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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Education Policy

About the Program

CCS' Massive Open Online Course on Education Policy - Education in India - Ideas | Policies | Alternatives aims to train and skill young professionals and students in research methods and in the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of the education policy landscape in India. This course will

(a) provide a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades,

(b) take through steps in the process of policy formulation,

(c) impart knowledge and skills necessary to analyze such education policies and

(d) suggest reforms on the basis of successful pilot studies from across the world and from emerging trends in the sector.

The course is divided into five comprehensive modules. It also has an e-assessment towards the end. The overall engagement duration is roughly 25-30 hours which can be self-paced over the duration of the course. There will be 180 days from the date of your enrolment, to complete the course and submit the test.

Admissions Open from 1st May 2021

Program Highlights:

  • Updated with the National Education Policy 2020 - evolution, key reforms, additional readings etc
  • Offered entirely on a digital learning platform to reach professionals and students in the farthest ends of the country
  • Comprises of 5 modules with 25 topics covered through video lectures, readings, animations, quizzes, simulation building etc.
  • Peer discussion forum and technical query resolution forum
  • Eminent board of mentors and experienced faculty team

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Course Outline

Module 1: Unpacking 'Education'

  • Distinction between Knowledge, Education, Schooling and Learning
  • Philosophy of Education: Key thinkers and Ideas
  • Diversity and Equity in Education
  • State, Civil Society, and Education: Gandhi, Tagore, Radhakrishnan, Krishnamurthy
  • Government in Education

Economics of Education

  • The Landscape of Education in India
  • Demand, Supply, Exchange - How Markets Work in Education
  • Defining Schools: Public and Private Alternatives in India
  • Structure of School Financing in India
  • The Cost of Universal Schooling in India

Regulatory Framework for Education in India

  • Analysis of Educational Administration in India
  • Reading Data in Education: Key Sources
  • Evolution of Education Policy in India
  • Understanding RTE
  • Advancing Social Justice

Module 4: Catalyzing Quality Education Delivery - Solving Puzzles in Education

  • Re-envisioning the Learning Space
  • Technology in Education
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Reforms in Education

Module 5: Under CCS Spotlight : NEP 2020

  • Evolution of National Education Policy in India
  • Highlights of the National Education Policy 2020
  • Summary of the NEP 2020 - School education and Higher education
  • 5 Key reform ideas in NEP 2020
  • NEP 2020 : CCS Panel discussion

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Upali Bhattacharya
Program Management and Student Outreach Consultant, UChicago Center in Delhi

New Delhi, 25

"CCS' MOOC on Education Policy is an extremely well-designed self-paced online course! I was always keen to develop a more nuanced understanding of the education landscape in India through the lens of policymaking and the challenges that exist within this context. The course provided great readings, presentations and quizzes to make the experience of online learning more seamless and engaging!"

Anjali Sachdev
Fellow Teach for India

Delhi, 44

"Being from a corporate finance background the MOOC enabled me to gain a good understanding of the education landscape and educational practices prevalent in India. Thanks to CCS' MOOC on Education Policy!"

Palak Choudhari
Education Consultant, TFI fellow 2021-23

Mumbai, 25

"An experience that raises strong questions and gives insights on the grassroots level problems prevalent in our society. A must-do, if you want to understand the old and the new education policy, the challenges and key takeaways that will benefit future learners."


Dr. Parth J. Shah

Dr. Parth J Shah is the President of Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a public policy think tank advancing personal, economic and political freedoms. He is also the Director at Indian School Of Public Policy (ISPP).Dr. Shah's research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom, choice and competition in education, property rights approach for the environment, and good governance.

Yamini Aiyar

Yamini Aiyar is the President and Chief Executive of CPR. Her research interests are in the field of social policy and development. In 2008, Yamini founded the Accountability Initiative at CPR. Under her leadership, the Accountability Initiative has produced significant research in the areas of governance, state capacity and social policy.
Yamini's own research on social accountability, elementary education, decentralisation and administrative reforms has received both academic and popular recognition.
Aiyar is an Alumna of the London School of Economics, St. Edmund's college Cambridge University, and St Stephen's College, Delhi University.

