Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governence and Public Policy

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Past Events

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1. One-day RTI Workshop The Centre for Regulatory Studies, Governance and Public Policy (CRSGPP) organised a one-day workshop on “Right to Information (RTI)” on 23rd February, 2016. The objective of the Workshop was to create awareness and knowledge on the effectiveness of the RTI Act both as a tool of public policy and as a progressive legislative experiment.
2. One-day Workshop on the Changing Roles of Executive Magistrates CRSGPP organised a One-day Workshop on the “Changing Roles of Executive Magistrates” on 12th February, 2016. The purpose of the Workshop was to know how the Executive Magistrates’ Courts have been maintaining law and order and have been promoting development administration by invoking legal provisions, especially that of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
3. One-day National Seminar on Social Security in India: Issues and Challenges  CRSGPP organised a One-day National Seminar on “Social Security in India: Issues and Challenges” on 22nd March, 2016. The primary intention of the National Seminar was to provide a platform to academicians, researchers and decision makers to discuss the utility of social security legislative instruments in India with special reference to the state of West Bengal. Experts in the field and law students from various law schools/universities attended the event. Some of the papers presented by the students during the Seminar were published in Volume 1 Issue 2 of the CRSGPP’s online journal “NUJS Journal of Regulatory Studies” (ISSN No. 2456-4605).
4. One-day RTI Training Programme CRSGPP organised a One-day Training Programme on “Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005” on 27th September, 2016. The aim of the Training Programme was to extend guidance and support to people who deal with RTI applications in higher academic institutions, especially universities.
5. Two-day National Seminar on Disability and Education: A Socio-legal Approach CRSGPP organised a two-day National Seminar on “Disability and Education: Socio-legal Approach” on 29th and 30th November, 2016. The main objective of holding such a National Seminar was to know the penetration of education among the disabled. Another objective was to promote exchange of knowledge and ideas on disability and education as prevailing in the Indian sociolegal context. The Seminar was categorised under four major sub-themes, viz.,
(1) Access and delivery of education for the disabled
(2) Disability and discrimination
(3) Education and its socio-economic impact on disability
(4) Role of law and policy in Disability and EducationThe Seminar was attended by legal luminaries, stakeholders and students, many of whom presented papers in the course of the Seminar. Some of the papers were published in Volume 1 Issue 3 of  “NUJS Journal of Regulatory Studies.”
6.  Two-day National Workshop on Research Methodology in Public Policy and Law CRSGPP organised a two-day National Workshop on “Research Methodology in Public Policy and Law” between 17th February and 18th February, 2017. The purpose of the Workshop was to extend training and guidance to academicians and research scholars on how to employ proper research methodology and research tools in studies relating to law and public policy. Yet another purpose of the Workshop is to provide a platform for the budding research scholars from the field of social sciences and law to discuss and deliberate on critical issues relating to research designs. Noted academicians and research scholars participated in the event. Some of the research scholars also presented papers on the methodology they adopted in their respective research work.
7. FGD on Need for Policy on Superstitious Beliefs and Witch-hunting for the State of West Bengal CRSGPP conducted a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on “Need for Policy on Superstitious Beliefs and Witch-hunting for the State of West Bengal” on 18th March 2017. It was a comprehensive discussion with the group comprising members from various fields- journalism, psychoanalysis, sociology, social sciences and law, and members from the civil society. The topic was framed on the concept that the adjoining states of the state of West Bengal have special laws to deal with the social menace of superstitious beliefs and witch-hunting whereas the state is still being guided by a judicial decision and borrowed principles on the topic despite there being reported instances of the acts which eventually lead to commission of offences laid down in IPC.
8. FGD on Justice Delivery Mechanism in Bengal Excise Act: Present Position and Scope for Improvement  CRSGPP in association with the Training Cell, Directorate of Excise (Finance Department), Government of West Bengal organised an FGD on “Justice Delivery Mechanism in Bengal Excise Act: Present Position and Scope for Improvement” on 19th March, 2017. The purpose of the programme was to deliberate and discuss on various issues plaguing prosecution under the preventive provisions of the Bengal Excise Act. Yet another purpose was to revisit through a comparative analysis similar and related provisions in other states’ Excise laws—both substantive and procedural—designed to curb similar offences. Officers of the Excise Commission, West Bengal, Assistant Public Prosecutors, researchers of CRSGPP and a Judicial Magistrate.
