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16 October 2018
A Monthly Update on CCS Initiatives

Punjab Shows the Way:
DBT for School Education

Addressing the media on 1st September 2018 in Kartarpur, Punjab Education Minister O.P. Soni announced the state government’s plan to introduce a coupon system of Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) to give children access to education in private schools in the district of Jalandhar, by giving them coupons worth Rs. 3000 per month. CCS has consistently advocated for a shift to per-student funding through vouchers, direct cash transfers or scholarships as an instrument of improving access to, quality of and efficiency in education.


Baithak 2.0: Exploring Digital Rights and the Freedom of Expression

Centre for Civil Society, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) hosted the second edition of Baithak on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression. The discussion was moderated by Nikhil Pahwa, Co-founder, (now the Internet Freedom Foundation) for net neutrality in India. 25 CCS alumni participated in the dialogue  centered around net neutrality and data protection with Nikhil drawing upon his experiences in online media advocacy and movement building.


Celebrating 60 years of Freidrich Neumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF)

Centre for Civil Society(CCS) partnered with the Freidrich Neumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) for a special lecture on ‘More Freedom For All? A Modern Liberal Program For The World’ to mark its 60th anniversary. The lecture was delivered by Gordon Mackay, Secretary General of Liberal International, a world federation of liberal and progressive democratic political parties.

Pizza Policy

Nurturing Policy Champions: ipolicy for Young Leaders

In the month of September, Centre for Civil Society organised its flagship course in public policy, the ipolicy for Young Leaders, across three cities- Delhi, Mumbai and Kalahandi with over 230 student participants. Amplifying our outreach and impact, we conducted our biggest ipolicy at the Kalahandi Dialogue in Odisha on 28 September attended by over 150 young leaders.

Povert Inc

Exploring Market-Liberal Perspectives with Journalist Change-makers

Amidst the lush greens of Jim Corbett, Centre for Civil Society, in partnership with the Atlas Network, the Edelgive Foundation and, organised an advanced ipolicy for journalists. The training was attended by 18 journalists selected from a pool of 60 applicants and represented leading national and regional media portals like Aaj Tak, Dainik Jagran, NDTV, Lok Sabha TV, The Telegraph, and Fortune India among others. Key sessions included ‘Indian Liberals’, ‘Public Choice Theory’, ‘Rule of Law’, and ‘School Fee Control’ among others.

A Black Day: NISA demands Teachers Safety this Teachers Day

The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) called for observing 5th September, celebrated as Teachers’ Day as  Black Day as a mark of protest against increasing government intervention in day to day school management. NISA also called for a Teachers Protection Act, as a legal safeguard for the safety of teachers, principals, school management and support staff. Over 60,000 NISA member schools from across 22 states participated in the campaign. Teachers and staff members wore black bands marking their solidarity, and a panel discussion was held on teacher safety measures and challenges at the Press Club of India. Mr. Kulbhushan Sharma, President, NISA; Mr. Premchand Reseal, President, Private Land Public Schools Association; Mr. Anil Goel, President, South Delhi Private Schools Association; and Mr. Thomas Antony, National Coordinator, NISA were our distinguished panelists.

Organisational Wins

CCS at the Colloquium on ‘Economic Growth and Wealth Creation’

Parth Shah, President of Centre for Civil Society, moderated a  Colloquium on ‘Economic Growth and Wealth Creation’ organised by Samriddhi, a policy think tank based in Nepal. Held from 14-16 September in Nagarkot, Nepal,  the colloquium discussed the ideas of liberty and its implications on economic freedom and achieving the goal of economic prosperity.

  • Over 60,000 NISA member budget private schools(BPS) across 22 states observed Black Day on Teachers Day, contesting the discriminatory policies towards teachers of private schools. This silent protest was observed to demand a Teachers Protection Act and was taken into cognisance by various publications like Hindustan Times, Business Standard, NDTV, Deccan Herald and many more.

  • Our policy workshop for journalists’ ipolicy for journalists, organised in partnership with Atlas Network, the Edelgive Foundation and, was featured on Live Today. Click here to see the television feature.

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Team member Manasa Pidatala
Project Lead, Pune

Manasa has a bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bapatla Engineering College, Bapatla. She worked at Tata Consultancy Services as a developer and then as the co-ordinator for Initial Learning Programme, the training programme of TCS. She is trained in Carnatic Classical Music and keenly interested in coin collection.

Team member Rini Rafi
Project Lead, Chennai

Rini has over four years of experience in the social and education sector – having worked with organizations such as TeachforIndia and HeyMath! She has worked extensively in the areas of training and product development. With a background in design, she believes in applying design thinking to solve social issues and is a part of the 2018 cohort (PGPBM) at IIM Trichy. She is a voracious reader and enjoys literary fiction.

Team member Tarana Faroqi
Project Associate, Bangalore

Tarana holds a Masters in International Affairs from The Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies Geneva. She has previously worked with international organisations, media organizations & NGOs such as UN OHCHR, WHO, HT Education, SAHRDC & MSF India in the past. She is currently the Global Ambassador for Post Cards for Peace, a UK based charity organization. Prior to joining CCS she was a Policy and Advocacy consultant for SDGs with GPPAC (Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict) a network of civil society organizations focussing on conflict prevention and peacebuilding based in The Hague, Netherlands.

Team member Parnal Vats
Project Manager - Strategic Outreach & Digital Engagement

A lawyer by training, Parnal has been working at the triage of law, policy and development for the last three years. Currently a member of World Health Organisation's Legal Development Program on Road Safety in India, she previously worked with SaveLIFE Foundation, wherein she analysed, drafted and monitored statutes and policy gestures. She has also been a United Nations Youth Fellow at Diplomacy Summer School in Bucharest. An incurable empath and bibliophile, she loves to write in her free time and has published several pieces. Parnal holds a Bachelor in Law from IP University and studied Public International Law at the Indian Society of International Law in New Delhi.

Team member Manu Sakunia
Strategic Outreach and Digital Engagement

Manu is a Post-Graduate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has worked in interventions related to youth development, employment and employability in the past. His area of expertise lies in the implementation and management of social welfare programs. He has played a key role in initiating implementation of two Central Government initiatives namely National Career Service (NCS) and Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana (PM YUVA) in Goa and North-India respectively. He considers himself a committed Conservative and a Classical Liberal.

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