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Building Consensus for a New Education Policy

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has released a draft of the New Education Policy, 2016 (NEP) envisioned as a comprehensive blueprint to steer India’s education ecosystem—its priorities, mechanisms and possibilities in the coming decades. We, at CCS, have been working towards building a civil society dialogue on the NEP since it was first announced in 2015, advocating for an education ecosystem that keeps students first—that which promotes CHOICE, ACCOUNTABILITY & INNOVATION. Our advocacy efforts involved:

New Education Policy

The NEP Wiki is a public platform to democratize the discourse on New Education Policy Draft issued by the MHRD. It’s more transparent, more collborative, and more productive! It’s your platform to rethink education, to make recommendations to the MHRD, to listen to so many different views, to dialogue, and to participate in policy-making. It’s your chance to make your ideas heard! We have up until 16 August 2016  to make recommendations to the MHRD. Your views matter, Speak Up For Education and Help Spread the Word! You can access media reports and stories, here. For any queries, questions or suggestions on the NEP Wiki, get in touch with ritika@ccs.in.

NEP Round Table

Investors Roundtable on the NEP on 28 July brought together 28 participants including prominent philanthropists, corporate and business leaders from Mumbai to dialogue on the MHRD NEP draft, and to think together for reforms as critical stakeholders in education in the country.The consultation consolidated diverse perspectives on the existing NEP proposal, along with a plan for collaborative action to put forth key recommendations to the MHRD.

Policy Analysis

Policy Analyses on MHRD’s draft report of the NEP in line with CCS’s key values and principles of education reform. Our team continues to work to consolidate its critique through inputs from scholars and experts including Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Professor, University College London; Ambrish Dongre, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research; Ekta Sodha, Vice-President (Quality), National Independent Schools Alliance, and Vyjayanthi Sankar, Founder & Executive Director, Centre for Science of Student Learning.

Policy Win: Championing Livelihood Freedom for Street Vendors

Street Vendors
CCS continues to work towards furthering public policy to advance free enterprise by eradicating market barriers and through the institution of enabling regulations. Through Jeevika, our campaign for the livelihood freedom of rural and urban poor, particularly street vendors, we have been successfully campaigning for the legitimisation and protection of street vendors in Rajasthan through the effective implementation of the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014 since 2012. Our petition to the Hon’ble High Court of Rajasthan had urged the court to stay the harassment and arbitrary evictions of street vendors.

In what may be heralded as a remarkable win for street vendors in Rajasthan and for CCS, the Hon’ble Supreme Court upheld that the Street Vendors Act, 2014 would be applicable to the state of Rajasthan. The ruling makes decentralised Town Vending Committees central to arbitration on vending zones and the eviction of street vendors. Read more about the ruling, here.

Researching Reality Summer Internship 2016

Researching Reality Internship
Another summer of learning and unlearning came to an end with the closing of the Researching Reality Internship, 2016. We received an overwhelming 300+ applications this year for the 6 week full-time program from 4 June to 15 July. 24 interns in 8 working groups researched, deliberated and debated critical concerns relating to governance in Delhi under the able mentorship of Somnath Bandopadhyay, Associate Professor, Nalanda University. Their research analysed the institutional structures and mechanisms in place to govern key policy domains, the challenges in implementation, and made policy recommendations in the domains of health, education, power, environment, water, urban planning, governance and commerce.

The research papers will be consolidated into the ‘Delhi Citizen Handbook 2016’ and will be released in August 2016 to further citizens’ understanding of key governance issues in Delhi.

