TERI University's BLISS 2015, with a contemporary theme - 'Towards Cleaner and Greener Societies', aims to address the sustainability concerns regarding a safe and clean environment and equitable social development. The programme shall provide a platform to address and debate diverse problems associated with the creation of a 'clean and green' society at large and also ponder upon how youth can contribute to solving these problems. To ensure that we maintain sustainability-driven business models to combat climate change, the five-day programme will play a pivotal role in providing insights into the problems and solutions related to sustainability science, using an interdisciplinary approach.
A clean and green society is the result of the efforts put in by human beings in pursuing a healthy life style with no adverse effects on the environment. Uncontrolled use of resources has destabilized the ecological balance which is otherwise of paramount importance for existence of life on earth. Scarcity of food, new disease outbreaks, rising pollution levels, and fast eroding natural resources challenge us to reorient our perspective towards sustainable solutions that we project and follow to safeguard our future generations. Being a pioneer in imparting sustainable development education in India, the TERI-University launched BLISS (Building Learning in Sustainability Science) in 2013 as an endeavor to mobilize people and to create awareness about sustainable development.
The programme is scheduled to be held from 16-20 March, 2015 at TERI University, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Resource persons will include faculty members of TERI University and research professionals at TERI, with an expertise in teaching and research in different areas of sustainability. Besides in-house faculty, speakers from government/industry/academia/ international organizations will also be invited.
All the participants will be provided with reading materials and references. The course shall be covered through lectures, case discussions, videos, problem-solving exercises and experience sharing with participants. A field visit for 'on campus' participants and an open debate will also be arranged.
Those unable to attend the programme in person may join it through the online mode. The lectures will be accessible to registered participants on the internet. They will also be able to interact with the faculty by sending in their queries online. Aspiring applicants, however, are strongly encouraged to attend the programme on campus, in order to gain a rich experience of meeting and learning from the experts as well as co-participants.
The learning objectives of the summer school will include:
- An understanding of the regulatory framework, policies, and practices needed for sustainable development
- Familiarization with the issues and challenges pertaining to rural/urban planning and development
- An exposure to tools and (bio-)technologies for energy, food and health security, mitigation and adaptation of climate change
- An understanding of interdisciplinary and solution-based thinking for problems related to environmental degradation and resource management
- Reflection on the application of sustainability in various practical situations for developing cleaner and greener societies
Who can attend?
The programme is open for students, research scholars, corporate personnel, academicians and civil society workers. However, college and university students curious to learn about sustainability and pursue a career in sustainability, either through a job or by means of sustainable entrepreneurial ventures, are particularly encouraged to apply.
As there are a limited number of seats, applications would be considered on a first come, first serve basis.
|Registration Begins||December 21, 2014|
|Last Date for Registration||March 9, 2015|
|Summer School Begins||March 16-20, 2015|
Dr R K Pachauri Chancellor Chancellor, TERI University
I am delighted that the summer school (BLISS) is being hosted again at the TERI University. I believe there is need to create understanding and knowledge on the complex challenges being faced globally in respect of energy, climate change and sustainable development.read more
Leena SrivastavaVice-Chancellor, TERI University
We are delighted to come back to you with BLISS 2015 having a focus on "Cleaner and Greener Societies". The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India and his cabinet members have been stressing the need for participative approaches to solving some of India's vexed sustainability challenges.read more
- In-house and external experts in sustainability from academia/industry/government
- Comprehensive lecture series including discussions and analysis of cases, interaction and experience sharing with participants, open debates, and a field visit
- Focus on interdisciplinary learning in sustainability through collaboration of different departments in the University
- Emphasis on real life problems and implementation of solutions
- On campus and online course delivery (online participants can participate in discussions through web enabled Q&A format)
Themes for Bliss 2015
Day 1 - Society, Environment and Sustainability
- Institutions, Regulations, Policies, and Practices for Sustainable Development
- Business Sustainability
- Population and Demographic Transitions
Day 2 - Sustainable Settlement Systems (Rural and Urban)
- Livelihood (Food, Health, Shelter, and Employment)
- Transport and Infrastructure
- Waste Management
- Smart Cities
Day 3 - Innovations and Technologies for Sustainability-I
- Energy Security
- Air and Water Resource Management
- Land use and Soil Conservation
Day 4 - Innovations and Technologies for Sustainability-II
- Biotechnology for Food security and Health
- Forest ecosystems and biodiversity Preservation
- Combating Climate Change
Day 5 - Implementation and Outreach for Sustainability
- Role of stakeholders, viz., NGOs, Government, Industry, Academia, Media, Role of ICTs
- Career opportunities in Sustainability
- Panel Discussion
- Participant Debate Session
The registration fee includes conference kit, tea/coffee, and lunch from March 16-20, 2015.
Indian Students/Research Scholars
Corporate Personnel/ Academicians/ Others
For online registration, please login at www.teriuniversity.ac.in
Will be available soon.
contact usBLISS Team:
Mr Arun Kumar Kaushik
Dr Sapna A Narula,
Dr Chaithanya Madhurantakam
Dr Ritika Mahajan
Email your queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011-71800222.
We are delighted to come back to you with BLISS 2015 having a focus on "Cleaner and Greener Societies". The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India and his cabinet members have been stressing the need for participative approaches to solving some of India's vexed sustainability challenges - be these around water quality, energy access, waste management and sanitation or urban growth. Through this summer school we hope to empower interested stakeholders to contextually define cleaner and greener societies as also to appreciate the range of mechanisms - policy, regulatory, economic, technological and societal - that would enable us to get to desired outcomes.
I am delighted that the summer school (BLISS) is being hosted again at the TERI University. I believe there is need to create understanding and knowledge on the complex challenges being faced globally in respect of energy, climate change and sustainable development.
The year 2015 is a very important period in human history, because this year the UN General Assembly would adopt global Sustainable Development Goals, and at the end of the year in the 21st Conference of Parties, it is expected that a global agreement would be finalized to deal with the challenge of climate change. Much of what has happened in the past to cause some of the problems that we are witnessing in every corner of this planet was the result of lack of knowledge or its application. Today we have the knowledge and the means to tackle these inter-related challenges, and I believe institutions like TERI University can play a stellar role towards disseminating knowledge in these areas.