7th Progress Report as on June 30, 2007





ANNEXURE 2                                 


The seventh progress report summarises the progress made by CIRC in the quarter April-June, 2007. Progress is reported on the registration process of CIRC as a society under the Societies Act; progress of the Strategic Business Plan (SBP) being developed by Ernst & Young (E&Y); information about the expert groups formed as per the subject streams of CIRC; progress on funding and land issues, which relies largely on SBP being finalised; status of collaborations and affiliations; and events held during this quarter and events that are on the agenda. With the third quarter of year 2007 starting, all efforts are directed towards planning and preparing for the first workshop on Building Skills on Commercial and Economic Diplomacy (CDS.02). There would be a series of workshops especially designed for Indian government officials at various levels, such as Joint Secretaries, Directors, Deputy Directors, probationers, etc. In addition to the above, CIRC is busy with several preparatory works, the details of which are given below.

For updates on the activities discussed above, please visit: http://www.circ.in/about.htm


Process of registering CIRC as a society under the Societies Act has been initiated. For this purpose a constitution has also been drafted for CIRC. CIRC would be registered at Delhi, which in no way would affect the choice of CIRC’s location.


3.1 Governing Council: The 18-member Governing Council (GC), chaired by Dr C Rangarajan, Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, meets once every year to provide policy guidance to CIRC. The second meeting of the GC was organised on March 22, 2007 at New Delhi. The outcomes of the meeting were discussed in the previous report, which was for the period of January to March, 2007. However, to briefly cover the main points: identifying subject-expert groups who would primarily be guiding on the course material and modules; b) dual focus of the institute: capacity building through training and research; c) full-time scholar-administrators for running of the institute, who are also involved in research on a continuous basis; d) preferred location for CIRC could be either Delhi, Gurgaon or Jaipur. The CIRC team has acted upon these suggestions. Subject expert groups have been identified and being followed up, they would be utilised as and when the need arises; dual focus on training and research and full-time scholar-administrator - these two suggestions have been incorporated in the CIRC SBP and much would happen on this once the SBP is finalised; and for location for CIRC - operating from a hired premise is being explored at Delhi/Jaipur.

For the constitution of the 18-member Governing Council please see: http://www.circ.in/govrn_council.htm

3.2 Managing Committee: The five-member Managing Committee (MC) met on July 2, 2007 for their sixth meeting. The fifth MC meeting was held at New Delhi a day before the Launch Meeting on the SBP to finalise the Agenda for the II GC Meeting and CIRC’s SBP. The key issues - a) SBP’s focus would lie primarily on Economic Regulation and Competition Policy & Law and not on Commercial Diplomacy since funding is from the infrastructure regulation window of the PPIAF; b) Ambassador Kishan Rana would be requested to prepare a paper for incorporation elements of Commercial Diplomacy in the SBP; and c) certain sectors were identified that CIRC should start work on, such as Energy, Transport (Tourism and Aviation), and Water Regulation.

3.2.1 The sixth meeting was a follow-up meeting after the SBP Interim draft report was discussed. This meeting was mainly to discuss the proceedings for the SBP. Comments that were received from various people (MC members, CIRC Team and World Bank) regarding the Interim Draft Report were discussed in order to finalise the SBP so that it could then be presented to the donors and CIRC could function in a better and planned manner. Earlier the SBP was expected by May end, but as things stand now it appears this would take some more weeks. It was decided in the meeting that CIRC Team would meet more frequently with E&Y for a more strategic approach and speeding up the entire process. A more concrete line of action would emerge only after the receipt of the SBP report and brainstorming on the recommendations put forth. The SBP should be in place by September-October, 2007.

For the constitution of the managing committee members, please log on to http://www.circ.in/manag_comt.htm

3.2 Subject Expert Groups: In view of the fact that an Academic Council (AC) meeting has not been held, it was suggested that we create subject expert groups of the best possible expertise available in India. The AC has nine members out of which four members are a part of the expert group. The rest of the five members of the AC would be kept in the loop by way of emails and personal discussions. The expert groups would be on the three subjects relevant to our work: Economic Regulation, Competition Law & Policy and Commercial Diplomacy. The endeavour is to identify the best possible persons in India for serving on these expert groups. The expert group's guidance would be sought primarily for:

  • preparing and commenting on course design and course modules; and

  • participating and brainstorming in meetings, as and when convened.

