ABOUT CIRC

The Scenario

Regulatory reforms are gaining pace in the developing world, with an increasing number of countries enacting competition and sectoral regulatory laws. For example, the Indian Competition Act, 2002 and miscellaneous sector regulatory laws covering electricity, fuel, ports, airports, telecom & broadcasting, established a completely new set of rules unfamiliar to most companies doing business in India and to the regulatory staff themselves and stakeholders.

These have called for professionals in the field with relevant knowledge and good understanding of competition and regulatory affairs with practical knowledge. There is a severe shortage of institutional capacity to both implement the reforms and facilitate the spread of knowledge on regulatory matters in developing countries.

Current efforts are largely piece-meal and fragmented. Adequate emphasis is not given on learning from cross-sectoral and cross-country experiences. There is a clear gap in terms of research and its utilisation in course curriculum. Even the approach taken by the existing training programmes is not as broad based, as it should be.
With this backdrop, CUTS has initiated the inception of the CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition (CIRC) in India, which aims to fill in the prevailing gaps and enhance knowledge on regulatory issues.


CUTS, The parent body

Established in 1983, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) has built up a formidable reputation as a leading research, advocacy and networking group engaged on issues of international trade and development, competition, investment, economic regulation, human development and consumer protection. It has five overseas centres: three in Africa, one in the Geneva and one in Vietnam with staff strength of over 100 persons.


The Perspective

The aim is to offer educational and training programmes on the referred subjects, while maintaining international standards

point Facilitate research to enhance understanding and explore inter-disciplinary linkages among the identified subjects
point Create and maintain a knowledge database
point Offer consultancy services to governments, regulators, business, etc.

Customer-Focused Approach

Cater to specific needs by offering customised training programmes.


Who is it meant for?

It focuses on civil servants, staff of regulatory bodies, civil society organisations, researchers, professionals and business. Career aspirants are also amongst the target clients.
The Difference
The Real thing: Local content in course curriculum (real life situations) will be the basis of the study material.
Quality Matters: Global quality standards and Inter-disciplinary approach will form the basis for all disciplines.
Widening Horizons: CIRC will employ a multi-stakeholder approach and in doing so aim to maintain a rich tapestry of resources both in terms of faculty and institutional affiliations.


CIRC Core Activities

CIRC offers a wide range of programmes aimed at the existing scenario and will cater to the unmet demand of trained personnel in the following areas:

point Economic Regulation
point Competition Policy and Law

The Approach

Lectures, case analysis, interaction with experts are being used as tools to provide strategic understanding, develop core skills and encourage in-depth knowledge of the dynamics involved.
Online courses are being/ will be offered utilising techniques that will be relevant and adapted to the particular needs of recipients. In doing so the aim is to share knowledge, exchange experiences and build networks.

Product Range

Certificate and Diploma Courses for students / practitioners in Competition Law and Economic Regulations
Training courses for practitioners are special features wherein modules are being crafted in specification to their needs and demand.
Conferences/Seminars/Workshops are the media through which the CIRC programme are being promoted. Besides this and much more the Institute will extend professional expertise through Research Journals, Policy Briefs, etc.
CIRC will offer Consultancy services to regulatory bodies, governments and business for better markets.

The Cutting Edge

Well-designed course modules with the help of the best faculties and experts available.

The Learning Network

While drawing from experiences of developing countries will be a unique feature of CIRC, the quality of educational and training programmes is at par with the developed countries. This is being achieved through association with renowned western universities/institutions in the identified subjects. The course curricula are being designed jointly by CIRC and the respective university/institute.

The Guides

CIRC offers a practical focus on learning. The faculty on board explore the challenges involved in relation to real life experiences. Emphasis will be laid on the key issues, supported by research.
Visiting fellows, both academics and practitioners, are available at the Institute for delivering lectures, offering expert views on course development, writing papers, developing training modules and conducting training programmes. CIRC will eventually have a core faculty for teaching, research, and training assignments.

The Governance Structure

    GOVERNING COUNCIL

     PRESIDENT EMERITUS

     C. Rangarajan

Former Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India

     PRESIDENT, GOVERNING COUNCIL

     Nitin Desai

Former Under Secretary General of  UN

     VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNING COUNCIL

     Vikram Singh Mehta

Chairman, Brookings India

     CHAIRMAN, MANAGING COMMITTEE

     Arvind Mayaram, IAS(R)

Chairman, CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition(CIRC)

     SECRETARY AND TREASURER

     Pradeep S. Mehta

Secretary General, CUTS International

     MEMBERS

     Isher Judge Ahluwalia

Chairperson, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

     
     Sanjeev S. Ahluwalia
Advisor, Observer Research Foundation
     Ritu S Anand
Former Group Head- Policy & Chief Economist, Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited (IDFC)
Partner, J. Sagar Associates
     Vijay Kelkar
Former Chairman, Thirteenth Finance Commission
     
     Amitabh Kumar
Partner, J. Sagar Associates
     Kirit Parikh
Former Member, Planning Commission of India
     Rajendra S. Pawar
Chairman and Co. Founder, NIIT Group
     Surendra L. Rao
Former Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. (CERC)
      Syamal Kumar Sarkar
Distinguished Fellow & Director, The Energy and Resources Institute(TERI)
     S. Sundar
Distinguished Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Delhi Office

CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition
D-72, Hauz Khas,
New Delhi 110 016, India
Ph: +91.11.26863022/23, 41621232
Email: circ@circ.in
Web: www.circ.in

Jaipur Office

CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition
D-217 Bhaskar Marg, Bani Park,
Jaipur - 302016, India
Ph: +91 141 228 2821
Fx: +91 141 228 2485
E-mail: circ@cuts.org