9. 12-day Summer Course on Right to Information Between 10th and 21st July 2017, the Centre organised a summer training programme on “Right to Information”. The main purpose of holding the event was to gauge the effectiveness of the RTI Act and its implementation at the grassroots level, especially in light of the research work titled “Trend Analysis of Right to Information Applications in the Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats in the State of West Bengal” conducted by the Centre with the aid and assistance of the Administrative Training Institute, Government of West Bengal. Another purpose of the programme was not only to extend hands-on training on how to file and handle RTI applications but also to facilitate exchange of ideas (among the participants) on the nuances of the RTI legislation. About 22 participants from various parts of India took part in the event.
10. One-day National Conference on Right to Information  On 22nd July, 2017, the Centre conducted a National Conference on “One Decade of Right to Information Act in India: Expectations, Failures and Roadmap for the Future.” The objective of holding such a conference was to gauge the effectiveness of the Act, especially in terms of its implementation. Academicians, stakeholders, policy makers and students took part in the Conference. About 14 participants presented papers on diverse topics circumscribing the right to information laws. Some of the papers got published in Volume 2 Issue 2 of “NUJS Journal of Regulatory Studies”.
11. Two-day National Seminar on 25 Years of Panchayati Raj System in India: Issues and Challenges The Centre organised a National Seminar on “25 Years of Panchayati Raj System in India: Issues and Challenges” on 18th and 19th August 2017. The main purpose behind holding such an event was to know how far and how much the best practices and the capacity building initiatives have been effective at the operational level. Another purpose was to address the institutional and behavioural issues plaguing the Panchayati Raj framework in India. The main sub-themes of the Seminar were (1) Justice, equity and inclusive growth under the PRIs (2) The role of women in the development and consolidation of PRIs (3) Mobilisation and utilisation of own source revenue (4) The Role of the Indian Constitution in augmenting laws and policies on PRIs (5) The social and legal problems facing the PRIs (6) Role of PRIs in rural development and (7) Institutional capacity building through training and community participation. The two-day Seminar saw about 18 paper presentations. Some of the presented papers were published in Volume 2 Issue 1 of “NUJS Journal of Regulatory Studies”.
12. One-day Faculty Orientation Programme on Criminal Law CRSGPP organised a one-day Faculty Orientation Programme on Criminal Law on 25th November, 2017. The purpose of the programme was not only to extend guidance to the faculty members and researchers on the nuances of criminal law teaching and research but also to ensure exchange of ideas among the participants on the effectiveness of the legal and policy provisions, substantive or procedural, relating to criminal justice administration. The programme was meant to critically reflect on the pedagogical aspects of criminal law and to further facilitate fruitful dialogues between resource persons learned in criminal law and the faculty members who teach the law in various institutes in the state of West Bengal. About 53 participants including faculty members and research scholars took part in the event. The event provided a platform wherein eminent resource persons and the participants engaged themselves in productive discussions and interactive exercises concerning criminal laws and their respective applications.
13. One-day Faculty Orientation Programme on Constitutional Law  CRSGPP organised a one-day faculty orientation programme on Constitutional Law on 15th December 2017 at WBNUJS, Kolkata. Distinguished academicians from different esteemed institutions across the country were invited to acquaint the participants on the various dimensions of constitutional law. Special emphasis was laid on demonstrating the pedagogical aspects of constitutional law before the participants. The participants consisted of faculty members and PhD scholars from the law colleges both within and outside the state of West Bengal. Overall, the programme helped the participants to identify new and inspiring ways to learn and profess constitutional law.
14. Seven-day Winter Course on Criminal Law and Public Policy  CRSGPP organised a seven-day winter course on ‘Criminal Law and Public Policy’ between 29th January and 4th February, 2018. The purpose of the programme was not only to address the issues (governing crime and punishment) from a legal and public policy perspective but also to facilitate exchange of ideas among the participants on the effectiveness of the legal and policy provisions, substantive or procedural, relating to criminal justice administration. The programme was meant to critically reflect on criminal laws and policies and to update the participants with the recent trends in criminal laws and their administration in India. About 64 participants from diverse academic backgrounds took part in the event. The course instructions were delivered by eminent academicians, policy makers and people representing the bench and the bar.
15.  Seven-day Training Programme on Practice and Procedure of Mediation  From 19th to 25th March 2018, the Centre organised a training programme named ‘Training Programme on Practice and Procedure of Mediation.’  The main objective of the programme was to extend hands-on mediation training to participants. Another objective of the programme was to highlight the effectiveness of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in the pacific settlement of disputes. Master trainers learned in the subject employed various methods, including role-plays, to underscore the various nuances involved in the practice and procedure of mediation. About 18 participants registered themselves and successfully completed the training programme.
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