केंद्रीय सेवा अधिकारी बोर्ड

( सरकार सहायत्त स्वायत्त संस्थान )

Central services officers board

( Government Aided Autonomous institute )

Reports, Monographs & Papers

Discussion on: India-Australia Relations: The Way Forward

I’d like to personally welcome each of you in this Seminar of national importance. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity…

Discussion on: Accelerating rural literacy with special emphasis on Women, SC, ST’s & Minorities through Adult Education and National Open Schooling System

Literacy is an integral and indispensable element of educational development. Literacy can pave way for reduction in population growth, child mortality and poverty, and facilitate in attaining gender parity, sustainable and holistic growth. It provides for nurturance of democratic values and peace among people. Literacy is all the more important to those sections of population, who have been historically neglected. Achieving universal adult literacy is a fundamental goal of adult and continuing education programmes that have been envisaged from time to time…

Discussion on: Buy American, Hire American and Make in India: Go Along

In calling for a policy of “Buy American, Hire American,” President Donald Trump has resurrected and embellished a slogan that has been around at least since the Great Depression. But the slogan sends a poor signal to the rest of the world, undercuts fundamental economic precepts, risks retaliatory actions from trading partners, and offers a false promise to American citizens…

Discussion on Comprehensive Education – Ethics, Physical Education, Arts & Crafts, Life Skills

Education is concerned with all-round development of the child (physical, socioemotional along with cognitive), all aspects need to be assessed rather than only academic achievement. As part of the Twelfth Plan initiatives, now there is a system-wide focus on holistic development of children by improving learning outcomes and other non-scholastic areas. Our students need to have a holistic development which cannot be achieved only through information and instruction. Physical education, games and sports should be made an integral part of the curriculum and daily routine in schools for the holistic development of children…

Discussion on ‘Russia in the 21st Century: Where From, Where To’

“I’d like to personally welcome each of you in this Discussion. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation- wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity.
The Internal discussion on topic ‘Russia in the 21st Century: where from, where to’. The discussion was chaired by Amb PS Raghavan and moderated by Amb PP Shukla, both India’s former Ambassadors to Russia. While the focus was Russia’s foreign policy strategy under President Putin, especially its relations with major world powers including Europe, America and China, among others, the interaction also substantially delved into the perceived drift taking place in Russia-India relations over the last few years.”

DISCUSSION ON : Enabling Inclusive Education – Education of Girls, SC’s. ST’s Minorities and Children with special needs

The issue of social access and equity are far too complex. While the gaps in average enrolments between disadvantaged groups like SC, ST, Muslims, girls and Children with special needs and the general population have decreased, there is still a considerably large gap in learning levels with historically disadvantaged and economically weaker children having significantly lower learning outcomes. Large and growing learning gaps threaten the equity gains achieved on the enrolment front because children with lower levels of learning are more likely to drop out. In order to increase the participation of girls and other special category children, specific interventions are being made…


DISCUSSION ON : Ensuring Learning Outcomes in Elementary Education

In elementary education, despite improvements in access and retention, the learning outcomes for a majority of children continue to be an area of serious concern. Studies are showing that children are not learning the basic skills during their schooling. Many children who reach grade V cannot read simple texts and cannot do simple arithmetic calculations. The examination results of the children are poor. Concerted efforts are required to ensure that a minimum set of cognitive skills are acquired by all children during eight years of elementary education…

Discussion on: Extending outreach of Secondary and Senior Secondary Education

With Universal Elementary Education (UEE) becoming a reality, near universalization of secondary education is a logical next step. Further, universalisation of quality secondary education implies creating secondary schooling provisions of a defined standard irrespective of the location and management of the institution to accommodate all those eligible grade VIII and grade X students who are willing to participate in secondary and higher secondary education. It is expected that initiatives such as RTE of eight years of schooling would not only be increasing participation levels in elementary education but also substantially improve the internal efficiency of elementary education in the coming years and ensure higher levels of transition to secondary schooling…

Discussion on: Focus on Child Health

“There is a need to improve access to child health services. The Ministry of Health is focusing on promoting child health through appropriate interventions.
Presently, the Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD addresses the nutritional needs of school going children in the age group of 6-14 years are being taken care of by the Mid- Day Meal (MDM) Scheme. With a view to enhancing enrolment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among primary school children, the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education was launched in August 1995. ”

Freebies and Good Governance: by Mr. B. P. Singh, Former Governor of Sikkim

“I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity.
While freebies are considered among the surest and fastest means of providing succor to the needy poor, these come at a heavy cost to the national exchequer, as precious economic resources have to be diverted away from developmental projects, especially those linked to infrastructure projects.”

