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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: 29th August and 05th September 2020
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Applications Close: 17th August 2020
Fee: Rs. 1500 ( 10% early bird discount available)
The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.
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The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism: Bridging Market and Green Approaches on 23rd August 2020.
At a time when environmentalists around the world are working towards solutions of immediate concern, it is important to reflect on the feasibility and resilience of these solutions that rely almost entirely on state capacity or central planning to fix the environment.
The eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism seeks to explore the role of private players, local communities and legal incentives in protecting the natural environment and wildlife. The eColloquium will provide a platform to read, reflect, and reason out a community-centric approach to environmental issues that focuses on people as the centre for action on the environment.
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, eColloquium explores a specific theme by discussing a common reader (a curated collection of readings), that is read before the program. The 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 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: 23rd August 2020
Time: 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 31st July 2020
Fee: Rs. 500/-
(10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. 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 31st July 2020.
We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.
About the Project:
English Bolo is a Spoken English Project, that focuses on children studying in Low Cost Private schools and Government schools across India.
Scope of this project
- Provide free access to premium mobile applications that use gamified lessons, and practice games to develop Spoken English skills
- Content of the Apps is designed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
- Children who complete 125 Modules on the Application will advance 1 level on CEFR scale. All children who complete at least 1 CEFR level will receive a Certificate
- Through the app the kids not only gain confidence in conversing in english, but are also provided with a European standard certification (CEFR). The schools and teachers that participate in the project will receive many rewards, incentives and recognition throughout the course of this project.
Austrian Economics Seminar | Webinar based advanced epolicy certificate course on Austrian Economics
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.
Austrian economics aims to understand society using realistic premises, instead of making unrealistic assumptions such as “perfect knowledge,” “perfect competition,” or “perfect governments.” It focuses on understanding dynamic social processes of coordination, learning, and discovery ubiquitous in a world of constant change, rather than focusing on static models. And most essentially, Austrian economics views human beings as unique, conscious, choosing agents, not as undifferentiated data to be aggregated or manipulated mathematically or politically.
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 the prosperity and freedom, or poverty and oppression in India.
Apply now to register for the 2-day advanced epolicy certificate course on the fundamentals of Austrian school of economics and be part of the 1st cohort. Only 30 participants will be selected based on the answers in the application form. The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be provided to the successful* candidates.
Applications Open: 18th June 2020
Application Deadline: 5th July 2020
Program Date: 18th - 19th July 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM on both days
Course fee: Rs 1,000/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)
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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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