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  A Monthly Update on Our Work and Impact

In September, we launched Umang, a two-year research pilot aimed at building an effective model of intervention to impact the quality and efficacy of education delivery in Budget Private Schools (BPS). Being implemented in 82 BPS in Lucknow and Ambala, the program will improve the quality of education in community schools by providing due support for micro-innovations that build capacities of three key stakeholders–students, teachers and principals.

Being implemented in collaboration with Zaya Learning Labs, Creatnet Education and the Centre for Science of Student Learning (CSSL), Umang will bring an enriching learning experience to over 9000 students, effectively train 267 teachers, and cultivate 45 school leaders into committed change-makers. We formally rolled out the program this September, beginning with the training of teachers for effective baseline assessments of students from the participating schools. The project team flagged off the project in the two cities, with assessments in 76 schools and training for 164 teachers. The participating schools demonstrated remarkable enthusiasm and commitment, and a keen solidarity with the team and the project:

"The assessment was good as it helps us to understand the level of our students. It will help us understand the quality of our students as it was a surprise assessment. Moreover, the training for principals will help us to learn innovative ways of teaching and how to use them in our classrooms.
-  Shiv Shankar, Principal, Royal Public School, Lucknow


RTECCS had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Delhi High Court arguing that the ‘No Detention Policy’ under the RTE was being misinterpreted in schools, leading to dismal learning outcomes amongst students. The PIL, argued by Prashant Narang, Advocate, iJustice, urges the Delhi Government to extend ‘Chunauti 2018’ – the Delhi Government’s comprehensive education reform scheme that targets class 9 students – to primary classes, to assess learning outcomes of all students up to class 8, provide for remedial education to students in need of supplementary support, and to ensure that all students achieve grade-level competencies before being promoted to the next grade.

The PIL thus makes teachers and schools accountable for student learning, and recommends the Government to conduct learning assessments each year. In a significant breakthrough, the Delhi High Court has issued a notice to all Municipal Corporations, along with the Directorate of Education to file their responses to the PIL, before the next hearing announced for November 28.

Read more about Chunauti 2018 here. See media reports on the PIL here.


Manish Sisodia shows solidarity with BPS leadersRecognizing the role of BPS in bringing quality education to the economically disadvantaged, CCS and NISA have been proactively campaigning for their rights and recognition, especially in the wake of the RTE and the subsequent spate of school closures owing to the policy’s stringent infrastructure norms.

On 28 September, NISA, in collaboration with Delhi Independent Schools Alliance (DISA) and the Coordination Committee of Public Schools (CCPS) hosted the ‘State Conference for Budget Private Schools’ in Delhi, bringing together over 500 BPS owners and NISA state representatives from Punjab, Goa, Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and other states.

The conference was attended by Shri. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Delhi. Shri Sisodia, in solidarity with the BPS owners agreed that existing land norms under the RTE remain a serious problem for the recognition of BPS and alluded to policy reforms that make the number of classrooms the basis for recognition instead of the existing land measure. The minister also spoke of the increased role of BPS in early childhood care and education in the proposed education scheme of the Delhi Government.

Read more about NISA and its initiatives, here.

building momemtum for THE NEW EDUCATION POLICY (NEP)

With the MHRD’s deadline for receiving public feedback, recommendations and inputs for the NEP 2016 coming to a close on 30 September 2016, we further bolstered our efforts for promoting target reforms in the policy document. Since the NEP 2016 was first announced in 2015, we have been proactively engaged in research, consultations and targeted advocacy for furthering choice, accountability and innovation in education:

  • Engaging Industry Leaders and Parliamentarians: In July, we hosted a roundtable for roundtable for investors in Mumbaiinvestors in Mumbai, bringing together prominent industry leaders and philanthropists to think together on the NEP. We also brought together 12 prominent parliamentarians for a roundtable in Delhi that further consolidated reform recommendations for facilitating greater investment in education, shifting the policy focus to learning outcomes, and incorporating vocational training in school education.

  • Consultations with State Officials: We have also had consultations with key state officials in Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Delhi. Through the meetings, we urged the state functionaries to reinforce their commitment to educational reforms that foster better governance, teacher accountability and the institution of per-child funding in the form of Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT)

  • Meeting the Hon’ble Minister of HRD: Following the publication of Gurcharan Das’s (Author, and Trustee, CCS) letter to the new HRD Minister, Shri. Prakash Javadekar, in the Times of India on July 10, Parth Shah, President, CCS met with Shri. Javadekar along with Gurcharan Das and Ashish Dhawan (Founder and CEO, Central Square Foundation and Trustee, CCS). An exhaustive letter with key policy recommendations asserting the need for participation in standardised student assessments, linking student and teacher profiles with UID and DBTs for the 25% reservation under the RTE was subsequently submitted to the Hon’ble Minister.

