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NURTURING JOURNALIST CHANGEMAKERS: iPOLICY FOR JOURNALISTS

FORGING JOURNALIST CHANGEMAKERS: iPOLICY FOR JOURNALISTSThis June, we organised the iPolicy of Journalists - our three-day residential policy training designed exclusively for media professionals, at Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand. 25 journalists, selected through a rigorous review from over 100 applicants participated in the training hosted in partnership with the Atlas Network, and the EdelGive Foundation. We had representatives from popular national media dailies, along with radio, television and digital media like Zee News, Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, All India Radio, Doordarshan, NDTV, Outlook and Governance Now, among others.

Recognising the critical role of the media in steering debates in public policy in a democracy like ours, the training aimed at introducing journalists to the principles of sound public policy, to market-liberal perspectives in social and policy analysis and to the challenges of education policy in India. Geeta Gandhi-Kingdon, Professor, Institute of Education, UCL and Member, Board of Advisors, CCS was a key speaker at the workshop, along with Parth Shah, President, CCS; Anurag Punetha, Senior Anchor, Lok Sabha TV; Amit Chandra, Associate Director, Policy Advisory, CCS; and Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA.

Want to know more about ipolicy for journalists? Write to avinash@ccs.in
THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS: OUR POLICY WINS IN MAHARASHTRA

FOR THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS: OUR POLICY WINS IN MAHARASHTRAIn a big win for us, the Maharashtra government revoked the requirement of a ‘transit pass’ for the transportation of bamboo grown on private land in the state. The decision of May 2o17 comes as a step further following the 2o13 regulation that removed the requirement for the region of western Maharashtra. The freeing up of bamboo transportation across Maharashtra comes as a relief to bamboo cultivators and is set to boost bamboo-based livelihoods in the state. The Maharashtra government also ended the license-raj for taxis and autorickshaws in select regions of the state in a move to encourage the auto market and boost employment in the state. The decision heralds the end of arbitrary licensing for taxis and autorickshaws that had sustained a regime of extortion and bribery and had thwarted market-responses to the demand for improved transportation in the state.

Through Jeevika, our award-winning ‘Law, Liberty and Livelihood’ campaign, we have consistently advocated for the recognition and protection of urban and rural poor, particular through the eradication of market-barriers for more inclusive and freer markets. We had earlier published a comprehensive research study on the state of bamboo regulation in India and filed a petition in the Supreme Court for the annulment of the transit pass requirement as a part of Jeevika’s ‘Bamboo is not a Tree’ campaign. Our study of auto rickshaw licensing in Delhi had recommended the end of restrictions on the number of permits issued, and reforms in arbitrary licensing procedures.

Bamboo is not a Tree | Auto-rickshaws in Delhi: Murder by Regulation

GOOD LAWS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE: AN IDEAS WIN!

good law for good governanceWhile the rule of law remains essential to the promotion and protection of individual freedom, obsolete and inconsistent laws continue to thwart both liberty and growth. Recognising this, we had launched the ‘Repeal 100 Laws Project’ in 2015 urging the central government to repeal 100 laws identified as flawed, ineffective or redundant. The 100 laws relate largely to business and enterprise regulation, outmoded labour relations, unnecessary taxes and licenses, etc. 23 of these laws have been successfully repealed. In a similar exercise with the Maharashtra state, the government repealed 19 out of 25 proposed laws.

A recent declaration of the government heralds a remarkable win for us - 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped and a further 1824 have been identified for repeal. The laws identified for repeal thwart the starting up and running of business, or relate to outmoded labour relations, licensing, etc thwarting effective public service delivery and good governance.

Repeal 100 Laws Project | iJustice

POLICY ROUNDTABLE ON SCHOOL EDUCATION IN HARYANA

policy roundtable on school educationWe hosted a roundtable on school education with Shri P K Das, Additional Chief Secretary of Education, Haryana, bringing to the discussion 23 prominent educationists, practitioners, policy experts and school owners. Garima Mithal, Director Elementary Education, Shri Rajiv Ratan, Director Higher Education and Shri Virender Shrewat, Director Private Schools Wing of the Government of Haryana also attended the dialogue.

Delivering the opening remarks at the discussion, Shri P K Das emphasised the need for sustained collaboration between the government and private schools to impact education outcomes in the state. He acknowledged the contributions of private schools to furthering access to education, and  their efforts to improve the quality of education delivery. Shri Das also emphasised the need for reimagining education for our times, and its role in the cultivation of foundational knowledge, critical thinking, and in fostering social equity and progress.

Two critical recommendations for reforms in education governance and financing were presented at the roundtable: (a) Direct Benefit Transfers (DBTs) for 25% reservations under the Right to Education Act (RTE) in private schools and, (b) learning outcomes-based recognition for schools. Building on the available data on the state of education in Haryana, Parth Shah, President, CCS highlighted the relevance of DBTs in effective financing of schools under section 12 (1) (c) of the RTE. Drawing on Haryana’s recent shift to digitisation and its emphasis on academic monitoring, and the Gujarat model of school recognition, he also argued for a shift from the extant focus on school infrastructure, to linking school recognition to student performance.

