On 13th June 2020, the University of Delhi (DU) announced that it would be setting up a School of Climate Change and Sustainability to undertake research in priority areas pertaining to climate change and sustainability as well as to generate manpower in areas with sustainable developmental technologies to achieve sustainable development goals; with a focus on the national development as well as to make DU a “world-class university”.
Amidst the unprecedented environmental challenges around the world, ranging from the depletion of resources to rampant loss of biodiversity and increasing pollution, DU has announced that it will establish a School of Climate Change and Sustainability (DSCC&S) under the Institute of Eminence Scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) with the objective of generating knowledge through research and development as well as to train human resources capable of addressing and managing the emerging challenges facing the nation and the world.
“DSCC&S will take up research in priority areas like how to make our cities climate resilient? How to achieve sustainability in the face of environmental challenges? The school will also generate the much-needed manpower in areas that manage sustainable developmental technologies in areas of energy, resource recycling, which include wastewater management and solid waste management and resource enhancement so that the development is sustainable,” said the varsity.
This initiative of the DU which has been described as a step towards making it a “world-class university” has been appreciated by students. “Being a DU student, I really want my university to be competing at the global stage and emerge as one of the best. Therefore, I think that this step taken by the university is a step in the right direction,” expressed Aniket, a first-year student at Maharaja Agrasen College.
It was also announced by the university that the DSCC&S will be headed by Professor C.R. Babu who is an acclaimed environmental scientist and also the founder of Environmental Teaching and Research in University of Delhi. The varsity also added that eminent plant ecologist, Professor Inderjit Singh will act as Joint Director of the DSCC&S and Professor R.S. Sharma, an ecotoxicology and restoration ecology expert would serve as Officer on Special Duty.
The university explained that the DSCC&S will conduct interdisciplinary research and training with not only the relevant departments of Delhi University but also with other educational institutions all over India and the world, in an effort to develop strength in the academic and infrastructural fronts to address the different issues of climate change and sustainability.
“In short, the School will develop a cadre of qualified professionals and practitioners and evolve leaders who will translate socio-ecological theories into practical solutions for meeting the challenges of national priority- sustainable development,” says the university in a statement.
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