Interaction with a Delegation from China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)

A delegation of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), led by its President Prof. Ji Zhiye, including Mr. Han Liqun and Mr. Hu Shisheng, among others visited on August 2016 for an interaction on India-China relations and the way forward. Issues that came up for detailed discussions included: macro economic trends of China and India and the prospects for economic cooperation between the two countries, infrastructure developments in the disputed Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) as spin-off of China-Pakistan Economic Cooperation (CPEC), prospects for stability in the Af-Pak region in the backdrop of China seeking to play an intermediary between the Taliban and the Afghan government, and the implications of recent ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the South China Sea dispute involving China and the Philippines…

Interaction with Amb Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations), MEA (India)

“Amb Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, interacted with a select panel of policy experts on Sep 2016, focusing on the Prime Minister’s visit to Africa and the way forward in India-Africa relations. The interaction squarely focused on adding more teeth to India’s Africa policy.
In his opening comments, General NC Vij, underlined that after decades’ of neglect, Africa has finally landed on India’s strategic radar, thanks to an observant Prime Minister. In a major departure from the past tradition of engaging Africa only through the OAU (Organisation of African Unity), India has decided to engage with the African countries on bilateral basis through a series of sustained engagements. A reflection of India’s changed outlook on Africa was first witnessed on a global scale in 2015, when New Delhi invited all 54 African countries for the five-day India-Africa summit, doing away with the earlier practice of sending invites to only those countries which the OAU decided. An ‘embrace all’ policy became imperative because African countries, left out of triennial jamboree called India-Africa Summit, often felt slighted and complained against the partisan attitude to the diplomatic establishments in India.”

Interaction with Ambassador Timothy Roemer, former Member of the U.S. Congress and Ambassador to India

I’d like to personally welcome Timothy Roemer, former Member of the U.S. Congress and Ambassador to India in this interaction, sharing his perspective on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and future direction in Indo-US relations. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity…

Interaction with Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Minister for Information, Bangladesh

I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity. We feel honored to host Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Hon’ble Minister for Information and President of the Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal, Bangladesh, on Aug 2016 for an interaction on India-Bangladesh relations and the way forward. The interaction covered a broad spectrum of issues: bilateral economic and security cooperation, Bangladesh’s’ internal dynamics, the menace of radicalization, and South Asian regional cooperation, among many other related issues…

DISCUSSION ON : New Knowledge, pedagogies and approaches for teaching of Science, Maths and Technology in School Education to improve learning outcomes of Students

One of the most important measures taken up for improving the quality in secondary education is to improve the Pupil- Teacher ratios by appointing additional teachers in order to improve the classroom transaction process and environment. Further, special attention is paid on teaching of Science, Mathematics and English. Poor science and maths education (and English) accounts for 80 per cent of total students who fail in Tenth Board Examination. The low enrolment in science stream at higher secondary level and poor-quality education is a constraint in development of scientific manpower in the country…

Discussion On : Promotion of Information and Communication Technology systems in school and adult education

ICT can potentially make significant difference in improving the quality of education. Most of the secondary schools have limited availability of computer facilities. This constrains the students from acquiring ICT-related skills essential in the knowledge economy and limits teachers’ ability to upgrade their subject-matter knowledge and students’ ability to access essential learning materials. The National Policy of ICT in School Education envisions and provides for the development of a holistic framework of ICT support in the school system. Mission Mode Project (MMP) on School Education would enable comprehensive technology enablement of the school education sector…

Dialogue on : Promotion of Languages

A multi-lingual society recognises the importance of education in languages. While there are some interventions for appointment of language teachers and promotion of classical languages, there is no comprehensive scheme or language policy and we need to have inputs on this dimension. India follows, in principle, a three-language formula. Learning through mother tongue at least in the early stages of schooling is also advocated. There is also a general perception that children learning through English medium have advantage over others while entering the world of work…

