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11 December 2018
A Monthly Update on CCS Initiatives

Appeal for Repeal Law Day

Amplifying our call for the recognition of 26th November - the Constitution Day of India, as the National Repeal Law Day, we launched the second edition of our State Compendiums of Laws of Repeal. The launch was accompanied by a panel discussion on 'Exploring Alternatives: Institutionalisation of Repeal of Laws' which addressed the need for a legal framework that recognises the immediate exigency to scrap or amend obsolete, redundant and ineffective laws. Our panelists included prominent lawyers, legal scholars, jurists and experts such as Tariq Anwar, Former Union Minister; PK Malhotra, Former Law Secretary, Ministry of Law & Justice; Maneesh Chhibber, Editor, The Print; Satya Prakash, Legal Editor, The Tribune; Hemant Batra, Founder and Chairman, Kaden Boriss Global and Dr Neeti Shikha, Associate Professor, Symbiosis Law School, Noida.

Direct Benefit Transfers

Taking Education Reform Ideas to the MHRD

We met with Rina Ray, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, to discuss the enduring crisis of learning in India and to present our recommendations for learning-outcomes based school regulation. We also presented comprehensive policy blueprints on Direct Benefit Transfers and need for the separation of roles of the government in education delivery, adjudication and assessments.

Baithak: Understanding India's Job Crisis

Baithak in Mumbai: Understanding India's Job Crisis

We conducted our first Baithak in Mumbai, on 24th November, with Raghavan Jagannathan, Editorial Director, Swarajya speaking on the enduring job crisis in India. The Baithak saw a participation from 12 alumni, engaging with Raghavan on his insights on the historical delinking of economic growth and job creation, and the role of technological development and startups in expanding job markets in India.

ipolicy for Young Leaders

Creating Policy Champions- iPolicy for Young Leaders

We conducted ipolicy for Young Leaders, our flagship three-day introductory program in public policy in three cities this November - Pune, Chennai and Delhi, with 122 graduates.

Our sessions addressed property rights, the role of technologies in governance, and the need for personal and cultural freedoms along with other contemporary policy concerns. Our faculty included public policy experts and practitioners like Bhuvana Anand, Governance and Public Policy Specialist; Barun Mitra, Founder and Director, Liberty Institute; and Ameya Paratkar, Public Policy Advocate, among others.

Engaging Journalist Alumni

Engaging Journalist Alumni

In the month of November, we hosted our monthly journalists' dialogue with 14 journalist leaders representing media platforms such as Lok Sabha TV, Doordarshan, All India Radio, Hindustan, Amar Ujala and India TV. Held at IGMCA, New Delhi on 24th November, the discussion addressed the need for the institutionalisation of an annual judicial audit in the context of the launch of our State Compendiums of Laws for Repeal. The discussion was led by Avinash Chandra, Editor,

  • The launch of our State Compendiums of Laws and the accompanying panel discussion received 9 media mentions in leading print and online media platforms like The Print, Mangala Times, and others.

  • An article by the Live Law News Network cited our research on the differential rape laws in India for men and women, making a case for gender-neutral rape laws. The enduring relevance of this research conducted as part of CCS' 2013 Researching Reality Internship, is evidenced by the persistence of differential laws often insensitive towards male victims of sexual abuse.

  • National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) with support from PM Publishers conducted a training for teachers from NISA affiliated schools in Kaithal, Haryana on cloud computing, cybersecurity and basics of computer technology to be kept in mind while interacting with and teaching children. The training was acknowledged in local publications like Punjab Kesari, Amar Ujala, Bhaskar News and others.

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Team member Reeta Meena
Junior Associate, Academy

A chemical engineer by training, Reeta's interests lie well beyond applied mechanics. Generally curious about the world around her, she is eager to learn more about law, society, economy, environment, technology and more. She has been active in a wide range extra-curricular activities in college, with a particular interest in dance and music. Writing has been a close second.

Team member Sumbul Mashhadi
Content Associate, Advocacy

Sumbul holds a Master of Arts in Communication for Development (C4D) and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from from Jamia Millia Islamia. She is a core founding member of Pinjratod, a pathbreaking and highly documented student-led initiative contesting regressive and gender-discriminatory practices in educational institutes and hostels across India.

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