One political party believes that it is alright to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) everywhere, but in multi-brand retail. Another thinks that doling out more entitlements is the only way to ensure social justice and equality of opportunity. Even another party believes that the best way to control corruption amongst bureaucrats and politicians is by […]

CCS hosted Nobel Laureate Professor James J Heckman on 28 March 2014. Speaking to an audience of leaders in education policy and practice, Prof. Heckman talked about his research in human development and life-cycle formation, emphasising the importance and economic value of early childhood development. Prof. Heckman’s research demonstrates that the accident of birth is […]

“The common are intrigued by the uncommon while the wise are intrigued by the commonplace” – Confucian proverb If the above adage be held true, James Tooley would be wiser than most on education in the Third world.  His discovery of budget private schools(BPS) in the slums of Hyderabad and in other developing and under-developed […]

Consider some of the following numbers. Number of voters in country for 2014 Lok Sabha elections: 814.5 million (approx.) Number of Lok Sabha constituencies: 543 Approximate number of voters in each constituency: 1.5 million (approx.) Maximum allowed expenditure by each candidate: Rupees 7 million Maximum allowed expenditure by each candidate on each voter in his/her […]

Swaminathan Aiyar was at CCS on 14 March 2014 to discuss the importance of Economic Freedom. Check out what he had to say about the ‘invisible hand’. ….On the ‘Invisible Hand’ “I grew up at the time of Indira Gandhi and the gareebi hatao movement. I cheered the nationalisation of all the banks. I was […]

Last evening we attended launch of the “Economic Freedom of the States of India Report 2013“, jointly published by the Cato Institute, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Indicus Analytics and Academic Foundation. The event marked 10th year of a novel exercise in publishing the index. The index that ranks 20 major Indian states is based on […]

Chester Finn, President of the Thomas B Fordham Foundation in the US and a renowned expert on charter schools was at the CCS office this Thursday to discuss the charter school movement in the US. Following are some excerpts from his talk. “Charter schools are public schools. They are paid for with public funds and […]

Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the (interim) Union Budget for the financial year 2014-15 in the Parliament today. A regular budget will be presented by the new government later in the year (post elections expected in May this year). While all news channels and newspapers will analyse the budget in great detail, even when it […]

- शरद जोशी एक राज्य का नया वित्तमंत्री काकभुशुण्डजी से मिलने गया और हाथ जोड़कर बोला कि मुझे शीघ्र ही बजट प्रस्तुत करना है, मुझे मार्गदर्शन दीजिए. तिस पर काकभुशुण्ड ने जो कहा सो निम्नलिखित है:   हे वित्तमंत्री, जिस प्रकार कैक्टस की शोभा काँटों से और राजनीति लंपटों से जानी जाती है उसी प्रकार वित्तमंत्री […]

The ninth Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER) was published last week. ASER is an annual household survey to assess children’s schooling (both public and private) status and basic learning levels in reading and arithmetic, among other things. With the number of children surveyed at 569,664 from 15,941 villages of 550 districts, the sample size […]