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Agenda for Survival

June 1, 2011-June 30, 2011 , New Delhi
Agenda for Survival
Agenda for Survival is designed is an interdisciplinary course to teach the country’s youth the theory, policies and practices of environmental management in India. The course is open to young people with diverse educational background – at undergraduate level, or those doing their Masters, M. Phil, doctoral, post-doctoral studies. There is also a lot of interest for this course from young professionals working in non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations.

During this intensive course, participants explore the complexities underlying the environment-development paradigms of this country. This modular course is divided into three sections. The first discusses environment and development challenges of growth in India. In this section, there are several modules -- like Natural Resource Management, Environment Governance, and Environment Conflict. Eminent speakers discuss and deliberate on each topic with examples from the vast experience they have gained from their research and field studies. This year, the notable speakers were Anumita Roychowdhury (Execuetive Director, Research & Advocacy and Head of the Air Pollution and Clean Transportation Programme, CSE) who spoke on Tracking change: From villages to cities; Rohan D’Souza (Asst Prof, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences, JNU) on Environmental Histories and Environmental Change: Should the ‘Past’ talk to the 'Future'; Shankar Gopalakrishnan (Campaign for Survival and Dignity) spoke on Ecological rights and conflicts; Water sharing in South Asia: Cooperation and conflicts By Himanshu Thakkar (South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People) . In all there were 32 lectures of which 20 were by external faculty which included eminent professors, policy makers, activists, and people working at the grassroots

The course culminates with the students documenting their travel and study. The magazine and a web documentary produced is the outcome of all the debate and deliberations that have happened in the past one month. This is also an exercise through which they learn to work as a team. They choose an editor, copy editors, reporters, photographers, web designers, designers amongst within the class. And work in tandem to produce a magazine and web pages. This year they named the magazine Grey and Green

Ms Pranietha Mudliar: This course gave me a good scope to meet like-minded youngsters.

Savyasachi Anju-Prabir: Though I had traveled extensively in the hills yet this course gave me a different eye to look at things.

Ms Kanika Sharma: I am convinced that I would pursue my career as an environment lawyer.

Malaika Fernandes:
I would like to come back to CSE and work as environment journalists.

K.M. Siva Muthuprakash: I had never had the opportunity to hear a social science lecture. This month long course gave me a chance to do so. Though I could not understand the first few lectures but discussion at the hostel and after class helped me.

Raghavendra Tenkayala:
What better way than this course to bond with people my age who are passionate about environment. Agenda for Survival also gave me an understanding of the politics and sociology behind all the talk around environment.

Samuel Benoit: I hope to take back this learning to the schools of my country. I think each day of the course was a great learning.

  • Akshayadeepa L.R
    Bharathidasan University, Trichy; M.B.A.in Environmental Management
    Aporajito Bose
    Springdales Education Society
  • Gurjeet Kaur
    Ph.D. Botany, Hamdard University, New Delhi, India
    K.M. Siva Muthuprakash
    2011: MS Biotechnology:VIT University,Vellore, TN.
  • Kanika Sharma
    Kush Vijay Kalra
    B.A., L.L.B, (Hons.) Fourth year, Five Year Integrated Course (FYIC)
  • Malaika Fernandez
    FYBA (Journalism) St. Xavier's College, Mapusa
    N Praveen
    Bharathidasan University, Trichy
  • Nimit Jain
    IIT Roorkee in Electrical Engineering
    Parth Das
    Jadavpur university
  • Pranietha Mudliar
    Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) from January 2011
    Raghavendra Tenkayala
    5th Year BA.LLB.( 5 Year ) University Law College, Bangalore University law student January 2009 Tata Jagriti Yatra
  • Rashmi Rajiv Mahajan
    Department of Environmental Sciences University of Pune
    Revathi Palat Rao
    University of Delhi Lady Shri Ram college
  • Richa Gautam
    Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology-affiliated to JNTU Hyderabad B-Tech in Metallurgy & Material Engineering - 2011
    Saahil Sundeep Waslekar
    Bachelors of Arts in Economics with Higher Second Class, University of Mumbai www.thefuturewheels.blogspot.com
    Anna Universtiy, Chennai
    Samuel Benoit
    The Baha’I Academy Panchgani,Maharashtra organization
  • Savyasachi Anju-Prabir
    Swaraj University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
    BE Civil Engineering, PSG College of Technology
  • Sweta Nayal
    Kumaun University,Nainital
    Vivek Dahiya
    Shri Ram College Of Commerce