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BOOTCAMP: Covering India

Nov. 4, 2013-Nov. 15, 2013 , New Delhi
BOOTCAMP: Covering India
This course for mid career professionals is designed to produce career-ready candidates with the knowledge, insight and skills to be effective environmental communicators, trained to work in contemporary newsrooms, research and development institutions and INGOs/NGOs. Mid-career professionals need to understand the challenges of environment and developmental the country faces today.

The course through a series of lectures, films, discussions, workshops and field visits helps participants understand the scenario in India and South Asia. They are helped to translate this into their own medium of communication in their country context.

Ten attendees were from Nepal, Srilanka and India. Mid-career journalists (print, radio and television), activist and writer, mountain climber who works with the community, banker, education consultant with Government of Bangladesh, young men and women working with grassroots organization, communication lead, film maker of a grassroots network, research scholar and law student from Sri Lanka, two architects from India attended the course.

During the field visit participants visited Jaipur, Tilonia and Laporiya. In Jaipur they walked through the walls of the forts and experienced the connection of the water ways and the water sumps that collected rainwater. In Tilonia they interacted with women entrepreneurs building solar cooker, lights, working on the circuit and teaching others to do the same. They also saw effort of the community radio that villagers operate, the handicraft shops, puppets communicating social issues among other things. On reaching Laporiya they learnt the importance of grass in building an ecosystem. They also saw, understood its importance in that specific terrain - the Chauka system of rainwater harvesting. Laxman Singh of Laporiya also spoke about the need of animals and birds for good agricultural practices. The participants were taken to Khula Chidiya Ghar where grazing is not allowed but birds, rodents and other small mammals like rabbits, hare etc, reptiles like snakes etc.live in harmony. Hunting is prohibited and the entire community adheres to the rules.

Faculty
Chandra Bhushan (Deputy Director General CSE),
Richard Mahapatra (Senior Editor, Down to Earth Magazine),
Usha Ramanathan (Independent Lawyer, academic),
Aditeshwar Seth (assistant professor at IIT Delhi and head 'The ACT4D' -- Appropriate Computing Technologies for Development,
Amit Baruah (Prog Dir - Education and Training),
Anshul Trivedi (Coordinator, Youth Ki Awaaz),
Anumita Roychowdhury (Executive Director, CSE),
Sumandro Chottopadhyay (Open Data Barometer),
Avikal Somvanshi (Senior Research Associate, Sustainable Building Program, CSE),
Deblina Dwivedi (Deputy Prog Manager, Water Unit, CSE),
Saurabh Mehta (Customer Innovation Executive, Green light Planet),
Natasha Bhadhwar (Trainer & Columnist for Mint Newspaper),
Jay Panda (Member of Parliament, Odisha),
Shankar Gopalakrishnan (Activist, Coordinator, Campaign for Survival and Dignity),
Nitya Jacob (Prog Director, Water Advocacy, CSE)

Course assignment
The course culminated with the students documenting their travel and study. This is also an exercise through which they learn to work as a team. They choose an editor, copy editors, reporters, photographers, web designers within the class to produce an e-magazine. See details here >> http://bootcampnov13.wordpress.com/

Feedback from students

This was the third Bootcamp that CSE organised for mid-career professional. We received overwhelming response from participants. They felt, unanimously, that though the field visit was very useful and was indeed an eye opener but it should have been longer as that would have helped them explore and delve into the environmental issues better. They also felt that the course was a great new learning, and it should be taken to different countries in South Asia and beyond.

Md. Naeem Ahmed: Field visit was excellent. I suggest you take industrialists and anti environmentalists to these field visits so that they see what is happening at the grassroots.

Adil Basha: My perception about environment development issues have changed tremendously. Climate Change has little connect in rural areas and very high recall in urban areas. It has introduced me to so many people working in this field as I am which gives me hope and I am filled with optimism.

A.N.M. Ehteshamul Huq: Yes I would like to recommend this course to my colleagues and friends. We all need to know the issues dealt with in this course.

Kalyan R Tanksale: I have been studying these issues since long but now realize that it is also important to write about them at least on social media.

Kishor Rimal: I would recommend this course to my friends, journalists and development professionals of my country. I learnt here that ‘growth’ as per GDP is not always good.

Chaula Trivedi: My expectation from this course was to amalgamate architecture with vernacular which is sustainable, green and scientific and thus logical. And this was met. I also learnt how to research, write and question. And lastly and most importantly be happy is what my friends in this camp taught me to be.

Click here to see: Bootcamp November 4 – 15, 2013

Participants
  • A.N.M. Ehteshamul Huq
    M.A. Japanese Studies, University of Dhaka (currently pursuing)
    Adil Basha
    Sustainability and Earth Consciousness magazine
  • Chaula
    Bachelor of Architecture, Deparment of Architecture, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, Year of Passing: 2007
    Kalyan R Tanksale
    Program Coordinator with Committee of Resource Organizations (CORO), Mumbai
  • Kishor Rimal
    B.A. Media Studies, Kathmandu University, Kavre (2006-10)
    Md. Abu Hanif
    Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning; Internship: UNDP & UN Habitat
  • MD. NAEEM AHMED
    Current Job:Assistant Manager Risk Analytics & Scorecards, CB CCU; Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh
    Ravindra Gunawardana K. M. H
    Independent journalist of the ‘Vidusara’ Magazine since 2005
  • Siddharth Trivedi
    B.ARCH, GUJARAT UNIVERSITY IN 2011
    W.M.V Bandara Idamegedara
    Biodiversity management diploma in university of Colombo,