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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? We hosted a tweetchat to understand the varying perspectives people have on this issue.

Centre for Civil Society (CCS) and National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) take great pleasure in inviting you to the 7th School Choice National Conference (SCNC) on 19th December 2015 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 9:30am – 6:00pm.

Tabled by V. Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, in Lok Sabha in December 2011, The Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011 was a proposed Indian central legislation which lapsed due to dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha. This paper enumerates the provisions of the Bill, its obligations and its organizational structure and further enlists areas of dichotomy or possible loopholes after a systematic review of the bill. A comparative analysis of provisions of the Act as implemented across the 19 states is then taken up to find out differences to the approach of the act in various states. The paper further examines how internal and external models have lacked due to incidents of absenteeism, corruption and outreach and assesses the challenges faced by the upcoming e-governance models.

Dr Shashi Tharoor to address the conference ‘Liberalism in India’ and pay tribute to the liberal giant, SV Raju. Surjit Bhalla, R Jagannathan, J P Narayan, Jaithirth Rao to present papers on reservations, religious freedom, decentralization.

Lok Sabha TV made a special program in light of the focus of government with regard to the New Education Policy, titled ‘Shiksha Ka Savera’. The program was aired on 06 September 2015. The program highlights the challenges of current education system in India and captures some recommendations for New Education Policy that the Ministry of Human Resource, Government of India is working on and plans to come up with first draft by December 2015.

Out of 19 documentaries one is “Caste on the Menu Card” which has been produced by 5 student filmmakers of Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai as part of their academic project, months much before the beef ban in Maharashtra. Jeevika has done everything we could to communicate that to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to reconsider, but unfortunately the request was still denied. It seems that they have opted to steer clear of the beef issue altogether, as the issue is creating conflict these days.

This remarkable series of essays, edited by Tom G. Palmer and originally published by the Atlas Network, brings together some of the best-thinking individuals on the ethical dimension of markets. The book was translated to Punjabi for dissemination to a wider audience.

The paper examines the current state of funding of school education in India and identifies the inefficiencies and arbitrary nature of allocation of the system and suggests an alternative per-child funding model. The paper argues for the model on the basis of school choice and decentralized school administration, which would result in schools competing to be efficient in spending to attract/maintain students.

This meta-study has attempted to capture as wide a range of issues related to BPS from learning outcomes and regulations to gender problems and questions of equity while trying to maintain as much geographic coverage as possible at the same time.