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    Government will make internet open, free & safe, trustworthy and accountable | Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MoS, Electronics & IT in conversation with ISPP Scholars

    Video of Minister of State Rajeev Chandrasekhar’s interaction with young minds at ISPP on 4th November 2022, in a discussion moderated by CNBC-TV18’s Ashmit Kumar.

    The last three minutes are the Q&A session with ISPP Scholars. This was after a keynote speech by the Minister outlining the approach of the Union Government towards IT intermediaries, given recent amendments. He also answered questions on issues relating to data protection and privacy, as well as skill development across India.

    In his engaging conversation with the Scholars, the minister also shared that the government would like to work towards a regulatory system to make the internet safe for everyone.

    Watch Here – MoS MeitY Rajeev Chandrasekhar: New Privacy Bill Will Be Simple, Contemporary, Modern | EXCLUSIVE – YouTube

    ISPP Convocation Ceremony 2022

    The stage was set. The fragrance of white lilies wafted in the hall. As the clock struck nine, the Scholars started walking in with their parents in tow. Their beaming faces and spring in their step told the story of the year that was. It was not just the Class of 2022 that was a part of the grand convocation though. The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) hosted Scholars from two previous batches as well, who couldn’t enjoy an in-person ceremony during the pandemic-induced lockdown.

    110 Scholars from all three batches (years 2022, 2021, and 2020) received their certificates for Public Policy, Design & Management during the convocation held on July 16th, 2022. Cheered on by their parents and encouraged by members of the faculty and ISPP Leadership, the Scholars made a happy picture.

    Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa and former CEO, NITI Aayog conferred the certificates to Scholars. In his address, Mr. Kant expressed his happiness about ISPP alumni working at the State level where core policies are actually made and implemented. “I am a firm believer that Public Policy is a critical component of governance for India to grow rapidly. I am glad that ISPP has a multi-dimensional, multi-sectoral approach to impart policy education, especially in domains of social indicators,” he added. He later tweeted that it was wonderful to meet and interact with brilliant ISPP Scholars and that India needs public policy specialists to ensure progressive policies by States. He hailed ISPP as a great institution.

    The founding Dean of ISPP, Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay took the stage to address the audience amid loud cheering from his students. Dressed in a crisp dhoti-kurta and donning his trademark smile he urged the future policy practitioner to solve one problem at a time, instead of trying to solve every problem at once. “Stay curious, because public policy is lifelong learning,” he added.

    Noted author and former CEO of P&G India, Gurcharan Das administered the ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners to Scholars and alumni. The ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners is a unique aspect of the School, which is taken just before Scholars begin their journey as public policy professionals. The sight of over a hundred Scholars taking the ISPP Oath for Policy Practitioners was a powerful moment. Every word that they uttered made their conviction stronger.

    The Oath ceremony was followed by an inspiring address by Gurcharan Das. While speaking about the dharma of policymakers, he said, “Every country functions by a code. For India, the code is dharma. You, as the future policymaker, should know the power of this code.”

    ISPP Co-Founder Luis Miranda addressed the students and spoke about how ISPP is on a growth trajectory that began in 2018. He highlighted the fact that ISPP’s journey began with one PDM programme and is going strong with five programmes today. Apart from the flagship programme, ISPP now offers a LokNeeti programme for working professionals in Hindi and other Indic languages and has collaborated with the Tata Group for Executive Education; designing an online programme in collaboration with L&T, and Mission Karmayogi, a Knowledge Partnership with the Capacity Building Commission, Government of India. ISPP has a 100 percent placement record since its inception, even during the pandemic, he added.

    Co-Founder Dr. Parth J. Shah was visibly proud as he congratulated the graduating Scholars and alumni. He said, “Some of the recent world events such as the policy catastrophe in Sri Lanka or the Ukraine-Russia conflict have taught us that assumptions can be wrong. These events are a great reminder to stay curious. Don’t be satisfied with what you know. Chase the uncertain.”

