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The Times of India (Education Times), 20 March 2017

KANIKA DHIMAN: Final year, MSc Environmental Studies and Resource Management (ESRM), TERI University, Delhi

With growing concerns for the environment, it is necessary to be up-to-date with the happenings in this field and help society to develop. Education is the means to spread awareness about climate change, resource management and other issues. That is why I decided to study these topics. Before signing up for the MSc Environmental Studies and Resource Management (ESRM) course, I talked to alumni to understand the industry demand for such degrees. I received positive feedback. The interdisciplinary course opens the gates of many organisations. Being a chemistry graduate(Gargi College, University of Delhi), I could relate to the course.

I opted for the programme in 2015. The curriculum is more practical than theoretical, merging all fields of science. It is split into four semesters with two projects -minor and major to be undertaken by each student in an organisation or NGO or by research or independent study. The syllabus comprises core courses with elementary knowledge of domains such as ecology, environmental lab, environmental geosciences, and so on. Along with the core courses, a block course on research methodology is taught. The first semester is about developing a foundation for environmental studies. We read environmental law and policy, ecology, environmental geosciences, introduction to sustainable development, environmental chemistry and microbiology as elementary subjects. In the second semester, we studied hydrology, geoinformatics, air quality manage ment, water quality management, environmental health and risk assessment, and other topics.

The fourth semester is the practical aspect of what we study in previous semesters. There is no classroom study in this semester. The student is supposed to take a major project for four to six months in an organisation to work on hisher research thesis.

Narmada Seva Yatra – A Social Movement: Chief Minister Shri Chouhan’s Resolve Overwhelms TERI Varsity Students (Online, Bhopal), 4 March 2017

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the Narmada Seva Yatra has become a social movement. Campaigns like drug deaddiction, save trees,Beti-Bachao-Beti Padhao etc. have also been launched alongside. He saidthat campaign for conservation of other rivers will also be launched in future.

Shri Chouhan was talking to a group of students from the TERI (The Energy Research Institute) University at his residence today. These students had come to take part in the Narmada Seva Yatra. They undertook a study on the changes in social behaviour of those residing on the banks of the river Narmada following the Narmada Seva Yatra.

The students lauded the efforts of the Chief Minister aided by the support of people towards water conservation, drug deaddiction, diversion of sewage water from the river, renovation work and provision of education for talented children. Sharing their experiences of the Narmada Seva Yatra with the Chief Minister the students said that a new awareness is being created among the rural society towards the environment.

Birders count bird species at 13 Delhi campuses for 4 days
Hindustan Times (Online), 26 February 2017

Birders and enthusiasts gathered around 13 Delhi-NCR campuses from February 17-20 to count the various bird species frequenting these mini habitats.

As part of the Campus Bird Count 2017, which is a sub-event of the Great Backyard Bird Count, India, and is organised every year by Bird Count India and eBird India, 289 campuses from 23 states took part in the census this year. In 2016, 138 campuses from 19 states across the country took part in the CBC, documenting 436 species.

The documentation of the number of species found in 2017 is still in process.

“The campus bird count is a coordinated effort to document the birdlife in various campuses across India. In the world’s biggest bird-a-thon, the documentation work of avifauna within each campus is done by following a protocol of collecting as many 15 minutes ‘complete’ checklists of species and uploading the list of all birds seen or heard,” Meghna Joshi, state coordinator CBS, Delhi-NCR, told HT.

This campuses that were covered in Delhi were Aryabhatta College (Delhi University), Ram Lal Anand College (DU), DU South Campus, Holy Family Hospital, Ambedkar University, Shiv Nadar University, Amity University (Haryana), Shikshantar Public School, DU North Campus, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Teri University and RK Puram Sector 3 ...


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