The list is attached at Annexure 1


4.1 Fund Raising 

4.1.1 World Bank
As already mentioned in the previous reports the World Bank is providing support of USD 60,000 to CIRC for its SBP. Several consultative workshops have been held focusing on brainstorming on the work-plan in order to have the final draft of the tabled by September-October, 2007. SBP would identify ways and means for CIRC to build itself as an institute of its own kind:

  • training themes: finalising the themes/areas of capacity building;

  • geographic coverage with financial modelling primarily for India and basic coverage for other countries in regions such as: South Asia, South East Asia and Far East and Africa;

  • target clientele for capacity building;

  • marketing and outreach;

  • modes of service delivery;

  • options of affiliations with other institutes (overseas/domestic);

  • fund raising;

  • staffing; and

  • location.

For this purpose E&Y and World Bank officials also visited Jaipur in order to analyse closely the working of CUTS International and its various centres and their linkages with CIRC’s activities. 

4.1.2 Additional Central Assistance
The Secretary (Finance), Ministry of Finance, Government of India had written to the State Government of Rajasthan to send a request to the Planning Commission for a one-time grant under Additional Central Assistance (ACA) in the next financial year. We are in constant touch with the office of the Chief Minister (CM), Rajasthan. Status on the same remains unchanged.

4.1.3 Funding Agencies
Discussions are on with several donor agencies, which have not been formally approached for support as yet. They are being updated on a regular basis about the activities of CIRC and the status of the SBP. Upon completion of the SBP, the interested agencies would be approached for funding as per the SBP.

4.1.4 Corporate Houses
Corporate houses have been identified and letters for support have been sent out to them. The SBP is expected to provide guidance and direction to CIRC’s efforts for partnership and fund-raising with corporate houses. IDFC has offered to convene a meeting of business houses in Mumbai once the SBP is ready.

4.1.5 Funding under the MPLAD Scheme
As this funding cannot be utilised to procure land thus it has been decided that the funds would be apportioned towards the development of the campus once land has been secured. Hence, follow up with MPs and nominated members of Rajya Sabha is being done gradually, as land has still not been procured (details on Land in point 3.2.1). Moreover, CIRC is also following up on the suggestion of hired premise to start with, as land procurement and then building up would take a significant amount of time. Some in response to the letters of support sent have expressed interest, which is being followed up.

4.2 Infrastructure

4.2.1 Land
Government of Rajasthan continues to uphold its support to CIRC. At present granting a concession to CUTS on the price of the land that the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) has allotted to build the CIRC campus is under consideration. It is expected to be reviewed by the next meeting of the Board of Industrial Development & Investment (BIDI), the body which promotes investment in the State of Rajasthan. Follow up is being done on a continuous basis.

5.1 Visiting Faculty:
The Visiting Faculty members are kept involved in the activities of CIRC by constantly being made a part of the training seminars and academic lectures. Some of them participated in the training workshops and Academic Lectures organised during this period.

List of the Visiting Faculty members is available at: http://www.circ.in/visit-fac.htm

5.2 Course Development:
There are three exclusive subject/streams on offer. These are:

  • Competition Policy & Law;

  • Economic Regulation; and

  • Commercial Diplomacy.

5.3 Some of the trainings that are on CIRC’s agenda in 2007 include:

  • The PPPs cell of the Indian Railways has shown interest in having CIRC conduct a basic introductory course on PPPs for Senior Officials - The Hows and Whys of PPPs. The proposal has been discussed with IDFC and they would support CIRC in making a bid for the same. CIRC and IDFC plan to hold the training in Bangkok and for the same identification of resource persons is being done.

  • Systematic training on commercial diplomacy is virtually absent in India and therefore, Department of Commerce has sponsored a 3-year project valued at Rs.120 lacs to conduct customised training workshops for Indian government officials at all levels. By conducting this three-year programme (from April 2007 to March 2010) CIRC is seeking to fill an existing gap by organising training workshops for the following three levels of Indian government officials:
    • Senior Level: Joint Secretaries
    • Middle Level: Directors
    • Junior/Fresher Level: Under Secretaries, Section Officers, Freshers

5.4 Tie Ups and Affiliations:
CIRC has signed a MoU with Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA). They work on issues related to Trade Policy Training, Research and Consultancy. TRAPCA would make a needs assessment for capacity building activities in African developing countries and CIRC would further that by devising training workshops and seminars.

