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TERI varsity launches course on sustainable consumption and production
Business Standard, 23 August 2016

In a first, TERI University today launched a course on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) as part of its efforts to promote sustainability.

The course, which is part of MA Public Policy and Sustainable Development programme offered by the University, is meant for government policy makers and graduate students to help them learn about strengthening public governance for SCP.

In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and with the support of European Union, the university aims to enhance learning on SCP, which is part of the sustainable development goals.

"The objective of this course is to equip young policy makers with knowledge on the challenges and opportunities related to SCP, as well as familiarise them with the concepts and advancement in the Indian and South Asian context.

"The course will also enable them to undertake policy analysis of select sectors with the target of mainstreaming SCP into national and regional policy," said Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University.

The course will be offered as a core requirement for students in the MA public policy and sustainable development and as an elective course for other postgraduate programmes at the University. PTI

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Will fight NGT panel report on Yamuna floodplains: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar tells Firstpost
Firstpost.com, 18 August 2016

Wellness and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has vowed to fight with scientific evidence the claims of an expert body that blamed his group for causing widespread damage to the Yamuna riverbanks during a global cultural fest earlier this year.

“I will fight the lies because I have done nothing to deserve this humiliation,” the spiritual and wellness guru told Firstpost in an exclusive interview at his spacious ashram on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

“My volunteers have worked with the Delhi government in its Yamuna cleaning operation. Why would I cause damage to the river and its riverbed?” asked Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Sri Sri said his group was unfairly targeted by a host of NGOs ever since he planned the global cultural fest in the Indian Capital. “First they use an old environmental study to map damages on the Yamuna riverbed and recommend a whopping Rs 120 crore fine on us. Isn't that unrealistic and unfair? It shows the expert group did not even do their first job properly. Then, we had a top official saying he was not part of the Rs 120 crore fine recommendation group. So who pushed the fine on us? And now they are saying the damage is huge, without referring to all the scientific evidence we have offered to the expert panel,” he said.

“I have said it several times that we have not damaged the land. We will fight it out with all we have done and gathered, scientific data and satellite maps and leave it to the courts to take a decision. But we will not allow someone to treat us unfairly,” he added.

Prabhakar Rao, an environmental expert speaking on behalf of Art of Living Foundation (AOL) said, while the committee classified the WCF ground as a “wetland”, the Wetland Atlas of Delhi (released recently), the 1986 survey of India map, or other government documentation does not show this land as a “wetland”.

“By labelling this as a wetland, the committee is manipulating it to bring it under the gamut of environmental clearance. The truth is this land has always been classified as a floodplain, a sandy floodplain,” Rao said in a statement.

The bust up over the extent of damage on the plains of one of India’s most polluted river is likely to be a long-drawn affair. The National Green Tribunal, which had imposed a Rs 5 crore fine on the Bengaluru-based wellness group, will now take a look at expert committee report and resume hearings from both sides.

The NGT has a tough task on hand.

While the expert committee report has put AOL in the dock, the claims by the wellness group that the expert committee used an old report of an NGO to measure the extent of damage by pledging Rs 50 crore damage charges per acre cannot be ignored. Similar is the charge by the wellness group that the fine imposed was in total haste, without consulting the topmost member of the committee.

The Indian government has — till date — spent a little over Rs 4,000 crores to clean the Yamuna, the longest and the second largest tributary river of the Ganges. Flowing out of the Himalayas into the Hindi heartland, it travels a total length of 1,376 kilometres.

In 2015, the AAP government in Delhi, which sources 70 percent of its water needs from the river, had pledged to clean the river in three years.

Delhi water minister Kapil Mishra had even sought corporate funding for a whopping Rs 3,659 crore that he said he would need to clean the river by 2017, as per a plan given by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

Interestingly, the AAP had then used a report of the NGT committee member Prof Brij Gopal in saying: “Yamuna is dead and flows like a nullah (drain)”. The AAP government has not been able to raise the requisite amount.

