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Ms Denise Fernandes
Ms Denise Fernandes, Alumni

Posted on : 31 / 03 / 2015

"My voyage through the MA-SDP course at the TERI University has indeed been an experience of discovering a diverse range of approaches to development through a new set of eyes. " - says Ms. Denise Fernandes, Research Assistant, IIT- Mumbai

As the French novelist Marcel Proust stated, ‘The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes’, my voyage through the MA-SDP course at the TERI University has indeed been an experience of discovering a diverse range of approaches to development through a new set of eyes. Sustainable Development as a new gizmo has been conceptualised by scholars, policy makers and development organisations as capable of addressing the growing developmental and environmental challenges. The MA-SDP course has taken this gizmo of ‘Sustainable Development’ and transformed it into a more practical and on-field experience through its multi-dimensional coursework and diverse domain knowledge of its faculty. This course has encouraged students to critically and analytically evaluate and appreciate the theoretical formulations of the concept through a pragmatic and applied approach to development and environmental challenges. The course has thus been a discovery of merging new practical techniques with theoretical knowledge through strong research grounding; the discovery and moulding of new ideas to address emerging challenges and lastly a discovery of a spirit of collaborative team work with peers and faculty alike. These key experiences of ‘Sustainable Development’ at the TERI University have indeed equipped me with a new set of eyes to carry on with my passion of sustainability

(Currently working on a research project ‘India’s climate and energy policy strategy in a globalizing world: changing global structures and international cooperation (INDGLOBE)’ in collaboration with Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO), Norway; IIT-Mumbai, Pondicherry University and Jadavpur University).

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