Discussion On : Reforming School Examination Systems

Examination reforms that focus on problem-solving, critical thinking and reasoning skills are critical to improving quality at the elementary and secondary levels. Such reforms will change the teaching–learning processes and improve learning outcomes. In recent years, CBSE has introduced wide-ranging examination reforms in schools affiliated to it, such as Class X Board Examination has been made optional, a system of grading in place of marks has been introduced…

DISCUSSION ON : Revamping Teacher Education for Quality Teachers

Quality of teachers has been a major cause of worry in the country and one of the basic pre-requisites to improve quality. Competence of teachers and their motivation is crucial for improving the quality. Several initiatives are being taken for addressing teacher shortages, shortages of secondary school teachers in mathematics, science and languages, improving the quality of pre-service teachers and in-service teacher’s professional development, enhancing the status of teaching as a profession, improving teachers’ motivation and their accountability for ensuring learning outcomes, and improving the quality of teacher education institutions and also teacher educators…

Round Table Discussion: India-Iran Relations

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all Delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity.
Amb Dinkar Srivastava, India’s former Ambassador to Iran, chaired a round table discussion on ‘India- Iran relations and the way forward’. The interaction among experts focused on three key issues: terrorism, regional connectivity and India’s oil and gas imports from Iran.”

Round Table Discussion on ‘Bicameralism and the Role of Rajya Sabha’

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity. With the Council of States i.e Rajya Sabha increasingly perceived as an arena for political muscle-flexing and stonewalling key legislations of the government in recent years, there has been growing demand in the country to review its composition and functioning. Most notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself made a strong pitch for holding elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies together at a BJP meeting in March, while Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, according to media reports, has suggested scrapping the Rajya Sabha altogether.”

“Round Table Discussion on the ‘Slowdown of China’s Economy”

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity.
An internal discussion on the current trends in the Chinese economy on July 2016. The discussion was held in two parts; part one of the discussion ‘Slowdown of the Chinese Economy: Implications for India’ was led by Dr. Arvind Virmani, former Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance (India) and Executive Director, IMF (International Monetary Fund), while Amb Ashok K Kantha, India’s former Ambassador to China, analysed the ‘New Normal in China’s Economy: Implications for India’.”

Round Table Discussion on The South China Sea Dispute Ruling – Implications

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity. Against the backdrop of 12 July 2016, award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the South China Sea (SCS), a Round Table Discussion was held on August 2016, on “South China Dispute Ruling: Implications”. The discussion started with the opening remarks by the Director, Gen N.C Vij, followed by two presentations of Vice Admiral Anup Singh (The Philippines vs. China: PCA ruling) and Amb. Ashok Kantha (Implications of the Award & China’s Actions). This was followed by a brainstorming discussion in order to understand the outcomes of the PCA ruling it is imperative to first understand the law of the sea and the related concept. China is interested in the region because of the geo strategic location and immense mineral deposit underneath. It claims that all features lying within the Nine Dash line belongs to China.”

Roundtable Discussion on China-Pakistan Nexus: Challenges and Response

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity. The internal Round Table Discussion on August 2016, necessitated largely by the fact that China-Pakistan axis, which has remained India’s Achilles heel for long, has begun to manifest in recent years in ways that are
increasingly detrimental not only to India’s security but also to the region’s security as a whole.”

“DIALOGUE ON School standards, School assessment and School Management systems.”

There is a need to put in place a School Quality Assessment and Accreditation System to cover all aspects of school functioning, including scholastic and co-scholastic domains, physical infrastructure, faculty management, school leadership, learning outcomes and satisfaction of pupils and their parents/ guardians. Better governance structures in schools striking a balance between mandating and persuading, training of district and block-level education officers as well as head teachers for better management practices, on using data to better monitor and support school performance, and to mobilise community resources and efforts to improve school performance…

Shri Prakash Singh, former DG BSF, on Police Reforms in India

Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome each of you in this Seminar on “Police Reforms in India”. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity. Shri Prakash Singh, former DG BSF, delivered a perceptive talk, ‘Preparing the Central and State Police Forces to Deal with the Multi-Dimensional Challenges of Tomorrow’. A large audience, comprising former bureaucrats, diplomats, military veterans, members of the academia, among other informed citizenry of Delhi, attended the event and also participated in a lively interaction with the distinguished speaker following the lecture..