TALKING POLICY IN TWO CITIES: IPOLICY FOR YOUNG LEADERS

researching reality 2017 Offered as a three-day intensive training, the ‘ipolicy for Young Leaders’ is our flagship program that seeks to equip students and young professionals with a critical understanding of elementary concepts in political economy and in the principles of sound public policy. Through lectures, dynamic games, text-based dialogues, working groups and peer-to-peer presentations, the course introduces young leaders to market-liberal perspectives to contemporary public policy concerns in the country.

This June, we took the iPolicy to two cities - Delhi and Bangalore! 69 participants graduated from the two programs, equipped with a sound understanding of the policy landscape in India, the role of markets and the state in development and the challenges of policy-making and implementation.

"The experience allowed me to think beyond the obvious and look into situations with a more critical lens backed by concrete theory and economic principles. I believe it has consolidated a manner of thinking which will no longer be satisfied with generalisations. I have been encouraged to think deeper. - Tanya Kant, Participant

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SPEAKING UP FOR SCHOOL CHOICE: CCS IN SOUTH AFRICA

SPEAKING UP FOR SCHOOL CHOICE: CCS IN SOUTH AFRICA The Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa hosted Parth Shah, President, CCS to share India’s experiences with the recent shift in student enrollments from government schools, and the corresponding rise of budget private schools across the country. Speaking at the Centre, he highlighted the progressive decline in student enrollments in government schools marked by a consequent increase in smaller government schools, and increase in per-pupil teacher salaries that had brought little dividends on education outcomes. Presenting national-level data on education indicators, he demonstrated that student learning outcomes in government schools had continued to be significantly poor, implying low returns on per-student expenditure and a redundant and inefficient system of public schooling. Despite the contributions of private schools to improving access to and quality of education in India, he argued, the schools had continued to confront a sustained ideological hostility, and remained significantly marginalised in the nation’s policy discourse. He also demonstrated the schools’ commitment to improving educational quality despite the regulatory challenges that they face, and CCS’ on-going efforts for their rights and recognition through policy and quality interventions.

THINKING QUALITY: IMPROVING LEARNING IN BUDGET PRIVATE SCHOOLS

20 years 20 champions To build a consensus on effective interventions to impact school quality, and seek experiences from the ground on their efficacy and sustainability, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) organised two roundtable discussions on improving the quality of budget private schools in the country.

We partnered with Gray Matters Capital to host a roundtable in Lucknow in the month of May, to dialogue on the need for and the nature of interventions that may impact the quality of educational delivery in these schools. Facilitated by Amit Chandra, Associate Director, Policy Advisory, Centre for Civil Society the discussion was steered by a panel of experts including educationists, service providers and experts. The roundtable lead to a robust dialogue on the many articulations of educational quality, barriers to innovations, the distinct needs of budget private schools and on the role of NISA in enabling large-scale, sustainable quality improvement initiatives. Amongst our speakers were, Anoop Nambiar, Director of Operational Excellence, GMC; Vivek Agarwal, CEO, Liqvid; Chitra Ravi, CEO & Founder, Chrysalis; Pradeep Sharma, CEO, Gray Matters India; Neeraj Sharma, CEO & MD, Indian School Finance Company; and Ashok Thakur, Founder, Muni International School.

20 years 20 champions We also partnered with Microsoft to host the NISA Thought Leaders Summit in Bangalore that saw a participation from over 140 school owners from 15 states, NISA state association leaders and Microsoft ed-tech experts. The conference addressed the scope of technology in building scalable and cost-efficient solutions for improving the quality of education delivery in classrooms, particularly in the context of the distinct needs and challenges of budget private schools.

2700 SCHOOLS GET RESPITE FROM ARBITRARY PENALTIES

20 years 20 champions In April, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued a circular that mandated the imposition of heavy penalties on private schools for not furnishing ‘confidential information’ relating to day-to-day operations. NISA had campaigned to oppose the move, emphasising the arbitrariness of the penalties, and the mandate as a marked deviation from the primary intent and function of the CBSE - assessment, certification and maintenance of school quality.

Subsequently, a petition was filed in the Madras High Court by NISA in response to which, the court has now ordered a stay on its implementation. The court’s order brings a respite to 2700 schools that were earlier penalised and to the 18000 schools affiliated with CBSE at large.

Read more about the circular and NISA’s statement here.

MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Shefali Shefali Mishra, Senior Associate, Partnerships, CCS Academy
Shefali is a graduate in English Literature from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She has a prior experience in Business Development and Marketing with various online portals. Shefali is a 2015 Teach for India fellow, and has led a city-wide project impacting 1000+ students of Delhi government schools. She has also interned with the Directorate of Education, Kashmir, and is a CCS ipolicy graduate.
Sampurna Sampurna Khasnabis, Associate Programs, CCS Academy
Sampurna is an avid writer, and has contributed content to several publications and campaigns. She is a graduate in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Sampurna has had considerable experience in content development for digital campaigns and has been a part of popular theatre productions. She is a certified Odissi dancer, having obtained a certificate from Pracheen Kala Kendra.

CCS IN NEWS
  • New NationWe were invited to be a part of a newsroom debate on the relevance of board examinations and the state of education in India hosted by News Nation TV as a part of its talkshow ‘India Bole’. Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA, participated in the debate as a part of a panel of prominent educationists, government officials and practioners. On the panel were Shri R K Sinha, Former Chairman, BSEB; Professor J S Rajput, Former Director NCERT; Professor V Kulwant, Vice Chancellor, Pantanjali University; Professor Sushma Yadav, Member, UGC; Deepa Varshney, Principal, Khaitan Public Sschool; and Bhawana Shiksharthi, Former DDE, UP. Watch the discussion here.

