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Business and Public Policy: Credit Course with Vedica Scholars

This December, we completed our 60-hour elective course on ‘Business and Public Policy’ being conducted as a part of the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women. The closing session of the course was conducted by Dr Geeta Gouri, former member of the Competition Commission of India, on Competition in Electricity Sector. The course received an overall feedback of 3.59 of 4.

With eight sessions, the course provided a detailed exploration into the role and impact of public policy on the Indian business environment, with a particular focus on the scope of government intervention in businesses, and the role of entrepreneurs in leveraging on policy possibilities in India today. Our list of distinguished speakers included Prashant Narang, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi; Smriti Parsheera, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy; Akhilesh Tilotia, OSD to Minister of Civil Aviation; Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, India Development Foundation; Geeta Gouri; Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society; Amit Chandra, expert on education policy and former Associate Director, Centre for Civil Society.

Offered as part of the formal curriculum in leading universities, our credit courses are designed offer unique insights that bridge academic rigour with policy analysis.

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Spontaneous Dialogue: Lessons from The American Political Landscape

Spontaneous Order, our digital publication featuring liberal commentaries, launched the first edition of ‘Spontaneous Dialogue’. The dialogue series live-streamed on Facebook, aims to offer impartial and factual perspectives aims to offer impartial and factual perspectives on contemporary issues, conveyed in the form of rational deliberations between experts across ideological and academic spectrum.

In the first edition of the dialogue, Mark Hansen, leading scholar on American politics from the University of Chicago, and Mohit Satyanand, Member, Board of Advisors, Centre for Civil Society, discussed the American political experience, drawing lessons for the Indian political contemporary. Addressing the citizen activism triggered by the dynamism of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and the subsequent birthing of anti-establishment views, the discussion analysed the populist rhetoric that now dominates the two countries. On the accountability of political institutions to preserve democracy, Mark Hansen observed that it was really ‘the health of civil society and the commitment to democracy among the populace’ that could ultimately sustain an inclusive society.

Streamed on Facebook Live, the session drew over 5500 views on social media.

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On the ‘ISMS’ of India: Policy Dialogue with Students from IIT Madras

On 10 December, we hosted the Student Legislative Council from IIT Madras for a policy dialogue on the ideological traditions that predominate the political and policy landscape in India. Steered by Parth Shah, President, CCS, the dialogue further addressed the continuing challenges of effective policy-making, and the role of the individual, market and the state in enabling a freer and prosperous India.

Our ‘CCS on Campus’ initiative reaches out to leading colleges across the country to engage young learners in a critical dialogue on pressing socio-economic and political concerns. Through 2-3 hour ‘Campus Talks’ and ‘Policy Dialogues’, we encourage students to contest and debate learned presumptions and to explore the foundations of a free, prosperous and just society.

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Forging Champions of Liberty: iPolicy for Development Leaders

We conducted iPolicy – our flagship certificate course in public policy, engaging Teach for India fellow in a dialogue on the concerns of education policy in India. With 33 participants, the interactive program grounded the elaborate field-experience of the young fellows in the extant education policy discourse in India. Our speakers included Shantanu Gupta Political Analyst and Author of ‘The Monk Who Became Chief Minister’, Parth J Shah and, Arushi Vats, Assistant Manager, CCS Academy. The course received an over-all feedback rating of 3.46 out of 4.

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20 Years of Advancing Choice and Accountability

On 15 August 2017, we complete two decades of our remarkable journey. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary year, we reaffirm our commitment to building a freer India—where each individual leads a life of choice, and every institution is accountable.

CCS completes 19 years of journey

On 15 August 2016 CCS completes 19 Years of Promoting Choice. On this occasion we are sharing this video which suggests major reforms in the New Education Policy 2016 ranging from mechanisms for teacher accountability, setting learning goals, and moving to a new per-child funding model among others. It also highlights the revolutionary initiative, NEP WIKI, that will radically transform the debate on education policy by including all stakeholders—participatory democracy at its best!

Discussion on National Policy on Education 2016

This is an initiative by Centre for Civil Society to create conversation and debates around the NEP. We hope to bring together educators, edupreneurs, think-tanks, academicians, and all concerned to a single platform and eventually, feed back the ideas generated from this platform to the government.

 Data on School Closures due to RTE Act (as of May 2016)

The data presented here is collected between March, 2014 and May, 2016 through three key sources – a) Literature review of News Reports of credible regional and national English newspapers, b) Analysis of State and Central Government reports on school closures or actual closure notices and c) Review of litigation on the issue of school closures.

It is observed that the announcements made by officers of education department including education ministers, are not always followed by immediate legal action against the schools. There have been various instances of government functionaries giving unofficial statements to news publications about plans to shut schools without any actual legal notices served to such schools.

In India, reforms in regulation of private schools have been argued on the basis of universalizing access to education while recognizing the increasing role of private in enabling that access, particularly for the poor. However, the experience so far has been that the regulations create entry and exit barriers in the provision of education by entrepreneurs thereby reducing competition and keeping the cost of education high.