Amit Kaushik

Amit Kaushik was a civil servant for 20 years, joining the Indian Railway Accounts Service in 1987. During his time in the service, he held a variety of challenging assignments, including as Director in the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, where he was associated with the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as well as the drafting of the Right to Education Act. He has consulted widely, with multilateral agencies like UNESCO and UNICEF, and has extensive experience of educational planning in India and other developing countries.
Since leaving government, he has worked with organisations like SRF, the NGO Pratham, Educomp Schools and IPE Global. He is currently the CEO at the Australian Council for Educational Research (India).

Gurcharan Das

An Indian author, commentator and public intellectual. Gurcharan Das graduated with honours from Harvard University in Philosophy. He later attended Harvard Business School (AMP), where he is featured in three case studies. He was CEO of Procter & Gamble India and later managing director, Procter & Gamble Worldwide (Strategic Planning). In 1995, he took early retirement to become a full-time writer. He writes periodic pieces for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek.

Bhuvana Anand

Bhuvana Anand is former Director, Research at CCS. Bhuvana’s subjects of interest are better regulation and governance, public finance management, and political economy. In India, she has worked extensively on welfare programmes across India, including reforms of the Public Distribution System and implementation of various Direct Benefits Transfers.
At the Centre, she worked on unpacking how the government actually functions using administrative data, legislative analysis, field research, and machine learning. In addition, her team developed blueprints for programme design and policy implementation. Bhuvana had worked with various donors and civil society organisations in Sudan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India and the United States, in policy advocacy, managing multi-pronged programs and research.

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon

Prof. Kingdon holds the Chair of 'Education Economics and International Development' at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. She has worked for 10 years as faculty at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. Her research is based mostly on statistical analysis of education datasets. Based on this research, she advises governments and donor agencies such as the World Bank, European Union (EU) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) on their education-related aid to developing countries.
She has frequently been a member of the Union Human Resource Development Ministry's 'Joint Review Missions' of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and of the Secondary education programme (the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan), a member of the Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Board (Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad), and also serves on the Government of UP's Advisory Committee on Basic Education.
In 2013, Professor Kingdon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kingston University London for "her outstanding contributions to education and development".

Avani Kapur

Avani is a Fellow at the Centre for Policy Initiative and the Director of Accountability Initiative - a research group at CPR focusing on governance, state capacity and implementation of key social sector programmes. The focus of her work has been in building evidence for policy advocacy to strengthen transparency and accountability in public financial management for service delivery and ensure greater citizen engagement in governance systems. At AI, she has also been anchoring the publication of the annual budget brief series and implementation of fund tracking surveys on key social sector schemes including education, health, sanitation, nutrition. She is a Tech4Good Fellow and an Alumna of the London School of Economics and Smith College, Massachusetts.

Sridhar Rajagopalan

Sridhar Rajagopalan is a co-founder of Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd. (EI), a company that has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen in India. EI offers ASSET, India's leading private school assessment and Mindspark, a personalised learning program that has featured as a Harvard Business Study case. Sridhar has been a member of various central and state government committees related to education including the committee for devising model rules for the Right to Education Act in Gujarat. He is currently based in the US and heads EI's US subsidiary.

Vimala Ramachandran

Vimala Ramachandran, has been working on elementary education, girls' education and women's empowerment. She conceptualized and launched Mahila Samakhya, a women's education program of Government of India program based in the Department of Education, MHRD. She was the Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a network of researchers and activists engaged with women's health.
She established Educational Resource Unit in 1998 as a network of researchers and practitioners working on education and empowerment.
She has published extensively on education policy and practice, gender issues and women's empowerment.

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