Our Third Credit Course with the Vedica Scholars Programme
In March - April 2019, we offered a credit course on ‘Introduction to Public Policy’, our third successful course at the Vedica Scholars Programme in New Delhi. The course was offered as a part of the program curriculum through a 20 hour module, and saw a participation of 58 young women leaders. Our distinguished faculty included Shubho Roy, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy; Bhuvana Anand, Governance and Public Policy Specialist, and Advisor, Research, Centre for Civil Society, among others.
Adhyay: Reading to Understand Political Manifestos
On 28th April, we hosted ‘Adhyay’, our socratic seminar in the city of Hyderabad. The Adhyay brought together 6 young thinkers to reflect and discuss the manifestos of national political parties, in light of the 2019 elections. Adhyays have been conceptualised with the aim of engaging our alumni and young learners in reading and dialogue, to foster critical reasoning and comprehension.
NISA Hosts Members of the Union of Private Schools, Afghanistan
This April, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) hosted Mr Seyyed Hashmat and Mr Amin Al-Dinh, members of the Union of Private Schools of Afghanistan (UPSA), visiting India to understand the role and scope of affordable private schools in the Indian education ecosystem. The UPSA members also visited Budget private schools in Dwarka, Delhi, engaging with NISA to further understand their diverse models, and enduring policy challenges confronting them.
Public Policy for the Environment: ISPP’s Policy Relay Series
On 27th April, The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) organised a workshop on ‘Public Policy for the Environment: New Wine in Old Bottles?’ at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi. Shreekant Gupta, Professor, Delhi School of Economics and Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore conducted the workshop. Attended by 30 participants, the workshop explored how public policy based on market approaches can offer new ideas and solutions to enduring environmental problems.
A Dialogue with the Experts: Webinars from ISPP
This April, the Indian School of Public Policy organised three webinars bringing expert perspectives on critical contemporary concerns and the scope of public policy today. On 13th April, Vineeta Hariharan, Policy Head, World Bank spoke on ‘Public Policy- Key Steps and Scope’, engaging with 51 participants. Raja Karthikeya, Political Officer, United Nations, New York conducted a webinar on ‘New challenges in International Public Policy’, attended by 30 participants, on 17th April. On 26th April, Professor Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business,The Fletcher School at Tufts University and founding Executive Director, Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context conducted a session on ‘‘Digital India is lovely.. But can it get past the Real India?, with 48 participants.
Discussing Political Manifestos with Journalist Changemakers
We ended the month with our monthly journalists’ dialogue, engaging nine journalists in a discussion on the relevance of political manifestos today. Held at IGNCA, New Delhi, the dialogue was attended by participants representing prominent media houses, including Aaj Tak, All India Radio and Business Standard among others.
The discussion was led by Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me and addressed the sidelining of party manifestos and negligible public understanding of their commitments in the electoral climate, in India today.