Events

#ccstalks TweetChat: ‘What are critical constraints to Indian school education reform?’

Event Date: 18 Jan 2016; Time: 7-8pm
Venue: tweetchat.com #ccstalks

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 Necessary or Unconstitutional?
What is the critical constraint behind the issues that exist in our school education system? Is it infrastructure? If it is infrastructure, why did we not see improvements in learning outcomes though the status of infrastructure has improved? Is it lack of motivated people? If that is the case, what is the reason for this lack of motivation: Are passionate people not entering the sector or are they losing their motivation after becoming part of the system?

Join us for #ccstalks hosted by Karthik Dinne, author of UnpackED: The black box of Indian school education reform, on Monday, 18 January 2016 from 7-8pm! Log in to tweetchat.com or Twitter and follow #ccstalks. We look forward to speaking with you! For more information, contact Manasi Bose (pr@ccs.in).

#ccstalks TweetChat: ‘Free Basics: A step in the right direction?’

Event Date: 06 Jan 2016; Time: 4-5pm
Venue: tweetchat.com #ccstalks

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Free Basics: A step in the right direction?

The proponents of Free Basics say that it is a step to extend connectivity to the poor. Equally strong arguments from the opposing side say that it is a corporate ploy to compartmentalise the internet. Should we support Free Basics, and is it a step in the right direction?

Join us for #ccstalks on Wednesday, 6 January 2016 for our first tweetchat of the new year from 4-5pm! Log in to tweetchat.com or Twitter and follow #ccstalks. We look forward to speaking with you!

For more information, contact Manasi Bose (pr@ccs.in).

#ccstalks Tweetchat ‘Minimum Qualifications to Stand for Elections: Necessary or Unconstitutional?’

Event Date: 23 Dec 2015; Time: 4-5pm
Venue: tweetchat.com #ccstalks

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 Necessary or Unconstitutional?

The Supreme Court recently upheld the new Haryana panchayat law. The amendments disqualify people who lack formal education, have no functioning toilet in their home and are in debt, from contesting Panchayat elections. Is this a necessary move to ensure quality governance? Or is it unconstitutional, violating the rights of voters to determine for themselves what qualities they want in a candidate?

Join us for #ccstalks on Wednesday, 23 December 2015 from 4-5pm to discuss this issue! Log in to tweetchat.com or Twitter and follow #ccstalks. We look forward to speaking with you! For more information, contact Manasi Bose (pr@ccs.in).

School Choice National Conference 2015

Event Date: 19 Dec 2015; Time: 09:00am-06:00pm
Venue: India Habitat Centre

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School Choice National Conference 2015

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Ensuring quality education to all is the key to take India into league of superpower. Improving status of education is further more important to the entire world as every sixth human on planet earth happens to be from India. Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India is working on developing New Education Policy (NEP). The last NEP was brought out in 1986 and later amended in 1992. MHRD aims to make India a knowledge superpower by equipping our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to eliminate the shortage of manpower. The objective of the upcoming NEP therefore is to meet the changing needs of quality education, innovation and research. In this context, the 2015 School Choice National Conference will be dedicated to debating and merits and proposing improvements to the New Education Policy.

The School Choice is an initiative of Centre for Civil Society to advocate element of competition in education space through policy reform. The goal of the School Choice is to create an environment where every child has the Right to Education of Choice. School Choice National Conference (SCNC) is an annual event that provides a much needed platform to identify critical issues in the education sector, review existing programs, and explore strategies to face the challenges ahead and ideate on ingenious solutions to provide quality education to all children in India. The objectives of SCNC are two-fold:

  1. Bring together educationists, planners, policy experts, activists and government officials to discuss and debate various dimensions of education policy in India.
  2. Showcase innovative models that foster an enabling education ecosystem.

Various studies and reports present struggling state of education in country. Drafting national level education policy is an exercise that takes place once in two to three decades and would decide the future of educational landscape in country. In this context the theme of this year SCNC will be New Education Policy. The conference will focus on areas of policy reform that need to be streamlined towards achieving choice for students and parents, autonomy for schools and teachers, and accountability of the system.

To know more or register click here.

#ccstalks Tweetchat ‘Are we afraid of dissent?’

Event Date: 09 Dec 2015; Time: 4-5pm
Venue: tweetchat.com #ccstalks

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Should government be able to curtail civil liberty in the interest of security?

Aamir Khan recently expressed his concerns over growing intolerance in India, and how his wife had suggested that they move out of the country for their security. Since then, there have been opinions from all ends pouring in - accusing Aamir Khan of being anti-national, calling it 'trendy' to criticise the government; others insisting that he is free to speak his mind. Both however, point to a fear of dissent. For public discourse to be fruitful, it needs to be guided by a willingness to engage and a modicum of restraint. Read a great blog by Ujwal on this issue here, and join the discussion next week!

Log in to tweetchat.com or Twitter and follow #ccstalks. We look forward to speaking with you! For more information, contact Manasi Bose (pr@ccs.in).