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Politics of Development | New Delhi

Event Date: 19 Jul To 21 Jul 2019; Time: 10AM - 6PM
Venue: GD Goenka University

 Politics of Development or POD | 2019

About the Program

India has proved its ability to break through the global economy by joining the ranks of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, despite 71 years of political independence our nation still faces major concerns and challenges such as endemic poverty and sporadic development. Politics of Development (PoD) is a three-day residential certificate course that explains the root causes of such issues and explores solutions for the same. At PoD, participants will get a chance to explore what it means to 'do development differently' and what role public policy can play in solving social and economic issues plaguing our nation.

The course involves a variety of interactive learning methods, including dynamic games and role plays, lectures, documentary screening, discussions and personal reflections to provide participants with opportunities to explore and share ideas in an open space.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Recognize how institutions determine outcomes through influencing behavior of rational actors by structuring their incentives
  • Evaluate how institutional arrangements that promote competition in both political and economic markets lead to better outcomes for citizens
  • Understand that public policy is the most effective means of achieving sustainable social change

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Course Schedule

DAY 0 | 19 July 2019

  • 14:30 - 15:00 | Registration
  • 15:00 - 16:00 | Welcome and Introduction
  • 16:00 - 17:30 | Social Change and Public Policy
  • 17:30 - 18:00 | Break
  • 18:00 - 20:00 | Public Choice: Benefits & Costs of Collective Action
  • 20:00 - 21:00 | Dinner

DAY 1 | 20 July 2019

  • 09:00 - 11:00 | New Education Policy: Choice and Competition in Education
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Break
  • 11:30 - 13:00 | State of India's Agriculture: A Case for a New Farmer's Manifesto
  • 13:00 - 14:00 | Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 | Socratic Reading: The Terracotta vs. Green Vision
  • 15:30 - 16:00 | Break
  • 16:00 - 17:30 | The Jobs Crisis in India
  • 17:30 - 18:15 | Break
  • 18:15 - 19:30 | Not a Zero-Sum Game: Activity
  • 20:30 - 21:30 | Dinner

DAY 2 | 21 July 2019 | Politics of Prosperity

  • 09:00 – 11:30 | Socratic Reading: Doing Development Differently & Activity
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Break
  • 12:00 - 13:30 | Reform Agenda for Modi 2.0
  • 13:30 - 15:00 | Lunch & Check Out
  • 15:00 - 16:30 | Decentralization: Solving Local Problems Locally
  • 16:30 - 17:30 | Feedback & The Way Forward
  • 17:00 - 18:00 | Closing & Graduation

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Eligibility

Who Can Apply?

We are looking to engage with a diverse group of students and young professionals, therefore applicants only need to meet an age criterion of falling in the age group of 18-35 years.

Selection Process & Fees

  • Interested candidates will have to fill a short application form and will be shortlisted based on the quality of their application.
  • Applicants will be shortlisted on a rolling basis so applying sooner will increase chances as seats are limited
  • The fee covers accommodation, food and program material for three days. The fee would also involve shuttle services from Huda City Centre and GD Goenka School, Vasant Kunj to the venue and back on the first and last day.

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Faculty

Swaminathan Aiyar (Keynote Speaker)

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is an Indian journalist and columnist. He is a consulting editor for the Economic Times and was formerly Editor of two of India's biggest economic dailies, Financial Express from 1988-90 and The Economic Times from 1992-94. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and the elder brother of Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is a senior Congress leader.

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, a nonprofit, independent public policy research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

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).

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Grad Says

Archita Das, works at NCERT

"PoD has been an enriching experience. It has encouraged me to look at things from a liberal and rational point of view. Instead of looking at the state as a provider of everything, the course has encouraged me to look at every human as a self-interest maximising individual and how incentives in the free market can help achieve the optimal outcome."

Mohammed Iqbal Omar, UG Pol Science, University of Essex

It has helped me rethink incentives and using them to achieve the required outcomes. It has also helped me rethink the role of a State and the need for libertarian values in the same.