  • Sandhi is our on-going research pilot that seeks to study the effect of introducing information on learning outcomes and school excellence on parental choice and school competition. On 30 April, we had organised ‘Sandhi Samaroh’, an event to recognise and felicitate participating schools, and to celebrate the winners of ‘Sandhi Olympiad’, our student assessment program. Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi was present at the event as our Chief Guest. The event was covered in over 10 popular Hindi and English news dailies including The Tribune, MeriNews and Deshbandhu.

  • Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me, CCS authored an article on the RTE and its discontents – the debilitating impact that the act, meant to bring universal education to the nation’s children, has had on access and quality of education in the country. The article was published online in Swarajya. Read the full article here. Swarajya also published another comprehensive report on the dismal achievements of the RTE titled The Horror Called RTE: Envisaged As A Dream Project, It Is Turning Out To Be A Nightmare. The articles features inputs from Dr Amit Chandra, Associate Director, Policy Advisory, CCS, and NISA representatives on the persistent failures of the act, and its impact on budget private schools across the country.

  • We also received considerable media coverage following the education conclave hosted by NISA in Jammu & Kashmir. Shri Syed Altaf Bhukari, Education Minister, J&K participated in the dialogue that addressed the distinct challenges of schools in the region. The conclave urged critical reforms in the state’s education policy and was covered by prominent regional and national news dailies including Kashmir Observer, Kashmir Reader, and India Today.

See other media stories here

WE’RE HIRING!

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Current Openings:

Find more positions here

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NURTURING JOURNALIST CHANGEMAKERS: iPOLICY FOR JOURNALISTS

FORGING JOURNALIST CHANGEMAKERS: iPOLICY FOR JOURNALISTSThis June, we organised the iPolicy of Journalists - our three-day residential policy training designed exclusively for media professionals, at Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand. 25 journalists, selected through a rigorous review from over 100 applicants participated in the training hosted in partnership with the Atlas Network, and the EdelGive Foundation. We had representatives from popular national media dailies, along with radio, television and digital media like Zee News, Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, All India Radio, Doordarshan, NDTV, Outlook and Governance Now, among others.

Recognising the critical role of the media in steering debates in public policy in a democracy like ours, the training aimed at introducing journalists to the principles of sound public policy, to market-liberal perspectives in social and policy analysis and to the challenges of education policy in India. Geeta Gandhi-Kingdon, Professor, Institute of Education, UCL and Member, Board of Advisors, CCS was a key speaker at the workshop, along with Parth Shah, President, CCS; Anurag Punetha, Senior Anchor, Lok Sabha TV; Amit Chandra, Associate Director, Policy Advisory, CCS; and Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA.

Want to know more about ipolicy for journalists? Write to avinash@ccs.in
THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS: OUR POLICY WINS IN MAHARASHTRA

FOR THE EASE OF DOING BUSINESS: OUR POLICY WINS IN MAHARASHTRAIn a big win for us, the Maharashtra government revoked the requirement of a ‘transit pass’ for the transportation of bamboo grown on private land in the state. The decision of May 2o17 comes as a step further following the 2o13 regulation that removed the requirement for the region of western Maharashtra. The freeing up of bamboo transportation across Maharashtra comes as a relief to bamboo cultivators and is set to boost bamboo-based livelihoods in the state. The Maharashtra government also ended the license-raj for taxis and autorickshaws in select regions of the state in a move to encourage the auto market and boost employment in the state. The decision heralds the end of arbitrary licensing for taxis and autorickshaws that had sustained a regime of extortion and bribery and had thwarted market-responses to the demand for improved transportation in the state.

Through Jeevika, our award-winning ‘Law, Liberty and Livelihood’ campaign, we have consistently advocated for the recognition and protection of urban and rural poor, particular through the eradication of market-barriers for more inclusive and freer markets. We had earlier published a comprehensive research study on the state of bamboo regulation in India and filed a petition in the Supreme Court for the annulment of the transit pass requirement as a part of Jeevika’s ‘Bamboo is not a Tree’ campaign. Our study of auto rickshaw licensing in Delhi had recommended the end of restrictions on the number of permits issued, and reforms in arbitrary licensing procedures.

Bamboo is not a Tree | Auto-rickshaws in Delhi: Murder by Regulation

GOOD LAWS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE: AN IDEAS WIN!

good law for good governanceWhile the rule of law remains essential to the promotion and protection of individual freedom, obsolete and inconsistent laws continue to thwart both liberty and growth. Recognising this, we had launched the ‘Repeal 100 Laws Project’ in 2015 urging the central government to repeal 100 laws identified as flawed, ineffective or redundant. The 100 laws relate largely to business and enterprise regulation, outmoded labour relations, unnecessary taxes and licenses, etc. 23 of these laws have been successfully repealed. In a similar exercise with the Maharashtra state, the government repealed 19 out of 25 proposed laws.

A recent declaration of the government heralds a remarkable win for us - 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped and a further 1824 have been identified for repeal. The laws identified for repeal thwart the starting up and running of business, or relate to outmoded labour relations, licensing, etc thwarting effective public service delivery and good governance.