    Dr. Gangopadhyay then congratulated Suveera Malhotra from the Class of 2023 to be adjudged as the Valedictorian and invited her to deliver the valedictory address. Suveera beautifully tied all the memories together as she spotlighted her classmates’ strengths and achievements. Amid her friends’ laughter and welled-up eyes, she expressed her gratitude towards ISPP and faculty members for nurturing them as policy leaders of tomorrow.

    A special message from Prof. Krishna K. Ladha was read out during the Convocation. The ceremony concluded with Shailesh Pathak, Director of ISPP congratulating the scholars and wishing them luck for a successful future as policy leaders.

    The ceremony was held at Ashoka Hotel in the presence of eminent guests, Dr. Shekhar Shah, Vice-Chairman, ISPP Academic Advisory Council; Shailesh Pathak, Director, ISPP; Dr. Neeti Shikha, Associate Dean, ISPP; and Faculty comprising Dr. Sekhar Bonu; Dr. NC Saxena; Lt. Gen. Rakesh Sharma (Retd.); Amit Krishn Gulati, Neel Sodhi, Karan Arora, and Harshvardhan Tripathi, among others.

    After several photo-ops, the scholars mingled with their batchmates and alumni. A special photo booth with each of the ISPP scholars’ names was installed at the venue as many of the Scholars were seen posing for photos next to their names. ISPP leadership and faculty members engaged in conversations with the Scholars as they shared words of encouragement and wisdom for their journey ahead.

    Team ISPP came together for group photographs as they engaged in friendly banter and exchanged notes on the upcoming Orientation Week for the incoming Class of 2023 in August.

    The convocation ceremony not just highlighted the journey of every scholar, but also took them down memory lane, celebrating their perseverance and achievements.

    ISPP Policy Hackathon 2022

    #HackTheGap
    Policy Hackathon on “Gender”
    ISPP Policy Hackathon 2022

    June 11, 2022 | 10 AM – 6 PM | ISPP Campus, New Delhi
    (Hybrid Participation)

    Entries close on June 10, 2 PM.

    “Gender equality is more than a moral issue; it is a vital economic issue. For the global economy to reach its potential, we need to create conditions in which all women can reach their potential.”

    As per the 2011 census, women constitute around 48.5% of the total Indian population but constitute only 14.4% of elected representatives of the Parliament. This raises serious concerns about the disenfranchisement of women from public life and from policy-making. Simultaneously, there exist deep concerns about the systemic inequalities that Indian women have to face on a daily basis. For instance, 27.3% of the women between the ages of 20-24 were married or in a union before the age of 18 raising serious concerns about child rights. Addressing these deeply rooted issues is critical for India to truly enjoy inclusive growth. After all, a 2015 Mckinsey Global report found that India could boost its GDP by 16-60% by 2025 if it brought female labour force participation at par with men.

    ISPP Policy Hackathon is inviting individuals to work on problem statements and present their solutions in front of an eminent jury panel. While the participants can register individually, the shortlisted finalists will be grouped into different teams on the day of the event. The teams can present their ideas in the form of a poster/PowerPoint presentation/poem/songs/skit – whichever form they think communicates their solution best.

    Some questions the teams may consider (Think on and beyond)

    • Do we think enough about women and their needs while we budget- be it in the household or in companies?
    • Has laws such as maternity benefits and POSH discouraged companies from hiring women?
    • How can we encourage companies to create more gender-favoured work policies?
    • What kind of policy interventions will help in reducing the dropout rate of a girl child?
    • What are the ways to bring women back into the workforce post-pandemic?
    • How can we design policies to create better access to housing and health for women?
    • How can we bridge the wage gap?

    How to apply?

    Step 1: Make a 2-minute video presentation
    Step 2: Upload the video on the link in the registration form

    What happens after they register?

