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Dear Friends,

We’ve had a number of reasons to celebrate these last four months.

CCS was announced as one of the six finalists of the Templeton Freedom Award this September, given by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Finalists represented “best examples of free-market think-tank excellence throughout the world”. The nomination was extremely encouraging for us as a team, reinforcing our belief in the work we do and our resolve to continue fighting for India’s second freedom movement.

We also launched Vikalp, our skill voucher pilot that aims to bring increased choice in vocational training to underprivileged youth. Currently, the program is being run in Mumbai. Vikalp has been acknowledged as a model for the STAR Scheme – a Rs. 1,000 Crore Skill Development scheme, launched by the Ministry of Finance and managed by the National Skill Development Corporation.

The end of August saw the launch of our RTE Portal, India’s largest online resource for RTE-related information. Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Senior Director, FICCI gave the welcome address at our launch and said she believed the RTE Portal was a big step forward towards increasing transparency in governance and administration.

Our Jeevika Campaign also came to a close this year with the passing of the Street Vendor Bill in the Lok Sabha, recognising four years of advocacy in the sector. We are hopeful that the bill will be passed in the Rajya Sabha in the next Parliamentary Session.

In the education sector, our research was recognised in the media – our paper on the Cost of Compliance for Private Schools with RTE norms was released at our 5th Annual School Choice National Conference this December. The Times of India published the results of the paper, highlighting the difficulties faced by budget private schools in the face of RTE norms.

Academy scaled up their outreach significantly in this period as well, successfully conducting 17 programs in 10 cities and engaging with over 2,000 young minds across India.

We end this year on a high with our School Choice National Conference (SCNC) that saw over 190 delegates come together to deliberate on the education system in India and the innovation and planning needed to reach a system where the students are at the centre of the education system.  Shekhar Shah of NCAER who chaired the last session on ‘Action Plan 2025: Rethinking Policy’ said that over time, SCNC has become the reference point for education reforms.

We now jump straight into the CCS and Michigan State University Conference, Are Markets Moral? and the Asia Liberty Forum in the first week of January, kicking off 2014 with as much zeal as we end 2013. We look forward to new collaborations and alliances as we move into the new year – striving for successes in the areas of education and livelihoods with a hope to achieve greater economic, personal, social and political freedom for all.

We hope you will support our endeavours and follow us with as much enthusiasm as you have always shown. Thank you for being a part of the CCS Family.

I leave you to read updates from our three verticals directly from the Program Directors.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

In liberty,

Parth J Shah
President, Centre for Civil Society

Education for All: School Choice Campaign

SCNCIt has been an eventful few months for the School Choice Campaign! The team successfully completed the School Voucher for Girls (SVG) pilot project run in Delhi; secured a research grant from International Growth Centre to study the regulatory and operational structure of the higher education sector; and hosted two big conferences (the 2nd National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) School Leaders Summit and our 5th Annual School Choice National Conference). Read more

Removing Barriers to Livelihood: Jeevika & Vikalp

VikalpThe three major arms of the Livelihoods team in CCS were in different stages of their life-cycle in the past four months.  Vikalp –  India’s first skill voucher pilot – which has been a year in the making, finally came to life with the commencement of classes in December.  The Jeevika Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival has grown over the 10 years since its inception, and delivered its biggest performance yet. Read more


Developing New Leaders with New Ideas: CCS Academy

Why is India PoorCCS Academy travelled to 10 cities, conducting 17 programs and engaging with over 2,215 potential future leaders to further their understanding of the role of state, markets and civil society and its implications to their own lives.

Through games, group activities, documentaries and field trips we reflected on simple yet pertinent questions: Why is India poor? What makes a good society? How do we solve our environmental challenges? What are rights? Who should provide education? Would you give up the internet for a million dollars? Read more

New faces at CCS

Harsh Shrivastava, Chief Operations Officer
Harsh has come on board as the Chief Operations Officer at Centre of Civil Society. He has worked at the Planning Commission and in the Prime Minister’s Office; in CII and at Feedback Ventures.  He has co-written India’s first book on CSR.  He brings a great wealth of knowledge and connections to the team. He has also lectured at universities across India and globally and has written for the Economic Times and Indian Express, among others.  Harsh has an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Naginder Kaur, HR & Admin
Naginder holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and has a Master’s degree in Human Resource from ICFAI University, Tripura. She has experience of HR and Administrative Roles with Software companies based in Delhi. At CCS she supports the HR & Administration functions as an Associate.
Preeti Advani, Resource Mobilisation
Preeti did her post graduation in HR from the Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD, Pune. She began her career as a management trainee in Reliance Petroleum. After a short stint at Bal Bharti, she shifted to the development sector and simultaneously did an M.A. in Sociology. She has worked with leading NGOs in India on various social issues and fundraising. At CCS, Preeti is Manager, Resource Mobilisation.
Ravi Kumar Jha, Vikalp
Ravi graduated in Engineering from K.K. Wagh Engineering College, Nasik with specialisation in Information Technology in 2010. He has worked as a business analyst and was a part of Jagriti Yatra 2012. He has keen interest in skill development issues and youth development programs and has joined CCS as a Project Associate for our skill voucher program in Mumbai.
Rishi Vashishtha, School Choice Campaign
Rishi has almost six years of experience in communication and advocacy in the voluntary sector. He previously headed communication and the volunteer programme at Tech Mahindra Foundation. Rishi is also a qualified journalist and mass communication graduate and at CCS, he is the Manager of the Right to Education portal, India’s largest online resource for all RTE related information.
Samta Arora, Communications
Samta is an Honors graduate from LSR in History. She has practical experience and expertise, in branding, communications and social media for non-profits and social enterprises and has worked in the development sector for 6 years. She will be managing the communications vertical at the Centre.

After the Welfare State
Edited by Tom G. Palmer with a Foreword by Bibek Debroy

After the welfare stateA series of essays, edited by Tom G. Palmer that explore the phenomenon of the welfare state through historical and present-day examples and ask the questions: What has the welfare state wrought on economies around the world? Is it sustainable? And what should come after the welfare state?

Soft copies of these publications are available for download on the CCS website. For hard copies, email
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