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10 July 2018
A Monthly Update on CCS Initiatives
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CCS at Atlas Network's Global
Policy Perspectives

Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society, was invited to speak at Atlas Network’s Global Policy Perspectives event series held this June at the Cornell Club in New York. Speaking on the need for ‘Dismantling Barriers to Education and Enterprise in India’ he discussed the emergence and scope of, and challenges to locally grown, market-based solutions to education and poverty in the country.

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Exploring Regulatory Barriers to Enterprise: Researching Reality Internship 2018

This June, we launched the 18th edition of our flagship summer internship program, the Researching Reality Internship with a cohort of  22 young researchers from across the country. This edition of the internship will explore the complex regulations and policy bottlenecks that continue to thwart enterprise in India, with a particular focus on the implementation of the Ease of Doing Business reforms in the state of Delhi.

FORGING Changemakers: iPolicy for Young Leaders

We conducted the iPolicy, our 3-day flagship course in public policy in Bangalore and Mumbai this June, reaching out to 52 young leaders. Our esteemed faculty included domain-experts, public policy analysts, and academics, including Prasanna Vishwanathan, CEO, Swarajya Magazine; JP Narayan, Founder, Lok Satta Party; Bhargavi Zaveri, Senior Research Associate, IGIDR; Makarand Bakore, Lawyer, Bombay High Court; Shagata Mukherjee, Professor, Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics, among others.

Liberty Hour with Barun Mitra

The Liberty Hour is conceptualised as a platform to initiate dialogue on the theoretical foundations of liberalism and their application to contemporary socio-political and economic concerns. This June, the Liberty Hour was steered by Barun Mitra, Founder and Director, Liberty Institute, engaging 30 policy enthusiasts, including CC alumni and our young learners participating in the Researching Reality Internship.

Celebrating the Spirit of Liberal Journalism

CCS hosted two journalists’ dialogues in the month of June bringing together 37 journalists to discuss market solutions to our enduring developmental challenges. An opportunity of networking and insightful discussions, the participant journalists discussed and deliberated on the merit of government imposed bans as opposed to due incentivisation of citizens against the backdrop of the recent plastic ban in the state of Maharashtra, and the need for the repeal of outdated laws. The discussions were led by Avinash Chandra, Editor, and Prashant Narang, Advocate, Supreme Court, and moderated by Shantanu Gupta, Political Analyst and Author of The Monk Who Became Chief Minister, and Amit Chandra, Independent Consultant, NISA.

#SaveEducation: Speaking up for Education Reforms at the MHRD

In March 2018, the National Independent Schools Alliance  had submitted a comprehensive Charter of Demands to the Prime Minister’s Office calling for greater school choice, more effective and feasible safety regulations, direct benefit transfers in education, and policy interventions to promote the ease of opening schools in India. On 19th June, NISA office bearers met with Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development to submit the Charter. A comprehensive report on state of schools closures in the country was also presented.

  • Parth Shah, was interviewed by the Quint to discuss the merits of the UGC granting autonomy to colleges. The interview explored how reduced governmental interference and increased autonomy for institutions would increase efficiencies and quality of education in the colleges. You can watch the interview here.

  • The Atlas Network published an article about the National Independent Schools Alliance’s (NISA) 'Save Education Campaign’ - a nationwide movement to mobilise parents and schools to urge the Indian government to reinstate choice and autonomy in education. Read the article here.

  • NISA’s pioneering work for budget private schools(BPS) was covered in ScooNews. The article talks about NISA’s work to advocate reforms in the Right To Education Act, and for improving the quality of education in BPS through the NISA Quality Charter. The article sheds lights on the plight of BPS in the country and why they hold an important place in our education system. Read the article here.

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Shashikant joins us with over 10 years of experience in IT Support, Client Management, Operations, and Administration. He has worked in the IT, Education and Healthcare sectors and has certification from Microsoft and Cisco in IT. Shashi loves engaging with the team, and streamlining office operations through effective management and timely assistance.

Team member Sunaina Mathur
Junior Associate, Advocacy

Sunaina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune. She has previously interned with the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC), the Government of Andhra Pradesh, and has represented India at the UN for the Merit360 programme. Her love for languages and poetry drove her to learn French and Russian, and she hopes to read her favorite book 'War and Peace' in Russian someday.

Team member Vidushi Sabharwal
Research Associate

An Economics Graduate from Delhi University with a touch of books, mountains and people, research is her felicity. Vidushi has previously interned with us, and with the Central Square Foundation. As a Teach for India fellow and Math Content Advisor, she mentored over 150 young girls and led a city project called Mathathon to debunk math phobia. She is also the co-founder of Bass Ek Raah, a charitable society guiding people through counselling and consultancy.

Team member Abhinav Singh
Manager, Programs

Abhinav has done his Bachelors in Economics from Sri Venkateshwara College, University of Delhi. He is also a CCS alumnus, and has previously worked on Mint's editorial team, writing unsigned editorials. He has been the South Asia Programs Manager at Students For Liberty. He is a classical liberal and is interested in advancing the pro-liberty movement in the country.

Team member Pooloma Ghosh,
Senior Research Associate

Pooloma holds a Masters degree in Geography specializing in Regional Development from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Presidency University, Kolkata She has worked with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, recommending policy changes in its National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in the past. She has also worked with Safe Water Network India. Pooloma has a knack for art. Her other interests lie in music, reading and travelling solo.

Team member Arshdeep Singh
Associate, Marketing and Partnerships

Arshdeep Singh is an alumnus of St. Xavier's College,Kolkata. He has worked with several organisations in the past, including the Pratham Education Foundation, and Pedagoge (an EduTech start-up). He strives to be a change-maker and hopes to achieve his dream of realising India's sporting potential. His interests include sports, fitness, poetry and coffee!

Team member Manoj Singh
Web Associate

Manoj has a Masters degree in Computer Application, and comes with over 4 years of experience in IT and backend development. He has previously worked with several companies, handling projects for their think tank and university partners. Now at CCS, Manoj will be providing us with all the nuts and bolts for all our web development projects.

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