10th School Choice National Conference: Rethinking education
We hosted the 10th edition of the School Choice National Conference - our flagship, annual conference on education policy, on 14th December at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Addressing the theme of 'Alternative Education: Philosophy, Practice, Policy', the conference drew participation from over 200 people, including policy experts and policy-makers, educationists, practitioners, civil society leaders, researchers, journalists and students. With Dr Sugata Mitra, winner of TED Prize 2013 and Professor at the Newcastle University, giving the keynote address, our other eminent speakers and panelists consisted of leading policymakers, researchers, academics and education practitioners such as Anil Swarup, Former Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of India; Padma Shri Geeta Dharmarajan, Founder, Katha; and Chandra Bhushan Sharma, Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) among others.
EduDoc: Education in the Spotlight
We hosted the screening of the winning films of Edudoc 2018 as a part of the School Choice National Conference 2018 with an audience of over 90 people. In its 4th edition, this year, we received over 1700 entries from 104 countries! Our winners were felicitated by our Guest of Honour, K G Suresh, eminent Journalist and Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi. Komeil Soheili of Iran won the best film award for his film Laleh Complex.
Watch our winning films here.
Ipolicy: Nurturing Policy Leaders
This December, we conducted ipolicy - our flagship introductory training in public policy in Delhi and Mumbai. In Delhi, we partnered with the Shri Ram College of Commerce and the India Fellow Social Leadership Program. We had 77 young leaders successfully graduate from the two courses in Delhi, along with 29 enthusiastic learners in Mumbai. Our expert faculty and mentors included Prashant Narang, Advocate, Supreme Court; Yugank Goyal, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean (Research), Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities; Barun Mitra, Founder, Liberty Institute; and Ameya Paratkar, Public Policy Advocate among others, introducing participants to principles of sound public policy and to market-liberal perspectives on contemporary socio-economic concerns, through sessions like Rule of Law, Public Choice Economics and Property Rights.
Workshop and Panel Discussion on 'Design Thinking in Public Policy'
The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) hosted a workshop and panel discussion on 'Design Thinking in Public Policy' on 21st December at the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi. Conducted by Design Strategist Sukanto Roy, the workshop addressed the different stages of user-centred policy design such as discovery (understanding local context), define (identification of problem), action plan, creating a prototype (solution) and testing.
Talking Policy with Journalist Change-makers: Pizza, Policy, etc.
We had an impactful end to the year with our monthly dialogue engaging journalists on contemporary policy concerns. Conducted at IGNCA on 30th December, the dialogue saw a participation from 17 journalists from leading media houses like All India Radio, Doordarshan, Zee News, Network 1, and India Today, among others. Led by Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me, the discussion addressed the regulatory bottlenecks retarding enterprise in India along with the limits of loan waivers as an effective solution to the country's enduring agricultural crisis.