On June 13, Delhi University announced the establishment of School of Climate Change and Sustainability under IoE scheme (MHRD), with an aim to train “human resources capable of addressing and managing the emerging challenges of climate change” and possibilities of sustainable development.” Prof. C. R. Babu, an acclaimed Environmental Scientist will serve as the Honorary Director of the school joined by Prof. Inderjit Singh as the Joint Director and Prof. P. S. Sharma who will be the officer on Special Duty.
With the rising climate problems like pollution, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has added to the ecological loss.
Institutes from across the globe would be invited onboard to address climatic change and sustainability issues, including “climate change-biodiversity-ecosystem services, climate change-water-agriculture-energy, climate-disasters-development, transportation-climate change-health, and climate change-migration-conflict,” DU said in a statement.
With Delhi University and the various departments associated with the subject, the School will conduct research and training.
“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?” Delhi University said in a statement.
“The School (will) also generate 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,” the statement added.
The Institute of Eminence ( IoE) scheme of Ministry of HRD supports grants to undertake research in edge-cutting areas. With this scheme, the University plans to achieve sustainable development goals with a focus on national development, making the varsity a “world-class” university.