Repeal 100 Laws Project | iJustice

POLICY ROUNDTABLE ON SCHOOL EDUCATION IN HARYANA

policy roundtable on school educationWe hosted a roundtable on school education with Shri P K Das, Additional Chief Secretary of Education, Haryana, bringing to the discussion 23 prominent educationists, practitioners, policy experts and school owners. Garima Mithal, Director Elementary Education, Shri Rajiv Ratan, Director Higher Education and Shri Virender Shrewat, Director Private Schools Wing of the Government of Haryana also attended the dialogue.

Delivering the opening remarks at the discussion, Shri P K Das emphasised the need for sustained collaboration between the government and private schools to impact education outcomes in the state. He acknowledged the contributions of private schools to furthering access to education, and  their efforts to improve the quality of education delivery. Shri Das also emphasised the need for reimagining education for our times, and its role in the cultivation of foundational knowledge, critical thinking, and in fostering social equity and progress.

Two critical recommendations for reforms in education governance and financing were presented at the roundtable: (a) Direct Benefit Transfers (DBTs) for 25% reservations under the Right to Education Act (RTE) in private schools and, (b) learning outcomes-based recognition for schools. Building on the available data on the state of education in Haryana, Parth Shah, President, CCS highlighted the relevance of DBTs in effective financing of schools under section 12 (1) (c) of the RTE. Drawing on Haryana’s recent shift to digitisation and its emphasis on academic monitoring, and the Gujarat model of school recognition, he also argued for a shift from the extant focus on school infrastructure, to linking school recognition to student performance.

TALKING POLICY IN TWO CITIES: IPOLICY FOR YOUNG LEADERS

researching reality 2017 Offered as a three-day intensive training, the ‘ipolicy for Young Leaders’ is our flagship program that seeks to equip students and young professionals with a critical understanding of elementary concepts in political economy and in the principles of sound public policy. Through lectures, dynamic games, text-based dialogues, working groups and peer-to-peer presentations, the course introduces young leaders to market-liberal perspectives to contemporary public policy concerns in the country.

This June, we took the iPolicy to two cities - Delhi and Bangalore! 69 participants graduated from the two programs, equipped with a sound understanding of the policy landscape in India, the role of markets and the state in development and the challenges of policy-making and implementation.

"The experience allowed me to think beyond the obvious and look into situations with a more critical lens backed by concrete theory and economic principles. I believe it has consolidated a manner of thinking which will no longer be satisfied with generalisations. I have been encouraged to think deeper. - Tanya Kant, Participant

Snapshots | Know More

SPEAKING UP FOR SCHOOL CHOICE: CCS IN SOUTH AFRICA

SPEAKING UP FOR SCHOOL CHOICE: CCS IN SOUTH AFRICA The Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa hosted Parth Shah, President, CCS to share India’s experiences with the recent shift in student enrollments from government schools, and the corresponding rise of budget private schools across the country. Speaking at the Centre, he highlighted the progressive decline in student enrollments in government schools marked by a consequent increase in smaller government schools, and increase in per-pupil teacher salaries that had brought little dividends on education outcomes. Presenting national-level data on education indicators, he demonstrated that student learning outcomes in government schools had continued to be significantly poor, implying low returns on per-student expenditure and a redundant and inefficient system of public schooling. Despite the contributions of private schools to improving access to and quality of education in India, he argued, the schools had continued to confront a sustained ideological hostility, and remained significantly marginalised in the nation’s policy discourse. He also demonstrated the schools’ commitment to improving educational quality despite the regulatory challenges that they face, and CCS’ on-going efforts for their rights and recognition through policy and quality interventions.

THINKING QUALITY: IMPROVING LEARNING IN BUDGET PRIVATE SCHOOLS

20 years 20 champions To build a consensus on effective interventions to impact school quality, and seek experiences from the ground on their efficacy and sustainability, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) organised two roundtable discussions on improving the quality of budget private schools in the country.

We partnered with Gray Matters Capital to host a roundtable in Lucknow in the month of May, to dialogue on the need for and the nature of interventions that may impact the quality of educational delivery in these schools. Facilitated by Amit Chandra, Associate Director, Policy Advisory, Centre for Civil Society the discussion was steered by a panel of experts including educationists, service providers and experts. The roundtable lead to a robust dialogue on the many articulations of educational quality, barriers to innovations, the distinct needs of budget private schools and on the role of NISA in enabling large-scale, sustainable quality improvement initiatives. Amongst our speakers were, Anoop Nambiar, Director of Operational Excellence, GMC; Vivek Agarwal, CEO, Liqvid; Chitra Ravi, CEO & Founder, Chrysalis; Pradeep Sharma, CEO, Gray Matters India; Neeraj Sharma, CEO & MD, Indian School Finance Company; and Ashok Thakur, Founder, Muni International School.

20 years 20 champions We also partnered with Microsoft to host the NISA Thought Leaders Summit in Bangalore that saw a participation from over 140 school owners from 15 states, NISA state association leaders and Microsoft ed-tech experts. The conference addressed the scope of technology in building scalable and cost-efficient solutions for improving the quality of education delivery in classrooms, particularly in the context of the distinct needs and challenges of budget private schools.

2700 SCHOOLS GET RESPITE FROM ARBITRARY PENALTIES

20 years 20 champions In April, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had issued a circular that mandated the imposition of heavy penalties on private schools for not furnishing ‘confidential information’ relating to day-to-day operations. NISA had campaigned to oppose the move, emphasising the arbitrariness of the penalties, and the mandate as a marked deviation from the primary intent and function of the CBSE - assessment, certification and maintenance of school quality.

