B.CLIP – B.PAC Civic Leadership Incubator Programme is a programme designed by the Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) with the Takshashila Institution as the knowledge partner.
B.CLIP aims to create a pool of good civic leaders who will actively engage in ward level management and administration of the city to improve its governance. The programme comprises of two phases: 3 months of part-time training programme and 6 months of on-field work in Bangalore. The first batch of this programme was launched in December 2013 who finished 12 weeks of weekend classes conducted by the Takshashila Institution. The first batch has proceeded to the field phase of their training. The second batch started their classes in June 2014 and are still in session.
The student profile includes individuals from diverse professional background, political leanings, and interests, with a healthy participation from both members of organised political parties as well as independents from across Bangalore.
The teaching staff include Nitin Pai, Mukul Asher, Narayan Ramachandran, Karthik Shashidhar, Pavan Srinath, Vasant Shetty, Saurabh Chandra and Girisha BS as core faculty. Experts and practitioners such as K Jairaj, LV Sreerangaraju, BN Viswanath and others will be taking guest lectures along with several others.
Over a 100 hours of classroom education will be provided on three tracks of topics, concept, practice and field tracks; including on the municipal ecosystem, economic reasoning, persuasion, public finance and city-specific case studies. Students will be asked to prepare a “ward action plan and manifesto” using what they have learnt in the course and try to implement parts of it during six months of field work subsequent to the in-class training.
Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) is a citizen’s group that aims to improve governance in Bangalore and to enhance the quality of life of every citizen. B.PAC is specifically targeting good governance practices, integrity and transparency in all arms of the government, improving the quality of infrastructure in the city, identification and support of strong candidates for public office at all levels of governance in Bangalore city and the creation of a safer city where the rule of law is ensured for all citizens of Bangalore.
About the Takshashila Institution
The Takshashila Institution is an independent, non-partisan think tank on India’s strategic affairs and public policy, registered in Chennai and with offices in Bangalore. It has pioneered modern public policy education in India through its graduate programme targeted at working professionals in the media, politics, NGOs and the corporate sector. Takshashila conducts policy research in a number of policy domains, supports an active community of bloggers and has been publishing Pragati—The Indian National Interest Review, a monthly magazine on public affairs since April 2007.