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Agenda for Survival

Month-long summer certificate course on environment and development issues.

Agenda for Survival

June 1 - 30, 2015


This interdisciplinary month-long summer certificate course on environment and development issues allows Indian participants to understand and critically evaluate issues that lie at the interface of environment and development- poverty, democracy, equity and justice.

Medium of Instruction: English

Programme Design

The course comprises classroom lectures, seminars, several local field excursions, and a week-long field visit to rural India, together with innovative and challenging project individual and/or group work. Participants are given an intense briefing on issues that are of concern to India and other developing countries. Field trips and meetings with communities serve to illustrate innovations and eco-restoration efforts that communities make to enable them to face the challenges of managing their natural resource base.

Participants will get time to read, report, watch films and review them, attend seminars, and interact with guest speakers, eminent activists and policy makers. As part of their assignment, participants will put together a journalistic product- an online documentary project using text, video and audio; alternatively they will also report, edit and design a magazine.

The programme modules include

  • State of India’s environment: An overview
  • The environmental movement in India
  • Poverty and the biomass economy
  • Ecological rights & natural resource management
  • Land and its use: Agriculture, food security
  • Conservation & conflict: Wildlife management debate
  • Urban growth challenges: Water & waste management, air pollution & mobility
  • Sustainable industrialisation & public health concerns
  • Climate change & global environmental governance
  • A week-long field trip to rural India to explore eco-restoration efforts at the grassroots



Leading experts across various fields. The core faculty, however is drawn from CSE’s experienced research and programme staff. Visiting faculty and guest lecturers include working development professionals, eminent environmentalists, noted academicians from leading universities, grassroots activists and prominent policy makers, among others.

The course is inspired by a concern that aated the work of eminent environmentalist Anil Agarwal, whose ideas on environment and sustainability remain relevant even today- the need to balance economic growth and ecological concern. He called it ‘the challenge of the balance’.

How to apply

The course is open to young professionals and college students from any stream. A total of 25 participants will be selected. 

How to apply: Candidates are required to send their latest CV/resume with a short covering note to the email addresses given below.  

E-mail Sharmila Sinha:
sharmila@cseindia.org/ cseindiasharmila@gmail.com

The prestigious Kamla Chowdhry Fellowships will be awarded to select outstation Indian candidates to cover their stay costs in Delhi.

Kamla Chowdhry was a distinguished academic and an ardent Gandhian. Her multifaceted interests spanned issues relating to forestry, ecology, environment, women’s rights and people’s participation.


Pranav Sachdeva-Batch of 2008
I had done Agenda for Survival course at CSE when I was a law student 4 years ago. Apart from being a wonderful experience, the course changed me forever. It made me think deeply on certain issues in a way I had never thought before. 

Shubham Sanjay Bohra-Batch of 2013 : Knowledge and resource, networking truly satisfying, excited for a longer association with CSE, appreciate the sessions' content; flexible structure; may need a small change with selection of students, hostel sanitation and hygiene; Discussion with N C Saxena, Sanjay Upadhyay, Chandra Bhushan, Shivam Vij, Biraj Patnaik, Anurupa Roy; external speakers were more interactive, interesting and engaging than speakers from CSE.

Zaeen George de Souza- Batch of 2013: Field trip- really, really good; liked how all the country's policy issues were covered and that speakers with valid opinions were chosen. Land issues and tribal rights were brought to the forefront and the problem of equality and equity was  highlighted very well. 

General Instructions

COURSE FEE: Rs. 26,000 

This includes training fees, month long stay, local and outstation field excursions, select reading materials, together with lunch and refreshments during all training days.

Please pay your fee (including the fee for accommodation) after your participation in the course is confirmed.
When sending your draft/cheque, do mention on the envelope the name of the course. Email the draft/cheque number to course contact.

We will arrange accommodation (shared, rooms close to the training venue) for outstation participants.

9:30 am to 5:00pm. Most of the weekends will be spent in the class or on field visits.

For Information Contact


Sharmila Sinha
Tel: 91-11-40616000, Ext: 219
Fax: 91-11-29955879
E-mail: sharmila@cseindia.org


Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute
38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi–110062

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