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Experts list out challenges in agri sector due to climate change
Hindustan Times (Bhopal), 18 December 2016

Climate change is changing the agriculture pattern in India and the warming caused by it may be more pronounced in northern parts of the country, said agriculture expert Prof Sapna Narula on Saturday.

At the 4th international conference on environment and agriculture in the UN sustainable goals, Narula from Delhi-based TERI University said the extremes in maximum and minimum temperatures are expected under changing climate.

A few places are expected to get more rain while some remain dry, which will impact the agriculture pattern in the country, she said, quoting researches and sharing her observations from field visits to various parts of the country.

The conference is organised by NGO Janparishad with the help of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology Bhopal (MANIT) and Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO) Bhopal.

“In 2010, I had visited Sunderbans. But now those areas I had visited have submerged under water because of the rising sea level.”

“A one-metre sea level rise is projected to displace nearly 7.1 million people in India and about 5,764 sq kms of land area will be lost, along with 4200 kms of roads,” she said.

Prof Narula listed out the challenges in agriculture sector against the backdrop of the climate change. She said more than 50% of India’s forests are likely to experience shift in forest types, adversely impacting associated biodiversity, regional climate dynamics as well as livelihoods based on forest products.

“Gross per captia water availability in India will decline from 1,820 cubic metre per year in 2001 to as low as 1,140 cubic metre per year in 2050,” she said in her presentation.

Marek Wosinski, sustainability scientist from USA, said though agriculture and environment were not directly listed in the 17 development goals but they were linked with all the goals in one or the other way. He said need of the hour was forging global partnerships at every level of the society for achieving the sustainable goals.

The conference was inaugurated by Bhopal MP Alok Sanjar, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation chairman Tapan Bhowmik, Mrs Universe Meenakshi Mathur, higher education commissioner MB Ojha and NK Tripathi, former director general of police.

Mrs Universe Mathur elaborated on the individual efforts and inculcation of values and patriotism in children for a green future.

Bhowmik emphasised that experts in agriculture sector, environment and climate change should come forward in a more vociferous way on the issues of prime importance rather than giving the opportunity to unaware people to handle the serious issues.

Ojha called for increasing public awareness and public participation to deal with sustainable development and climate change.
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Go green, earn bucks
The Tribune (Jobs Careers) , 14 December 2016

Course Cursor
B.Sc in Environmental Science
Bachelor of Environment Management
B.Sc in Environmental Science and Water Management
M.Sc in Environmental Management
Master of Technology in Environmental Engineering

While India pats itself on its back for a growing GDP and increasing capitalisation, the national capital is slowly getting choked by the smog which seems to be worst in the past 17 years. The latest urban air quality database released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that India ranks among the world's worst contries to live in for its polluted air. Delhi is among the most polluted cities in the world today. The report reconfirms that most Indian cities are becoming death traps because of very high air pollution levels. Whether it is land degradation or river contamination, India has it all and that too on a massive scale.

The awareness of these and many other issues necessitates the careers of environmental consultants who provide public and private sector clients with advice on issues such as soil contamination, water pollution, air quality, industrial pollution, renewable energy technology, environmental impact assessments, environmental audits, and waste management.

Eligibility and skillset

For admission to bachelor's degree, you must have passed 10+2 with science subjects such as biology, mathematics and chemistry. For those aspiring opportunities on the technical side of environment consulting, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science, environmental studies, geology, environmental engineering, or a closely related field is the minimum requirement.

Besides, you should have excellent research & data analysis skills, be able to present complex information in statistical format, adept in latest environmental laws and regulations in order to ensure compliance.

Career scope

There are many career options that offshoot from Environment Consultancy. They are in the private and government organisations. Besides, the global organisations engaged in pollution control and sustainable growth are offering attractive compensation to the fresh graduates. Some options are:

Entrepreneurship

If you have an entrepreneurial acumen, you may go in for freelance work. Here your strong academic background can hold you in good stead. Training courses, conferences, workshops and networking events are often provided by chartered institutions and professional societies, which must be constantly looked into. These are essential for building a long and successful career as an environmental consultant.

Environmental communication

Those interested in mass media could explore environmental communication as experts. Environmental writers are much sought after these days.

Social welfare

NGOs or non-profit organisations are coming up in a big way globally to work towards the environment cause. Starting your own NGO or being a part of an international NGO could be another option.

International organisations

International organisations like the World Bank and the UN roll out short and long-term consulting opportunities in various areas of environment in different countries. Their websites could be checked for job postings that keep floating on a regular basis.

Teaching and research

Teaching is another area to explore. The opportunities are available in almost all universities. Research and Development could also be undertaken in this field. Environmental consultants design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Institute Watch

University of Delhi, offers M.A/M.Sc. in Environmental Studies.
TERI University, Delhi, offers M.Sc. in Environmental Studies and Resource Management
Amity University, Noida, offers B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, M.Tech in Environmental Engineering and M.Sc in Environmental Sciences and Management.
University of Calicut, Kerala, offers B.Sc in Environmental Science and Water Management and M.Sc in Environmental Science.
Ranchi University, Ranchi, offers B.Sc in Environmental Science and Water Management.
Andhra University, Andhra Pradesh, offers Post-Graduate diploma in Environment and M.Sc in Environmental Science.
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), offers Certificate course in Environmental Studies, Post-Graduate Diploma in Environment and Sustainable Development.
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TERI University awards degrees
Hindustan Times (Education), 9 November 2016

As many as 200 post graduate and 10 doctoral students were awarded degrees at the recently held 9th annual convocation at TERI University.

Delivering his convocation address, MHRD minister Prakash Javadekar urged the graduating students to have a sense of responsibility and proportion and ensure that a balance exists between development and environment protection. He encouraged them to “take up all initiatives and Duniya Kar lo apni mutthi mein”.

He negated the belief that development and environment protection cannot co-exist.

Ashok Chawla, chancellor, TERI University said that issues of environment management and climate change cannot be handled solely by the government but have to be handled by all stakeholders, including the younger generation. Going forward, sustainability will be the focus area and will provide key jobs to the coming generations, he said.
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