Subsequently, a petition was filed in the Madras High Court by NISA in response to which, the court has now ordered a stay on its implementation. The court’s order brings a respite to 2700 schools that were earlier penalised and to the 18000 schools affiliated with CBSE at large.

Read more about the circular and NISA’s statement here.

MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Shefali Shefali Mishra, Senior Associate, Partnerships, CCS Academy
Shefali is a graduate in English Literature from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University. She has a prior experience in Business Development and Marketing with various online portals. Shefali is a 2015 Teach for India fellow, and has led a city-wide project impacting 1000+ students of Delhi government schools. She has also interned with the Directorate of Education, Kashmir, and is a CCS ipolicy graduate.
Sampurna Sampurna Khasnabis, Associate Programs, CCS Academy
Sampurna is an avid writer, and has contributed content to several publications and campaigns. She is a graduate in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. Sampurna has had considerable experience in content development for digital campaigns and has been a part of popular theatre productions. She is a certified Odissi dancer, having obtained a certificate from Pracheen Kala Kendra.

CCS IN NEWS
  • New NationWe were invited to be a part of a newsroom debate on the relevance of board examinations and the state of education in India hosted by News Nation TV as a part of its talkshow ‘India Bole’. Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA, participated in the debate as a part of a panel of prominent educationists, government officials and practioners. On the panel were Shri R K Sinha, Former Chairman, BSEB; Professor J S Rajput, Former Director NCERT; Professor V Kulwant, Vice Chancellor, Pantanjali University; Professor Sushma Yadav, Member, UGC; Deepa Varshney, Principal, Khaitan Public Sschool; and Bhawana Shiksharthi, Former DDE, UP. Watch the discussion here.

  • Sandhi is our on-going research pilot that seeks to study the effect of introducing information on learning outcomes and school excellence on parental choice and school competition. On 30 April, we had organised ‘Sandhi Samaroh’, an event to recognise and felicitate participating schools, and to celebrate the winners of ‘Sandhi Olympiad’, our student assessment program. Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi was present at the event as our Chief Guest. The event was covered in over 10 popular Hindi and English news dailies including The Tribune, MeriNews and Deshbandhu.

  • Avinash Chandra, Editor, Azadi.me, CCS authored an article on the RTE and its discontents – the debilitating impact that the act, meant to bring universal education to the nation’s children, has had on access and quality of education in the country. The article was published online in Swarajya. Read the full article here. Swarajya also published another comprehensive report on the dismal achievements of the RTE titled The Horror Called RTE: Envisaged As A Dream Project, It Is Turning Out To Be A Nightmare. The articles features inputs from Dr Amit Chandra, Associate Director, Policy Advisory, CCS, and NISA representatives on the persistent failures of the act, and its impact on budget private schools across the country.

  • We also received considerable media coverage following the education conclave hosted by NISA in Jammu & Kashmir. Shri Syed Altaf Bhukari, Education Minister, J&K participated in the dialogue that addressed the distinct challenges of schools in the region. The conclave urged critical reforms in the state’s education policy and was covered by prominent regional and national news dailies including Kashmir Observer, Kashmir Reader, and India Today.

See other media stories here

WE’RE HIRING!

CCS offers challenging opportunities to work in a unique, high-energy and vibrant work environment. Find your fit, and join our growing team.

Current Openings:

Find more positions here

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CCS wins ASIA LIBERTY AWARD 2017

Asia Liberty Award 2017 We are proud to be the recipient of the prestigious Asia Liberty Award 2017! An initiative of the Atlas Network, the award recognises our work in promoting and protecting livelihood freedom, through Jeevika, our Law, Liberty & Livelihood Campaign.

Conceived against a backdrop of continuing debilitating statist regulations that blight the lives of the nation's poor, Jeevika strives to de-regulate and open markets, and promote livelihood opportunities for them. Through research and documentation, stakeholder engagement, effective advocacy, and litigation and legal action, Jeevika seeks to further India’s movement for economic liberalisation, promoting effective reforms for transforming the lives of small entrepreneurs– hawkers, cycle rickshaw pullers, small shop owners and other marginal and small entrepreneurs that continue to drive the country’s economic growth. Jeevika has also served as a platform for our work on the Ease of Doing Business in India, and the Repeal of Laws Project that has had considerable success in encouraging the repeal of select obsolete and inconsistent laws that thwarted individual and economic liberties.

Amit Chandra, Associate Director, CCS received the award on behalf of the Centre at an award ceremony held as a part of the Asia Liberty Forum 2017 in Mumbai.

ASIA LIBERTY FORUM 2017: CELEBRATING THE MOVEMENT FOR LIBERTY AND FREE MARKETS IN ASIA

Asia Liberty Forum 2017The 5th edition of the Asia Liberty Forum 2017 ended with a bang this February, with over 200 change-makers from across 22 countries coming together to brace the call of liberty in this part of the world. We were proud to be the host of the grand event held in Mumbai from 10-11 February in partnership with the Atlas Network and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Aimed at advancing liberty and free markets in the region, the forum brought together the best of the liberal minds in Asia, including intellectuals, think tank leaders, authors, investors, development practitioners and young liberty champions to dialogue and deliberate, build friendships and networks, share ideas and best practices, and to learn and engage with the movement’s most distinguished guardians.