Aakriti Kandoi, UG Pol Science, DU

I was more of a person who spoke about the problem but could never give a solution. This course helped me challenge that and work towards finding solutions. It also helped me think critically about those problems

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Early Bird Deadline: 30th June 2019
(Program Fee: Rs 3,500/-)

Final Application deadline: 07th July 2019
(Program Fee: Rs 4,000/-)

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Fee includes food, accommodation, transport from Huda City Centre to the venue on first and last day, and learning material.

Massive Open Online Course(MOOC) on Education Policy

Event Date: 11 May To 11 Jul 2019; Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Venue: Online

MOOC on Education Policy

About the Program

CCS' Massive Open Online Course on Education Policy is a course that aims to train students in research methods and the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of education policy. This course will provide a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades and steps in the process of policy formulation, knowledge and skills necessary to analyze education policies and suggest reforms on the basis of successful pilot studies from across the world and emerging trends in the sector.

It is a 16 hours engagement (including a 1.5-hour assessment exam) which can be accessed anytime between the start of the course till July 11.

Program Highlights:

  • Offered entirely on a digital learning platform to reach development professionals working in the farthest ends of the country
  • Comprises of 4 modules with 20 topics covered through video lectures, animations, quizzes, simulation building
  • Discussion forum and technical query resolution forum
  • Eminent board of mentors and experienced faculty team

Course Availability: 11 May-11 July 2019

Application Deadline: 10 June 2019

Selection Process: The second batch of MOOC will comprise of 200 students only. Due to monitored enrollment, the candidates will be selected on First Come First Serve Basis.

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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
  • Emergence of Curriculum: The National Curriculum Framework and SSA
  • Government in Education

Module 2: 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

Module 3: 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

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Testimonials

The online course conducted by CCS on the Education Policy of India helped me understand the current education situation in India. Previously, I had a very constricted view of the education sector but after completing the course and the externship, I feel there are several shortcomings in the education sector that needs to be addressed. This course helped me understand the importance and the role of Education in the development of a country and its citizens. Overall, it was an excellent experience.

This course has helped me to inculcate the theory and practice of community based research along with community partners which would not have been possible in a classroom setting alone.
It has also given me an idea and knowledge about financing and partnerships, with emphasis on local collaboration in the education sector.
This course has motivated me to think about the critical gaps  in the education space.
Further, it has also helped me to learn the strategies of consultation and collaboration to deal with various stakeholders and government agencies.

The course that we did on Education Policy was really helpful. I gathered a lot of useful information. This course wouldnt have possible it CCS wouldnt have been there.
I have learned so much from the course and I look forward to learning more. Thank you for being a remarkable teacher.
Thanks to CCS

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Faculty

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. In a latest survey, CCS was ranked the number 1 think tank in India and 81 globally.

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.

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.

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).

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".

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.

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.

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.

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Applications open! Course Availability: 11 May - 11 July

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POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (POD) - Hyderabad

Event Date: 16 Mar To 17 Mar 2019; Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Venue: Hyderabad

 Politics of Development or POD | 2019

About the Program

Ever wondered why India remains poor, with the top 1% bagging more than 70% of the country's wealth? Why our political system not only falls short of the textbook ideal, but prioritizes communal politics, corruption, and cronyism?

The "Politics of Development" is a two-day immersive certificate course curated for a batch of 120 Policy Enthusiasts looking for the answers to these and many other grueling questions and striving to find solutions for the same. Our esteemed keynote speaker will take up discussions on Post-Reform Realities. Further discussions about the nuances of good governance and a deeper look into the crux of political corruption in India that are part of the program will be brought up as well.

PoD follows our philosophy for integrated learning and interactive discussions by including lectures by domain specialists, policymakers and policy enthusiasts, and supplementing them with games, movies and presentations to promote healthy group discussions.