International Policy Training for Development Professionals in Myanmar

ipolicy for Development Professionals
In partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation South Asia, CCS conducted a three-day certificate course in public policy for development professionals in Yangon, Myanmar from 22-24 July. The course drew 43 participants, including two high ranking government officials and sought to equip them with a framework to analyse policy interventions addressing critical socio-economic concerns. The course also fostered an understanding of the principles of effective policy-making and public management. We scored an impressive 3.30 on our 4 point feedback scale, and here’s what one of the participants had to say:
- “I understood a lot within the three days training- what is public policy, how to do public management, how to design policy, and concepts of economic freedom. I will surely share this with my colleagues and see how we can apply it in our work.”
Ei Shwesin Htun, SME Development Department, Ministry of Industry
ìpolicy for Young Leaders (Delhi)

ipolicy for Young Leaders
ìpolicy, our certificate course in public policy brought together 18 students and young professionals to engage with and dialogue on perspectives to policy concerns and the role of the market, state and civil society in addressing them. The 18 graduating students took away critical insights into India’s policy concerns in the domains of education, health and environment, along with a grasp of the market liberal perspective towards policy resolutions. Interested in ìpolicy?

Write to manasi@ccs.in or stay updated about forthcoming courses by subscribing to CCS Dashboard.

Forging Journalist ChangeMakers

Journalists Workshop
CCS recognizes the vital role that the media plays in developing critical public opinion, shaping political practice and in advancing reforms in public policy. We at CCS, thus, continue to work with media professionals and journalists to foster amongst them an awareness of contemporary socio-political and economic realities, and to develop a dialogue on critical policy concerns. In partnership with the Atlas Network and the EdelGive Foundation, we organised a two-day workshop in the hills of Rishikesh (Uttarakhand, India) for 15 journalists. The workshop brought together media practitioners, scholars and experts to dialogue on ‘Education: Philosophy, Policy and Practice’ in India. Ms. Geeta Gandhi-Kingdon, Professor, Institute of Education, UCL and Member, Board of Advisors, CCS was a key speaker at the workshop. The participants took away critical insights on educational policy in India and on effective policy-making, many of whom showed significant interest in the research and policy analysis presented. The impact of the workshop was also manifested in subsequent media reports and stories that reflected the journalists’ continuing engagement with the concerns raised.

Indiabefore91.in: Stories from the License Raj

India Before 1991: Video Stories
July 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the 1991 economic reforms that heralded the opening up of the Indian economy, India’s turn to liberalization and a radical shift from what has since come to be known as the license-quota-permit-raj of the pre-1991 years. To mark this watershed in India’s economic and political history, CCS had launched indiabefore91.in, a portal to document human interest stories from the days of the license raj, in January 2016.

We have 65 stories from prominent scholars, economists, journalists and entrepreneurs up on indiabefore91.in. Our stories highlight the intersections of biographies and institutional structures of state monopoly, rationing and licenses, and document everyday life narratives from India before 91. Stories to look out for in July include video interviews with: Geeta Gouri, Eminent Advisor, Competition Advisory Services; Rajesh Chakrabarti, Executive Vice President, Research and Policy, Wadhwani Foundation; Raghav Bahl and Ritu Kapur, Founders, Network 18 and Quint. Watch the videos here or read our essay stories.

Like to send us a story? Get in touch with arushi@ccs.in.

CCS in the News!

We made big news this month with our work around the implementation of the Street Vendors Act, 2014 in Rajasthan. The NEP Wiki, our initiative for fostering public collaboration for reforming the NEP 2016 also drew significant media interest. Concerns of Budget Private Schools and the work of NISA continued to make news, drawing public attention towards the continuing crisis of education in the country.

Gurcharan Das’s (Author, and Trustee, CCS) letter to the new HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar in the Times of India on July 10 urged him to consider three critical concerns in deliberating on education in the country: the persistent poor learning outcomes in our schools, the gradual shift in enrollments to private schools and the efficacy of the RTE Act in addressing our educational quandary.

Meet our New Team Members

Mark Gideon
Mark Gideon joins as Senior Associate, Programs. Mark is a research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and will work with CCS managing its programs for academic engagement.
Jyoti Kalbhor
Jyoti Kalbhor joins as Communications Associate and brings to CCS her skills as an effective communications professional, having worked at leading Communications and PR firms in the past. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Delhi University.
Bhakti Patil
Bhakti Patil joins as Senior Associate, Development & Strategy. She holds an M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University and has previously worked with a non-profit organization, managing institutional fundraising  and communications.

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