  • Promoting Reforms, Digitally: In July, we launched the NEP Wiki – a unique online open platform to invite and enable direct public engagement with the policy document, to truly democratise the discourse on the NEP 2016. NEP WikiThe NEP has drawn significant participation from educationists, students, researchers, prominent thinkers and representatives of civil society organizations. We have 6 comprehensive comments and 20 critical edits thus far. The wiki has been widely publicised- our online publicity drew 234442 visitors.

    We also created and disseminated an online survey to understand the policy priorities and preferences of a target audience of educationists, business leaders, scholars and thought-leaders. We have thus far received 27 responses on the online survey – the respondents include key business leaders and educational experts.

    You can access the survey and vote for your top 5 reforms here. You can access the NEP Wiki here.

  • Knowledge-sharing and Consensus Building:
    With a view to build momentum for the imminent NEP 2016, we undertook a comprehensive knowledge-sharing exercise. We shared our 12 catalytic reform ideas, along with the CCS NEP Policy Brief, Commentary on the TSR Committee Report, Summary of the MHRD NEP draft and a comparative analysis of the MHRD draft and Committee Report. 78 postal parcels and over 250 emails were sent. Due follow-ups with the addresses are underway.

As the MHRD gears up to release the NEP 2016, in the coming days, we at CCS will continue to engage with key influencers, policy-makers and opinion-leaders to promote effective reforms in education in India – an education that promotes choice, accountability and innovation!


CCS partnered with the Fraser Institute, Canada to release the Economic Freedom of the World Report (2016). Published by the Fraser Institute, the report uses 42 distinct sets of data to analyse the economic freedom rankings of 159 countries and territories. The 2016 report demonstrates India’s dwindling performance on the economic freedom index, with the country having slipped by 10 positions to 112th out of 159 countries. The report brings to light India’s dismal achievements in categories relating to the legal system and property rights, along with sound money, international trade freedom and regulation. The report shows promising achievements on the size of the government, a crucial win for CCS in the context of its ongoing campaign on maximum governance, minimum government.

India’s performance on the economic freedom index also brings forth the significance and urgency of the Centre’s work in promoting ease of doing business by furthering effective regulation and deregulation of enterprise, particularly MSMEs.

CCS took its certificate course in public policy – the íPolicy, to ISB Hyderabad this September. The three day comprehensive policy training saw a remarkable turnout of 40 participants. Along with the CCS team, the program incorporated expert sessions by prominent guest speakers including J. P. Narayan, Founder President, Loksatta Party; Shantanu Gupta, Founder and director, YUVA foundation and Nimesh Mehta, Founder, Rockmetric .
Here’s what one of our speakers had to say:

"I have enjoyed the interaction. All of you at CCS are doing a great job of inspiring young Indians and equipping them with basic tools of analysis and problem solving. I am always there to support you in anyway I can.
-  J. P. Narayan, Founder President, Loksatta Party

  • We continued to be in the news for our work in promoting the rights and recognition of Budget Private Schools across the country. The NISA State Conference on Budget Private Schools, and Shri. Manish Sisodia’s solidarity with their cause made big news. The event and its proceedings were covered in leading print and digital dailies.

You can access our top stories and media coverage here.


Gopikrishnan Nair
Nitesh Anand, Associate, Advocacy
With a B.Tech from Allahabad, Nitesh has been involved in the development sector since 2010. He has previously worked with Seva Mandir in Rajasthan, with the People's Action Group for Inclusion & Rights (PAGIR) in Leh-Ladakh and Ideosync Media Combine in Delhi. Nitesh is keenly interested in alternative cinema, photography, travelling and cooking.
Srishti Kumar
Veerender Kumar, Program Manager, Research
Veerender holds an M.Sc in Economics from IIT Kanpur. He brings with him a rich and diverse work experience, having founded and lead organisations for industrial consulting, developing scientific instruments and social-media and phone-based apps for effective decentralised governance. Veerender has also founded Matribhoomi, an NGO for developing low-cost solutions for farmers.
Tashi Doma
D V L Raghavendra Rao, Policy Associate, Advocacy
An Engineer by training, Raghavendra holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Governance. He has substantive experience in policy research in education, governance, healthcare and judicial reforms. He has previously worked with the Foundation for Democratic Reforms and is an alumnus of the International Academy of Leadership, Germany.


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