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CCS ON CAMPUS: Campus Talks and Policy Dialogues

CCS on CampusOur ‘CCS on Campus’ initiative reaches out to leading colleges across the country to engage young learners in a critical dialogue on pressing socio-economic and political concerns. Through 2-3 hour ‘Campus Talks’ and ‘Policy Dialogues’, we encourage students to contest and debate learned presumptions and to explore the foundations of a free, prosperous and just society. This September we conducted three campus talks - at Amity University, Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, and Teach for India (Pune), reaching out to 220 bright young minds.

Mohit SatyanandOur key speaker at Amity University was Seetha , Senior Journalist and author of ‘The Backroom Brigade’ who spoke on the role of media in shaping policies. The session was attended by over 120 participants as well as faculty members of Media and Communication course. Mohit Satyanand, Entrepreneur, Investor and Policy Expert spoke to 60 students at DCAC on the economics of freedom and liberalism. Rohan Joshi conducted the policy dialogue for 40 fellows at Teach for India, Pune on the Right to Education Act – its impact and limitations, drawing on his long experience of innovation in the education and skill development sectors.

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LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY: Credit Course at National Law School of India, Bangalore

ipolicySince 2015, CCS has partnered with leading universities across the country to conduct credit courses for their students, as a part of their formal institutional curriculum. This September, 36 students from a batch of 50 at the National Law School of India (NLS) participated in our course on 'Law and Public Policy'.

Our guest faculty for the course included eminent scholars and policy experts like Nakul Kumar, Assistant Professor, Bloomberg University; Apurv Mishra, Visiting Faculty, Ashoka University; Shubho Roy, ‎Legal Consultant, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy; Ashwin Mahesh, Journalist and Social Technologist; Viren Shetty, Senior Vice President, Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals; Nooraine Fazal, ‎Managing Trustee & CEO, Inventure Academy; and Vikas Kumar, Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University.

Going beyond teaching on the adjudication of law, the course encouraged students to deliberate on the nature of law and justice, and on the necessity of a robust rule of law for effective policy for a free society. The module was offered as a 60 hour elective credit course, conducted over a period of 15 days.


CCS on CampusFollowing the NISA Thought-leaders Summit organised in Bangalore early this year to bring cost-effective educational solutions to budget private schools, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Microsoft India and the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA). The MoU pledges to provide access to 55,000 member-schools of NISA for the MASP(Microsoft Aspire School Program) Pro Plus initiative. This September, a conference was organised in Chandigarh with 300 private school-owners (from Haryana, Chandigarh, and Punjab) where all stakeholders jointly announced the implementation of the MASP initiative in 100 private schools in Haryana.

The MASP Pro aims to redefine the purpose for 21st century learning encouraging creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and computational thinking. The initiative is intended to supplement and build teacher capacity to deliver innovative teaching in BPS classrooms. NISA has also partnered with Efeeonline for digital payment solutions to transform institutions into future-ready cashless campuses.

  • CCS on CampusAvinash Chandra, editor of, was invited to participate in a newsroom debate on the government's policy stance on foreign funding on NGOs in Indian on DD News. The debate focussed on regulations placed on foreign funding of NGOs, discussing whether they were a legitimate and effective means for controlling un-authorized funding flowing in India. The full debate can be viewed here.

  • In the wake of the tragic death of a young boy at Ryan International School in Gurugram – NISA issued a school advisory for private schools across India to ensure student safety. The advisory included recommendations for installation of a CCTV surveillance system, fire audit and drills for evacuation during emergency, police verification of drivers and watchmen. The advisory received seven media citations including coverage in popular mainstream platforms like Dainik Jagran and Outlook.

  • CCS had launched the Delhi Citizen’s Handbook 2017 this August. An outcome of our Researching Reality summer internship, the Handbook presents original research papers by our intern working groups on public service delivery and critical governance concerns in Delhi. In September, we recieved eight media citations for the launch, including coverage in Navbharat Times and Times of India

  • To address arbitrary government interference in private schools on issues like fee regulation, NISA along with its Delhi Chapter Private Land Public School Associations (PLPS) issued a press release condemning the state government's biased regulations. We recieved fourteen media citations highlighting the policy prejudice against private schools in Delhi including coverage in prominent mainstream news platforms like the Business Standard and Dainik Jagran

See other media stories here


Shefali Akshita Mathur, Junior Associate, Digital Communications
Akshita is a graduate in Economics from Symbiosis School of Economics, Pune. She was earlier associated with CCS as an intern for three months with the digital communications team and developed content for CCS' blog. Akshita's interests lie in international relations and politics. She is passionate about writing, pottery and painting.
Sampurna Alston Dsouza, Associate, Research
Alston holds a BSc in engineering from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka. Previously, he has worked with Prayog in Bihar, as part of the India Fellow Social Leadership program. Alston is keenly interested in research in the social sector.
Sampurna Jatin Garg, Senior Associate, Online Programs
Jatin holds a Masters in Law from National Law University, Jodhpur. Previously, he was working with Alexis Foundation and has authored two books namely, ‘The Accountable Citizen’ and ‘Playing with Regionalism’. He has also participated in the ‘Clean World Conference and Leader's Academy’ in Estonia and International Youth Forums in Russia and Mauritius.

Sampurna Rishika Yadav, Junior Associate, Development and Strategy
Rishika holds a Masters in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has previously interned at UNESCO and Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Her work on Learning Differences at MGIEP further encouraged her to contribute to the field of education and public policy. Rishika is an avid writer.

Sampurna Vineet Bhalla, Associate (ijustice), Research
Vineet holds a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree from the W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He was a Fellow with Make a Difference from 2012-15, and a Pratiti Fellow with People for Parity in 2015. He has worked with IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) as an Assistant Director, and as a Good Governance Associate for the Chief Minister of Haryana.


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