Components of the University Programme

February 10, 2018

Green Educators' Network - was launched in January 2016 to provide teachers a platform, a space to interact amongst themselves and with others who teach the subject. The Educator's Network aims to enhance their knowledge about environmental issues, politics and impart learnings for solutions. More than 500 educators have registered for the network, while around 250 plus of these educators have attended the Knowledge Conclave. Educators teaching EVS or Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science can send an email to ileena.roy@cseindia.org, if interested in becoming a member of the network. The Environment Education Unit (EEU) is constantly working towards the expansion of the Educators network by approaching colleges situated in each and every corner of the country.

Provide platforms such as the Green Educators' Network, Knowledge Conclave, summer courses such as Agenda for Survival (AfS) to develop the capacity of those (Faculty, students as well as young environmental professionals) to bring alive the vast subject of environment.

Knowledge Conclave - This forum provides the members of the Green Educators' Network access to CSE's vast network of environment educators, scientists, activists, policy makers, regulators, lawyers and journalists. The focus of the Conclave is environmental education for a sustainable and equitable future. In addition to two National Knowledge Conclaves conducted in the year 2015 and 2016, CSE has also held a 'Regional Knowledge Conclave' at Kolkata in 2017.

Environmental Reader for Universities - Based on feedback by members of the network that topical resource material was limited, CSE recently introduced the Environmental Reader aimed at providing a well -rounded perspective towards the various environmental issues with the help of case studies, current data, infographics, etc. A significant number of academicians who are also part of our Green Educator Network are already using and recommending the Reader as part of the curriculum or are planning to propose the inclusion of the same from the next session onwards. Valuable and encouraging feedback from the users of the Reader cited it to be highly informative, include how educators are able to link with the UGC syllabus.

Green Campus - CSE's University Programme also believes in providing practical solutions or alternatives/ strategies to help these colleges transform themselves by increasing resource efficiency, improving ecosystem management for sufficiency, minimizing waste, pollution and promoting healthy lifestyle. In this regard, CSE launched its Green Campus Toolkit at the Regional Knowledge Conclave in Kolkata, and CSE will reveal the findings at the next Conclave in January 2018.

Agenda for Survival - Held each June, this flagship month long summer school started in 2008 designed by CSE offers a range of experiences to participants such as study of issues, interaction with policy-makers, field work and interaction with communities. It has alumni well placed in premier institutions of this country. This four week innovative program gives the youth of India an opportunity to evaluate issues that lie at the interface of environment and development; poverty; democracy, equity and justice. This interactive programme has a number of assignments weaved in to make learning exciting and to help participants to polish their communication skills, field-based reporting and writing to understand environment as a subject.