New Delhi – Much has been said about the phenomenon of climate change, and much has been deliberated about the concept of ‘Sustainable Development’ ever since the Rio Summit in 1992. Now there is actually an academic programme in Sustainable Development Practice run by TERI University that finally puts these concepts into practice – M.A. in Sustainable Development Practice. The students of this programme are organizing SYNOD 2012 on February 17 at TERI University campus.
The central theme of Synod 2012 is ‘Practicing Sustainability: From Utopia to Reality’. As the theme suggests, the event would look into what it really takes to bring the concept of ‘Sustainability’ down to actual implementation. This event aims at bringing together industry leaders, policy makers, academicians, researchers and students involved in the field of development to ideate on the given theme.
The event would include a stimulating Panel Discussion with eminent opinion leaders deliberating on their insights. The panelists are Tony Henshaw, Chief Sustainability Officer, Vedanta Resources; Shankar Venkateswaran, Director, SustainAbility; Niranajan Khatri, General Manager, Welcomenviron Initiatives, ITC Group; and Anand Kumar, Director at Petrotech and Director and Member of Audit Committee, Central Coalfields Limited.
The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Pronab Sen, Senior Advisor, Planning Commission and 12th Five Year Plan.
There are also interesting competitions like Social Entrepreneurship Model Proposal, Poster Presentation and Debate with participation from students from diverse backgrounds from across the country. The social entrepreneurship competition received 17 entries from the likes of IIT Bombay, BITS Pilani Goa, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Sri Venkateswara College, Hindu College, etc. This is not just another social entrepreneurship competition, since it not only promises the winners prizes worth Rs. 25,000, but also mentorship from none other than Priyank Narayan, Founder of Indiapreneurship! The theme for the poster presentation is to propose a 9th Millennium Development Goal.
Kiosks by international NGO CARE, World Bank, UN would give the participants a chance to learn more about these organizations and interact with their representatives.
The students organizing this event are a unique bunch belonging to the global brand of Master’s in Development Practice with the MDP Secretariat at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Through this platform, the students intend to brain-storm and come up with innovative ideas representative of ‘new age green professionals’ and a ‘generalist approach’ to problem solving in the development sector, a concept central to their course.