Liberty Connect: CCS Alumni Meet in Delhi, Oct 2016

Event Date: 09 Oct 2016; Time: 7:00-8.30 pm
Venue: CCS office, New Delhi

 CCS Alumni Meet in Delhi

YOU, our alumni, represent the future of liberalism in India and we want to hear from you on how you’ve been working to promote choice and accountability in your circles! Catch up with us over high tea on 9 October 2016 at the CCS office.

Vrinda Bhandari will be giving a keynote on the Role of Privacy with respect to states and markets. The talk will be followed by high tea.

Vrinda Bhandari is an alumnus of the University of Oxford where she read for the BCL and the Masters in Public Policy, after being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. She completed her B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. She is currently practicing as an Advocate in the Courts in New Delhi. Vrinda has a deep interest in issues related to free speech and privacy and in criminal law, and has worked extensively on issues involving defamation and sedition law.

Network with other graduates from across over a 100 programs conducted in policy research and training—a strong cohort of individuals passionate about creating a freer society. If you are a graduate of our Internships, or the LSS, ISPP or ìpolicy courses – Register NOW for the meet up!

For more information, contact Manasi Bose ( | +91 9810772964)

ìpolicy for Young Leaders, Delhi, October 2016

Event Date: 07 Oct To 09 Oct 2016; Time: 9:30am-6:00pm
Venue: CCS office, New Delhi

ìpolicy for Young Leaders aims to reach out to undergraduates, graduates, post graduates and recent graduates who have just started working. CCS believes that such individuals hold the power to change the future, and because they are currently in a space where their belief and knowledge could be channelized and strengthened through exposure to ideas of a free society.


  • To create a fun, open, and respectful environment where everyone is encouraged to think critically about social, economic, and political issues.
  • To evoke in participants a passionate inquiry into their own values and role in creating a good society.
  • To equip participants with fundamental concepts of political economy and sound public policy to enable them understand the root cause of current challenges and effectively advocate for policy solutions through their current work and future professions.
  • To plug participants into a global network of opportunities to propel their intellectual growth, make personal connections and access resources to help them advance their vision of a free society.

Eligibility: The course is open to all students, recent graduates as well as post graduates. Participants will be selected based on their application merit.

Please Note: Selected participants are required to attend all the sessions held during the course upon which they will receive a certificate of participation.

Course Fee: The ipolicy fee is Rs 3000, which shall cover food and course materials for the entire duration of the program. The fee is payable upon selection, and can be made online, via cheque or DD, details of which will be communicated later. The participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements. Selected participants will be notified on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: 18 September 2016

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ìpolicy for Young Leaders, ISB, Sep 2016

Event Date: 10 Sep To 11 Sep 2016; Time: 9:00am-6:00pm
Venue: Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

A two-day policy workshop for students at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. The course aims to outline the policy landscape of India along with a mapping of key stakeholders in the policy-making process, provide students with an introduction to Public Choice Theory and New Public Management, schools of institutional economics and then apply these principles to concrete examples to consolidate their learning.

Check out Program Schedule.

Colloquium on Maximum Governance, Minimum Government : Ideas to Implementation

Event Date: 18 Aug To 20 Aug 2016; Time: 9:00am-6:00pm
Venue: Hotel Trident, Udaipur

Centre for Civil Society is organizing a colloquium on ‘Maximum Governance, Minimum Government.’ The colloquium aims to facilitate a robust discussion and dialogue on this theme and most importantly will help bring a clearer understanding on how best to bring a paradigm shift in the role of the government—from controller to facilitator, from producer to financier, and from an inspector to informer to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The focus of the Colloquium is not so much on what but how to fulfill this commitment that the government has undertaken. We will have less than 20 participants and like a typical colloquium, there will be a set of readings to guide the discussion. There will be five thematic sessions of two hours each, based on the selected readings. The last session would be on Next Steps, which will help organise the ideas and suggestions that came up earlier and delineate some steps to work further on them.

