of Law scheduled to take place on 28th June 2020.
The discussion surrounding the Rule of Law has been more or less narrowed down to the legality of Government’s actions and there has rarely been a debate on its substance vis-a-vis the role of Constitutionalism and Democracy in its functioning. In this eColloquium, participants will deliberate and reason with the idea of Rule of Law in connection with justice, liberty and democracy. The reader for the eColloquium on which the discussions will be based upon, will include ( among other scholarly works) readings of great legal and jurisprudential scholars like H.L.A Hart and F.A. Hayek.
What is an eColloquium?
A CCS eColloquium is an online 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 eColloquium 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 eColloquium 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 her/his 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 eColloquium 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 eColloquium 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.
We provide a Certificate of participation for the participants of eColloquium, who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.
Date: 28th June 2020
Time: 9:30 am to 6 pm IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 8th June 2020
Fee: Rs. 500/-
The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.
Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. We are accepting applications until the midnight of 8th June 2020.
The applications are on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible!
About the Program
CCS' Massive Open Online Course on Education Policy is a course that aims to train and skill young professionals and students in research methods and the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of education policy. This course will provide a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades and steps in the process of policy formulation, knowledge and skills necessary to analyze education policies and suggest reforms on the basis of successful pilot studies from across the world and emerging trends in the sector.
The course is divided into 4 comprehensive modules, keeping in mind the 4 week engagement offered. It also has a 1.5 hour e-assessment towards the end. The overall engagement duration is roughly 16-20 hours.
Event Date: 16 December 2019 To 29 January 2020
16/12/2019 - Admissions Open
31/12/2019 - Early bird deadline (10% off on course fee)
29/01/2019 - Last date to register for the course
- Offered entirely on a digital learning platform to reach professionals and students in the farthest ends of the country
- Comprises of 4 modules with 20 topics covered through video lectures, animations, quizzes, simulation building etc.
- Discussion forum and technical query resolution forum
- Eminent board of mentors and experienced faculty team
*Due to monitored enrollment and subjective test evaluation, the candidates will be selected on a First Come First Serve Basis. Limited seats available.
Module 1: Unpacking 'Education'
- Distinction between Knowledge, Education, Schooling and Learning
- Philosophy of Education: Key thinkers and Ideas
- Diversity and Equity in Education
- State, Civil Society, and Education: Gandhi, Tagore, Radhakrishnan, Krishnamurthy
- Emergence of Curriculum: The National Curriculum Framework and SSA
- Government in Education
Module 2: Economics of Education
- The Landscape of Education in India
- Demand, Supply, Exchange - How Markets Work in Education
- Defining Schools: Public and Private Alternatives in India
- Structure of School Financing in India
- The Cost of Universal Schooling in India
Module 3: Regulatory Framework for Education in India
- Analysis of Educational Administration in India
- Reading Data in Education: Key Sources
- Evolution of Education Policy in India
- Understanding RTE
- Advancing Social Justice
Module 4: Catalyzing Quality Education Delivery - Solving Puzzles in Education
- Re-envisioning the Learning Space
- Technology in Education
- Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Reforms in Education
Dr. Parth J. Shah
Dr. Parth J Shah is the President of Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a public policy think tank advancing personal, economic and political freedoms. In a latest survey, CCS was ranked the number 1 think tank in India and 81 globally.
Dr. Shah's research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom, choice and competition in education, property rights approach for the environment, and good governance.
Avani is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Initiative and the Director of Accountability Initiative - a research group at CPR focusing on governance, state capacity and implementation of key social sector programmes. The focus of her work has been in building evidence for policy advocacy to strengthen transparency and accountability in public financial management for service delivery and ensure greater citizen engagement in governance systems. At AI, she has also been anchoring the publication of the annual budget brief series and implementation of fund tracking surveys on key social sector schemes including education, health, sanitation, nutrition. She is a Tech4Good Fellow and an Alumna of the London School of Economics and Smith College, Massachusetts.
Amit Kaushik was a civil servant for 20 years, joining the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1987. During his time in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments, including as Director in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as well as the drafting of the Right to Education Act. He has consulted widely, with multilateral agencies like UNESCO and UNICEF, and has extensive experience of educational planning in India and other developing countries.
Since leaving government, he has worked with organisations like SRF, the NGO Pratham, Educomp Schools and IPE Global. He is currently the CEO at the Australian Council for Educational Research (India).
Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
Prof. Kingdon holds the Chair of 'Education Economics and International Development' at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She has worked for 10 years as faculty at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Her research is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets. Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) on their education-related aid to developing countries.
She has frequently been a member of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry's 'Joint Review Missions' of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and of the Secondary education programme (the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan), a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board (Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad), and also serves on the Government of UP's Advisory Committee on Basic Education.
