In March - April 2019, we offered a credit course on 'Introduction to Public Policy', our third course at the Vedica Scholars Programme in New Delhi. The course was offered as a part of the formal program curriculum through a 20 hour module, and saw the participation of 58 young women leaders.
The course elaborates on public policy in India and its linkages with various disciplines of study, such as environmental challenges and regulation.
Our credit courses are crafted in accordance with international trends in policy training and host a diverse faculty comprising of academicians and practitioners. 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.
On 27th April, Spontaneous Order, our digital publication of liberal commentaries, hosted its fourth Facebook Live discussion, 'Spontaneous Dialogue' on 'The Street Vendors Act - Enabling Street Entrepreneurship'. Featuring eminent speakers such as Indira Unninayar, Advocate, Supreme Court and Delhi High Court; Vivek Kalia, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram; and Manoj Mehra, General Secretary, National Hawkers Federation and himself a street vendor, the dialogue discussed the enduring challenges in the implementation of the Street Vendors Act 2014.. The dialogue explored what can be done to ensure better implementation and at the scope of interventions to protect and regulate vendors more effectively.
The dialogue received a reach of 3862 and was viewed by 884 people.
We have been successfully campaigning for the effective implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, through Jeevika, our 'Law, Liberty and Livelihood' campaign. We have also published two comprehensive reports on the status of the implementation of the act across the country.
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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.
This April, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) hosted two 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.
Representatives from NISA met with Mr Seyyed Hashmat and Mr Amin Al-Din, to discuss the models of budget privates schools in India and the enduring policy challenges faced by them, promising cooperation and assistance to the UPSA. The UPSA members also visited budget private schools in Dwarka, Delhi.
Earlier in January 2018, NISA had also hosted 17 members from the Afghanistan Private School Association to help them understand the establishment, role and development of private school associations and private schools in India.
Date: 27th April 2019
Venue: PHD Chamber of Commerce , New Delhi
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 at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi. The workshop was conducted by Shreekant Gupta, Professor, Delhi School of Economics and Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. Attended by 30 participants, the workshop challenged conventional ways of thinking about and addressing environmental problems and explored how public policy based on market approaches can offer new ideas and solutions to enduring environmental problems.
Date: 28th April 2019
Venue: Lamaakan, Hyderabad
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 the light of the 2019 elections. The discussion explored the proposed the substantive proposals contained in the manifestos, along with questions regarding the relevance and enforceability of political manifestos, and mechanisms to ensure due accountability from the elected leaders.
Adhyay, socratic seminars have been conceptualised with the aim of engaging our alumni and young learners in critical reading and dialogue, to foster reasoning and comprehension.
Date: 16-17th March 2019
We organized our two-day immersive course, Politics of Development in Hyderabad, on 16-17th March with 23 participants. With a focus on the enduring policy challenges to achieving economic development, the course engaged students in sessions like 'The Role of the State' , 'Decentralisation and Separation of Power', 'How good a Solution is Welfare?' and 'The State of Agriculture in India'. The sessions were delivered by leading development and policy experts, including Barun Mitra, Founder and Director, Liberty Institute and Jayaprakash Narayan, Former IAS Officer and Founder, Lok Satta.
Date: 30th March 2019
Venue: IGNCA, New Delhi
We ended the month with our monthly journalists' dialogue, engaging six journalists on the concerns regarding the rights and recognition of street vendors evidenced by our Progress Report on Implementing the Street Vendors Act 2014. The dialogue was held at IGNCA, New Delhi, and our participants represented prominent media houses, including NDTV, Sahara TV, Rashtriya Sahara Newspaper and Ajit Samachar.
The discussion was led by Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me and Vidushi Sabharwal, Senior Research Associate, CCS, and addressed the challenges faced by street vendors, the gaps in the implementation of the Act, and CCS' on-going research and advocacy for due compliance. Our journalist-participants also shared their experiences from the field, highlighting the role of administrative failures in hampering the effective implementation of progressive regulation.
The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), hosted Mrs. Sonja Boshoff, Member of Parliament, and Shadow Education Minister, South Africa. Mrs. Boshoff visited NISA schools in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, and Punjab, interacting with school leaders to understand the role of private schools in the Indian education system.
Mrs. Boshoff also attended the state conference organised by the NISA Andhra Pradesh Association - APUSMA-Andhra Pradesh Unaided Schools Management Association on the theme of 'Holistic Education - The Need of The Hour.' She also addressed a press meet at Ambala, Haryana.
See snapshots from the visit here.