Discussions are on with several other organisations to secure collaboration, either on a long-term basis or project-to-project basis. They are:

  • IDFC: Certificate courses and workshops on PPPs would be organised with IDFC’s support.

  • Institute for Public Private Partnerships (IP3)

  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA

  • Australian Centre of Regulatory Economics (ACORE), Australian National University (ANU);

  • Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (TRALAC)

  • Regulatory Policy Institute (RPI);

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and

  • The Global Competition Law Centre (GCLC)


6.1 Website - www.circ.in

The website is being updated from time to time to reflect the activities taking place. Once CIRC launches it online courses it would engage a full-time web developer to maintain the website. The website has been linked to various search engines. Groundwork for starting online courses has already begun with, which includes collating materials on various online courses, their pattern on working and so on and so forth.

6.2 Newsletter – CIRCular

Volume 03, Issue 01 of ‘CIRCular’ has been published. The quarterly newsletter carries special articles on the subject that CIRC covers, along with other news. It carries a special article on PPPs by Dr S K Sarkar, TERI.

CIRCular can be read and downloaded at http://www.circ.in/publication.htm

6.3 Marketing

To reach out to the target clientele CIRC uses multiple platforms. Some of them are:

Advertising through Internet to clientele as per the database: Each issue of the newsletter is e-mailed to the list in the database. The database contains CIRC’s target clientele i.e. civil servants, staff of regulatory bodies, civil society organisations, researchers, professionals, academicians and business and is updated on a regular basis. Event specific E-templates are also sent out to our target clientele.

Write-ups and discussion forums: Write-ups have been sent to Learning Curve, Economic Times. ET Knowledge Curve is also being explored. The CIRC-Forum, which has been designed and used as a platform to spread information about CIRC is kept active by way of postings and announcements of events that are being conducted under CIRC banner. Drawing from real life cases, the forum offers a platform to inform various clients about the relevance of the capacity building solutions offered by CIRC. The members of this forum include CIRC’s target clientele as mentioned above. Other than this, the participants of various CIRC workshops and events are also included as members of this forum.

Registration in the group can be made at: circ-forum@googlegroups.com

Collateral: Brochure, Inserts, event-specific fliers, nomadic stand etc: Event-specific fliers are designed as per the event requirement. Event-specific fliers and E-templates are sent to the clientele for promoting the event and gaining participation. Nomadic stand for CIRC has also been designed and is used during various events. The brochure is being kept on hold as CIRC is waiting for some more tie-ups to take place.

Press/News Release: Press releases are also made prior to the events as a marketing tool. The various press releases can be viewed at the following link: http://circ.in/media.htm

Classified Advertisements
This activity is event specific and is undertaken for participant mobilisation.

6. 4 Major Activities

6.4.1 Academic Lecture Series (ALS)
The seventh in series of Academic Lecture (ALS.07) was organised by CIRC in association with The Institute of Company Secretaries of India, Centre for Corporate Research & Training (ICSI-CCRT) on 'Competition Law and Policy in India' on Wednesday April 18, 2007 in the ICSI-CCRT Auditorium at CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai. The lecture was addressed by Shri Surendra Kanstiya. The event was attended by 45 participants from outside and within Mumbai. The participants were budding professionals like company secretaries, lawyers, chartered accountants.

The presentation is available at: http://circ.in/pdf/ALS-07.pdf

6.4.2 Training Seminars
CIRC has so far organised six Training Seminars on Competition Policy & Law (CPS) and one on Commercial Diplomacy and one International Research Symposium entitled "Political Economy Constraints in Regulatory Regimes in Developing Countries". The duration of these events varied from half a day to five days. A combination of Indian and international resource persons have contributed to the seminars as resource persons.

For more information on these events please visit: http://www.circ.in

6.5 Events Planned

After having organised quality training seminars and workshops, CIRC is now receiving demands for organising trainings. For example, in response to demands received from the Governments of Ethiopia and Mauritius, trainings on Competition Law are being organised, details of which are provided hereunder:

  • Training workshop on ‘Competition Policy and Law’, 2007, for select government officials, requested by the Ministry of Industry, SMEs, Commerce & Cooperatives, Government of Mauritius.

  • A training programme on Competition Policy & Law, requested by the Ethiopian government, would be custom-designed for participants from government agencies including Members and Staff of the Trade Practices Investigation Commission Secretariat, Ethiopia and is tentatively scheduled for September 2007.

