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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Education Policy

About the Program

CCS' Massive Open Online Course on Education Policy aims to train and skill young professionals and students in research methods and in the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of the education policy landscape in India. This course will (a) provide a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades, (b) take through steps in the process of policy formulation, (c) impart knowledge and skills necessary to analyze such education policies and (d) suggest reforms on the basis of successful pilot studies from across the world and from emerging trends in the sector.

The course is divided into four comprehensive modules, keeping in mind the 4 week engagement offered. It also has a subjective e-assessment towards the end. The overall engagement duration is roughly 16-20 hours which can be self-paced over the duration of the course. There will be a minimum of 1 month to complete the course and submit the tests.

Event Date: 1 May 2020 to 30 June 2020

Course Timeline:

01/05/2020 - Admissions Open
10/05/2020 - EarlyBird deadline (10% scholarship on course fee)
31/05/2020 - Last date to register
30/06/2020 - Last date to complete the course and submit test

Program Highlights:

  • Offered entirely on a digital learning platform to reach professionals and students in the farthest ends of the country
  • Comprises of 4 modules with 20 topics covered through video lectures, animations, quizzes, simulation building etc.
  • Discussion forum and technical query resolution forum
  • Eminent board of mentors and experienced faculty team

*Due to monitored enrollment and subjective test evaluation, the candidates will be selected on a First Come First Serve basis. Limited seats available!

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Course Outline

Module 1: Unpacking 'Education'

  • Distinction between Knowledge, Education, Schooling and Learning
  • Philosophy of Education: Key thinkers and Ideas
  • Diversity and Equity in Education
  • State, Civil Society, and Education: Gandhi, Tagore, Radhakrishnan, Krishnamurthy
  • Emergence of Curriculum: The National Curriculum Framework and SSA
  • Government in Education

Module 2: Economics of Education

  • The Landscape of Education in India
  • Demand, Supply, Exchange - How Markets Work in Education
  • Defining Schools: Public and Private Alternatives in India
  • Structure of School Financing in India
  • The Cost of Universal Schooling in India

Module 3: Regulatory Framework for Education in India

  • Analysis of Educational Administration in India
  • Reading Data in Education: Key Sources
  • Evolution of Education Policy in India
  • Understanding RTE
  • Advancing Social Justice

Module 4: Catalyzing Quality Education Delivery - Solving Puzzles in Education

  • Re-envisioning the Learning Space
  • Technology in Education
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Reforms in Education

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Chetna Priya, 23
Post-graduation student at Jawaharlal Nehru University

"This online course on education policy has nurtured my keen interest in learning and helped to spot the gaps in theory and practice. The course has been designed in a very holistic manner which highlights not just the sections and issues thatrequire attention in the education sector but also, about its linkage with the economy, importance of local stakeholders etc. Thank you for being an incredible teacher, CCS."

Dr. Shruti Shankar Gaur, 37
Founder, Research & Innovation In Education (RIEDU)

"To everyone out there looking for something constructive in education, MOOC course is definitely unmissable. I found it holistic & enriching. I did my B.Ed. & M.Ed. 15 years back. MOOC was very helpful in revising what I had learned long back and also enlightened upon the new concepts. I must also congratulate the experts who explained the current trends using data that were insightful."

Dr. Aniruddha Babar, 34
Asst. Professor of Political Science & International Law, Tetso College

"MOOC has been very informative and rich in content. It has not only helped me in developing deep insight into the Education Policy but also helped in my Research. I am very satisfied with the course structure and the intellectual rigour involved therein."

Anushya Pradhan, 25
Education enthusiast

“An enriching learning experience was achieved through the voices from the field who are very knowledgeable, deep-rooted and well-researched information on the education scenario of the country are imparted through CCS MOOC in Education Policy.”

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Dr. Parth J. Shah

Dr. Parth J Shah is the President of Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a public policy think tank advancing personal, economic and political freedoms. In a latest survey, CCS was ranked the number 1 think tank in India and 81 globally.
Dr. Shah's research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom, choice and competition in education, property rights approach for the environment, and good governance.

Avani Kapur

Avani is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Initiative and the Director of Accountability Initiative - a research group at CPR focusing on governance, state capacity and implementation of key social sector programmes. The focus of her work has been in building evidence for policy advocacy to strengthen transparency and accountability in public financial management for service delivery and ensure greater citizen engagement in governance systems. At AI, she has also been anchoring the publication of the annual budget brief series and implementation of fund tracking surveys on key social sector schemes including education, health, sanitation, nutrition. She is a Tech4Good Fellow and an Alumna of the London School of Economics and Smith College, Massachusetts.

Amit Kaushik

Amit Kaushik was a civil servant for 20 years, joining the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1987. During his time in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments, including as Director in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as well as the drafting of the Right to Education Act. He has consulted widely, with multilateral agencies like UNESCO and UNICEF, and has extensive experience of educational planning in India and other developing countries.
Since leaving government, he has worked with organisations like SRF, the NGO Pratham, Educomp Schools and IPE Global. He is currently the CEO at the Australian Council for Educational Research (India).

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Prof. Kingdon holds the Chair of 'Education Economics and International Development' at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She has worked for 10 years as faculty at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Her research is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets. Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) on their education-related aid to developing countries.
She has frequently been a member of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry's 'Joint Review Missions' of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and of the Secondary education programme (the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan), a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board (Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad), and also serves on the Government of UP's Advisory Committee on Basic Education.
In 2013, Professor Kingdon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University London for "her outstanding contributions to education and development".

Gurcharan Das

An Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. Gurcharan Das graduated with honours from Harvard University in Philosophy. He later attended Harvard Business School (AMP), where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer. He writes periodic pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

Sridhar Rajagopalan

Sridhar Rajagopalan is a co-founder of Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. (EI), a company that has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. EI offers ASSET, India's leading private school assessment and Mindspark, a personalised learning program that has featured as a Harvard Business Study case. Sridhar has been a member of various central and state government committees related to education including the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is currently based in the US and heads EI's US subsidiary.

Vimala Ramachandran

Vimala Ramachandran, has been working on elementary education, girls' education and women's empowerment. She conceptualized and launched Mahila Samakhya, a women's education program of Government of India program based in the Department of Education, MHRD. She was the Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a network of researchers and activists engaged with women's health.
She established Educational Resource Unit in 1998 as a network of researchers and practitioners working on education and empowerment.
She has published extensively on education policy and practice, gender issues and women's empowerment.

Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of CPR. Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Yamini founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR. Under her leadership, the Accountability Initiative has produced significant research in the areas of governance, state capacity and social policy.
Yamini's own research on social accountability, elementary education, decentralisation and administrative reforms has received both academic and popular recognition.
Aiyar is an Alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edmund's college Cambridge University, and St Stephen's College, Delhi University.

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