“The Yamuna river case has been heard a million times by many governments. Multiple studies have been conducted about the quality of the river, and the levels of industrial and domestic waste and amounts pledged. But nothing has happened,” said Prateek Sharma, Dean (Academics), TERI University.

The latest fight, says Sharma, is over the soil and the ecosystem in the river bank and not over the river. “And any party will need scientific evidence to back its claim,” he adds.

Rail academy to award MBA degree to railway officers
Business Standard, 16 August 2016

In a step towards setting up the country's first Railway university, an MoU will be signed tomorrow between National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) here and Maharaja Sayajirao University to award MBA degrees to rail employees in various fields like accounts and personnel.

NAIR, the apex training institute for imparting training to railway officers, has been selected for upgradation as a full-fledged Railway University as part of efforts to enhance the skills of railway officers.

It is envisioned that Railway University, when set up, would act as an affiliating University. Five other premier Central Training Institutes of the Railways at Pune, Nasik, Jamalpur, Secunderabad and Lucknow, which train officers of various specific disciplines in the Railways, would be affiliated as constituent colleges.

As a measure of enhancing professional management education in the railway field to the Probationary Officers, it was decided that NAIR shall tie-up with Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara for awarding MBA degree in specific Railway fields to Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) and Indian Railway Store Service (IRSS) officers, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

The MoU will be signed by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani here. This was ratified earlier by the academic council and Senate of MS University.

Railway probationary officers who are currently trained at NAIR, will study and obtain MBA degree from the University with specialisation in respective fields such as Finance, Human Resource Management, Production and Operations Management and Marketing Management.

The tie-up also enables MS University to select students at their end for MBA along with Railway officers. These students will also be awarded MBA degree in respective disciplines.

He said this will also serve the requirements of railway-related infrastructural construction contractors, suppliers, Metros and Port Railways.

They can also seek employment in Railways, by appearing in exam conducted by UPSC, he said.

The programme starts with the first batch of IRSS joining NAIR in August 2016.

Other initiatives for railway related education and research as a railway budget initiative, four Centres of Railway Research (CRR) were to be set up in premier educational institutions of India.Memorandum of Understandings have since been signed between Ministry of Railways and University of Mumbai on April 18, 2015, IITs Kanpur, Madras and Roorkee on December 22, 2015. One Centre for Railway Research is also in existence at IIT Kharagpur.

The areas of research are also earmarked for these different CRRs based on the core competencies of the different institutes. It is expected that these Centres for Railway Research would contribute immensely towards providing solutions for utilisation of Railways assets in a more cost-effective manner and its various processes towards complete customer satisfaction.

To expand the areas of research further, Indian Railways have also set up the Malviya Chair at IIT BHU, Varanasi for development of proper materials for use by Indian Railways and a 'Chair on Sustainable Mobility' has also been set up at TERI University, New Delhi.

The assigned areas of the CRRs include civil infrastructure of high speed rail, bridges and structures, track management system, environmental engineering, and rail wheel dynamics at IIT Roorkee.

Geo-tech engineering, advanced fuel efficient systems, fire safety management, advanced electronics, high speed rolling stock design, advanced signalling and fog vision at IIT Kanpur are among other assigned areas of the CRRs.

IIT Madras will have structural health monitoring of railway infrastructure, intelligent transportation, computer vision and imaging, reliability engineering and energy management.

RDSO, the research arm of the Indian Railways is coordinating with all the CRRs and chairs.

Centre for Railway Research, Mumbai University shall carry out research related to heavy haul technology, high-speed technologies, energy efficient traction power supply systems and track research.

The CRR will in due course also offer degree programme, post graduate programmes and PhD programme in research areas related to Railways and will also involve students in research projects and offer course electives related to Railway technology.

Mumbai University's academic council has recently approved a undergraduate course in Railway Engineering for the current academic year at the Railway Research Centre at their Ratnagiri sub-campus.


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India trade mission a success
Concordia Journal, 11 February 2010

Under the agreement with TERI [The Energy and Resources Institute] University, to take just one example, researchers will be working on climate change, biofuels and sustainable business, all recognized areas of strength at Concordia.


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