To be held from June 23rd to July 20th, 2019
This summer programme is a reworked version of a summer programme, “Approaching the Environment in India: Issues and Methods in the Study of the Nature-Economy-Society Interface”, that NCI successfully ran for over a decade in cooperation with Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in Bangalore. To make the programme have more contemporary relevance, the contents of the previous programme were substantially reviewed and altered. The new programme continues to be located at ISEC, Banaglore and is coordinated by the Centre for Research in Urban Affairs.
The course has three educational components:
The cost of the summer course is 110000 INR (currency converter). The amount covers all local costs, including the course fee, board and lodging at the Guest House, basic course material, shorter excursions, and the use of medical facilities and the library at ISEC. The cost does not include expenses for travels to and from Bangalore, visa fees, or medical and travel insurance, for which the students need to pay by themselves
Students apply to the summer course at ISEC by submitting an application to the International office at their university. The application should include the following documents:
Upon successful completion of the summer course, the students receive a certificate from the Nordic Centre in India that can award them 7.5 ECTS at their respective home university. For students who wish pursue 10 ECTS it is also possible to do additional assignments during the same period of time. Since the course is designed to suit students from Nordic universities with European and national credit systems, students are requested to consult the International offices for information about how to translate and register the course credits at their home university.
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The primary aim of this programme is to equip students with the contextual knowledge to answer the question: “How does India manage its environment?” The course will primarily attempt to provide a historical overview of the policies and narratives surrounding environmental management in India, a summary of the current challenges, a glimpse of the possible options for the near future along with the approaches adopted in managing environment in India. Besides, we have designed the course keeping in view Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to match the global agenda. SDG’s aims to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious, universal and holistic agenda. UNDP promotes an integrated approach that tackles the connected issues of multidimensional poverty, inequality and exclusion, and sustainability, while enhancing knowledge, skills and production technologies to enlarge peoples’ choices, reduce risks and sustain development gains.
UNDP aims to strengthen capacities and provide an enabling environment for access to opportunities focusing on the most vulnerable and excluded population groups – in ways that are sustainable from economic, social and environmental standpoints. We, in the course, would like to see to what extent India is able to walk towards that goal. As rightly mentioned all the 17 Goals are interrelated and in the process of achieving one of the goals will tackle the issues commonly associated with the other. However, we have emphasized four goals in terms of priority for this Environment course, around which we will be inviting expertise to deliver lectures, while the other goals will be discussed as they cut across our prioritized goals for the course. Since the other goals are interconnected, for instance, eradication of poverty is related to sustainable management of natural resources through sustainable consumption, education is related to responsible use of natural resources and so on. The other SDG’s will be discussed in relation to the identified 4 prioritized goals in the course.
The key SDGs that will be in focus include (1) Sustainable Cities and Communities (2) Clean Water and Sanitation (3) Affordable and Clean Energy (4) Climate Action
By taking this course, students will get a better understanding of – what are the problems, challenges and complexities of environmental management in India; What have been the approaches and governance mechanisms in addressing these challenges; Why has there been unrest and reasons for protests, questioning governance, what are the gaps, issues and concerns; What are the innovative and best practices, role of civil society that has contributed to improving the quality of environment; How do we move towards bringing about the required change and what are the needs to bring about the transformations for sustainable societies, communities and environmental protection; What are the strategies and policies that help overcome the challenges to move towards an environmentally sustainable society.
By the end of the course, we expect students who have been diligent with the lectures and exercises to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental challenges, but even after you complete the course, you will have questions to ponder about such as what should be the out of the box solutions to address challenges of such magnitude, in particular, sheer scale, behaviour, governance, laws, etc and make you come back to India for future research.
The course aims to cover the following areas of study:
This course draws content from a variety of sources so as to elucidate comprehensive responses within the above mentioned themes. This will be primarily achieved through lectures from specialists in the field, specific reading material, and field visits so as to make coverage of the topics holistic.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT – A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
Indian culture historically has been mindful of the environment giving god like attributes to nature. This module provides a temporal introduction to the same.
Environment Management in India – a temporal perspective
Towards Environmentally sound and pro-poor Development in India – Issues in the interface area of Nature, Society, Economy and Polity – A Gandhian Vision
Role of Social and Cultural factors in Environmental Sustainability
State of India’s environment problems and impacts – current scenario
Environment dealt by Kautilya’s Arthashastra
Environment movement as outlined in Varaha Mihira’s Brihat Samhita (9th Century) and Lokopakaram (10th Century) and in inscriptions
ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE, POLICY AND LAW
Environmental issues have been much debated in India by the State. The state has taken many initiatives in this direction. There are various Acts to protect the environment and ecology like Water pollution Control Act, the Air Pollution Control Act, and the Environment Protection Act etc. This module will discuss on these aspects and the challenges involved including de jure and de facto practices.
