CPPR in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, South Asia is conducting one-day workshops for college students of Kerala institutions/ colleges/universities. The workshop shall be an intensive training and knowledge dissemination program that shall equip them to understand the impact of the classical liberalism school of thought on public policy. 


The workshop offers alternative thinking to the public perceptions of liberty. It contextualizes the grand theories with public policy case studies, providing basic information about the economy: what well-functioning markets accomplish, their limits as well as an exploration into the impact of government intervention through policies. Discussions on liberty are often restricted to the myopic ‘socialism versus capitalism’ viewpoint, leading to misconceptions and false narratives on libertarianism. The workshops will focus on introducing and engaging the students to look at the political economy from a classical liberal perspective. It will empower the participants to be critical thinkers with a nuanced understanding of the market economy and the innovative solutions it offers especially in the context of public policy. 

Objectives of the Workshop


  1. To inculcate the spirit of libertarian ideas in the coming generations; the best way to educate them is to facilitate a new way of thinking by conducting in-person college workshops 


  1. To ensure that participants have the knowledge they need to form independent opinions and make informed decisions about the market economy 


Article Writing Competition

As part of the College Workshop, CPPR is organizing an article writing competition. The participants of the workshop will write an article on Public Policy or the Role of Markets based on the workshop. 

Selected 10 articles will be published in a compendium. 

Our Resource Persons

Rahul V Kumar

Rahul V Kumar is a Research Fellow (Market Economics) at CPPR. He is a postgraduate in Economics and has an MPhil in Applied Economics and International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi). He has been associated with CPPR for the last twelve years in different capacities. Before being a full-time consultant, Rahul was the Director (Research) at the Centre and has guided several projects for the centre. His focus areas of research during this period were liberalisation of liquor industry and promoting private participation in higher education. Some of these works have received widespread media coverage at the national level. Before joining CPPR, Rahul was part of the Knowledge Management team at Ernst & Young (Technopark, Trivandrum, India). He has also worked as a researcher with International SOS (New Delhi). Currently, he teaches graduate students.



Anu Maria Francis

Anu Maria Francis works as a Research Associate at the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR). She received her law degree from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kochi. She has worked as a UPSC exam teacher and mentor for a number of coaching schools in Kerala. Her scholarly interests include legal and urban governance, as well as concerns of livelihood. She won the 2022 Think Tank Shark Tank Award by Atlas Network USA. She spoke on the topic “Economic rights of women in Asia” at the Asia Liberty Forum 2022 in Manila, Philippines, and the Liberty Forum 2022 in New York. She has also interned with the Kerala State Information Commission, ACTIONAID India, Ceat Tyres Ltd, Biocon Pharma Ltd, Khaitan and Co Law Firm, and others.



Anu Anna Jo

Anu Anna Jo is a Senior Associate, Research at CPPR. Anu, by qualification holds an M.sc. in Economics (specialised in Environmental Economics) from Madras School of Economics and B.A. Honors Economics from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. She has been associated with Madras School of Economics as a Research Assistant since 2018 on various projects. She has also interned with Dept. of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India in 2014.




Kannan PR

He holds a Post Graduation in Applied Economics from Cochin University of Science and Technology and BA in Economics from St Alberts College, Ernakulam. He is an emotionally intelligent person who is constantly on the move to improve myself. He loves content creation, research and constant experience building and learning new things is always on my plate.

Some Snapshots from the Workshops