The two day event kickstarted with an impressive opening panel on Winning the Battle of Ideas in a world that continues to witness sweeping violations of fundamental freedoms. The first day of the forum ended with a keynote address by renowned dalit scholar, Chandrabhan Prasad, with critical reflections on markets and human rights in the context of India’s continuing dalit marginalisation. Other highlights included breakout sessions on strategies for advancing economic liberties, effective think tank management and the compatibility of Islam and freedom; the Atlas Network’s Think Tank Shark Tank-Asia competition; and speed-networking. The event came to a close with a gala dinner on the night of 11 February, followed by an earnest tribute to the lost heroes of liberty in 2017, and an address by the Bastiat award-winning journalist, blogger and author Amit Varma on The Landscape of Freedom in India.

For the first time, #AsiaLF17 was also broadcast to an online audience through a livestream on Facebook and Twitter drawing 3983 unique viewers on Facebook and reaching over 10700 twitter users.

Schedule, Panel-briefs and Speaker Profiles | Snapshots | Videos | Media Coverage

launch of the first Annual REPORT ON BUDGET PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN INDIA: A CASE FOR DATA, RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE IN THE BPS SECTOR

BPS Launch The Report on Budget Private Schools in India is our pioneering initiative for furthering a research and evidence-driven dialogue on the role and contributions of BPS in the country. We released the first edition of the report at a grand launch ceremony at the Asia Liberty Forum 2017 in the midst of prominent educationists, practitioners and investors in education from India and abroad. The launch ceremony involved a keynote address by Dr Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Prominent Educationist and Professor of Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, London University and was followed by a dedicated panel discussion on the role of BPS in meeting the goal of providing an education of choice for all in India. Chaired by Gopal Jain of Gaja Capital, the panel saw a vibrant dialogue between Brajesh Mishra, Varthana; Neil D’Souza, Zaya Learning Labs; Parth J Shah, Centre for Civil Society; and Geeta Gandhi Kingdon.

The report presents research and perspectives from relevant stakeholders in the sector, providing a repository of credible information on BPS in India collected through rigorous research and data analysis. It addresses four core aspects of BPS: demand, supply, ecosystem and regulation through the lens of research, policy and practice.

Want to know more about the report, or book your copy? Write to srijan@ccs.in.

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OF OLD FRIENDS AND NEW: CCS ALUMNI RETREAT 2017

CCS Alumni RetreatTo mark our 20th anniversary of nurturing young champions of liberty through policy trainings and student outreach programs, we hosted a residential retreat for our alumni from 18-20 February at Zorba the Buddha in Gurgaon. The retreat brought together 46 alumni - graduates of our policy workshops, trainings, and internships  ranging from 1998-2016 batches, and who are currently students or have gone on to make their mark across a spectrum of careers.

The retreat was a jam-packed event full of fun, food, networking, and learning. It involved a variety of interactive engagements including speed networking, faculty and guest speakers’ talks, open spaces for debates and dialogue, idea and project pitches and networking opportunities. Our alumni were joined by 11 prominent speakers—policy experts, development professionals, intellectuals and opinion leaders including Gurcharan Das, Gaurav Dalmia, Rajesh Jain, Shubhashis Gangopadhyay and Ila Patnaik, among others.

To know more about our policy trainings and campus programs, write to sadaf@ccs.in.

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Reaching Out to Young Leaders: ipolicy and Campus Outreach

iPolicyWe conducted ipolicy, our three-day, certificate course in public policy in Delhi this month. As a part of the training, 25 young leaders were introduced to the relevance of the market-liberal perspective in effective policy-making through lectures, dynamic games, text-based discussions and peer-to-peer presentations. A key session on Why is India Poor was conducted by Mohit Satyanand, prominent entrepreneur, investor and policy-wonk.

We love engaging young minds! We have consistently received encouraging feedback from our participants. We scored 3.45 on a 4 point rating scale! Here’s what one of our keen participants had to say:

"ipolicy encouraged me to consider the intersection of free market economics with political and policy institutions. Influential actors other than the government should be involved in policy making. 
- Saksham

iPolicyAs a part of our on-going Campus Talks series, we hosted a policy dialogue at Ashoka University. Shikha Dalmia, Senior Analyst at Reason Foundation delivered a critical lecture on the Malthusian mindset that underlies the reactionary movements of our times. Speaking of the Shiv Sena, Brexit and Donald Trump along these lines, Shikha encouraged a critical reflection on the limits and crisis of this emergent nativism. 75 students participated in the dialogue. Watch the lively dialogue here.

Prashant Narang and Nitesh Anand of CCS also conducted a day-long workshop on critical research methods for the students of the Maharashtra National Law University. The interactive workshop engaged students in understanding and testing tools of social science research, and data collection and analysis. 18 students attended the workshop, along with 3 faculty members and the university Registrar.

Interested in attending the ipolicy? Reach out to sadaf@ccs.in, or signup for CCS Connect for updates on our forthcoming programs.

SPEAKING UP FOR BUDGET PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN MAHARASHTRA

BPSWe have championed the rights of Budget Private Schools (BPS) in India, particularly in wake of the tide of school closures following the passing of the Right to Education Act, 2009. We have also been working towards promoting effective reforms through the New Education Policy through research, advocacy and consensus building. Our mandate has been to work towards promoting choice, accountability and innovation in education in India.