Program Highlights:

  • Keynote speakers from industry leaders and policy domain influencers
  • 2-day intensive certificate course more than 100 policy enthusiasts to network with
  • Engaging in interactive and thought provoking exercises with the brightest minds of the industry

Selection Process: Since the seats are limited and the candidates will be selected on a rolling basis, those who apply earlier will have a higher chance of selection.

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COURSE SCHEDULE


DAY 1 | 16 March 2019 | POLITICS OF POVERTY

  • 08:30 - 09:00 | Registration & Speed Networking
  • 09:00 - 10:30 | Open hour with Mentors: Discussion on Pre-work
  • 10:30 - 11:00 | Tea/Cookies
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Vision 2020 Activity
  • 11:30 - 13:00 | Is there Really a Culture of Poverty in India?
    This session explores how poverty is not a result of people being tardy or unambitious but rather the result of bad policies which attack their economic freedom and property rights.
  • 13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:45 | Breakout session and Activity with Mentors - 1
  • 15:45 - 17:15 | Regulate or Not to Regulate
    This session discusses how liberalisation opened the economy and lifted millions out of poverty but did not go far enough. Many quarters were left untouched and continue to suffer under the old system of state permits. At the same time, cronyism thrives in the state-controlled sectors of the economy and bad regulations continue to thwart our development.
  • 17:15 - 17:45 | Tea and Snacks Break
  • 17:45 - 19:00 | Breakout session and Activity with Mentors - 2

DAY 2 | 17 March 2019 | POLITICS OF PROSPERITY

  • 09:00 - 10:00 | Recap and Activity
  • 10:00 - 12:00 | How Can We Disrupt the Political Marketplace?
    This sessions advances increasing political competition through federalism and bringing in campaign finance reform as two possible solutions to increase governmental accountability.
  • 12:00 - 12:30 | Tea/Coffee Break
  • 12:30 - 13:45 | How good a solution is Welfare?
    This session argues that given the widespread poverty and rising inequality, redistribution of wealth and government welfare schemes may seem to be the obvious short-term solutions. But limiting attention only to these policies is likely to undermine the very process that has lifted millions out of poverty.
  • 13:30 - 14:30 | Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:40 | Lifting Barriers for Ease of Earning a Living
    This session debunks how India's big government is hardly a check on big business. Instead, rampant state regulation reduces competition and increases costs of compliance for entrepreneurs making it harder for them to earn a living.
  • 15: 45 -16:30 | Break
  • 16:30 - 17:30 | Breakout session and Activity (Vision 2020 Part II) with Mentors - 4
  • 17:30 - 18:45 | Wrap-Up and Graduation

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Speakers

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, a nonprofit, independent public policy research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Jayaprakash Narayan

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by training who went into the Indian Administrative Service in the aftermath of the Emergency and failure of the Janata Experiment. He was a topper in the IAS exam. During the 16 years of distinguished public service in various capacities, he acquired a formidable reputation in the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh. His experience in government convinced him that faulty governance process was the biggest hurdle to India and Indians achieving greater success. And what India needs today is a fundamental change in the rules of the game and not a periodic change of players. In order to translate his vision into practical reality, he resigned from Service (IAS) in 1996 and worked with like-minded colleagues for the formation of Lok Satta. Lok Satta has now emerged as India's leading civil society initiative for governance reforms.

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The program is NON RESIDENTIAL and the program fee covers food and course materials for the entire duration of the program.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Education Policy

Event Date: 25 Feb To 25 Mar 2019; Time: 10:00am - 06:00pm
Venue: Online

MOOC on Education Policy

"Glad to see your interest in MOOC. If you missed your chance to apply for the first batch please register with the link below for the next one! Dates to be announced soon"
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About the Program

The education eco-system in India boasts of 1.6 million schools – making it one of the largest school education systems in the world. Enrolment is at a peak 96.9% as of 2015, then why attainment of learning outcomes and poor completion rate plague the system? Why has government expenditure on education has increased progressively, despite the number of government schools declining in some states?

