LOOK beyond the Obvious | THINK beyond Good Intentions | ACT beyond Activism!
CCS Academy seeks to inspire future leaders and change agents to pursue the vision of a free society by championing a liberal approach to public policy.
Rishi Kochhar, Liberty & Society Seminar, 2002
According to Rishi, “LSS has changed my life in every aspect, I can't imagine what I might have been doing professionally if I had not attended LSS in my first year of undergraduate studies.” Rishi is now running his own think tank, the Amritsar Policy Group, working with young minds to ignite the passion among them to be change makers for tomorrow, just as he was inspired by CCS.
Bhanu Joshi, Researching Reality Internship, 2009
Bhanu owes his understanding of the difference between policy action and direct action to the class Parth Shah took on the first day of the internship. That thought has shaped his work and his larger thoughts on how to influence public policy in India. He currently works at Centre for Policy Research and is leaving for higher education later this year.
Sujatha Muthayya, Liberty & Society Seminar, 1999
LSS served as her introduction to free market ideas. Sujatha believes that access to high quality education is one of the key challenges in India today. Inspired by ideas around School Choice, she has been working consistently in this field initially heading the School Choice Campaign at CCS and currently serving as Expansion Director India for Bridge International Academies, which serves high quality, low cost education to 108,000 children through 520 schools across 5 countries. She has also served as faculty for our policy courses and spoken at our flagship School Choice National Conference.
Abhinav Singh, ìpolicy: Certificate Course in Public Policy, 2012
Abhinav found the course instrumental in encouraging him to work towards advancing the ideas of liberty. He was one of the first members of the Students For Liberty Charter Team in India and is now on the Executive Board for the South Asia chapters of SFL. He has found the network he built through CCS incredibly useful in guiding him professionally. He is currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the CEVRO Institute in Prague.
Venkatesh Geriti, ìpolicy: Certificate Course in Public Policy, 2013
Venkateswarlu Geriti graduated from our ìpolicy course and realised that while everyone talked about India’s economic growth, on the ground, among ordinary people and especially students, there was little understanding about how that growth had been achieved. He now runs India’s Future Foundation, running training courses in public policy, impacting more than 5,000 students a year in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Manan Vyas, ìpolicy: Certificate Course in Public Policy, 2012
Manan Vyas is founder of The Indian Economist, an online platform bringing together experts from across the world (30 countries at last count) to write authoritative commentary and analysis on current issues. Their aim is to address the gap in media reporting channeling individuals across the world who can provide sharp insights on important issues if they get the right platform. Manan was inspired by the course he took at CCS that conducted a critical analysis of issues, finding root causes of common problems. The Indian Economist is currently being incubated by Guild Capital and it is in the process of raising a seed round.
Renu Pokharna, Liberty & Society Seminar, 2002
Renu credits CCS with giving her a new perspective to view things which to this day, 15 years later, is helpful. Since graduating from the course, Renu has actively written about the issues, and is currently a full-time writer. She often speaks at our ìpolicy courses and other lectures, helping further our outreach!
Trisha Mani, Credit Course in Economics & Public Policy, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, 2015
The one idea that stuck with Trisha after the program was the importance of competition in an economy and how it drives innovation, improves accessibility and enhances productivity. Following the course, she wrote a paper focused on competition in international trade policy and the case against protectionism in emerging markets. She was invited to present this paper at the Austrian Economics Research Conference 2016, an international symposium for libertarian economic thought organised by the Mises Institute, Auburn, USA.
Swati Chawla, Liberty, Arts & Culture Seminar, 2004
Swati Chawla is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of CCS's Liberty, Arts and Culture Seminar, and has been associated with the Centre's programs for over a decade as a faculty member, research guide, course developer, and mentor for recent graduates. In 2007, she co-founded the Liberal Youth Forum (LYF) with other CCS graduates, and led its advocacy initiatives until 2012.
Yavnika Khanna, Liberty & Society Seminar, 2003
Yavnika attended a series of programs with CCS, starting with the LSS in 2003. She followed it up with starting an e-newsletter for LSS alumni, called eCatalyst. The production process of eCatalyst gave her a chance to get integrated with the various follow-up groups in campuses and cities in India started by LSS grads. In 2005, she attended the Austrian Economics Seminar and the Advanced LSS. With the support of CCS and FNF, Yavnika was instrumental in starting up Liberal Youth Forum (LYF) in 2008 – a youth organization promoting the ideas of liberty, market principles and self- governance in India. Taking the movement for liberty international, Yavnika was the first chairwoman of the SFL- South Asia.
J P Narayan
Founder, Lok Satta Party
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.
Governance and Public Policy Specialist
I am one of the first graduates of CCS' youth engagement programs. My experience has been incredible, given that I've gone from a student to being faculty now. policy is tremendously relevant for students. When I was in university, the pervasiveness of engagement was low, there were geographic limitations and very few people who wanted to debate ideas.
Amir Ullah Khan
Development and Trade Economist
My experience with CCS Academy has been wonderful. I have been associated with CCS for close to 20 years. They play an important role in terms of understanding what civil society means, and in understanding what the power of civil society is. In a mature economy, policy making is something very few people understand. Their ìpolicy course addresses the demand issues in policy – which is key in democratic government.
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