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.
Date: 31st October
Venue: IGMCA, New Delhi
In the October edition of CCS' monthly journalists' dialogue, 13 journalists from various media platforms such as NDTV, Doordarshan, Sahara TV, and Lok Sabha TV came together at IGMCA, New Delhi on 31st October.
The dialogue addressed the #MeToo movement, with a particular emphasis on the redressal of the grievances and cases of abuses that it has exposed, and its impact and potential to unsettle patriarchal prejudices and enduring sexual violations in professional and personal spaces. The journalists also discussed possible means to address anomalous false allegations and, how these can be weeded out. The dialogue was moderated by Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me.
We brought together 18 parent members of our Parents Forum for School Education for a two-day workshop to train them - as key stakeholders in education - in education policy advocacy. The objective of the workshop was to build consensus among parents in defining the problems in education in India today and to equip them with fundamental skills to devise and implement an impactful action plan for due reforms.
The core sessions of the workshop provided the parents with a firm understanding of education policy in India, its enduring problems in quality and access and the principles of sound public policy, along with skills in communication and digital advocacy. Our facilitators included Mr Kulbhushan Sharma, President, National Independent Schools Alliance; Dr Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society; Nitesh Anand, Senior Associate, Advocacy, Centre for Civil Society; and Rahul Nainwal, Co-Founder India Fellow Social Leadership Program and MITRA iVolunteer respectively.
We conducted ipolicy for Young Leaders, our flagship program bringing the principles of sound public policy to students and young professionals in three cities this October - Lucknow, Chennai and Delhi, reaching 109 young leaders. In Lucknow, we partnered with the City Montessori School to conduct our first ever policy training for high school students. We also conducted the first international ipolicy for young leaders this past month, partnering with Bikalpa, a public policy think tank based in Biratnagar.
Our three-day intensive course seeks to equip students with a critical understanding of contemporary socio-political and economic concerns and introduce them to market-liberal solutions to enduring policy challenges. Our talks provide an open forum to the youth to discuss and debate urgent socio-economic and political concerns, introducing them to market-liberal ideas and policy solutions.
CCS has consistently advocated for easing regulations to promote the ease of opening and running schools in India. Our policy research and reform recommendations have also asserted the need for a shift to learning-outcomes based school regulations, and a move away from the input-centric norms of the RTE. In a big win for us, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) recently introduced reforms in the CBSE affiliation process, reorienting focus to learning outcomes. The earlier affiliation process only took into account infrastructural compliance validated by a No Objection Certificate (NOC) inspection done at state level and by CBSE at the national level. MHRD has now mandated an inspection of learning outcomes by the CBSE, in addition to to the NOC for infrastructure from the District Education Officer.
This reform stands to ensure that there is no duplication in the process, assert the need to focus on student learning, and promote transparency through the shift to an online process of affiliation.
Date: 14-16 September, 2018
Venue: Nagarkot, Nepal
Parth Shah, President of Centre for Civil Society, moderated a Colloquium on 'Economic Growth and Wealth Creation' organised by Samriddhi, a policy think tank based in Nepal. Held from 14-16 September in Nagarkot, Nepal, the colloquium discussed the ideas of liberty and its implications on economic freedom and achieving the goal of economic prosperity.
With 18 participants from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, some of the sessions in the colloquium encouraged discussions e, on 'Man's Right and Economic Freedom', 'Public Choice and Public Policy' 'Regulation and Poverty', and 'Market Economy, 'Limited Government and the Invisible Hand' among others.
The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), called for observing 5th September, celebrated as Teachers' Day as Black Day as a mark of protest against increasing government intervention in day to day school management. NISA also called for a Teachers Protection Act, as a legal safeguard for the safety of teachers, principal, school management and the support staff.
Over 60,000 NISA member schools from across 22 states participated in the campaigns. Teachers and staff members wore black bands marking their solidarity, and a panel discussion was held on teacher safety measures and challenges with Mr. Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA; Mr. Premchand Reseal, President, Private Land Public Schools Association; Mr. Anil Goel, President, South Delhi Private Schools Association; and Mr. Thomas Antony, National Coordinator, NISA.
Date: 28-30 September, 2018
Venue: Jim Corbett
Amidst the lush greens of Jim Corbett, Centre for Civil Society, in partnership with the Atlas Network,the Edelgive Foundation and Azadi.me, organised an advanced ipolicy for journalists. The training was attended by 18 journalists selected from a pool of 60 applicants and represented leading national and regional media portals like Aaj Tak, Dainik Jagran, NDTV, Lok Sabha TV, The Telegraph, and Fortune India among others.
The 3-day workshop was curated specifically for our alumni from previous policy trainings and , offered opportunities for more in-depth engagement through engaging sessions like 'Indian Liberals', 'Public Choice Theory', 'Rule of Law', and 'School Fee Control' among others. The sessions were delivered and facilitated by our guest speakers including Kumar Anand, Head of Research , Free A Billion; Prashant Narang, Advocate, Supreme Court; and Rohan Joshi, Head of Outreach,Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA).
In the month of September, Centre for Civil Society organised its flagship course in public policy, the ipolicy for Young Leaders, across three cities- Delhi, Mumbai and Kalahandi with over 230 student participants.. Amplifying our outreach and impact, we conducted its biggest ever ipolicy at the Kalahandi Dialogue in Odisha on 28 September attended by over 150 young leaders.
Our speakers included Barun Mitra, Founder and Director, Liberty Institute; Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society; Makarand Bakore, Lawyer, Mumbai High Court; and Shubho Roy, Legal Consultant, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy among others. Through engaging sessions addressing the role of the state and the rule of law, property rights, public choice, among others, the participants were introduced to the principles of sound public policy, and explored the scope of the state, market and civil society in driving development and prosperity.