The "Massive Open Online Course on Education Policy" is an online course that aims to train students in research methods and the philosophical, economic, and political aspects of education policy. This course will provide a solid foundation in the theories that have influenced policy decisions over the decades and steps in the process of policy formulation, knowledge and skills necessary to analyze education policies and suggest reforms on the basis of successful pilot studies from across the world and emerging trends in the sector.

4-hour Engagement per week for a period of a month (16 hours, including a 2-hour assessment exam).

Course Fee: Rs.1999 *
*The course fee also includes a certificate by Centre for Civil Society. However issuance of certification will be upon evaluation of assessments.

Program Highlights:

  • Offered entirely on a digital learning platform to reach development professionals working in the farthest ends of the country
  • Comprises of 4 modules with 20 topics covered through video lectures, animations, quizzes, simulation building
  • Real-time query resolution system and feedbacks
  • Eminent board of mentors and experienced faculty team

Selection Process: The first batch of MOOC will comprise of 100 students only. Due to monitored enrolment, the candidates will be selected on First Come First Serve Basis.

Apply Now!

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
  • Emergence of Curriculum: The National Curriculum Framework and SSA
  • Government in Education

Module 2: 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

Module 3: 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

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Faculty

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. In a latest survey, CCS was ranked the number 1 think tank in India and 81 globally.

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.

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.

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).

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".

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.

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.

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.

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Register here to join us for the next round of selections!

Dates for the next batch to be announced soon.

Course Fee: Rs.1999 *
*The course fee also includes a certificate by Centre for Civil Society. However, issuance of certification will be upon evaluation of assessments.

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POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (POD)

Event Date: 02 Feb To 03 Feb 2019; Time: 10am - 6pm
Venue: Shofar Conference Centre, Gurugram

 Politics of Development or POD | 2019

Politics of Development - Hyderabad | 16th -17th March 2019
You can register and find more details about PoD Hyderabad here
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About the Program

Ever wondered why India remains poor, with the top 1% bagging more than 70% of the country's wealth? Why our political system not only falls short of the textbook ideal, but prioritizes communal politics, corruption, and cronyism?

The "Politics of Development" is a two-day immersive residential course curated for a batch of 120 Policy Enthusiasts looking for the answers to these and many other grueling questions and striving to find solutions for the same. Our esteemed keynote speaker, Mr. Swaminathan Aiyar will take up discussions on Post-Reform Realities. Further discussions about the nuances of good governance and a deeper look into the crux of political corruption in India that are part of program will be brought up as well.

PoD follows our philosophy for integrated learning and interactive discussions by including lectures by domain specialists, policymakers and policy enthusiasts, and supplementing them with games, movies and presentations to promote healthy group discussions.

Program Highlights:

  • Keynote speakers from industry leaders and policy domain influencers
  • 2-day intensive residential course more than 100 policy enthusiasts to network with
  • Engaging in interactive and thought provoking exercises with the brightest minds of the industry

Selection Process: Since the seats are limited and the candidates will be selected on a rolling basis, those who apply earlier will have a higher chance of selection.

Apply Now!

Schedule

DAY 0 | 01 February 2019

  • 18:00 - 22:00 | Registration, Speed Networking and Introduction to the course

DAY 1 | 02 February 2019 | Politics of Poverty

  • 09:00 - 10:30 | Open hours with Mentors: Discussion on Pre-work
  • 10:30 - 11:00 | Break
  • 11:00 - 11:30 | Activity
  • 11:30 - 13:00 | Is there Really a Culture of Poverty in India?
    This session explores how poverty is not a result of people being tardy or unambitious but rather the result of bad policies which attack their economic freedom and property rights.
  • 13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 | Once Upon a Time in 1991
    This session delves into India's experience with socialism and how it created a rent-seeking society with rampant corruption. As consumers, citizens werdenied goods. As producers, entrepreneurs were denied the ability to produce.
  • 16:00 - 16:30 | Break
  • 16:30 - 19:00 | To Regulate or Not to Regulate
    This session discusses how liberalisation opened the economy and lifted millions out of poverty, but did not go far enough. Many quarters were left untouched and continue to suffer under the old system of state permits. At the same time, cronyism thrives in the state-controlled sectors of the economy and bad regulations continue to thwart our development.
  • 19:00 - 20:30 | Dinner
  • 20:30 - 22:00 | Political corruption: Authority plus Monopoly minus Transparency
    This session explores why political parties often recruit candidates with criminal backgrounds and citizens vote for 'strongmen' politicians who are looked up to as Robin Hood figures.
  • 22:00 - 22:30 | Open Hour with Mentors

