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10 JULY 2019
A Monthly Update on CCS Initiatives

Draft National Education Policy 2019 Recommends the Separation of Functions to Reform Education Governance

In a big win for us, the Draft National Education Policy 2019 (NEP) recently released by the Government makes clear recommendations for states to implement the idea of separation of functions to reform school and higher education in India. Separation of functions is one of the foremost principles of good governance without which no structural reforms in education are possible.

We published a policy blueprint on the separations of powers in 2018, and had presented our recommendations furthering this idea to the Kasturirangan Committee, the apex body headed by Dr K. Kasturirangan tasked with developing the NEP. This June, we also organised our monthly journalist dialogue on the NEP, with 13 representatives from leading media houses. Following the release of the draft, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) also launched a dedicated NEP campaign with regional meetings held in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, with 1300 attendees.

Government Calls for Reducing Licensing for Eateries and Kirana Stores

In another win for our on-going work to promote the ease of doing business in India, the government is planning to significantly cut down the number of approvals required for kirana stores and eateries which will help make procedures simpler for aspiring entrepreneurs.

CCS has been working to dismantle regulatory barriers that directly impact the ease of opening and running businesses, particularly to foster inclusive markets and improve livelihoods for bottom-of- pyramid communities.

In 2018, we published the Doing Business in Delhi Report that studied the regulatory barriers to operate restaurants, meat shops and e-waste recycling plants in Delhi, evaluating the business reforms conducted between 2016 to 2018.

People Wins

Ipolicy: Inspiring Policy Leaders

This June, we took our introductory course in public policy, the ìpolicy, to Bangalore and Hyderabad, with 61 graduates. Through interactive sessions, games and simulation, and debates and dialogues, our faculty engaged our participants in discussions on contemporary policy concerns like the agrarian crisis, effective property rights, the alcohol prohibition policy and the significance of greater choice and competition in the education sector.

Our eminent faculty this month included JP Narayan, Founder, Lok Satta Party; Rahul V Kumar, Research Consultant, Centre for Public Policy Research; Rohan Joshi, Head-Outreach, Centre for Teacher Accreditation; and Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society.

 Baithak: Conversations in Policy

Baithak: Conversations in Policy

We conducted Baithaks, our monthly policy dialogues in three cities this month - New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The Baithaks brought together 81 keen alumni to discuss contemporary policy and political and-economic concerns, including the Constitution (First Amendment) Act of 1951, the recent polls and policy challenges ahead, regulatory challenges in credit services for MSMEs, and the role and scope of private schools in India. Our facilitators included Barun Mitra, Founder, Liberty Institute; Nikhil Mehra, Advocate; Prashant Narang, Advocate; Dr. D. Dhanuraj, Centre for Policy Research; Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, Founder, Mapunity; Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary, Director, Caspian Impact Advisors.

ISSP Policy Relay

ISPP Policy relay series: Bringing Expert Commentary on Public Policy

This June, the Indian School of Public Policy conducted three workshops with eminent policy practitioners including Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, Development Economist; Dhiraj Nayyar, Chief Economist, Vedanta Resources; and Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Founder-CEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water. Engaging 104 participants, the workshops addressed the need for evidence-based policy-making and effective impact evaluation, the prerequisites for accelerating economic growth, and the importance of transitioning to sustainable forms of energy.

Webinars at ISPP

Webinars from ISPP:
Understanding the Swiss Case for Good Governance and Prosperity

On 8th June, the Indian School of Public Policy hosted a webinar with Mr. Sebastian Hug, Consul General and CEO, Swissnex India, with a focus on Switzerland’s success in industry and governance. Using case studies on the cheese, fintech and watch-making industry, Mr Hug highlighted the need for a conducive environment facilitated by the government in the form of investments in research and development, a robust education system and regulatory frameworks facilitated by an effective government.


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New Team Members
Team memberYazad Jal | Director, CCS Academy

Yazad has an MBA from Yale University and a BA (Econ) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai University. Previously he was Fellow, Economic Policy and managed the Technology and Policy Program at the Takshashila Institution, Bengaluru. Before that he worked as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, IBM’s Global Business Services and his own independent consultancy. From 1999-2001, Yazad has also been an Associate with us at CCS.

Team member Jayana Bedi | Research Associate

Jayana is a Sociology graduate from Miranda House, University of Delhi. An alumnus of CCS, she has previously interned with NGOs working on rural entrepreneurship, sustainable development, education and mental health. She is passionate about theatre, loves to read and relishes conversations that expose her to new ways of thinking about the world.

Team member Tarini Sudhakar | Research Associate

Tarini studied History from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She previously interned with the Energy and Resources Institute and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. She has worked extensively with Tamana, an NGO for special-needs children, and the rehabilitation program at Tihar Jail.

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

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