Challenge of the Balance, CSE, August 1-30, 2012, New Delhi

Organizer: Center for Science & Environment (CSE)

Venue: Anil Agarwal Green College
           38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
           New Delhi–110062


This inter - disciplinary month long structured course on environment / development issues is for about 25 participants from various international institutions of learning. For this summer school we have collaborated with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) United Kingdom, and EWB chapters in South Asia as well.

Programme design:
Challenge of the Balance is an orientation programme to give international participants a first-hand experience of Southern perspectives concerning the environment-development debate. The interdisciplinary coursework will allow participants to understand and critically evaluate issues that lie at the interface of environment and development; poverty; democracy, equity and justice; and culture.

It includes classroom lectures, seminars, local field excursions, together with challenging individual and/or group project work. Participants will be given an intense briefing on issues that are of concern to India and other developing countries. Field trips will serve to illustrate innovations and eco-restoration efforts that communities make to enable them to face the challenges of managing their natural resources base.

The highlight of the programme is the opportunity for participants to interact with rural communities during a week long field visit. Participants from developed and developing countries will see practical, technical and sustainable solutions that benefit the grassroot community (solutions to water management, decentralized solid and liquid waste management, meeting a community’s energy needs, among others).

In addition to this week-long field visit, the programme includes several local field excursions, to familiarize them with urban challenges, including air pollution and urban mobility, river pollution and waste management.

Course fee:
INR 25000/ (Includes training fees, month long stay, local and outstation field excursions, select reading materials, together with lunch and refreshments during all training days). Fellowship will be adjusted with your course fee. 

Write a clear statement of purpose (the SOP should be about 500 words), including in it such things as why they wish to attend this course, and how it will help them in their future work. Send it along with your latest curriculum vitae.

Last date to apply: April 29, 2012.

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Contact details:
Sharmila Sinha
Prog Officer, Education & Training
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110062
Mobile: +91-9818482018
Office Tel: +91 (011) 29955124 +91 (011) 29955124 / 125 /
Fax: +91 (011) 29955879

Aditya Batra
Prog Director, Education & Training & South Asia Programme
Mobile: +91-9810825775