Chintan on ‘Creating a Liberal Political Movement in India’

Event Date: 01 Aug 2014; Time: 2-3.30pm
Venue: CCS Office, A-69, Hauz Khas

It is our pleasure to invite you to CCS Chintan. We are hosting Sanjeev Sabhlok on 1 August 2014 to discuss the need and potential for creating a liberal political movement in India.

Sanjeev is a former IAS Officer. In that role, he served as the District Magistrate of Dhubri, Professor of Management (Deputy Director) at the National Academy of Administration, and Secretary to the Governments of Assam and Meghalaya. His work in the IAS brought to light the fact that the source India’s challenges is bad policy, which cannot be changed by existing leaders or bureaucrats. He has, since then, been involved in forming national liberal political party to provide a political alternative to the current system. He is the Founder of the Freedom Team of India and an integral part of the Sone ki Chidiya movement which is aimed at achieving good governance in India, and ending the era of corruption and injustice. Sanjeev is also the author of Breaking Free of Nehru.

We look forward to your presence at this important discussion. Please RSVP to Manasi Bose (manasi@ccs.in | +91 98107 72964). Due to space limitations, this is an invitation-only event.

Friedman Legacy Day 2014: Debate Competition

Event Date: 31 Jul 2014; Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Venue: CCS Office, A-69 Hauz Khas, 110016

For event report click here.

Milton Friedman's Ideas and Centre for Civil Society's Vision and Mission are synonymous to each other, rather complementary. Choice for the individual and accountability of the Institution is at the core of our Vision/Mission statement.

We plan to host a debate competition and casual high tea, concluding with cake cutting on the eve of 31 July 2014.

Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Venue: CCS Office, A-69 Hauz Khas, 110016

Topic:- India’s slow growth is not to be found in its religious or social attitudes, or in the quality of its people, but rather in the economic policy that India has adopted. Are Milton Friedman's Ideas relevant and applicable in India today?

The rules for the debate are fairly simple:

  1. A team shall consist of two participants, one for the motion and one against
  2. Each participant will be allowed 3 minutes speaking time.
  3. The first warning bell will be rung at 2 mins, followed by a final bell at 3 mins.
  4. There is no penalty for exceeding time, however a participant will not be allowed to continue speaking after 3 minutes.
  5. Prizes will be allocated as follows:-
    • Best Speaker (For the motion). Rs. 3,000
    • Best Speaker (Against the motion). Rs. 3,000
    • Best Team (The team with the highest total once individual participant points have been clubbed). Rs. 5,000
    • Best Interjector (Could be anyone, from the participants or the attendees). Rs. 1,000
  6. The debate is an open event and anybody can participate. The team can be a mix of college and working professionals.
  7. Registration is on first come first serve basis. There are only 15 team slots available.

One can access a collection of articles written by Milton Friedman on the Indian economy during his visits to India in the fifties and sixties. The articles provide Friedman’s critiques on the policies of central planning and correctly predict their disastrous results.

For any other queries, please feel free to contact Daphne Vallado - daphne@ccs.in | +91-9910667576

Chintan on ‘Market-based Solutions to Public Policy’

Event Date: 22 Jul 2014; Time: 4-6pm
Venue: CCS Office, A-69, Hauz Khas

We are pleased to announce that our Chintan with Tom Palmer on ‘Market-based Solutions to Public Policy’ is back on! Tom is Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation , and General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity will be at CCS on Tuesday, 22 July. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, and has edited a number of publications, including After the Welfare State and The Morality of Capitalism.

Join us! Seats are limited, so please RSVP via email at the earliest to Manasi Bose (pr@ccs.in | +91 98107 72964).

RTE 2.0: Building Consensus on Amendments

Event Date: 14 Jul 2014; Time: 9:00am - 2:30pm
Venue: UChicago Center, DLF Capitol Point, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, popularly known as RTE Act in India, is a landmark Act aimed towards fulfilling the provisions of 86th amendment of the Constitution of India.

For India to grow economically, and for this growth to be inclusive, the country needs to ensure an educated and skilled population – one that we are currently struggling to provide. An act that ensures universal access to education should therefore be welcomed with open arms. However, with its current flaws and bureaucratic obstacles, the Act is undermining the very purpose it stands for.

With the objective of shifting regulatory focus towards issues related to learning outcomes, including modern pedagogical processes, efficient school governance systems, and incorporating parents' preferences and choice, some of India’s eminent educationists and thought leaders met at the UChicago Centre in Delhi on Monday. The crisp, four-hour roundtable focused on specific amendments to the RTE Act, which would ensure quality education for all in India. RTE 2.0: Building Consensus on Amendments aimed at weeding out the pain areas in the existing scheme of things, finding out what works and what doesn’t, and introducing actual amendments to the text of the Act.

The meet, anchored by Centre for Civil Society, India’s leading think tank, saw participants like Amit Kaushik, Ashish Dhawan, Avani Kapur, Binu Nair, Gurcharan Das, Jasmine Shah, Kruti Bharucha. Luis Miranda, Meeta Sengupta, Pari Jhaveri, Parth Shah, Shailendra Sharma, Shantanu Gupta, Shrutipriya Dalmia, Subhalaxmi Ganguly, Swati Sahni, Tarun Cherukuri, Vijay Chadda, Vimala Ramachandran, Yashaswini Mittal – discussing nuances of the Act in detail, sharing experiences, and putting forward recommendations.

Several interesting discussions around extending the applicability of the Act, age and grade appropriate learning, 25% reservation rule, no-detention policy, reimbursement systems, private tuition by teachers, and quality and learning outcomes were brought up. Key concerns regarding the structure and impact of the RTE were discussed, and based on this, recommendations for amendments to the RTE Act 2009 have been drafted, and will be shared with policy makers, thought leaders and others working in this space.

CCS Alumni Meet, Mumbai, 2014

Event Date: 12 Jul 2014; Time: 3:30-6:30pm
Venue: Parkside, 301, 3rd Floor, Datta Raul Maidan, Dadar West, Mumbai

Keeping in line with our mission to reconnect with all CCS alumni, we are hosting our 2nd CCS Alumni Meet in Mumbai on 12 July 2014.

In addition to getting to know more about you since you passed out of a CCS program, we also wish to connect with the work that you do, as we are all contributors in the wheels that are changing the world today. This would be a great opportunity for us to rekindle our relationship as well as share lighter moments, memories and conversations.

We look forward to hosting you alongside some of our esteemed Board of Advisors for high tea at 3:30pm and discussing how you, our alumni, can be a champion of ideas and work we both hold dear.

The first CCS Alumni meet of the year in Delhi saw participation from 25 bright, passionate individuals who today have made a marked difference in their respective fields, from public policy to data analytics, journalism to social media, legal advisory to software, each contributing to make a better society. We salute each of these torchbearers!

The evening was a memorable one, that concluded with an inspiring address by our trustee, Mr Gurcharan Das who got everybody excited about the potential prospects that lay ahead in India's growth story and how this is an exciting time to reshape policy and partake in the wonderful journey.

Since our first student program, 16 years ago in 1998, we have come a long way having interacted and built a strong network of individuals from all walks of life. You are the face of CCS. We want to take our relationship with you to the next level and would like to seek your inputs and thoughts on our pursuit to move from effort to excellence.

With more than 3,600 CCS alumni, the possibilities for social, professional and personal growth are endless.

For any details or queries, please contact: Daphne Vallado (daphne@ccs.in | +91 99106 67576) or Manoj Mathew (manoj@ccs.in | +91 9899307456)