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.
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 we will focus in designing the course includes (1) Sustainable Cities and Communities (2) Clean Water and Sanitation (3) Affordable and Clean Energy (4) Climate Action.
The course covers the following themes:
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. 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.
This specific course is very field work intensive. Students are taken to fieldtrips in both the city and the countryside where they get to see concepts they are being introducted to in lectures, working in practice.
Tentatively for 2019 the following field visits are being considered:
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
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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