‘Campus Sustainability Report’ : First ever by Indian educational institute.

‘Campus Sustainability Report’ : First ever by Indian educational institute.

"Hitherto, sustainability reports are prepared by the corporate world.  They gave insight into ther company strategies and robust views on how they adjust their policies and practices to address the current sustainability agenda. However, providing such information by an educational institute and resolving to do so annually is setting a new trend in India", Rajendra Shende, Chairman TERRE.  (more…)...
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Protecting the Borders as well as ecosystems

Protecting the Borders as well as ecosystems

We all heard of heroic stories of Indian Army who protect our national borders. We are able to take quiet and undisturbed sleep only because of the soldiers that are awake to protect us. But have you heard of Indian army protecting our environment with the same spirit as they protect the national borders? Yes, they do it, so that our children and our Children’s children would be able to sleep quietly. Here is the award winning story! I salute the extraordinary efforts of 128 INF BN (Territorial Army) Eco Rajputana Rifles and congratulate them from bottom of my heart precisely for this reason. I was proud to be on the jury for the award. They recently won the Earth Care Award, institutionalized by Times of India and JSW in New Delhi. The soldiers came to receive the award. They received it with great pride but with military discipline by saluting the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Harsha...
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Rewarding Experience – Earth Care Awards Of Times Of India and JSW

Rewarding Experience – Earth Care Awards Of Times Of India and JSW

Rewarding Experience of Times of India and JSW Earth Care Awards 2018 What was it like? Being on the jury of Earth Care Awards 2018 was a mesmerizing journey and exploratory experience. Exploration was diving deep in the search of the best of those who are searching innovations and excellence.   The Key take away? The innovative and award winning solutions to the challenge of climate change can take place even in the remotest and the difficult terrains like Ladakh, Kutch  Rajasthan and South West Bangladesh. These inspirational examples demonstrate the power of the communities and potential of the committed individuals that could accelerate the actions to implement the SDGs.   What next? ECA awards’ potential is enormous and not yet fully tapped. The challenge of climate change demands much steeper and accelerated rise in commitment solutions, replication and commercialisation. Asian region, where two-third of rise in fossil fuel use for energy production in next two decades will enhance their carbon emissions more than leading industrialised countries. The deployment of modern technologies like...
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You cannot Manage what you cannot measure: lessons from MDGs

You cannot Manage what you cannot measure: lessons from MDGs

Global Goals Work, but there are lessons to learn. Example SDG 4 on Education. Technology and Ecosystem has changed. The first ever global movement for ‘inclusive development’ in the history of human civilization was launched by United Nations at the dawn of 21st century when, in year 2000. In its General Assembly consisting of all of 196 countries UN adopted eight Millennium Development Goals MDGs) . The very second goal of the pack of the MDGs was to “Achieve universal primary education”.  That indeed was challenging and formidable goal considering that the global enrolment in primary school in 2000 was only 83 percent. The final review report of MDGs in 2015, when MDGs were to be finally achieved, declared that the global enrolment had reached 91 percent.  The target of 100 percent was narrowly missed but the point was made that “the global goals under United Nations do work!’. UN General Assembly of...
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At 70, UN sets 17 goals: To be achieved in less than 17 years.

At 70, UN sets 17 goals: To be achieved in less than 17 years.

Just imagine, that when you enter the age of 71, you dare an adventure by declaring   your resolve to achieve the 17 new goals by the time you become 85. You do not just proclaim them but also show an extraordinary determination by providing 169 quantifiable targets for these goals to prove that you mean business. Further, you venture into great festivity by displaying those 17 goals by illuminating your own huge building on the banks of Hudson River of New York. You do not stop at that and invite all your high level friends to demonstrate your strong will and garner their support to achieve these social and environmental goals Global community is provoked to acclaim your resolve. News is spread across the globe. Sounds strange? Not for United Nations (UN), which did exactly that last week on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly on 25th September 2015,...
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OECD needs to transit to “OECSD” :Going Beyond GDP and Embracing SDGs-

OECD needs to transit to “OECSD” :Going Beyond GDP and Embracing SDGs-

Looking in the history: 7 decades back 8th May 2015 marked the 70th Anniversary of end of World War II. That day, in 1945, heralded a peace and stability for the Europe. Rapid economic recovery   that followed through Marshall Plan provided to dilapidate Europe a generous grant of nearly 5 % of the USA’s GDP at that time. It was over and above 5 % of the aid that USA was already providing to Europe . What followed during the years of Europe’s progress was the stark realization of the over-exploitation of the natural resources for the rapid economic recovery invoked the reflection and debate on the economy, measured by GDP, as against development, measured by Human Development Index (HDI). That is the time in 1961, when Organization for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), set up in 1948, was reformed into Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Unfortunately, Greedy Development Process- sarcastically...
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