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CBSE Reforms

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.

Samriddhi Colloquium

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.

Pledging Teacher safety this Teachers Day

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.

Exploring Market-Liberal Perspectives with Journalists Change-makers

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, 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).

Nurturing Policy Champions: ipolicy for Young Leaders

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.

Exploring ideas of freedom and liberty- 60 years of FNF

Date: Monday, September 10, 2018
Time: 06:00 PM
Venue: Viceregal Hall, The Claridges, 12 APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi

We partnered with the Freidrich Neumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) for a special lecture on 'More Freedom For All? A Modern Liberal Program For The World' to mark its 60th anniversary. The lecture was delivered by Gordon Mackay, Secretary General of Liberal International, a world federation of liberal and progressive democratic political parties.

Other speakers at the event included Dr Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society and Dr Ronald Meinardus, Head of Regional Office, South Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

DBT for School Education

Addressing the media on 1st September 2018 in Kartarpur, Punjab Education Minister O.P. Soni announced the state government's plan to introduce a coupon system of Direct Benefits Transfer(DBT) to give children access to education in private schools in the district of Jalandhar. Keeping in mind the state government's inability to supply teachers to government schools in the border district of Jalandhar, the state government has announced its plans to give coupons worth Rs. 3000 per month to each student enabling them to now access private schools in the neighbourhood.

CCS has consistently advocated for a shift to per-student funding through vouchers, direct cash transfers or scholarships as an instrument of improving access to, quality of and efficiency in education. Earlier in the year, we had made presentation to the Punjab Government on DBTs in education, and participated in the meeting of the Punjab Governance Reforms and Ethics Commission, to present a proposal a DBT pilot in the state. To know more about our school choice campaign visit

Exploring Digital Rights and the Freedom of Expression

Date: 29 September 2018
Venue: Centre for Civil Society, Hauz Khas , New Delhi

Centre for Civil Society, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) hosted the second edition of Baithak on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression. The discussion was moderated by Nikhil Pahwa, Co-founder, (now the Internet Freedom Foundation) for net neutrality in India. 25 CCS alumni participated the riveting dialogue centered around topics such as net neutrality and data protection were also explored with Nikhil drawing upon his experiences in online media advocacy and movement building.

‘Baithak: Conversations in Policy’ is our newest initiative for CCS and FNF graduates to come together for a discussion on contemporary socio-political and economic issues facilitated by domain experts and prominent liberal voices in India.

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Pizza Policy with Journalists

Date:18th August, 2018
Venue: Centre for Civil Society, Hauz Khas , New Delhi

We hosted our monthly dialogue with journalists on 18th August with 10 journalists from leading media houses like Lok Sabha Tv, All India Radio, Aaj Tak, Dainik Bhaskar, and Doordarshan, among others.

The dialogue addressed the intent and objectives of the Sports University Bill and the scope of Direct Benefit Transfers(DBT) in the sports sector as a more reliable means of equipping the sportspersons of the country. This engaging and insightful discussion was led by Meenakshi Pahuja, a National and All India Inter University Medalist in Swimming, winner in the 10th Asia Pacific Age Group Aquatic Meet- Pusan, South Korea, 1996 and a professor at Lady Shri Ram College.