The second batch of B.CLIP: B.PAC Civic Leadership Incubator Programme, an education programme jointly designed by the Takshashila Institution and the Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) concluded its training programme in September 2014.
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 the B.CLIP programme started their classroom training in December 2013, starting with a batch of 66 participants. This batch of participants completed their classroom training in March 2014 and are in the field phase of the programme. Inauguration and the classes of the second B.CLIP batch took place in June 2014. 60 participants were invited to join the leadership programme after a rigorous process of applications and interviews.
As BPAC’s knowledge and training partner for B.CLIP, Takshashila has developed a customised training programme for aspiring civic leaders and corporators from Bangalore. The training for the course takes place both in English and Kannada language facilitators. The teaching staff includes Nitin Pai, Mukul Asher, Narayan Ramachandran, Pavan Srinath, Karthik Shashidhar and Girisha Shankar as core faculty. Experts and practitioners are invited to take guest lectures.
Over a 100 hours of classroom education is 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 were 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.