National Capacity Development Program

National Capacity Development Program was conducted on 26.06.’16 in ISDG’s training centre situated in Adoor, Kerala. Distinguished Faculties like S/Sri. Madhava Menon, Gowridasan Nair, C.P John, A.J Philip, P. H Kurian, Dr. K Ambadi, Dr. Jose Sebastian, Dr. Abraham George participated for the event. The Program was attended by 21 participants from across 10 states ranging from Tamil Nadu to Delhi and Manipur to Rajasthan. The profiles of the participants were also very diverse with work experience ranging from 1 to 15 years. Two catholic priests involved in social service also enriched the discussion with their varied perspectives.The inaugural address on Judicial Advocacy was given by Padma Shri Madhava Menon, considered by many as the father of modern legal education in India. He is the founder Director of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and the founder Vice Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).

The Keynote speaker was Mr. P.H. Kurian (IAS), currently the Principal Secretary of Industries and IT department in Government of Kerala. Leveraging on his experience he gave an insightful analysis on how the executive operates and how NGOs can influence policy. Dr. K Ambadi (IIS), Manging Director of Kerala State Coastal Development Corporation (KSADC) presented a case study on the excise policy of the state which helped the participants understand the nuances of Policy Formulation.Mr. Gouridasan Nair, Kerala Bureau Chief of the Hindu gave an insightful session on Media Advocacy with practical tips on how to interface with the media.  Shri A.J Philip, who was the Editor of The Herald of India and the senior resident editor at Hindustan Times had an interactive session with the students on the context of Governance in India. Mr. C. P John who has served two terms on the Kerala State Planning Board was indeed the best person to explain the Kerala Local Governance model to the participants who were eager to adopt the best practices in their respective states. The session on Budget Analysis was handled by Dr. Jose Sebastian, associate professor at Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation. Abraham George took the session on SDGs.  ncdp1ncdp22ncdp3ncdp

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