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Committee for Public Policy Research

The Committee for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is XLRI’s primary endeavor in the space of governance and public policy thinking and considerations. Since its relatively recent inception in 2017, CPPR has, in its short period of existence, been instrumental in installing an atmosphere of healthy political discussion and debate on campus. We have not only organized well attended and extolled panel discussions, which saw the participation of some of our most esteemed professors, but have also regularly released periodicals containing opinion pieces on the political happenings in the world. CPPR has also taken the lead in organizing informal sit down session where students can sit together and converse on the political conditions prevalent in the country and beyond; these sessions have been attended with great enthusiasm and we hope to keep up the fervor.

CPPR looks to actively engage with NGOs, agencies and the government infrastructure to establish itself as a hub for policy rese arch and education and for fostering better-informed policymaking on pertinent issues related to the economy, public health, foreign policy and domestic governance. In MAXI Fair 2018, CPPR conducted primary research on the citizens of Jamshedpur for building a policy towards e waste reduction and disposal. The awareness levels of a wide variety of consumers about the types and hazards of e-waste were studied and gauged, and a gamified model was developed and employed to check the responses of people to reductions in price, discounts or cashback schemes for electronic goods. Findings such as surprisingly low awareness even among people belonging to higher socioeconomic classes emerged and have been instrumental in the e-waste management and disposal approach document that CPPR is preparing.

Going ahead, CPPR aims to establish itself as a public policy think tank to reckon with. The committee is already liaising with India’s top political consultants and national dailies to drive value by engaging in a few prominent projects. With the 2019 general elec tio ns round the corner, CPPR aims to dole out research on a host of policy issues and also scrutinize the manifestoes of major parties, while keeping an eye out for major policy decisions and commenting on the same, to empower our campus dwellers, and the country at large, to make a more informed decision while exercising their universal adult franchise.