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10 May 2019
A Monthly Update on CCS Initiatives

Policy Roundtable on the Separation of roles in Education

On 2nd April, we organised a roundtable 'Reforming K-12 Governance in India: Principles-based Uncoupling and Separation of Functions' at the World Bank premises in New Delhi. The event brought together 18 experts and stakeholders in the education sector, including Dr. Junaid Ahmad, World Bank India Head and Dr. K. P. Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skills among others.

Drawing from our-ongoing research on reforming the education sector, Bhuvana Anand, Policy Expert, and Advisor, Research, Centre for Civil Society, presented our policy and regulatory recommendations, emphasising that governance reforms and the implementation of separation of powers in the education sector are key to bring about any long-term change and the civil society has to be unified around this singular goal.

A Spontaneous Dialogue on Enabling Street Entrepreneurship

On 27th April, Spontaneous Order, our digital publication of liberal commentaries, hosted its fourth Facebook Live Discussion ‘Spontaneous Dialogue’ on ‘Street Vendors Act - Enabling Street Entrepreneurs’. Featuring Indira Unninayar, Advocate, Supreme Court and Delhi High Court; Vivek Kalia, Joint Commissioner, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram and Manoj Mehra, Street Vendor and General Secretary - National Hawkers Federation, the dialogue discussed the enduring challenges in the implementation of the Street Vendors Act 2014, passed by the Central Government.

Our Third Credit Course with the Vedica Scholars Programme

In March - April 2019, we offered a credit course on ‘Introduction to Public Policy’, our third successful course at the Vedica Scholars Programme in New Delhi. The course was offered as a part of the program curriculum through a 20 hour module, and saw a participation of 58 young women leaders. Our distinguished faculty included Shubho Roy, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy; Bhuvana Anand, Governance and Public Policy Specialist, and Advisor, Research, Centre for Civil Society, among others.

Adhyay: Reading to Understand Political Manifestos

On 28th April, we hosted ‘Adhyay’, our socratic seminar in the city of Hyderabad. The Adhyay brought together 6 young thinkers to reflect and discuss the manifestos of national political parties, in light of the 2019 elections. Adhyays have been conceptualised with the aim of engaging our alumni and young learners in reading and dialogue, to foster critical reasoning and comprehension.

NISA Hosts Members of the Union of Private Schools, Afghanistan

This April, the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) hosted Mr Seyyed Hashmat and Mr Amin Al-Dinh, members of the Union of Private Schools of Afghanistan (UPSA), visiting India to understand the role and scope of affordable private schools in the Indian education ecosystem. The UPSA members also visited Budget private schools in Dwarka, Delhi, engaging with NISA to further understand their diverse models, and enduring policy challenges confronting them.

Design Thinking in Public Policy

Public Policy for the Environment: ISPP’s Policy Relay Series

On 27th April, The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) organised a workshop on ‘Public Policy for the Environment: New Wine in Old Bottles?’ at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi. Shreekant Gupta, Professor, Delhi School of Economics and Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore conducted the workshop. Attended by 30 participants, the workshop explored how public policy based on market approaches can offer new ideas and solutions to enduring environmental problems.

A Dialogue with the Experts: Webinars from ISPP

This  April, the Indian School of Public Policy organised three webinars bringing expert perspectives on critical contemporary concerns and the scope of public policy today. On 13th April, Vineeta Hariharan, Policy Head, World Bank spoke on ‘Public Policy- Key Steps and Scope’,  engaging with 51 participants. Raja Karthikeya, Political Officer, United Nations, New York conducted a webinar on ‘New challenges in International Public Policy’, attended by 30 participants, on 17th April. On 26th April,  Professor Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business,The Fletcher School at Tufts University and founding Executive Director, Fletcher’s Institute for Business in the Global Context  conducted a session on ‘‘Digital India is lovely.. But can it get past the Real India?, with 48 participants.

Discussing Political Manifestos with Journalist Changemakers

We ended the month with our monthly journalists’ dialogue, engaging nine journalists in a discussion on the relevance of political manifestos today. Held at IGNCA, New Delhi, the dialogue was attended by participants representing prominent media houses, including Aaj Tak, All India Radio and Business Standard among others. The discussion was led by Avinash Chandra, Editor, and addressed the sidelining of party manifestos and negligible public understanding of their commitments in the electoral climate, in India today.

  • The Indian School of Public Policy’s (ISPP) workshop on ‘Public Policy for the Environment: New Wine in Old Bottles? was covered by 13 media houses including Newsnation, Education World, Business News this Week among others.
  • In April, The National Independent School Alliance (NISA), organized its core committee meeting in Goa. The meeting was attended by 21 People including NISA Office bearers, and advisors. The meeting was covered by Early Times and North in News.
  • Loksabha TV visited our office to discuss expectations and concerns regarding the of the ongoing elections and the manifestos of political parties. The interaction was broadcasted on 23rd April and can be viewed here.
  • Ritika Shah, Manager, Research, Centre for Civil Society, authored an article asserting the need to create a learning-outcomes based school recognition system, with student learning at the centre of school regulation. The article was published in the Hindustan Times. Read here.
  • Parth J. Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society and Director, Indian School of Public Policy  was interviewed by Sourya Reddy of The Bastion, on the education system in India.

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