As a part of our on-going work for education policy reform, we met with Shri Nand Kumar, Secretary Education, Maharashtra, to put forth our reform recommendations and build interest in key policy interventions for improving educational outcomes in the state of Maharashtra. Our recommendations emphasised the relevance of Direct Benefit Transfers in the form of school vouchers, the need for linking school recognition to learning outcomes, and for recognising the key role of BPS in improving educational access.

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CCS IN NEWS
  • We made big news this month with closing of the Asia Liberty Forum 2017. We received 5 media reports in leading online and print platforms including Swarajya, Business World and News Wire. Swarajya also carried a report on the work of ARCH (Action Research in Community Health and Development) in Gujarat, based on a presentation made by Ambrish Mehta from ARCH on a panel on Property Rights as a Human Right at the Asia Liberty Forum. Read the full article here.
  • The launch of the Report on Budget Private Schools in India was also covered by popular online media portals including Apna Campus and CoreCommunique.
  • We also received considerable media attention for our on-going work on policy reforms in education: The Hindu and Mid-day carried reports on our meeting with Shri Nand Kumar, Secretary Education, Maharashtra and the subsequent concerns of BPS that it raised. NISA’s statement expressing concern over the latest school bus guidelines issued by the CBSE and the need for due subsidies was also covered by Pioneer News and NDTV.
  • We were invited to a radio talkshow on Jnan Taranga FM, Guwahati’s community radio station. The show threw light on regulatory challenges faced by schools in Assam, the significance of involving youth in promoting educational reforms and on the role of BPS in proving education in the state. Along with NISA office bearers, Thomas Anthony participated in the show representing CCS.
  • Parth J Shah, President, CCS authored an article on key reforms for promoting an education of choice in the country. Published in Shiksha Sarthi, the Haryana Government’s educational magazine, the article argues for policy reforms that foster parental choice, school autonomy and effective regulation of schools based on learning outcomes. Read full article here.

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MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBERS

Bhupinder Bhupinder Singh, Manager, Operations
An alumnus of Kurukshetra University, Bhupinder also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from IMT, Ghaziabad. Bhupi brings with him more than twelve years of experience in administrative functions including handling office, Vendors, Server & IT support, Events Support and database management.
Sheetal Sheetal Dua, Field Coordinator, Research
Sheetal is an alumnus of Delhi University and holds an MBA from Maharishi Dayanand University. She has previously worked ASRA (Action for Self-Reliance & Alternatives) as a field coordinator and in the field of Sales & Marketing. Sheetal is keenly interested in education and development practice, and joins as a part of Sandhi, our on-going research pilot.
 

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WE MADE IT TO THE WORLD’S TOP 100, AGAIN! AN ORGANISATIONAL WIN

CCS Ranked amongst top 100The new year began on an encouraging note for us at CCS with the release of the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. We continue to be ranked among the top 100 think tanks in the world, standing at the 80th position this year, and 15th in the category of top think tanks in China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Nine other Indian think tanks have figured amongst the top 175 for 2016.

The Global Go To Think Tank Index Report is published annually by the University of Pennsylvania, as a part of its Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. CCS has consistently ranked amongst the top 100 in the world, from among over 6500 think tanks, ranked through a survey of over 1950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers and journalists, across 18 criteria developed by the university.

This comes as a remarkable inspiration for us, as we set ourselves to continue the battle of ideas in 2017—to transform ideas and mindsets, and enable effective policy reforms to foster choice and accountability across public and private sectors.

SPEAKING UP FOR BUDGET PRIVATE SCHOOLS

With our renewed commitment to educational reforms in the new year, we have intensified our advocacy for the rights and recognition of budget private schools (BPS) in the country.

media engagemenet press conferenceMedia Engagement and Consensus Building: In September 2016, over 500 BPS owners had met with Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Delhi to seek a commitment towards due policy reforms in school education. Given the failure of the government to address their persisting concerns, on 30 January, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) called for a press conference bringing together prominent journalists, media professionals and BPS owners to build consensus on the necessary reforms and draw effective media attention to the need for action. The meeting resulted in a robust dialogue, particularly on the extant land-norms that remain a serious problem for the recognition of these schools operating often in low-income neighbourhoods with little access to adequate land or capital. Other concerns raised included the need for a single window clearance system, subsidized commercial charges levied on power and water and taxation on land.

The conference and the concerns raised were covered in over 20 media reports in prominent Hindi and English news platforms including The Indian Express, The Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar and Dainik Jagran.

influencing influencersInfluencing Policy-influencers: We met with Shri Anil Swarup, the newly appointed Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy to affirm the imperative of key policy reforms in improving educational access and quality. An eight point charter of demands highlighting possible centre-level interventions was submitted at the meeting, demanding greater consideration of and representation from BPS in educational policy-making. The charter of demands seeks critical reforms in the ‘No Detention Policy’, in the extant provisions of reimbursements under the Right to Education Act (RTE) and in the application of the Employee Provident Fund and Employee State Insurance Act. It also demands a separate regulatory framework for BPS, distinct from government-run or other private schools. Read more about the Charter of Demands here.

