The CPPR – ATLAS Public Policy Challenge 2015 winners Ranjeet Rane and Mathew John were honoured at the award ceremony held on April 30 at Kochi. First runner up Ranjeet Rane was awarded Rs 30,000/- cash prize and second runner up Mathew John was awarded Rs 20,000/- cash prize along with certificates. The award was given away by Mr. A.P.M Mohammed Hanish IAS (Secretary, Urban Development, Government of Kerala, with additional charge of Secretary Public Works Department).
Congratulations to Ranjeet and Mathew !
The winners presented their winning policy briefs at the inaugural of CPPR-ALA Public Policy Research Methods School 2016.
The winners of the CPPR- ATLAS Public Policy Challenge, Ranjeet Rane and Mathew John, competed against 68 other participants from across India. The 10 top participants were shortlisted for a training workshop in Kochi, Kerala. And after submitting reworked drafts, each emerged as First and Second prize holders respectively.
Ranjeet Rane is an Information Security and research professional and has a PG diploma in Cyber law. Ranjeet’s winning policy brief ‘Store in India’ proposes a National Data Infrastructure Policy (N-DIP) to address structural flaws in India’s data infrastructure. Towards this end, his paper further analyses the existing deficiencies and goes on to argue for a more holistic approach, as opposed to the existing problem solving approach.
Mathew John is at present serving as a legislative assistant to a member of India’s Parliament. By his own admission, Mathew has a keen interest for issues in Public Policy and Diplomacy. He has a BTech from the University of Kerala. Mathew’s policy brief suggested amendments to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS) in India.