    • Once they register, their entry will be assessed based on the clarity, communication, and innovation showcased in the video submission.
    • As soon as they submit, they will get a surprise reward.
    • Shortlisted finalists will be taken to the next round.
    • While they have to participate individually, they will be grouped into different teams
    • on the day of the grand finale. (In-person participation is encouraged as it will give them a feel of the competition.)
    • The teams will have 3 hours to identify and analyse the policy issue and work on a solution.
    • On completion of 3 hours, the teams will appear before the jury for a presentation that starts at 2:00 pm.
    • Teams will begin their 10-minute presentation to the judges followed by Q&A from the jury for another ten minutes.

    It's a great opportunity for participants to ideate, and find solutions to impending policy issues to hack the gender gap and network.

    Best wishes
    Team ISPP

    Policy Commons: Development of Land Markets and Assets in India

    An eminent panel discussed the development of land markets and assets in India, providing samaj, sarkar, and bazaar perspectives. The audience engaged with the panellists over questions about rural-urban land issues, state, and central land policies, and land monetization. The dialogue series was hosted in collaboration with the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.

    Panellists

    1. Ambrish Mehta, Trustee and Activist of Action Research in Community Health and Development, Gujarat
    2. Dr. KP Krishnan, Honorary Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research
    3. Anuj Jain, Partner-Deal Advisory Team, KPMG
    4. Dr. Nimai Mehta, Senior Professorial Lecturer, American University, Washington DC

    April 23, 2022 | Zoom Event

    Policy Commons: Indian Business and Banking Reforms

    Banking professionals tuned in as noted panellists came together to discuss Indian business and banking reforms in the Policy Commons series. The Indian School of Public Policy in collaboration with the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies brought together representatives from samaj, sarkar, and bazaar.

    Panellists

    1. Sanjeev Pandey, Deputy General Manager (NCLT & Policy) at Stressed Asset Resolution Group, State Bank of India
    2. Sunil Mehta, Non-Executive Chairman, YES Bank Limited & Chairman & Managing Director, SPM Capital Advisers Pvt. Ltd.
    3. Dr. Susan Thomas, Research Professor of Business, Jindal Global Business School
    4. Abizer Diwanji, Partner & Head-Financial Services, Ernst & Young

    April 16, 2022 | Zoom Event

    Policy Commons: Indian Policy Reforms in the 21st Century

    The Indian School of Public Policy hosted Policy Commons, a dialogue series in collaboration with the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. The first in the ISPP Policy Commons series saw an eminent panel representing the civil society, state, and market discuss the Indian policy reforms in the 21st Century.

    Panellists

    1. Gautam Chikermane, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation
    2. Hemang Jani, Secretary, Capacity Building Commission
    3. Shailesh Pathak, Former CEO, L&T Infrastructure Development Projects
    4. Dr. Aruna Sharma, Practitioner Development Economist

    April 9, 2022 | Zoom Event

    How did policy impact our pandemic response?

    The pandemic raised a lot of questions on India’s health infrastructure. While there is public anger, followed by recriminations and explanations, do you really know – How are policies implemented? How do these policies affect you? How is health policy framed, and by whom? Join SVP India's Learning Session, in partnership with ISPP, to get the answers to these questions!

    Our panelists for this discussion are:-

    1. Luis Miranda: Co-Founder and Chairman, Indian School of Public Policy,
      Partner SVP Mumbai
    2. Professor Shruti Rajgopalan: Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University & Visiting Faculty, ISPP
    3. Himanshu Burad : Asian Development Bank (ADB) Consultant, Covid War Room, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare International Innovation Corps Fellow, ISPP Alumni

    Register now: https://bit.ly/2SrmsYb
    Date: 17th June, 2021
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM IST
    Location: This is an online event and will be hosted on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the link to the zoom session before the event.

