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  A Monthly Update on Our Work and Impact

CCS 19 Foundation dayCentre for Civil Society was founded on 15 August 1997, on the 50th anniversary of India's political independence. This August, as we turned 19, we reaffirmed our commitment to ensure that each individual lives a life of choice - personal, economic, and social, and each institution is accountable!

Your support has been instrumental in our success, thank you for your encouragement and commitment to CCS.

celebrates choice and accountability in education
Here's a short video that celebrates choice and accountability to foster an education that keeps STUDENTS FIRST!


 In partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, CCS launched the 4th edition of its Delhi Citizens' Handbook on 16 August 2016. The handbook featuring research papers on the impact and relevance of policies in urban governance in the national capital was launched by Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi at an event held at the India International Centre.


"I am grateful for this initiative of writing a Citizens' Handbook, for the people of Delhi. When we, in the government, are trying to implement policies at a speed which has not been seen before, such research is very useful... All the issues that have been raised in the Handbook, such as, Swachh Bharat, Education, Governance, Power, I have read... and many are actually important for me as a Minister, and for my officers.
-  Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi

The launch, attended by over 120 participants, was preceded by a panel discussion “Jann ki Baat: A Citizens' Perspective”. The discussion was moderated by Premila Nazareth, policy expert on FDI and independent columnist, and included eminent scholars and state representatives as key panelists. Amongst the panelists were, Economist Geeta Gauri, Supreme Court Counsel Vikramjit Banerjee, National Treasurer and Spokesperson for the Aam Aadmi Party Raghav Chadha, and Advisor to the State Minister for Health Dr. Nimmi Rastogi.

The Delhi Citizen’s Handbook is an outcome of the Researching Reality Internship–a six week full-time summer internship that came to a close in July 2016. The handbook explores eight core areas of urban governance: Trade & Commerce, Education, Health, Water, Urbanisation, Power, Governance, and Environment.

You can access the handbook here. See media reports on the event and the research here.


ColloquiumWe hosted a three day colloquium on ‘Maximum Governance, Minimum Government’ in Udaipur, Rajasthan from 18-20 August 2016. The colloquium brought together 19 eminent business leaders, investors, scholars, bureaucrats, policy experts and academicians to dialogue and deliberate on how best to limit the size and scope of the government while maximizing governance in India. It lead to a robust dialogue on the need for and ways to bring about a paradigm shift in the role of the government – from controller to facilitator, from producer to financier, and from an inspector to informer to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Discussions on 5 core thematic domains relating to tax administration reforms, leveraging expertise, capacity building and other aspects of the role of the government resulted in ideas for substantive, actionable measures to foster citizen-centric, accountable, and effective governance. 30+ ideas for concerted action emerged from the discussions.

"The Colloquium was intellectually enriching and refreshing. The diverse range of views, ideas and inputs that came up have a great potential to transform the development trajectory of the nation. I thought the sessions were rich and stood out because of the practical nature of issues discussed during those discussions.
- Yash Rajiv Gandhi, PMO


 Our certificate course on public policy brought together 12 students and young professionals for a three-day focused dialogue on public policy in Mumbai. Held from 5-7 August 2016 at the All India Institute of Local Self Governance, the course introduced participants to the principles of sound public policy through lectures, dynamic games, text-based dialogues, working groups and peer-to-peer presentations. Most of the participants identified critical thinking and the contestation of popular biases as the key takeaways from the program. Don’t miss out on our next iPolicy!

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ROUNDTABLE FOR PALIAMENTARIANSCCS has been working towards building a civil society dialogue on the New Education Policy 2016 since the release of the policy draft by the MHRD in June. To enable a dialogue between policy-makers and state representatives on key considerations for education reform in the country, we hosted a Policy Roundtable for Parliamentarians in Delhi on 2 August 2016. Twelve prominent Members of Parliament representing a spectrum of political parties participated in the discussions lead by panelists Shailaja Chandra, Member of Drafting Committee for framing the New Education Policy, and Parth Shah, Founder and President, Centre for Civil Society. Some of the key ideas that emerged from the discussion facilitating greater investment in education, shift policy focus to learning outcomes and incorporate vocational training in school education. You can access the event report here.

