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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, some of the sessions our faculty offered included Rule of Law, Public Choice Economics and Property Rights.

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EduDoc 2018: Education in the Spotlight

Date: 14 December, 2018

Venue: Juniper, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

We hosted the screening of the winning films of Edudoc 2018 as a part of the School Choice National Conference on 14 December with an audience of over 90 people. In its 4th edition, this year, we received over 1700 entries from 104 countries! 'Laleh Complex' by Komeil Soheili of Iran, won the award for the best film while at the second and third place, we had 'Dreamers of Breswana' by Praveen Pillay of India and 'Bringing Schools Where There are None' by Gianmarco D'Agostino of Italy respectively. 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.

Every year, EduDoc - our international short film competition, brings the stories of education and the impact of policy on everyday education practice, into the spotlight. Earlier this year, we also launched the first edition of the Edudoc Film and Policy Fellowship, a unique mentorship based documentary-making fellowship program for education and film enthusiasts. With a cohort of 8 committed fellows, rigorously selected from a pool of 61 applications from 14 countries the program offered a two-month training in education policy and the essentials on film-making. 'Vikiran' by Mritunjay Sharma from India won the Best Fellow-Film Award at Edudoc 2018.

LAUNCH OF STATE COMPENDIUMS OF LAWS FOR REPEAL

Amplifying our call for the recognition of 26th November - the Constitution Day of India, as the National Repeal Law Day, we marked the day with the launch of the second edition of our State Compendiums of Laws of Repeal. The launch was accompanied by a panel discussion on ‘Exploring Alternatives: Institutionalisation of Repeal of Laws’ which addressed the need for a legal framework that recognises the immediate exigency to scrap or amend obsolete, redundant and illiberal laws that thwart development, effective governance and freedoms. Our panelists included prominent lawyers, legal scholars, jurists and experts such as Tariq Anwar, Former Union Minister; PK Malhotra, Former Law Secretary, Ministry of Law & Justice; Maneesh Chhibber, Editor, The Print; Satya Prakash, Legal Editor, The Tribune; Hemant Batra, Founder and Chairman, Kaden Boriss Global and Dr Neeti Shikha, National Coordinator, Repeal of Laws initiative, Centre for Civil Society and Associate Professor, Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA.

The compendiums have been published in collaboration with the Symbiosis Law School (SLS), Noida, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, National Academy of Legal Studies & Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, University of Jammu, and Kaden Boriss Partners our research advisory; and present a rigorously researched repository of laws for repeal in the states of Assam, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Jammu & Kashmir.

We had first launched the ‘Repeal of 100 Laws’ Project in 2014 in partnership with National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) and Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy,urging the central government to repeal 100 laws identified as flawed, ineffective or redundant. The 100 laws relate largely to business and enterprise regulation, outmoded labour relations, unnecessary taxes and licenses, etc. 23 of these laws have been successfully repealed. In a similar exercise with the Maharashtra state, the government repealed 19 out of 25 proposed laws.

With over 102 participants, the launch of the compendiums and our call for a National Repeal Law Day was covered in 8 media publications, including NDTV, Mangala Times, and The Print.

Repeal 100 Laws Project | Snapshots

Engaging Journalist Alumni

Date: 24th November, 2018

Venue: IGMCA, New Delhi

In the month of November, we hosted our monthly journalists' dialogue with 14 journalist leaders representing media platforms such as Lok Sabha TV, Doordarshan, All India Radio, Hindustan, Amar Ujala and India TV, among others. Hosted at IGMCA, New Delhi on 24th November, the discussion addressed the need for the institutionalisation of an annual judicial audit in the context of the launch of our State Compendiums of Laws for Repeal. The discussion was led by Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me.

To know more about our monthly dialogues with journalists, contact avinash@ccs.in

Taking Education Reform Ideas to the MHRD

We met with Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, to discuss the enduring crisis of learning in India, and to present our recommendations for learning-outcomes based school regulation. We also presented comprehensive policy blueprints on Direct Benefit Transfers and need for the separation of roles of the government as the financier, provider and regulator of education.