  • A need for capacity building on competition issues has come out of the 7Up3 project of CUTS Centre for Competition, Investment and Economic Regulation (C-CIER). A series of ten workshops in the seven project countries of Eastern and Southern Africa have been requested by various participants in the culmination conference of the 7Up3 project at Mauritius.

  • As a part of the three-year project proposal submitted to the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoCI), CIRC is organising its first training on Commercial and Economic Diplomacy for Mid-level Civil Servants and Executives on August 22-25, 2007. The other two levels i.e. for Junior Level - Under Secretaries, Section Officers, Freshers/Probationers and Senior Level – Joint Secretary/Additional Secretary would be organised in October 2007 and January, 2008. These workshops will not only have government participation but private sector participation i.e. corporate managers dealing with International business, economic officers in International Organisations and chambers of commerce would also be benefiting.

  • An orientation workshop would also be conducted for all levels of government officials as a part of this three-year project.

  • CIRC with IDFC’s support would be organising trainings on PPP. The PPP cell of the Indian Railways has shown interest in having CIRC conduct a basic introductory course on PPP for the Senior Officials - The Hows and Whys of PPP. Preliminary discussions have been held and an offer in collaboration with IDFC will be submitted soon.

  • Pradeep S Mehta, Director General, CIRC, during his visit to Australia had discussions with Dean and senior staff of Melbourne Business School. The key outcome of this meeting is offering short-term joint courses for executive management education in India on “How to do Business in India” and this is being further explored by CIRC. A proposal of doing a five-day course, mid-week to mid-week is proposed, so that on the weekend a visit to Agra/Jaipur/Khajuraho etc. could be planned. Groundwork for the same is in progress.

  • Launching online diploma courses to test the market is also an activity, which would be taken up as per SBP’s recommendations.

  • Certification of courses is also on the agenda and would be done as per SBP’s recommendations

    The tentative calendar is annexed at Annexure 2.

Annexure 1

Subject Expert Groups -CIRC
(As on August 08, 2007)

S. No. 

Course-stream- Members

Designation and Organisation


Economic Regulation

1. S. L. Rao Chairman

Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)

2. S Sundar

Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

3. Rajat Kathuria

Professor of Economics, International Management Institute (IMI)

4. Sudha Mahalingam

Member, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board

5. B. K. Zutshi

Former Ambassador to GATT

6. A. K. Basu

Former Chairman, CERC

7. Sebastian Morris *

Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA)

II Competition Law & Policy
8. S Chakravarthy

Advisor/Consultant on Competition Policy and Law

9. Aditya Bhattacharjea

Prof. DSE, University of Delhi

10. T C A Anant

Professor, Delhi University

11. Nitya Nanda

Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

12. Jaivir Singh Assistant

Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

13. Subhashish Gupta

Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB)

14. H. D. Pithawalla

 Advocate, Supreme Court of India

15. Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Assistant Professor of Law, NLSIU

III Commercial Diplomacy
16. Kishan Rana

Senior Fellow, DiploFoundation

17. N.C. Pahariya

Assistant Prof., University of Rajasthan

18. Leela Ponappa

Deputy National Security – Advisor to Prime Minister of India

19. Veena Jha

Former India Programme Coordinator, UNCTAD

20. S. N. Menon

Former Commerce Secretary

21. B. K. Zutshi

Former Ambassador to GATT

* To be confirmed

Annexure 2

Tentative Calendar of Events for the third quarter of 2007*

Sr. No.


National Training Workshop on Competition Policy & Law Issues in Seven Eastern and Southern African Countries for Government Officials June-July, 2007 Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Uganda

April, 07



Orientation Workshop on Commercial & Economic Diplomacy for Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MoCI) July, 2007 New Delhi

April, 2007



Training Workshop on Competition Policy & Law for Mauritius Government 2007 Mauritius

June, 2007

Addis Ababa


Training Workshop on Competition Policy & Law for Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry August, 2007 Addis Ababa

July, 2007

New Delhi


Capacity Building Training Workshop on Commercial & Economic Diplomacy for Indian Government Officials (Director Level)

August, 2007

6. Academic Lecture  September, 2007 Mumbai
  • Competition Policy & Law Seminar (CPS)

  • Regulatory Policy Seminar (RPS)

  • Commercial Diplomacy Seminar (CDS)

  • Academic Lecture Series (ALS)

    * This is subject to change. Please check for updates on www.circ.in