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.
If you’d like to have CCS on your campus, or collaborate with us for a policy dialogue, write to us to us at email@example.com.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
Union Budget 2016-17 has clearly come out with greater focus on quality of higher education in the country. Handful of new schemes, both for Higher Education and Skill Development, testify government’s commitment towards leveraging the demographic dividend of this country. With a meager increase of 1368 crores in school education budget, one may conclude that school education has received lesser attention in terms of new budgetary provisions or schemes in Budget 2016-17.