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CSE’s Summer Certificate Course on Environment & Development ‘Agenda for Survival’ [June 1-30]; Apply by April 29

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About the Course

This interdisciplinary month-long summer certificate course on environment and development issues allows Indian participants to understand and critically evaluate issues that lie at the interface of environment and development- poverty, democracy, equity and justice.

Course Dates

June 1- 30, 2016

Medium of Instruction


Course Design

The course comprises classroom lectures, seminars, several local field excursions, and a week-long field visit to rural India, together with innovative and challenging project individual and/or group work.

Participants are given an intense briefing on issues that are of concern to India and other developing countries.

Field trips and meetings with communities serve to illustrate innovations and eco-restoration efforts that communities make to enable them to face the challenges of managing their natural resource base.

Participants will get time to read, report, watch films and review them, attend seminars, and interact with guest speakers, eminent activists and policy makers.

As part of their assignment, participants will put together a journalistic product- an online documentary project using text, video and audio; alternatively they will also report, edit and design a magazine.


Leading experts across various fields.

The core faculty, however is drawn from CSE’s experienced research and programme staff.

Visiting faculty and guest lecturers include working development professionals, eminent environmentalists, noted academicians from leading universities, grassroots activists and prominent policy makers, among others.

The course is inspired by a concern that animated the work of eminent environmentalist Anil Agarwal, whose ideas on environment and sustainability remain relevant even today- the need to balance economic growth and ecological concern. He called it ‘the challenge of the balance’.

Course Modules
  • State of India’s environment: An overview
  • The environmental movement in India
  • Poverty and the biomass economy
  • Ecological rights & natural resource management
  • Land and its use: Agriculture, food security
  • Conservation & conflict: Wildlife management debate
  • Urban growth challenges: Water & waste management, air pollution & mobility
  • Sustainable industrialisation & public health concerns
  • Climate change & global environmental governance
  • A week-long field trip to rural India to explore eco-restoration efforts at the grassroots level
Admission Criteria

The course is open to young professionals and college students from any stream.

A total of 25 participants will be selected.

Application Procedure

To Apply, click HERE.

Course Fee

Rs. 26,000/-

This includes training fees, month long stay, local and outstation field excursions, select reading materials, together with lunch and refreshments during all training days.


1. Several Kamla Chowdhry Fellowships are offered to participants to meet stay costs.

2. Please pay your fee (including the fee for accommodation) after your participation in the course is confirmed.

When sending your draft/cheque, do mention on the envelope the name of the course. Email the draft/cheque number to course contact.


We will arrange accommodation (shared, rooms close to the training venue) for outstation participants from May 31st,2016 (after 12:00 pm) to July1, 2016 (before 12:00 pm).

Course Timings

9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Most of the weekends will be spent in the class or on field visits.


The prestigious Kamla Chowdhry Fellowships will be awarded to select outstation Indian candidates to cover their stay costs in Delhi.

Kamla Chowdhry was a distinguished academic and an ardent Gandhian. Her multifaceted interests spanned issues relating to forestry, ecology, environment, women’s rights and people’s participation.

Click HERE for further details.

Course Contacts

Ranjita Menon, Email: ranjita@cseindia.org

Sharmila Sinha, Email: sharmila@cseindia.org

Environment Education Unit, CSE


Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute, 38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi–110062

For further details, click HERE.
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