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ON SMART CITY: BEYOND DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING

There may be many ways to define and identify a country in international platforms. After cold war world is divided among first world countries, second world countries and third countries. Afterwards, it was divided based on growth and called developed and developing countries. Akin like countries cities were also divided among various categories like metro cities, non-metro cities, tier-1, tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Everywhere core issues (listed below) remain the same which the residents demanded and municipal corporations tried to deliver it…

“Discussion On Strengthening of Vocational Education”

A knowledgeable and skilled workforce is seen as the most important human capital required for the development of a country. Both vocational education and skill development are known to increase productivity of individuals, profitability of employers and national growth. Vocational education aims to develop skilled manpower through diversified courses to meet the requirement primarily the unorganized sector and to inculcate self employment skills in children through a large number of diversified vocational courses. Given that only 7 to 10 per cent of population is engaged in formal sector of economy, development of vocational education will provide skilled labour force in the informal sector which would further enhance the productivity…

Talk on ‘Democracy and People’s Participation’

“Dr. S.Y.Quraishi, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India, to talk on “Democracy and People’s Participation” all welcomed Dr Quraishi and set in the agendas for the talk.
Dr. Quraishi began by arguing that notwithstanding manifold problems, India as a nation has great attributes and aspects, which definitely includes our democracy. No matter how chaotic it may appear to be, running consistently the largest democracy in the world from the time of Independence is an achievement which the entire world recognizes. Electoral process, according to Dr. Quraishi, has been a major contributing factor to its success. Assessing how Indian society has evolved as a democracy from a time when only 16% people were literate and had a caste-based hierarchical society to the modern society it is today, Dr. Quraishi argued that the increase in people’s participation has to be strongly recognized.”

The Statement of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay on the 54th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

On this day in 1959, thousands of Tibetans from all walks of life and all three regions of Tibet (U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo) converged in Lhasa to resist and protest the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. We are the children of this tragic yet historic moment in Tibet’s rich, unique, 2,000-plus year history. Today, we are gathered here to re-dedicate ourselves to the brave struggle started by the selfless elder generation. We pay tribute to all those who have sacrificed their lives for Tibet. The yearning for freedom that moved our elders to undertake the epochal events of March 10, 1959 is a beacon that guides our present-day struggle to secure our basic freedom, dignity and identity…

Visit of a Chinese Delegation

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity.
Leading a five-member delegation of the ‘China Association for International Friendly Contact’ (CAIFC), Mr. Liu Hanwu, Director, Asian Affairs and Standing Counsel Member of the CAIFC, visited on Sep 2016 for an interaction that broadly hinged on potentials for improving ties between China and India, especially around cultural and historical legacies.”

Visit of a Delegation from China’s Pangoal institution

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all Delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity.
Leading a four-member delegation, Mr. YI Peng, founder President of the Pangoal Institution, a Bejing-based non- governmental think tank, visited for an interaction, targeted at exploring potentials for expanding economic cooperation between China and India, especially in the private sectors.”

Waterways on River Ganges – Environmental Challenge & Opportunity

“Welcome, I’d like to personally welcome all delegates. It’s an exciting time for all of us as we continue to grow and adapt, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive to new ideas. We’re meeting during a time of large nation-wide and global change. The field of law, policy and strategy research is an exciting area in which we work. We will continue to meet and bring intellectual people to come together in forums like this, to ensure IIFH remains at the top to strengthen the humanity. The series of public lectures on contemporary national importance hosted every month and was held on July 2016 with well-known Ganga Activist Dr. Onkar Mittal and Environmentalist Dr. Hishmi Jamil Husain giving a broad overview of the proposed waterways on river Ganga and its implications both for ecology and development. A large number of Delhiites including public luminaries and enthusiasts, among others, turned up for the event braving incessant rains leading to traffic snarls in most parts of Delhi, a pointer to the popularity among Delhi’s intelligentsia.”