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TERI University addresses sustainability concerns

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 24, 2015 Published on March 24, 2015

In his address, Mr Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, said that sustainability should not be viewed as a luxury, but as a necessity since development is closely linked with sustainability of the natural resource base

The TERI University, which offers Masters and Doctoral programmes related to sustainable development, organised a summer school called BLISS 2015 (Building Learning in Sustainable Science) from March 16-20. The programme was attended by undergraduate students of various disciplines from different colleges in the NCR as well as by researchers and social workers.

Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, and former Minister for Environment and Forests, addressed the participants on ‘Green Growth Imperative’ during the event. In his lecture, he covered the governance dimension of economic growth and ecological security, stressing on the importance of envisaging sustainability from various perspectives such as demographics, climate change, public health and livelihood security.

Ramesh mentioned that sustainability should not be viewed as a luxury, but as a necessity for a country like India since development is closely linked with sustainability of the natural resource base. Speaking of the trade-off that decision-makers are constantly faced with, he argued that sustainable development was all about being able to make the right choices by internalizing all the costs and benefits associated with the exploitation and use of our resources.

“A summer school of this nature is intended to catalyze curiosity amongst the youth to learn about sustainability and pursue careers in this domain, which would be of great benefit to the nation in the years to come,” said Rajiv Seth, the Acting Vice Chancellor of TERI University.

Published on March 24, 2015
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