The MHRD deadline for receiving public feedback and recommendations has now been extended to 30 September. Speak up for Education! Collaborate, dialogue, and share your ideas with us on our NEP Wiki or write in to with your suggestions.

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National Education Policy 2016 (NEP) by the MHRDGiven the imminent release of the National Education Policy 2016 (NEP) by the MHRD and the on-going public consultations for recommendations and inputs on the draft, Loksabha TV hosted a panel discussion on NEP and the problems faced by budget private schools. Avinash Chandra, Editor, from CCS and Kulbhushan Sharma, Vice President, National Independent Schools Alliance were amongst the invited panelists for the talk show. A select audience of 15 experts on education and public policy discussed and deliberated on the persistent crisis of learning in India. The discussion brought to the forefront, critical questions on the impact of the Right to Education Act 2009, the role of budget private schools in fostering access to education, and lead to significant recommendations for consideration in proposed NEP. The television show was aired on 21 August 2016 at 22:00 hrs.


book launch - What Does it Mean to be a Liberal in IndiaThe book What Does it Mean to be a Liberal in India was launched on 19 August 2016, at a gala evening hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). Edited by Ronald Meinardus, Regional Director, FNF South Asia, the book contains 19 deeply reflexive and insightful essays on the many meanings of being a liberal in India today- the plural import of liberalism and the many possibilities that it may contain for the country and its people. The contributions emerge from a nation-wide essay competition conducted by CCS in partnership with FNF and Students For Liberty (SFL) in 2015.

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Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is crowd-sourcing feedback from Ground Zero on reforms in "Ease of Doing Business" that can help make the reforms more participatory and meaningful.

  • In August, we continued to be in the spotlight with the launch of the Delhi Citizens’ Handbook. While the launch itself was covered by several news platforms, including The Statesman and NDTV among others, the chapters on governance and the Delhi Solar Energy Policy too were featured in the print edition of Times of India and prominent online news portals.

  • Our NEP Wiki – a unique platform fostering public collaboration for, and democratising the discourse on the New Education Policy also continued to make news, along with NISA and the crisis confronting budget private schools (BPS) in the country. Access the media reports here.

  • Two other articles drew the nation’s attention to the enduring plight of school education:
    - Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Member, Board of Advisors, CCS and Professor, University College London, published an insightful op-ed in the Times of India titled Schooling Without Learning: How the RTE Act Destroys Private Schools and Destroys Standards in Public Schools and,
    - Shankkar Aiyar, Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation’s Passage through Crisis and Change, and our long term associate, wrote The Quality of Quantity and the Broken State of Education for The Indian Express. Both the articles highlight the dwindling learning outcomes in our schools, and make substantive recommendations for remedying our persisting educational quandary.

Find other media stories here.


Gopikrishnan Nair
Gopikrishnan Nair, Senior Associate, Partnerships
Gopi is a Master's graduate in Political Communication and Strategy, and has worked in a variety of PR/Marketing oriented roles. He has also previously worked as the Director's intern at the UN office in Brussels.
Srishti Kumar
Srishti Kumar, Senior Research Associate
With a Master's in Economics from McGill University, Canada with a specialization in Development Economics, Sshrishti is keenly interested in social research. She has previously worked with the UN and WIPO offices in Geneva, and with NGOs in Asia and Canada.
Tashi Doma
Tashi Doma Bhutia, Manager, Human Resource
She brings to CCS, substantial experience in designing and implementing processes in hiring, integration, and employee engagement and performance development.
Bhakti Patil
Himanshu Dhingra, Executive Assistant, Advocacy
Himanshu is pursuing a bachelor's degree in law and has previously interned with prominent law firms in Delhi. He is a former CCS intern having worked as a part of iJustice, our legal advocacy initiative.
Bhakti Patil
Prashant Agarwal, Program Manager, BPS
Prashant Agarwal has previously worked with STiR Education. An engineer by training, he has also taught as a part of the Teach for India program. He has been a part of various initiatives including Jagriti Yatra, Asia Pacific Stanford Summit and Vision India Foundation.


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