Leading environmental and birding groups in Delhi invite all of you to join us on 13th February, 2011 (Sunday) for the BIG BIRD DAY 2011. On this day, different teams comprising birding enthusiasts will cover different parts of the Delhi city and around (and even other parts of the country), to inventorize a list of sighted birds. The idea is to record as many bird species for the day as we see. The tally would be of all the teams to see how many species we get collectively. Interested citizens can join any of the teams mentioned below. Two years ago the count was 227, last year it was 225. Some results from earlier years: 2010, 14th March - 225 species 2009, 22nd February - 227 species 2008, 24th February - 203 species 2006, 12th November - 183 species 2006, 22nd F...
A two days National Seminar on the topic "Media and The New World Order" was organized on 4 & 5 February 2011 by the University of Delhi in its North campus situated Conference Center. The seminar was aimed at highlighting the work done by various research and academic institutes in the field of media and its relevance in the present day. A paper on the role of new and social media was presented by me at the Conference, with this blog as a case study. My paper entitled “The Role of New & Social Media in generating environmental awareness: A case study of the Delhi Greens blog” was the only paper which spoke about New & Social media with a comparison to conventional media. Since other presenters at the Conference were mainly professors and teachers from across India, a need
The University of Delhi hosted its first public lecture of 2011 today, on 'The Politics of Nature: East- West Perspective in the Viceregal Lodge of the University. The event was marked by the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh and Director of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Dr. Sunita Narain. The Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Vivek Suneja, was also present on the occasion which witnessed participation of scholars and professors from DU and JNU and from other social science research facilities as well. The key speaker of the lecture was Prof. Bruno Latour, Professor at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, France. Prof. Latour is a renowned French sociologist and anthropologist and an influential theorist in the field of Science and Technology Studies. No
From the afternoon of 29/10/2010, Professor Dinesh Singh took over charge as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi from Prof. Deepak Pental. Since the beginning of his tenure, Prof. Singh has taken to himself to inspire the youth in the campus for keeping the surroundings clean and green! Recenlty, Prof. Singh participated in campus cleaning drive called by both St. Stephen's and Hindu College. The VC showed exceptional leadership in motivating the youth by initiating the cleanliness drive by himself as he went around the campus picking up litter and throwing it in the installed bins. This act inspired the students and the staff in realizing their responsibility toward the Delhi University campus and will indeed go a long way in keeping the environment of the university cam...
A girl tries to wade through water at the P.G. Women's Hostel in Delhi University. The students at DU this year are the worst hit beginning with the half hearted introduction of the semester system--in some courses--by the administration, which never went well with the lecturers, to being evacuated from the hostels for the Commonwealth Games 2010, to breathing in dust filled air and walking on broken footpaths and mudslides owing to the CWG construction and now the wrath of the monsoon and an annoyed river for the city's governing agencies' disrespect for Nature and the Yamuna River and its floodplain.
A woman worker along with her children at the CWG 2010 Games site in DU In a very clear statement made by Mike Hooper, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Federation, the worm that has been infesting the CWG and other sporting mega events like the Olympics seem to have almost come out in the open. According to him, the Games' organisers need to focus on issues that affect the athletes i.e., the Games Village, transport, security and smooth running of the actual sporting events. He said, "If you get those sorts of key issues right, then I think we have got a very good chance of the athletes at the end of the Games looking back and saying 'we had a great time’. That is the target, that is the objective - the Games are for the athletes of the commonwealth." And in doing so, he
The University Community for Democracy (UCD), an independent forum setup to speak out against the shrinking democratic space has initiating a relay hunger strike from 9 am to 9 pm, starting 12th August, 2010. This is taking place at Arts Faculty Main gate (Opp. Science Faculty), North Campus. Each day there will be five people (teachers, students and researchers) who will be on a hunger strike, as well as many others who will sit in solidarity with them. The UCD has been challenging a number of decisions taken by both Delhi University and the Delhi Government with regard to the Commonwealth Games 2010 for over a month now. The Forum is deeply concerned by the gross violations of rights that the city has witnessed in the name of the Games and condemns the irresponsible manner
In order to check the continued abstraction of ground water leading to severe depletion of ground water resource in the National Capital, the Lt. Governor of Delhi has issued an order, through the Dept. of Environment, GNCT, that no person, group, authority, association or institution shall draw ground water through bore-well or tube-well (both new as well as existing and drawing ground water without permission of the Central Ground Water Authority) for domestic, commercial, agricultural and/or industrial uses. Only after a prior permission from the "Competent Authority", which could be the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) or the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is obtained, can the ground water be drawn for use. The order, under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986, also pr...
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has launched a “National Environmental Sciences Fellows Programme” for Indian scientists desirous of working at the forefront of environmental sciences, engineering and technology, with a focus on problem solving environmental research. According to Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State for Environment & Forests (IC), the programme will allow the country's most promising young scientists to do cutting-edge research on critical issues related to the environment in collaboration with leading institutes and scientists in India and the world. The fellowship is being launched in collaboration with selected, prestigious environmental schools/institutions in India who will sign a MOU with the MoEF. These include, among others, School of En
Conventional is what he doesn’t look for in life….attracted to nature…and in love with environment. Asked him what his ideal way of spending Valentine ’s Day and without a blink of his eyes he will tell you, “Visiting the Yamuna, walking in the Delhi Ridge …” That’s the man behind Delhi Greens, Govind Singh. As an answer to my question whether he believes in celebrating birthday, he replied saying ‘life is too big a thing to be celebrated just a day ….it needs to be celebrated each day’. But a day like today in all days of the year can be counted worthy enough putting a blog post celebrating the man who gave birth to this blog. The struggle to save trees in north campus Delhi University where he was pursuing his masters resulted in a beautiful outcome, the very platform I take the