Progress Report as on December 14, 2005

point DESIGN
point WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT
point COLLABORATION & COURSE DEVELOPMENT

point VISITING FACULTY
point ACADEMIC COUNCIL
point GOVERNING COUNCIL & MANAGING COMMITTEE
point MISSION STATEMENT & MOTTO
point COURSE CURRICULUM
point EVENTS

point RESOURCE GENERATION

point MISCELLANEOUS



1. DESIGN:

Appropriate Designs, Jaipur have been formally appointed as the design consultant of CIRC.

1.1. Logo:
The Logo for the institute has been already designed. The CIRC logo with a short description would be circulated among the council members shortly.

1.2 Ad Brief:
Details of Ad Brief have been given. The same will be designed closer to the date of the first seminar of Competition Policy and Law.

1.3 Brochure, Collaterals & Promotion Materials:
Brochures, Fliers, Inserts, Posters, Pamphlets/take away are/will be designed by the agency and produced at the time of related events for the purpose of distribution.

1.4 Stationery:
Designing of the stationery is underway.

2. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT:

2.1 Some Potential web developers have been short-listed, interviews have been conducted, and very soon an appointment will be made.

2.2 FullEstop and Blue Shift are two leading web development agencies that have been contacted. Our internal team has done a comparative analysis of their proposals.

2.3 As of now, FullEstop seems appropriate. The agency will initially lay the foundation for on line courses and then train an internal staff for handling and managing the same.

2.4 The process of web development has, however, already begun (internally).
The first phase is almost complete.

3. COLLABORATION AND COURSE DEVELOPMENT:
We have approached several Institutes/Universities for a tie up, and have received positive responses from most of them.

Collaboration with the following is underway:

3.1 Institute of Trade and Commercial Diplomacy (ITCD): Would help us develop and market courses in Commercial Diplomacy. A MoU has been drafted for the purpose. Discussions are on. Geza Feketekuty, resident ITCD is the contact person for all discussions.

3.2. Raymond Saner, Director Diplomacy Dialogue c/o CSEND has been extremely proactive in helping us, and has shared a course module for a seminar in Commercial Diplomacy. The same has been recorded and circulated internally for customising it.

3.3. Institute for International Business Economics and Law (IIBE&L); Adelaide University, Australia: Will help us market and develop courses in Commercial Diplomacy. James Redden, Senior Programme Manager is the contact person for all discussions.

3.4. International Development Law Organisation (IDLO): Collaboration has been sought on course development and marketing. IDLO is in the process of drafting a tripartite MoU between Itself, CIRC and IIBE&L. Miles Young, Programme Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific Training Centre is the contact person for all discussions.

4. VISITING FACULTY:
4.1 Contact has been made with 51 prospects.

  • 27: Accepted
    18: Awaited
    06: Declined

4.2 The profile of the accepted visiting faculty members is being updated.

5. ACADEMIC COUNCIL:
The list of Academic Council members has been formalised. There are nine members in the Council.

6. GOVERNING COUNCIL and MANAGING COMMITTEE:
6.1 The Governing Council comprises of 18 Members including the Chairman (Dr. C. Rangarajan).

6.2 There will be a Managing Committee meeting in Jaipur on December 20th 2005. The members will brainstorm on various matters related to the Institute.

7. MISSION STATEMENT AND MOTTO:
7.1 The Mission Statement for the Institute will be “To be a centre of excellence on regulatory issues”.

7.2 The previous motto “Enhancing Knowledge” has been expanded to “Enhancing Knowledge, Strengthening Capacity”.

8. COURSE CURRICULUM:
8.1 Course curriculum on Economic Regulation for one-week seminars and short online courses has been designed.
The same has been circulated to the Academic Council members for their comments and suggestions.

8.2
A course module for one-week seminars on Competition Policy has also
been drafted internally. On the basis of this short online courses are also being worked upon.

9. EVENTS:
9.1 A seminar on Competition Policy and Law has been planned in New Delhi, India from the 13th -17th of March 2006.
9.2 This is based on the module made internally.
9.3 The details are being worked out.

10. RESOURCE GENERATION:

10.1 FUNDING:

10.1.1. We are negotiating with the World Bank, for funding CIRC. Anup Wadhavan, an IAS officer currently working with the World Bank’s water and sanitation programme, has been appointed as the task manager of CIRC.
10.1.2. A meeting was held with World Bank, on the 28th of November 2005, to get support for the setting up of CIRC.
10.1.3. It has been conveyed that other than “infrastructure” funding will be provided for course development, research activities, and software (technical assistance and consultancy).

10.2 LAND:

10.2.1 5000 sq yards of land has been allocated in an Institutional area of Jaipur. We have been negotiating with the Government of Rajasthan (with support from the Chief Minister).
10.2.2 CUTS has put in a request for a concessional rate. Bureau of Industrial Development Investment (BIDI) in this regard will take up decision in the next meeting.
10.2.3. Chief secretary of Government of Rajasthan has indicated that a letter will be sent to the Planning Commission regarding the requested allocation of Rs. 4 crore from Additional Central Assistance (ACA). This would be done once a decision is taken on land related matters.

11. MISCELLANEOUS:

11.1 Search Engines: To begin with, the CIRC, web site will be submitted to major search engines: Yahoo and Google free of cost, subsequently other methods of search engine optimisations can be explored and tie up with other websites contemplated
11.2 E-newsletters: will give an insight to the Institute.
11.3 Web bulletin board: this will be constructed as a part of the Home page and will offer news, views and an update on the activities and achievements of CIRC
11.4 Classified Ads: banners and ads can be placed free of cost or as a barter deal with related sites
11.5 Press/News Release: Press conferences, events and release will be organised from time to time announcing developments

11.6 Media:

a. Print Media: newspaper ads, coverage etc can be given in related magazines/ papers
b. Electronic Media: minute flashes on TV and local radio stations can be tapped for increasing awareness.