In 2013, Professor Kingdon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University London for "her outstanding contributions to education and development".
An Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. Gurcharan Das graduated with honours from Harvard University in Philosophy. He later attended Harvard Business School (AMP), where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer. He writes periodic pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.
Sridhar Rajagopalan is a co-founder of Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. (EI), a company that has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. EI offers ASSET, India's leading private school assessment and Mindspark, a personalised learning program that has featured as a Harvard Business Study case. Sridhar has been a member of various central and state government committees related to education including the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is currently based in the US and heads EI's US subsidiary.
Vimala Ramachandran, has been working on elementary education, girls' education and women's empowerment. She conceptualized and launched Mahila Samakhya, a women's education program of Government of India program based in the Department of Education, MHRD. She was the Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a network of researchers and activists engaged with women's health.
She established Educational Resource Unit in 1998 as a network of researchers and practitioners working on education and empowerment.
She has published extensively on education policy and practice, gender issues and women's empowerment.
Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of CPR. Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Yamini founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR. Under her leadership, the Accountability Initiative has produced significant research in the areas of governance, state capacity and social policy.
Yamini's own research on social accountability, elementary education, decentralisation and administrative reforms has received both academic and popular recognition.
Aiyar is an Alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edmund's college Cambridge University, and St Stephen's College, Delhi University.
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Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has been ranked amongst the top 60 think tanks in the world (and amongst the top 3 from India) by the University of Pennsylvania's highly acclaimed annual Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) report, for the past 5 years.
About the Program
- Have you ever wondered what makes a policy work?
- Have you thought about the reason for India still being poor?
- Have you ever questioned what the role of the government should be?
Explore these questions at ipolicy for young leaders- a 2-day certificate course in Public Policy organised by India's leading thinktank Centre for Civil Society in four cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore.
ìpolicy is an introductory course in Public Policy. The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods including dynamic games, talks, dialogues, and documentaries, designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas about policy-based solutions to social problems from a liberal perspective.
Only 30 best applications would be selected for the course! Applications are open for all college students and young professionals.
Goals of ìpolicy:
- To create a fun, open, and respectful environment where everyone is encouraged to think critically about social, economic, and political issues.
- To evoke in participants a passionate inquiry into their own values and role in creating a good society.
- To equip participants with fundamental concepts of political economy and sound public policy to enable them to understand the root cause of current challenges and effectively advocate for policy solutions through their current work and future professions.
- To plug participants into a global network of opportunities to propel their intellectual growth, make personal connections and access resources to help them advance their vision of a free society.
We have conducted this same program across premier institutions in India like ISB Hyderabad, FMS Delhi, NLS Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, Delhi School of Economics and many more.
EligibilityWho Can Apply?
College students, young professionals, development leaders under the age of 30
Fee Details: Rs. 2,000/-
(Includes course material and lunch on both days)
|Program Dates||Venue, City||Application Deadline|
|14-15 September 2019||New Delhi||31 August 2019|
|21-22 Septmeber 2019||Hyderabad||01 September 2019|
|28-29 Septmeber 2019||Bangalore||14 September 2019|
"ìpolicy has enabled me to critically examine the present perspectives I inhabit regarding policy design and policy implication. It has inspired me to gain a holistic understanding of markets and their ways of working in the policy domain."
Shilanjini Bhattacharya, TISS Mumbai
"I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity, it has provided insight, fresh ideas and a liberal perspective. I learnt a lot both from interaction with facilitators and peers. I was encouraged to think more critically, ask more questions and discouraged from accepting things on face value. I think my approach to policy formulation has changed a great deal in terms of how I now perceive institutions, trade, incentives, public interest and govt intervention."
Evita Rodriguez, FLAME Pune
"Textbooks provide a very one-dimensional and theoretical approach to issues. Ipolicy definitely showed the current trends interms of the practice approach and introduced me to new perspectives and ways of looking at issues. The most important thing is that in each session, we did not just stop with identifying the problem but also came together to formulate possible solutions to the same."
Shreya Rangarajan, TISS Hyderabad
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 Nayantara Ranganathan
Nayantara Ranganathan is a researcher and lawyer interested in the politics and culture of technologies. She works at the Internet Democracy Project, on programs related to freedom of expression, surveillance, net neutrality and the gendered use of the internet. She conceptualised and executed with a colleague, Gendering Surveillance, a project on exposing the gendered nature of surveillance in the Indian context. She has been working with groups in India to explore how digital technologies are affecting fights for social justice. She is the co-founder of ad.watch, a project on political advertising and its impact on democracy.
Twitter handle - @neintara
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: Ruling and Contested Imaginations of Data Sovereignty in India
Date: Sep 15th, 2019
Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Venue: Dialogues Cafe, J P Nagar, Bengaluru
For details contact: Manasa Pidatala (Manasa Pidatala)