Achievement at a glance
TERI University undertook several capacity-building initiatives in 2015-16. Some of these initiatives were:
(a) SDSN South Asia center at TERI University: Starting from July 2014, the SDSN South Asia center at TERI University (TU) carried out a number of activities geared towards improving access to information and building capacity for solutions to sustainable development challenges in the region.
(b) SUN Programme: Under the School-University Network (SUN) Students of various schools based in Delhi would be sensitized on five broad themes namely (i) climate change, (ii) energy efficiency, (iii) waste management, (iv) water management, and (v) urban sustainability.
(c) Curriculum development workshop for MA Public Policy and Sustainable Development (MA PPSD) students: A unique first-of-its-kind post-graduate course focusing on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) issues in South Asia is being designed by TERI University through engagement with leading international experts and academicians under this agreement. Two consultation workshops were also organized. The course shall be offered in the Academic Year 2016-17.
(d) Young Researchers’ School (YRS) on Sustainable Energy for Transforming Lives: Availability, Accessibility, Affordability:The main goal of the YRS was to provide PhD students with an opportunity to better understand the spectrum of challenges that underpin sustainable development. The school programme was aligned with the sustainable development goal number 7 and the participants were exposed to different aspects of clean and sustainable energy and related challenges through lectures, movies and field trips.
(e) Training on Research Supervision Skills for Royal University of Bhutan Faculty
(f) BLISS Programme: TERI University launched BLISS (Building Learning in Sustainability Science) in 2013 as an endeavour to mobilize people to search for ways to develop and pursue sustainable lifestyles and work spaces. The programme is ongoing.
(g) TERI University-NITI Aayog Partnership: Is a long-term partnership for a shared vision of realizing SDGs through training and capacity-building, curriculum development, advance research relating to SDGs specifically working on SDG 4, 6, 7, 11, 12 and 13.
Challenges faced in implementation
• Limited funds available for such activities\r\n• Difficulty in motivating people to join these initiatives in realizing the SDGs, which are integral to livelihood process and development.
Planned Activities from July 2015 to December 2016\r\n(a) R&T opportunities for young researchers: The second \'Young Researchers’ South Asian Symposium on Sustainable Development\' will be held in October 2016.\r\n(b) BLISS (Building Learning in Sustainability Science): Is an ongoing programme of TERI University, which is organized every year for a week during March and November. The training programme uses a mix of theory and practice and takes a multidisciplinary perspective. \r\n(c) Capacity building of policy makers and development practitioners: TERI University has committed to promote knowledge for sustainable development in India and wider South Asian region through post-graduate and PhD programmes, research and capacity-building of officials from public and private sector. This is being realized through an agreement supported by the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Programme, which seeks to mainstream SCP policies into Asian governance. \r\n
(a) University students and (b) Faculty in the region
1. Knowledge sharing\r\n2. Capacity-building\r\n3. Networking platform
Training programmes conducted for capacity building
Does your institution have any projects on sustainable urban development? If yes, do these project involve a municipality and / or support a local/regional government?
Yes we have a few urban sustainable development projects. Some of these are mentioned below: \\r\\n\\r\\n(a) MTech in Urban Development and Management: The programme was launched in 2013 in TERI University. It focuses on sustainable urban development with a distinctive multi-disciplinary approach. It equips students with cutting edge technical skills, managerial capabilities and understanding of social, economic, environmental and legal issues associated with urban development, infrastructure and the real estate sector. The uniqueness of this programme is in promoting learning through research-based teaching, engagement of practitioners, and a diverse pedagogy ranging from classroom teaching, tutorials, case study discussions and field work. Students undergo intensive internship with municipal corporations and parastatals in their third semester and varied other institutions engaged in urban development in the fourth semester. Eleven students have already been trained and 25 more are under training. \\r\\n\\r\\n(b) HUDCO Chair: A Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 29 February 2012 and was extended in 2015 upto March 2018 between the TERI University and Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (HUDCO), a government-owned corporation in India. The objectives of this collaboration were - (i) to establish capacities in the TERI University to accelerate research and development, training and capacity building in the habitat sector; (ii) to support and undertake capacity building activities of urban local bodies with regard to specialized areas such as human settlement planning and design, environmental planning, building material and technology, economic policy and analysis, regional development etc.; (iii) to promote research, particularly action research in the field of housing, urban development and related areas; and (iv) to undertake any other activities that promote housing, urban development and effective management of urban areas.
Would you consider these projects to be successful? What indicators have you used to measure and assess its impact and success?
Yes these projects are successful. The projects undertaken by TERI University students cater to their learning and exposure to real-life situations and challenges. They are academic projects based on ongoing urban development projects of Government of India, government bodies and other private consulting firms and organizations.
Will any of these projects support Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable?
The MTech Urban Development and Management programme focuses on sustainable urban development with a distinctive multi-disciplinary approach. It addresses the sustainable development agenda through its distinctive courses, which enable students to contribute towards issues such as urban development policies, urban governance and finance, urban services provision, ecology and environment, sustainable urban transport, urban disaster management, solid waste and sanitation, and energy efficient buildings. The learning outcomes from the students in the form of projects and assignments are mostly aligned to the sustainable urban development agenda. Through their engagements with ULBs and parastatals as well urban sector consulting firms, students work on projects, which primarily focus on the on-going urban development programmes of the Government of India. Indeed the course per se and the projects undertaken do sensitize students to the SDG 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Did your institution have an institution-wide sustainability plan/strategy in place as of 1 Jan 2015? If not, has it developed one since?
TERI University is the only university in India dedicated to building capacity in Sustainable Development. Ever since its inception in 1999, it has been tirelessly offering not just world-class education but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspective in their subject areas. TERI University is known for \\\"thought leadership\\\" in the field of sustainable development.