Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) has been an institution of choice across governments, multilateral agencies, private and public sector to entrust research and consultancy projects. Yet another testimony to the proficiency and capability of ASCI is a project titled 'Capacity Building Initiative in the Competition Area under Trade Development Programme in India' sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union. A series of programmes have been undertaken as part of the project, which commenced in August 2013 and will conclude in September 2017.

ASCI, as the lead partner of a Consortium, has been working closely with other two partners- National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and Scuola Nazionale dell Amministrazione (SNA), Italy. The specific objective of the 50-monthProject is to enhance the capacity of Indian stakeholders, in particular the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in relation to competition issues.

The major stakeholder identified is the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA). As a part of the project, a cluster of activities comprising capacity building for IICA, CCI and a few other stakeholders including the government and industry are being conducted. These activities constitute training programmes, workshops, seminars, research studies and other similar activities.

Till October 2016, eight capacity building activities were completed under the project. ASCI and NLSIU are also engaged in three research studies in collaboration with IICA. In addition, two research studies have been outsourced to external experts by ASCI.

Details of the activities:

Workshop on Competition Law and Policy for MSMEs and Consumer Associations, Sep 21-22, 2015
Workshop on Public Procurement and Competition for Industry Sector, Nov 17, 2015
Workshop on Public Procurement and Competition for Government Officials, Nov 18, 2015
Distinguished Lecture on Competition Policy, Innovation and Economic Growth delivered by Prof. Alberto Heimler, Scuola Nazionale dell’Amministrazione, (SNA) Italy
Faculty Development Program, Dec 8-10, 2015
Advanced Seminar on Competition Law and Policy: Merger Control for IICA and CCI February 25-26, 2016
Advanced Seminar in Competition Law and Policy: Cartels for IICA and CCI ,March 1-2, 2016
Workshop on Competition law and Policy for Sector Regulators, May 4-5, 2016

With the meticulous planning, proper design and continuous involvement of the stakeholders, all the activities have been very well received.

ASCI and NLSIU are also involved in research studies on the following topics:
1.Competition Issues for MSMEs Sector in India’ conducted by ASCI/IICA
2.Ecommerce Retail sector and Competition Law in India conducted by NLSIU/IICA
3.Competition Law and IPR interaction in India’ conducted by NLSIU/IICA

Forthcoming activities under the project are:

Training Programmes 
Programme on Competition Law and Policy (with a component in SNA Italy-1)
Programme on Competition Law and Policy (with a component in SNA Italy-2)
Distinguished Lectures 
Lecture - 2
Lecture - 3
Lecture - 4
Research Seminars 
Seminar - 1
Seminar - 2
Advanced Seminars
Seminar - 3
Seminar - 4
Review Meetings/Final Workshop
Review Meetings
Final Workshop
Tentative Schedule
February 2017
April-May 2017
October 18, 2016
February 2017
May 2017
January 2017
June 2017
March 2017
March 2017
August 2017