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eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism: Bridging Market and Green Approaches

Event Date: 21 Feb 2021; Time: 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM IST
Venue: Online

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism: Bridging Market and Green Approaches on 21st February 2021 scheduled to take place on Sunday, 31st January 2021.

At a time when environmentalists around the world are working towards solutions of immediate concern, it is important to reflect on the feasibility and resilience of these solutions that rely almost entirely on state capacity or central planning to fix the environment.

The eColloquium on Terracotta Environmentalism seeks to explore the role of private players, local communities and legal incentives in protecting the natural environment and wildlife. The eColloquium will provide a platform to read, reflect, and reason out a community-centric approach to environmental issues that focuses on people as the centre for action on the environment.

What is an eColloquium?

A CCS eColloquium is an online in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The eColloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.

Unlike a conventional conference, where one lectures and the audience listens, participants at the eColloquium explore a specific theme together by discussing a common Reader (curated collection of readings), that they read before the program. Their shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate her/his own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is not to convey doctrine or to drive home certain preconceived conclusions but to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.

The discussions at the eColloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.

How does it Work?

CCS will select 20 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.

The eColloquium reader will be shared with the participants two weeks prior to the date of the eColloquium. The reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.


Date: 21st February 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 28 January 2021
Fee: Rs. 750/- (10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)


Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible!

We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.

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epolicy for Young Leaders | Webinar based introductory course in public policy

Event Date: 06 Feb To 07 Feb 2021; Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Venue: Online

  • What is the ideal role of government in society?
  • What is a public good?
  • How come markets work in certain circumstances, but not in others?
  • Why are some laws difficult to implement?
  • How can India become a developed country?

To get some answers to these and more questions, come attend epolicy for Young Leaders.

epolicy for Young Leaders is a two-day online certificate course introducing students and young professionals to a liberal approach to public policy. Our aim is to provide you with a first look at public policy, with expert interaction, and an opportunity to network with the Centre for Civil Society’s alumni base of over 8,000 students and young professionals.

Come and learn with us over two days. epolicy has six live webinar sessions by eminent public policy experts. Around the session days, you get to see cool videos and network with fellow participants and policy experts.

We only accept 35 participants in each course!

Upcoming courses

Dates: 6 & 7 February 2021
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM, both days
Applications Close: 29 January 2021
Fee: Rs. 1500 ( 10% early bird discount available)

The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online.

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Austrian Economics Seminar | An advanced epolicy certificate course

Event Date: 06 Feb To 27 Feb 2021; Time: 9:30am to 6:30pm on 4 consecutive Saturdays
Venue: Online

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Rooted in the tradition of Austrian-born economists Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and F.A. Hayek, “Austrian” economics is not a specific field within economics, nor is it a set of conclusions. It is an entirely different approach to understanding the social reality that dissents from the mainstream method, theory, and policy.

Austrian economics aims to understand society using realistic premises, instead of making unrealistic assumptions such as “perfect knowledge,” “perfect competition,” or “perfect governments.” It focuses on understanding dynamic social processes of coordination, learning, and discovery ubiquitous in a world of constant change, rather than stressing on static models. And most essentially, Austrian economics views human beings as unique, conscious, choosing agents, not as undifferentiated data to be aggregated or manipulated mathematically or politically.

The AES will illustrate the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way and show the usefulness of these insights in terms of their relevance to creating either the prosperity and freedom, or poverty and oppression in India

Event Details:

AES is a 3 week advanced epolicy certificate course on the fundamentals of Austrian school of economics. The live classes will be conducted between 9:30am and 6:30pm on Saturdays only i.e. on 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th February 2021. Only 30 participants will be selected based on the answers in the application form(link below). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be provided to the successful* candidates.

Applications Open: 12th January 2021
Application Deadline: 25thJanuary 2021
Program Date: 6th,13th 20, th and 27th February 2021
Time: 9:30am to 6:30pm on 4 consecutive Saturdays
Course fee: 2,999/- (the course fee is payable upon selection; registration is free of cost)
10% early bird scholarship available if you apply between 12-18 January 2021

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MOOC On Liberalism

Event Date: 15 Oct To 10 Nov 2020; Time: will be shared later
Venue: Online

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Liberalism in India

Event Date: 15 Oct 2020; Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Venue: Online

MOOC on Liberalism in India: Battle of Ideologies, is an attempt by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) and The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) to give you an understanding of liberal values in a structured manner..

This is the first attempt of its kind and includes perspectives on different aspects of liberal values such as social, political, cultural and economic.

This course will provide you will;

  • A systematic and deeper understanding of the fundamentals of liberal values;
  • Understanding of philosophical foundations that shape ideologies which reflects the course of political action;
  • Ability to apply liberal values in different aspects of life such as personal, social, economic, and political etc;
  • Ability to rationalize, synthesize and articulate ideas and actions from a liberal perspective;
  • Understanding the role of a state and rights of citizens from a liberal perspective;
  • Understanding of foundations, evolution, and future of liberalism in India;
  • Ability to understand the impact of controlled/liberalized economy with reference to nationalization, license permit quota system, and collective farming;
  • Identifying visible changes in Indian cinema and sports with a change in economic management; and
  • Understanding policy ecosystem impacting life and livelihood of citizens.

The course is divided into five comprehensive modules each with its own assessments. The overall engagement duration is roughly 25-30 hours which can be self-paced over the duration of the course.

Admissions open on 15th October!

*Only Limited seats are available*

Course Outline


  1. Liberal values in Indian society
  2. Religious, cultural and social foundation of liberalism
  3. Hinduism as a liberal framework
  4. The idea of a liberal state in Indian society
  5. Role of philosophical foundations in shaping ideologies


  1. Individual freedom and caste
  2. Gender justice and sexuality
  3. Freedom of speech and media
  4. Liberal ideas and Indian cinema
  5. Liberalism in sports and its impact


  1. Liberal values and the constitution of India
  2. Socialism vs constitutionalism
  3. Politics, elections and liberal values
  4. India's administrative system
  5. 'Swatantra Part' and its role in Indian politics
  6. Emergency and the key lessons derived


  1. Central planning and its relevance
  2. Economic freedom and morality of the market
  3. Policy framework and its implication on livelihood
  4. Liberalism and the informal economy
  5. Economic reform and changes in Indian cinema


  1. Scope for liberal practice in politics
  2. Ways to expansion democracy
  3. Equality and liberty in changing Indian society
  4. Qualitative and quantitative changes in sports
  5. Radical liberal ideas for revolutionizing change


Admissions open on 15th October!

Please click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Your seat would be reserved once you register and make the payment.

Course fee: 1,499

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