CCS has been committed to advancing reforms in education that promote choice, quality and accountability, keeping students first. Our principles of choice, efficiency and competition have informed our policy advocacy and we have worked consistently to shift focus from infrastructure to outcomes, to implement DBT as a tool to improve efficiency and accountability.

Creating Policy Champions: iPolicy for Young Leaders

We conducted ipolicy for Young Leaders, our flagship three-day introductory program in public policy in three cities this November - Pune, Chennai and Delhi, with 122 graduates!

Introducing young leaders to the principles of sound policy making, the training also equipped the young leaders with an understanding of market-liberal solutions to enduring policy and developmental challenges. Some of our sessions, for instance, addressed property rights, the role of technologies in governance, and the need for personal and cultural freedoms. Our key faculty included Bhuvana Anand, Governance and Public Policy Specialist; Barun Mitra, Founder and Director, Liberty Institute; and Ameya Paratkar, Public Policy Advocate, among others.

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Baithak in Mumbai: Understanding India’s Job Crisis

We conducted our first Baithak in Mumbai, on 24th November, with Raghavan Jagannathan, Editorial Director, Swarajya speaking on the enduring job crisis in India. The Baithak saw a participation from 12 alumni, engaging with Raghavan on his insights on the historical delinking of economic growth and job creation, and the role of technological development and startups in expanding job markets.

Report on Doing Business in Delhi

Date: 30th October, 2018
Venue: PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry

We launched a compendium on Doing Business in Delhi, at a panel discussion on the theme held on 30th October. An outcome of the 18th edition of our Researching Reality Internship, the report explores the complex regulations and policy bottlenecks that continue to thwart enterprise, with a particular focus on the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business reforms in the state of Delhi.

The comprehensive compendium consists of seven research papers which address themes such as business reforms in the restaurant industry, a study of how aggregators are challenging the regulatory structure and functioning of commercial courts, among others. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Bhuvana Anand, Governance and Public Policy Specialist, and was attended by industry representatives and policy experts including Dr Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society; Kadambari Shah, IDFC Institute; Prashant Narang, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; and Shubho Roy, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) among others.

Researching Reality Internship is a six-week, full-time summer research internship program for students. The internship provides a hands-on experience in research and to the application of social and economic principles in to governance and public policy.

Launch of the  Indian School of Public Policy

Date: 23rd October, 2018
Venue: Constitution Club of India

On 23rd October we launched the Indian School of Public Policy(ISPP), India's first definitive and immersive program in Policy, Design and Management. Conceptualised as a one year, Master's-equivalent program, the ISPP will commence with its first batch in August 2019.

Held at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, the keynote address at the launch was delivered by Gurcharan Das, Trustee, Centre for Civil Society and Former CEO, P & G India. Our esteemed speakers also included N.K. Singh, Chairperson, Fifteenth Finance Commission of India and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; and Rajiv Mehrishi, Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

The launch event also included a panel discussion on the 'Need for a new generation of policy professionals' with eminent panelists such as Dr. Abhijit Sen, Member, erstwhile Planning Commission; Dr. Shekhar Shah, Director General NCAER; Dr. Shamika Ravi, Director of Research, Brookings India; Smt Mahima Kaul, Director of Policy and Government Partnerships, Twitter India; Dr. Aseem Prakash, Chairperson, School of Public Policy & Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Dean, ISPP and Founder, India Development Foundation.

The ISPP is conceived as the first design-thinking focused school of public policy in India with a vision to develop policy professionals with the knowledge, skills, wisdom and ethics to understand, design and implement local solutions to India's enduring policy and governance challenges. It presents for us, the next frontier in impacting public policy in India, and a successor to two decades of student outreach and policy training programs spearheaded by CCS Academy.