  • Session I: Delineate Policy Formulation & Policy Implementation
  • Session II: Consolidate, Delayer, Devolve & Exit
  • Session III: Leveraging Expertise: Capacity Building, Lateral Entry & Performance Incentives
  • Session IV: Empowerment Needs Growth: Taking Care of Business
  • Session V: E-government: A Route to Efficient, Transparent & Inclusive Government?
  • Session VI: Next Steps

The Colloquium hopefully furthers and deepens the dialogue and understanding of the idea of ‘maximum governance, minimum government.’ Since its focus is more on how, it should offer concrete, actionable steps to achieve citizen-centric, accountable and effective governance.

Eligibility: Participation to the Colloquium is by invitation only. For any details, contact or click here

Launch of Delhi Citizens' Handbook 2016 by Mr. Manish Sisodia

Event Date: 16 Aug 2016; Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: India International Centre (Annexe), Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi

To download Delhi Citizens' Handbook 2016 click here.

DCH 2016

Centre for Civil Society takes pleasure in inviting for the launch of Delhi Citizens' Handbook 2016 by Mr. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, and a panel discussion on the theme “Jann ki Baat: A Citizen’s Perspective” on 16 August at Lecture Hall 2, India International Centre (Annexe), Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi. Request you to confirm your participation by registering here.

The Delhi Citizens' Handbook features research papers assessing the impact and relevance of policies that shape the lives of ordinary citizens in the national capital on eight core areas of urban governance: Trade & Commerce, Education, Health, Water, Urbanization, Power, Governance, and Environment, and is envisioned as a critical resource for productive public intervention and for ensuring an informed discussion on achieving effective and accountable governance.

The panel discussion will be centered on exploring ways to address policy shortcomings in areas most crucial for decent urban living, and recommendations on how to mitigate their adverse implications for ordinary citizens and will consider recent policy innovations such as the Mohalla Clinics and Delhi Solar Energy Policy 2015, as well vulnerability assessment to water supply shocks, etc.

Agenda of the event

5:00-5:10pm - Introduction by CCS and Welcome Remarks by Dr Ronald Meinardus, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
5:10-5:50pm - Panel Discussion 'Jann ki Baat: A citizens' perspective on urban governance in Delhi'
6:00-6:20pm - Launch of the Handbook and Keynote Address by the Chief Guest Mr Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, New Delhi
6:20-7:20pm - Presentation by researchers; 7 minutes pitch each on 8 themes
7:20-7:30pm - Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks
7:30-8:00pm - High Tea

The Delhi Citizen’s Handbook 2016 emerges from an intensive six-week internship program Researching Reality initiated by Centre for Civil Society. An effort to identify and address lacunas in everyday governance, Researching Reality offers intensive training in research and public policy to undergraduate and graduate students across various disciplines. Over the course of the internship, interns are expected to draft research papers that rely on primary and secondary data. Interns conduct an analysis of the feasibility, impact and outcomes of various policies. This is achieved through engagement with modular legislations and relevant literature, interaction with key stakeholders, and extensive field surveys. This includes the study of various agencies, boards, corporations, departments, schemes and programs of the state governments and Municipal Corporations; evaluating existing systems to recommend sustainable and long-term policy improvements in the functioning of government structures. Each year, interns identify core areas of governance and assess the efficacy of prevailing institutions and propose policy recommendations. The Delhi Citizen’s Handbook 2016 focuses on:

  • Trade & Commerce: The relevance and reach of the Delhi Shops and Establishments Act (1956)
  • Education: The operation of School Management Committees (SMCs) under the Directorate of Education
  • Health: The emergence and functioning of “Mohalla Clinics” in Delhi and community participation in preventive efforts
  • Water: Citizen Vulnerability Assessment to water supply shocks and the hazards of raw-water extraction
  • Urbanization: Cost Analysis of a unit of Jhuggi Jhopri and a review of the Delhi Rent Control Act, 1958
  • Power: The cost-benefits and receptivity towards the Delhi Solar Policy 2016 in city households
  • Governance: Accuracy and Consistency of Information Displayed under RTI in the websites of Department of Health and Family Welfare, Department of Education, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Commission for Women, Delhi Transportation Commission and Directorate of Vigilance
  • Environment: Assessment of five Urban Local Bodies in meeting the targets for Swacch Bharat Mission with respect to open defecation and public urination