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Centre for Civil Society is a public policy think tank advancing personal, social, economic and political freedoms. We aim to usher in an intellectual revolution that encourages people to look beyond the obvious, think beyond good intentions and act beyond activism.

School Choice Campaign works for improving the education system in India, for better access and quality education. We aim to encourage efficient use of public spending and quality education through free market competition and private participation.

  • Advocacy
  • School Voucher for Girls
  • School Choice National Conference

Jeevika is an award winning effort aimed to eradicate market entry and exit barriers to promote individual livelihood for street entrepreneurs (i.e. street hawkers, cycle rickshaw pullers, small shop owners etc.)

  • Campaign
  • Bamboo is not a Tree
  • Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival

Data Points

Literacy Rate

Kerala has the highest literacy rate in the country, where there is more than 50% enrollment in private schools

School Enrollment

Over the last six years private school enrollment in rural India has gone up by 5.5 percentage points, which translates into an increase of just over 25% - ASER 2011

Rural Children

Over 25% of rural India’s children go to private schools- ASER 2011


The government functionaries extort Rs. 100,000,000 (Rs. 10 crores) a month from the cycle-rickshaw pullers


The informal sector contributes to ~ 63% of India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)


About 26% of Indians live below the poverty line and about 10% adults are involuntarily unemployed - Planning Commission

Illegal Rickshaws

Rickshaw pullers need a license to operate legally in the State of Rajasthan. However, no new licenses have been issued since 1945. There are over 60,000 pullers operating illegally.

Unorganised Sector

93% of India’s workforce is from the unorganised sector

Unorganised Sector

10 millions of rickshaw pullers in India, which comprises about 5% of unorganised sector

New Publications

After the Welfare State

After the Welfare State


  • Education 2025: Student First!- A shared vision for India
  • Change India: An agenda for the Next PM
  • SCNC 2013: Keynote Speaker - Ashish Dhawan, Central Square Foundation
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