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Around 32 PhD students from multi-disciplinary background from Germany, South East Asia and India will participate in a three week long summer school on sustainable habitats in Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research (BVIEER) Pune, from September 5 to 23.
This will guide them in introducing the concept of sustainable development, its approach and implementation in urban contexts. Organised by the German International Cooperation (GIZ), the topics includes the issue of sanitation, low cost housing, energy efficiency, which will be addressed within the topic of urban sustainability concepts and the national urban policy framework, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), at different locations in India. Apart from Pune, similar summer schools are held in Bangalore, Mysore and Kochi. Erach Bharucha director BVIEER said that the programme will be in the process of discussion and it will be carried out in exciting ways of learning. The students will be taken on field trips from Pune to Mulshi to understand the changes in land use pattern. The key person in the summer school sustainable habitat is Prof. Frauke Krass, head, department of Geography, Cologne University, Germany. "It aims to contribute towards sustainable development in India through bridging the communication gap within research and its implementation at policy level. Through improved communication and networking, the mutual benefits could be achieved at different levels," he said. Kranti Yardi, faculty, BVIEER said that the three-week programme will introduce participants to the areas of governance (think globally, act locally), concepts for urban sustainability and its implementation in India and the world and thirdly on the concepts for sanitation, waste management and low-cost housing and energy efficiency. It intends to meet the requirements of the current labour market and responds to India's needs for creative and decisive intellectuals, future decision-makers and representatives of their country within the increasingly international governance framework. She pointed out that some objectives and challenges for sustainable habitats in the country includes the understanding of complex topic and policy frameworks for urban policy, specifically linking with national sanitation, housing, energy policy towards a strategy for implementation, transcending life worlds of different classes and castes by common action research and offering international experiences, among others.
Courtesy: Education Times
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