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11 March 2019
A Monthly Update on CCS Initiatives
Launch of the Progress Report on Implementing the Street Vendors Act 2014

Launch of the Progress Report on Implementing the Street Vendors Act 2014

We launched our Progress Report on Implementing the Street Vendors Act 2014 at the National Workshop on Street Vendors convened by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India, on 8th February. This report evaluates the progress made in institutionalising mechanisms to protect and regulate street vending since the passing of the Act in 2014. The report was launched by Shri Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, addressing a gathering of over 250 representatives including Housing and Urban Development Ministers from several states, administrative officials, street vendors’ associations and civil society leaders.



Organisational Wins
Launching our MOOC on Education Policy

Launching our MOOC on Education Policy

We successfully piloted our first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Education Policy in partnership with the OP Jindal Global University with 49 students graduating in the month of February. The four-week online course was launched to address the enduring lack of a comprehensive and exclusive training in education policy in India. Our faculty consists of eminent experts and academicians , including Amit Kaushik, CEO, Australian Council for Educational Research (India); Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research; Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society; and Gurcharan Das, Author and Former CEO, P&G India, among others.

1st Edition of our Certificate Course in Politics of Development: Understanding Intersections of Politics and Policy

1st Edition of our Certificate Course in Politics of Development: Understanding Intersections of Politics and Policy

We piloted the first edition of our certificate course in the Politics of Development (POD) in Gurgaon on 2-3rd February with 75 students and young professionals. POD is conceptualised as a two-day immersive, residential program focusing on the political challenges to goals of economic development. The course encouraged participants to question and debate the nature of the state and politics in India through sessions like ‘Is there Really a Culture of Poverty in India?’, ‘To Regulate or Not to Regulate’, and ‘How Can We Disrupt the Political Marketplace?’. The sessions were delivered by leading development and policy experts including Barun Mitra, Founder and Director, Liberty Institute and Swaminathan Aiyar, Columnist and Economist, Fellow, Cato Institute; and others

Advocating for Students’ Safety - NISA meets with the Ministry of Human Resource Development

Advocating for Students’ Safety - NISA meets with the Ministry of Human Resource Development

On 19th February, representatives from the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) met with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to discuss guidelines to secure accountability from school management in the matter of student safety. As the principal voice of BPS in India, the NISA delegation made a strong case for consulting stakeholders in preparing safety guidelines so that feasible and implementable solutions can be designed to ensure student safety in schools. The meeting was chaired by Ms Reena Ray, Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development and attended by other co-petitioners.


Baithak: Conversations on India’s job crisis

Baithak: Conversations on India’s job crisis

On 13th February we conducted Baithak, our monthly policy dialogue at IIT Madras. Dr Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society, facilitated the discussion addressing India’s job crisis, equating it to an enduring ‘entrepreneurship crisis’. Dr Shah also highlighted the role of poor quality of school and higher education, and the un-ease of doing business in India, in exacerbating the country’s job crisis.


Schools in Haryana Rally for the Shiksha Bachao Andolan

Schools in Haryana Rally for the Shiksha Bachao Andolan

The Haryana State Association of the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) and the Haryana Federation of Private Schools Welfare Association organised the ‘Shiksha Bachao Andolan’ (Save Education Rally) in Ambala on 23rd February. More than 10,000 budget private schools’ (BPS) leaders and teachers gathered to protest against enduring policy prejudices that discriminate against BPS in India.


Parliamentarians’ Roundtable on Education Policy Reforms

Parliamentarians’ Roundtable on Education Policy Reforms

The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) organised a policy roundtable for parliamentarians on education policy reforms on 7th February at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. Moderated by Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Chair of Education and International Development, University College London, seven Members of Parliament from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, and Madhya Pradesh participated in the roundtable. The roundtable addressed the relevance of Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) in education financing, policy frameworks for ensuring student safety in schools and the need for the separate policy for budget private schools (BPS) taking into account the distinct conditions and challenges with which they operate.


Alumni Brunch: Nurturing Our Champions

Alumni Brunch: Nurturing Our Champions

We hosted an alumni brunch at Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi on 24th February. 13 alumni participated in the brunch - sharing and learning, with a vibrant discussion on contemporary affairs, the possibilities of liberalism in India and their own trajectories furthering the ideas of freedom. The alumni brunch is an initiative aimed at bringing together recent and past alumni to encourage dialogue and build a community of committed champions furthering the ideas of freedom in India.



CCS IN  NEWS
  • The launch of the Progress Report: Implementing the Street Vendors Act 2014 was covered by 22 leading media houses like  Business Standard, Economic Times and Deccan chronicle among others.
  • Dr Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society, was interviewed by Edex Live on the need to let both public and private enterprises operate freely without bias and regulatory interference. He emphasised the role and scope of private involvement in curriculum design in educational institutions to remedy ideological interventions by governments to steer curriculum.Read excerpts from the interview here.

See other media stories here

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Vidushi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from Christ University, Bangalore, and a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. Outside of work, her interests include travelling, reading books and listening to music.

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