Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in collaboration with Development Alternatives has announced the launch of the Youth Citizen Service - YCS Leadership Challenge 2015. Youth Citizen Service is an action learning programme for young Indians. The programme is aimed at creating an opportunity for India’s youth to actively work towards addressing development issues while building a deeper understanding of the dynamics of poverty and development. The YCS programme will select 12 young people in the age group of 22-29 who will then get an opportunity to volunteer in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradeshe as part of this full time, six weeks long programme. The programme will support travel, accommodation, food, medical insurance and training costs of the vo
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Public Lecture in the ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series on ‘Rescuing Nature from Growth and Equity’. Abstract: The importance of restoring extensive natural landscapes with full complement of wild species is now well-recognized as an integral part of any development process hoping to maintain planet earth in a state conducive to human existence in the long run. Such natural diversity of plants and animals includes many species that can be wisely harvested for human uses, tolerates human impacts or even thrives under them. However, there are also animal and plant communities that are ecologically fragile in the face of human impacts or come into serious conflict with human interests, leading to their rapid ex
Water wheels: You will kick yourself for not having thought of it yourself! Water Scarcity is the biggest problem being faced by the world today. Shortage of freshwater resources like lakes, streams and rivers and then depletion of groundwater resources by mankind for their increasing demand attributes to the primary cause of water shortage. Recently, Franklin Templeton Investments partnered the TEDxGateway Mumbai in December 2012 and one of the ideas of combating the increasing demand of water and lowering the pressure on rural women by Cynthiya Koenig was an eye-opener. I totally admire the concept and would want it to reach out to the people. It is a pity and a wonder that it has not been though of before. It has been shown in the video that, in India, the water scenario is w
The fight against climate change just got a shot in the arm! A study carried out in 15 villages, involving more than 2,057 households who are direct beneficiary of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) notes a reduction in the vulnerability of these households to climate risks. Increased area under plantations and orchards has been contributing to alternate incomes, increased employment generation and reduced migration in these people. Further, improved water availability and soil fertility is reported to be resulting in increased crop production with the consequence that the MGNREGS is leading to multiple environmental and socioeconomic benefits for the people at large. The synthesis report which brought forward these findings has been prepared by ...
Delhi Greens welcomes all its members, subscribers and readers to a happy and warm New Year! 2012 should necessarily be an year of hope and survival amidst the popular '2012 apocalyptic' belief based upon an interpretation of the Mesoamerican (Mayan) Long Count calendar. 2012 is challenging because the now 100 year 'young' "Delhi capital" enters the next phase of its existence as the political nerve center of the world's largest democracy. The year 2012 also marks the closing of the first commitment period of the climate change related Kyoto Protocol, which will now enter a second commitment period post 2012. The year 2012 has been declared as the International year of Cooperatives by the United Nations. Cooperatives are business enterprises owned and controlled by the very members
For those of you who were inspired by Shahrukh Khan's frustration in Swades and are concerned about India's overall development, the time has come! The State Bank of India (SBI) has initiated a Youth for India fellowship programme funded and managed by the SBI in partnership with other NGOs. The fellowship provides a framework for India's best young minds to join hands with rural communities, empathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations. The Programme seeks to help India secure an equitable and sustainable growth path by: Providing educated Indian youth with an opportunity to touch lives and create positive change at the grass root level in rural India Providing NGOs working on development projects in rural India with educated manpower whose skill sets can be...
Hanging in air but safer than most others: a child in a village a few hundred kilometers from Delhi On the night of November 15, 2010, when most people slept, the 'world class city' of Delhi woke up to a disturbing slumber of city planning that 'buried' the safety of its citizens. The thought of helplessness in bringing back to life those who lost their lives when an illegally constructed building in East Delhi collapsed, should call for nothing less than a change in the way we plan and build our city. It has been known for long now that Lalita Park in the Laxmi Nagar area, where the building stood, is a hub of illegal constructions. The area is located near the Yamuna riverbed and had greater chances of being weakened by the floods. The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is found guilty of allo
Wantrapreneur, the Business Plan Competition for social entrepreneurs is an annual affair hosted by Villgro. Wantrapreneur is about identifying and recognizing innovative social enterprises that have the potential to transform rural lives. It is an amazing opportunity for all those who have a social enterprise that can change lives. The finalists get an opportunity to pitch their plans to social investors and win cash prizes. Wantrapreneur is now calling for entries under the following categories: Agriculture – Start up Agriculture – Early Growth Diary/ Energy/ Water – Start up Diary/ Energy / Water – Early Growth Who should participate: Indian citizens aged 18 years as on Oct 15, 2010 can participate who have a functioning start-up, in operation for at least 6
A research project on generating energy from walking, at the IIT-D Tech Fest The famous quote which says, ‘necessity is the mother of all inventions’ has been the driving force behind many engineering innovations and studies. The Open House 2010 hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi on April 24, 2010 was indeed a door-open to check out what goes inside the classes and labs of IIT-D for working out solutions to the existing needs of human existence. Conducted as an annual exhibition, Open House has been a ritual of technocracy and acts as an interface of the institute with general public. It also has a special focus on school children. Nearly 300 projects of the students as well as of the faculty were exhibited. The first department that caught our attention was rural t
Inviting graduates, post graduatesand young working professionals across disciplines...to be a part of the solution! Gandhi Fellowship , an initiative of Kaivalya Education Foundation is an intensive 2-year programme that helps talented young people develop the leadership skills to cause disproportionate positive change in society. The Fellowship challenges these young people to support primary school headmasters to turn around their failing schools, thus improving the quality of education provided in India’s government schools. By taking on real challenges and solving ‘live’ problems that exist today in schools across India, Fellows learn the generic skills that will allow them to lead change on a wide range of issues in other sectors. In the process Fellows are themselves supporte