Takshashila successfully completed training the fifth batch of B.CLIP – the Bangalore Civic Leadership Incubation Programme – an initiative in collaboration with the Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC) on the 9 December 2017.
The programme curriculum is designed by Takshashila for municipal political leaders. The curriculum covers various aspects ranging from urban governance, economic and ethical reasoning, media management to election dynamics and policy simulation games. The core faculty comprises of the teaching faculty from Takshashila and numerous guest lecturers such as Dr. Ashwin Mahesh, Dr. V. Ravichandar, Dr. Suresh Moona, Mrs. Kathyayini Chamaraj, and many more.
As part of the training, students presented their manifesto and action plan in front of a panel from Takshashila on how they will work on solving specific issues and deficiencies in their respective wards. The range of issues spanned from solid waste management, road improvement, parking reforms, and street lighting.
The B.CLIP initiative trains talented individuals who wish to transform their city by contesting municipal corporation elections.
By equipping candidates with skills in public policy analysis, municipal administration, political landscape and election campaign dynamics, the incubator project will create a pipeline of candidates that B.PAC and other civil society organizations can endorse for the future Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections.
As part of the programme, students will be tasked with projects in their respective wards, all of which aimed at effecting change in the urban governance scenario. Following the course by Takshashila, students get to work on individual projects with support from BPAC.
The B.CLIP is an ongoing initiative for the last five years and to date Takshashila has successfully trained close to 300 individuals who are now active in the local political sector in Bengaluru.