The wishful thinking of undergraduate friends rarely yields results so fruitful as the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in India. D. Dhanuraj, chairman of the CPPR and his seven friends were still undergraduates when they started the organization in 2004 with the help of the Centre for Civil Society, both of which are Atlas Network partners. 2014 marks CPPR’s ten-year anniversary. During this time CPPR has done more than 100 visible projects that take a bottom-up approach to socioeconomic and public policy research. In a recent article in Deccan Chronicle, South India’s top news publication, Dhanuraj said, “India is a heterogeneous society of unfulfilled dreams. The common man isn’t actively involved in making public policies. Only a citizen-based approach would solve our issues. Hence, we want a bottom-to-top approach in every decision the government takes. I am happy that CPPR is and will be an active catalyst in making it effective.” In keeping with the bottom-up “citizen-based approach”, CPPR is quickly becoming a hub of change and civic engagement for society. It now has academic programs such as the Winter School, an intensive research training sponsored by Atlas Network, and Semester at Sea. With young people becoming so involved, and CPPR implementing so many liberty-oriented projects, Dhanuraj says “we should be optimistic about the future of India.” To read more click here.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN INDIA
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