influencing influencersReaching Out to the States: NISA today has grown to include over 55,000 schools from 23 state associations across 17+ states in the country. Following the success of the 8th School Choice National Conference in December 2016, NISA hosted two dedicated conferences on improving the quality of BPS in the country. Hosted by the Tamil Nadu and Telangana State Associations, the conferences drew an audience of over 650 school owners, teachers, educationists, policy experts and activists from the two states. Bringing to the forefront critical issues in improving the quality of education imparted in BPS, school autonomy and of persisting policy crises, the two events also served as robust platforms for capacity building for the participants and demonstrated affordable innovations in classroom teaching and learning.

talking POLICY AT AMITY UNIVERSITY

EduDoc2016In partnership with the Amity Institute of Public Policy and the Amity Institute of International Studies, we conducted a policy dialogue for the students at Amity University. A robust panel of policy experts from diverse arenas of scholarship including Prof. Dr. Baladas Ghoshal, Society for Indian Ocean Studies; Mallika Ahluwalia, Partition Musuem; Dr. Hindol Sengupta, CCS; Prof. Marmar Mukhopadhyay, prominent Author and CABE member, Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Economist and Dr. Kaushiki Sanyal, CEO and Co-Founder, Sunay Policy Advisory Pvt. Ltd. Over 400 students participated in the policy dialogue, that concluded with a vibrant interactive exchange with the participating audience.

NURTURING LIBERTY CHAMPIONS: IPOLICY AND CAMPUS TALKS

ipolicyWe took ipolicy, our certificate course in public policy to three cities this January—Delhi, Ahmedabad and Amritsar! Offered as a three-day intensive training, the ipolicy is our flagship program that seeks to equip students and young professionals with a critical understanding of elementary concepts in political economy and in the principles of sound public policy. 71 young leaders participated in the three programs, taking away critical insights into the contemporary policy landscape and with a firm grasp of market-liberal policy solutions to our enduring civic, political and economic concerns.

We also conducted campus talks as part of our ‘CCS on Campus’ initiative in 3 cities—Delhi, Kochi and Jalandhar. The campus talks engaged over 1970 students in a spirited conversation on an array of themes like the history and scope of liberalism in India, the economics of immigration, a liberal perspective on poverty in India, and on the transgender identity. Along with our in-house team, Shikha Sood Dalmia from the Reason Foundation and D Dhanuraj from the Centre for Public Policy Research were key speakers at the campus events.

Interested in attending an ípolicy or want CCS on your college campus? Write to sadaf@ccs.in or subscribe to CCS Connect to stay updated on the forthcoming courses and events.

RECONNECTING WITH THE CHAMPIONS

Alumni BrunchWe hosted an alumni brunch this January, kick-starting our 20th anniversary celebrations for the year, journey of introducing students, young leaders, and professionals to ideas of liberal public policy, we decided to begin our celebrations with our extended family—CCS alumni! The brunch was attended by 45 CCS graduates from 1998-2016 batches of our ìpolicyLiberty and Society Seminars, the I, Society and Public Policy, and Researching Reality Internships. We also had faculty members and sector experts present at the event, including Amir Ullah Khan, eminent Economist; Mohit Satyanand, Entrepreneur and Policy Wonk; Hindol Sengupta, prominent Author; Geeta Gouri, Former Member, CCI;  Shaun Star, Executive Director, Centre for India-Australia Studies and Swati Chawla, Doctoral Candidate, University of Virginia. The brunch saw some great conversations and memories come alive. Our alumni also got a unique ‘zero hour with faculty’ for informal discussions and interaction.

MAHARASHTRA ON THE EASE OF OPENING SCHOOLS: A POLICY WIN!

Ease of Opening SchoolsThe Brihanmumai Municipal Corporation (BMC) launched an online registration portal for private primary schools affiliated to the Maharashtra State Board. The online registration service comes as a major breakthrough and a significant departure from the extant school registration process that involved an arduous procedure across state government offices involving 17 documents. The online service significantly reduces the registration time—from 6 months to 35 days.

Maharashtra's move to online registrations is a remarkable win for us at CCS! We have consistently campaigned for the Ease of Opening Schools and the online registration system has been a core component of our proposal for facilitating the setting up of private educational institutions. Earlier in 2016, we had submitted a comprehensive proposal on key policy reforms for easing the opening of private schools to Shri S C Khuntia, the then School Education Secretary. The proposal was duly forwarded to the states for corresponding action.

CCS IN NEWS
  • We made big news in January with our press conference asserting the due rights and recognition of budget private schools in the country. We received over 20 media reports in prominent Hindi and English news platforms like The Indian Express, Navbharat Times and Business Standard.
  • We were invited to participate in a pre-budget roundtable organized CCSby BusinessWorld to discuss the budgetary expectations of the education sector. Amit Chandra, Associate Director, CCS represented us on a panel of experts including Yamini Aiyar, Director, Accountability Initiatives and Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Senior Director, FICCI. You can view the complete dialogue here, or read BusinessWorld’s report here.
  • Swarajyamag featured an opinion piece authored by Amit Chandra on relevant financial reforms for improving educational access and delivery in the country. The article titled Financial Reforms Can Spruce Up Education: Can Arun Jaitley Pull Off A Feat? argues for the need for re-designing budget utilisation and makes a strong case for Direct Benefit Transfers (DBTs) in school education financing to ensure better outcomes from the prescribed allocations. Read the full article here.
  • We also received substantial coverage for NISA’s meeting with Shri Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, highlighting the marginalisation of budget private schools in educational policy. We received 17 news stories, covered by prominent news platforms including The Indian Express, The Financial Express and Amar Ujala.

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