DAY 2 | 03 February 2019 | Politics of Prosperity

  • 09:00 - 09:40 | Activity
  • 09:40 - 11:30 | How Can We Disrupt the Political Marketplace?
    This sessions advances increasing political competition through federalism and bringing in campaign finance reform as two possible solutions to increase governmental accountability.
  • 11:30 - 12:00 | Break
  • 12:00 - 13:15 | Keynote Dialogue with Swaminathan Aiyar
  • 13:15 - 14:15 | Lunch
  • 14:15 - 15:30 | Lifting Barriers for Ease of Earning a Living
    This session debunks how India's big government is hardly a check on big business. Instead, rampant state regulation reduces competition and increases costs of compliance for entrepreneurs making it harder for them to earn a living.
  • 15:30 - 16:00 | Open Hour with Mentors
  • 16:00 - 17:30 | How good a solution is welfare?
    This session argues that given the widespread poverty and rising inequality, redistribution of wealth and government welfare schemes may seem to be the obvious short-term solutions. But limiting attention only to these policies is likely to undermine the very process that has lifted millions out of poverty
  • 17:30 - 18:00 | Activity
  • 18:00 - 18:30 | Wrap-Up and Graduation

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Speakers

Swaminathan Aiyar (Keynote Speaker)

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is an Indian journalist and columnist. He is a consulting editor for the Economic Times and was formerly Editor of two of India's biggest economic dailies, Financial Express from 1988-90 and The Economic Times from 1992-94. He is also a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and the elder brother of Mani Shankar Aiyar, who is a senior Congress leader.

Ajay Shah

Ajay is currently Professor at the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy in Delhi. He is a former consultant to the Department of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and former Associate Professor, IGIDR. He was listed among the Top 10 economists in the Indian Express supplement 'The Most Powerful Indians in 2010'.

Mohit Satyanand

Mohit Satyanand is an entrepreneur, consultant, investor, and policy wonk. After an M.A. from Delhi School of Economics, he joined Hindustan Lever as a management trainee, moving 4 years later to Delhi Flour Mills, where he established India's first successful snack food brand, Crax. In 1989, he co-founded Teamwork Films, which now produces several of India's most prestigious arts festivals, including the Jaipur Literary Festival, and annual festivals in Singapore, South Africa, Europe, and North America.

Barun Mitra

Barun is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, a nonprofit, independent public policy research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi, India. Liberty Institute is dedicated to enhancing individual freedom in economic and political domains. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003. Barun Mitra also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in environmental policy debates from the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Jayaprakash Narayan

Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan is a physician by training who went into the Indian Administrative Service in the aftermath of the Emergency and failure of the Janata Experiment. He was a topper in the IAS exam. During the 16 years of distinguished public service in various capacities, he acquired a formidable reputation in the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh. His experience in government convinced him that faulty governance process was the biggest hurdle to India and Indians achieving greater success. And what India needs today is a fundamental change in the rules of the game and not a periodic change of players. In order to translate his vision into practical reality, he resigned from Service (IAS) in 1996 and worked with like-minded colleagues for the formation of Lok Satta. Lok Satta has now emerged as India's leading civil society initiative for governance reforms.

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Join the Two Day Residential Course in Public Policy

Application deadline: 27th January 2019

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Fee includes food, accommodation, transport from Huda City Centre to the venue on first and last day, and learning material.