Environmental Governance in India – An overview (role of institutions)
Environmental Law, policies and Governance in India – An Overview
Environmental Law, Administration and Acts in India
Key challenges in Implementation and Execution
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
The emerging interdisciplinary field Urban Ecology understands how humans and ecological processes coexist in human dominated systems and thereby help society to be sustainable. This module introduces ecological challenges in growing cities. The field visits will help to identify the problems practically and the challenges involved.
A peek into emerging urbanization and India’s Urban Environmental Challenges (Field trip to ward 128)
Providing basic services – Waste Management in India – Status and Concern, problems in providing housing and shelter in Indian Cities, Alternate housing solutions – Ecological Architecture and Sustainable Cities – India’s experiences (Field trip to Green Buildings)
Negotiating public spaces in city contexts – a case of street vendors in Bengaluru (Field visit to Vijayanagar market)
Commute challenges and Transportation problems
Rising crime, violence and Insecurity in urban cities
Role of Technology and Smart cities
CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
With a growing population and rising needs of a fast developing nation as well as the given indications of the impact of climate change, availability of utilizable water will be under further strain in future with the possibility of deepening water conflicts among different user groups. Water, sanitation is intrinsically linked to human and ecosystem health. This module will introduce the participants to challenges of water resources management and sanitation that India encounters and policies to combat the same.
Challenges and Concerns in Water Resources Management in India – an overview
Urban Water supply challenges – (drinking water, quality of water, groundwater dependence, water markets)
Integrated Water Resources Management – Strategies and Methodologies
Sanitation Challenges in India – An overview
Sanitation concerns of the Urban poor – Case study from Bengaluru slums
ENVIRONMENT VERSUS DEVELOPMENT
Technological change is a vital component of the overall process of development. However, there are some instances where they have adversely affected the environment. It has differential impact on different groups of people. This topic helps us to understand the changes in and impact of technology in agriculture, industries, importance of natural resources with special focus on women in developing country like India. It also helps to understand the issues related to livelihood and rights to forests and natural resources.
Green Revolution and its implications – local ecology, water resources and interests of small and marginal farmers
Industrial pollution on Environment – special emphasis on Bhopal Gas Tragedy
Natural Resource Management in India – the Gender dimensions
AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
There are many bottlenecks in unleashing the full potential of India’s energy sector. There is need for energy conservation, technological options for improving energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy technologies across end-user sectors. This module will help participations to get an overview of energy situation in India, policies towards renewable energy options and their promotion, financing green energy options.
Growing Energy Crisis in India
Promotion of Renewable energy options and its adaptation in India
Financing India’s Clean Energy Targets
Energy laws and policies in India
Climate change poses many ethical issues as it has impact on not only humans but also ecology in general. It results in threat of environmental displacement. In this context, this module helps us to understand how India has been coping up with this challenge, role of institutions in mitigating impacts, supported with case studies.
Climate Change Debates and Policies – Indian’s Stand on Climate Change
Climate Change in India: Challenges in Vulnerability and Adaptation
Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in Indian Policy Planning
Mitigating Climate Change: Case Studies
Forest Management in India – Carbon credits and emissions
Agriculture Residue – Alternative Uses – A Case Study of Punjab
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM, INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations. Environment is represented and renegotiated by different social actors. There are many unconventional environmental organisations, entrepreneurs, citizen forum etc that are actively finding out their own innovative way to sustain urban ecology. This module explains such initiatives and gives the participants an opportunity to interact with these groups.
Lake rejuvenation movement in cities – experiences from Bengaluru (Field visit to a rejuvenated lake and discussion with a civil society group)
Conflicts in managing Solid Waste – capturing peri urban protests and political dimensions
Eco innovations – some interesting cases
Green entrepreneurs – Visit to the ‘The green path’ Restaurant and ‘Sukrishi organic farm’
Greening Cities – terrace gardening initiatives (Field trip)
The aim of the field visits would be to give the students firsthand knowledge of the topics covered in the classroom and also to interact with various stakeholders that are part of the larger environmental concerns being discussed.
The following field visits will be part of the programme:
2019 Course Poster: Environmental Management in India
Prof. S. Manasi and Dr. Channamma Kambar
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Address: Centre for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Nagarabhavi, 560 072 Bangalore, India.
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