The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is a Indian think tank and an independent, non-profit, research and educational organisation, established in 1997. In 2004, CCS was awarded the inaugural Templeton Freedom Award for excellence in the Student Outreach category, followed by the award in Free Market Solutions to Poverty in 2005 and in Initiative in Public Relations category in 2009. The award is given by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation using funding from the John Templeton Foundation.
The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is an independent non-profit research and educational think-tank based in New Delhi. According to the Centre's website, it is committed to increasing opportunity, prosperity, and quality of life for every Indian by reinvigorating civil society and readjusting political society. CCS was founded in 1997 by Dr. Parth Shah, an economist and former Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. Since then, CCS has built a reputation for rigor, innovation, and effectiveness. Across the spectrum, through research, proofs of concept, advocacy and outreach, the Centre has contributed to a changed climate of opinion around the country. In 2007, it launched a "School Choice Campaign", which involves giving “education vouchers” to poor students to reimburse tuition fees.
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