    ISPP Policy Commons, “Financing Post Pandemic Development in India”

    The Indian School of Public Policy is excited to announce the next edition of our dialogue series with the Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.
    The upcoming session of the ISPP Policy Commons, “Financing Post Pandemic Development in India” will bring together eminent speakers from the civil society, state, and market to discuss the road to recovery, and India's growth and development in the coming months.
    The speakers for the session are :

    1. Renana Jhabvala – National Coordinator of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India, Chair of SEWA Bharat and Chair of the WIEGO board, Member of UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Womens Economic Empowerment.
    2. Samit Ghosh – Founder and Former CEO of Ujjivan Financial Services Limited
    3. Sujoy Bose – Managing Director & CEO of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India.

    The session will be moderated by Dr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Economist and Dean, Indian School of Public Policy

    Register for Free: https://bit.ly/350npcy
    Date: 13th June, 2021
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM IST
    Location: This is an online event and will be hosted on Zoom.

    Open House with the Dean

    Prospective scholars are invited to our virtual open house with Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, founding Dean at ISPP.
    The session will address the admissions process, questions about academics at ISPP, and the opportunities that make the curriculum unique. The session is an opportunity to get queries addressed directly by the Dean, and get an exclusive glimpse into the programme.
    Our last round of admissions for the Class of 2021-2022 closes on June 15th.
    We look forward to having you at the event!
    Register for free: https://bit.ly/3hP3ZyU
    Date: Saturday 29th May, 2021
    Time: 4-5 PM IST
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the zoom link prior to the session.

    Ask Us Anything: Live Session with the ISPP Team

    Join us to interact with the ISPP team in our “Ask Us Anything” session this Saturday. The ISPP team will be answering your questions regarding admissions, the curriculum, placements and more. The final admissions deadline is the 15th of June.

    We look forward to having you at the event!

    Register for free: https://bit.ly/3byEOg3
    Date: Saturday, 22nd May 2021
    Time: 6:00-7:00 PM IST
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the zoom link prior to the session.

    ISPP Policy Relay : How to build a career in Public Policy

    Join us for our upcoming session of the ISPP Policy Relay, on “Building a Career in Public Policy “. The session will feature a panel of eminent policy professionals sharing their insights, thoughts, and advice for young policy enthusiasts.

    The speakers for this session are:
    Gautham Ravichander – Head of Policy Initiatives, eGovernments Foundation
    Shireen Vakil – Head of Safety Policy – India & South Asia, Facebook
    Bhuvana Anand – Founder Director, Trayas
    Alasdair Roberts – Director, School of Public Policy
    Remya Lakshmanan – Sr. Assistant Vice President, Invest India

    We look forward to having you at the event!

    Register for free: https://bit.ly/3eB5cIl
    Date: Sunday, 16th May 2021
    Time: 6:00-7:00 PM IST
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the zoom link prior to the session.

    ISPP Policy Relay: Health Systems and Vaccines During the Pandemic

    Join us for our upcoming session of the ISPP Policy Relay, with Amrita Agarwal on “”Health Systems and Vaccines During the Pandemic””. Amrita Agarwal is experienced across private sector and the policy space. She was with Bain & Company India Pvt. Ltd. for 9 years, working in domains like health, tech services, financial services, infrastructure and private equity. Most recently, she was leading the health system design at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) where she scaled up a portfolio of investments on structural reforms in the healthcare sector of India while working closely with national, state governments, international institutions and the private sector.
    We look forward to having you at the event!
    Date: Saturday, 8th May 2021
    Time: 6:00-7:00 PM IST
    Register for free: https://bit.ly/3e9wncQ
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the zoom link prior to the session.

    ISPP Policy Relay | State Capability: Do’s, Do Not’s and Donuts

    Join us for our upcoming session of the ISPP Policy Relay, with American Development Economist, Lant Pritchett, RISE Research Director at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Professor Pritchett will be centering his session around the topic of “”State Capability: Dos, Do Nots, and Donuts”

    We look forward to having you at the event!

    Date: Saturday 24th April, 2021
    Time: 6:30-7:30 PM IST
    Link to Register: https://bit.ly/3twJ8n8
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the zoom link prior to the session”

    Ask Us Anything with the ISPP Team

    Join us to interact with the ISPP team in our “Ask Us Anything” session this Saturday. The ISPP team will be answer your questions regarding admissions, the curriculum, placements and more.
    We would be delighted to have you at the event!
    Date: 17th April, 2021
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM IST
    Link to register: https://bit.ly/3s4VqBG
    Registration time: 30 seconds

    Open House with the Dean

    Prospective scholars are invited to our virtual open house with Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, founding Dean at ISPP.
    The session will address the admissions process, questions about academics at ISPP, and the opportunities that make the curriculum unique. The session is an opportunity to get queries addressed directly by the Dean, and get an exclusive glimpse into the programme.
    We look forward to having you at the event!
    Date: Sunday, 11th April, 2021
    Time: 4-5 PM IST
    Link to register: https://bit.ly/39F9Yle
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom. Registrants will be sent the zoom link prior to the session

    ISPP Policy Relay: Behavioral Economics for Public Policy Impact

    Behavioural insights have overhauled traditional economic thinking, leading to the birth of behavioural economics, which has vastly improved our understanding of decision-making – both rational and irrational.

    Our upcoming session of the ISPP Policy Relay, Behavioral Economics for Public Policy Impact, we will be examining the scope of behavioral economics in the field of public policy. Our speaker for this session is Karan Arora, CEO of Behavioral Economics and Science Team (BEAST) and faculty at ISPP. This session, will give you a practical introduction to the scientific behavioural tools being used by ‘Nudge Units’ globally to help people make better decisions, and improve the impact of policy actions.
    We look forward to having you at the event!

    Date: Saturday, 3rd April, 2021
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM IST
    Link to Register: https://bit.ly/3sCGfR9
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom.

    ISPP Policy Relay One Year of COVID-19: Game Theory & Vaccination

    The spread of infection like Covid-19 depends on interactions among people: individual A’s decision (e.g. to obtain vaccination or not) affects not only A, but also B, and vice versa. Game Theory is a way to model multi-person settings in which a player’s payoff depends on their own actions and those of others.
    In our concluding session of the special seminar series “ISPP Policy Relay: One Year of Covid” we will have Dr. Krishna K. Ladha, esteemed faculty at ISPP and distinguished fellow, India Development Foundation examine the issue of vaccination using game theory while recognizing that our conclusions extend beyond vaccination.
    To get a sneak peek into an ISPP classroom, join the webinar this Sunday, conducted by an ISPP faculty member.
    To register: https://bit.ly/3rbznIT

    ISPP Policy Relay: India’s Vaccination Strategy

    There is a vaccine expectancy across the world. Millions are getting vaccinated every day. What is India's vaccination strategy? The price caps that have been imposed, will they be enough to incentivise the private sector? What more should we do, to improve the percentage of those vaccinated?

    The Indian School of Public Policy invites you to its upcoming session of ISPP Policy Relay 2021 to mark one year of Covid-19 in India. The panel will be discussing India's Vaccination Strategy in this session.

    The speakers are:

    1. Dr Shirshendu Mukherjee – Mission Director, Program Management Unit, (DBT-BIRAC-BMGF-Wellcome Trust)
    2. Sandhya Venkateswaran – Fellow, Lancet Citizen's Commission on Reimagining India's Health Systems and Ex-India Country Lead, Policy and Strategic Partnerships, BMGF
    3. Ali Mehdi – Senior Fellow and Lead, Health Policy Initiative, ICRIER Founding President, Inclusive Development Foundation
    4. Rajeev Ahuja – Development Economist

    This session will be moderated by Amirullah Khan, Health Economist and Domain Expert at ISPP

    We look forward to seeing you at the event. Register now!

    Date: Sunday, 21st March, 2021
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM IST
    Link to Register: https://bit.ly/3cvqnJq
    Registration time: 30 seconds
    Venue: This session will be held on Zoom Webinar

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