Agenda for Survival, CSE’s summer certificate course

Agenda for SurvivalAGENDA FOR SURVIVAL: A summer certificate course by the Center for Science & Environment (CSE) on the policies, politics and practices of environmental management in India and to explore the complexities underlying the environment-development debate in India.

The Center for Science & Environment (CSE) will be carrying out an intensive two-month summer course on the policies, politics and practices of environmental management in India from June 4, 2008 to August 4, 2008. Participants will be made to read, report, watch films and review them, attend seminars, and interact with guest speakers, eminent activists and policy makers. They will also have lectures, readings, presentations, and debates.

Course instructors are drawn from Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE’s) research and programme teams. The course is inspired by a concern that animated the work of eminent environmentalist Anil Agarwal, whose ideas on environment and sustainability remain relevant even today: the need to balance economic growth and ecological concern. He called it ‘the challenge of the balance’.

The Course comprises the following modules:

  • Managing natural resources today
  • Urban growth and its challenges
  • Sustainable industrialisation
  • Poverty and the biomass economy
  • Global environment negotiations: focus on climate change.
  • Challenges of environmental governance

Course Duration:

Two Months ( June 4 – August 2, 2008 )

Eligibility and Admissions:

Eligibility: A total of 35 participants will be selected. The course is open to young professionals and college students from any stream.

Admission criteria: Candidates are required to submit a 500-word essay on any one of the following topics:

  • Environment vs depelopment: two sides of the same coin?
  • The tiger, the Nano and the ‘common man’: will all three thrive in India circa 2050 AD?

Course Fee:

Rs 15,000. The fee includes all field excursions, reading materials, lunch and refreshments during training day. The fee does not cover acommodation or meals, We can help outstation participants with accommodation, on request.


Anil Agarwal Green Centre
38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi–110062

Last Date for applying:

The essay must reach CSE latest by May 10, 2008 together with a résumé / CV by email or by post.

Click here to apply online.

For further information, contact:

Sharmila Sinha,
Anil Agarwal Green Centre
Tel: 91-11-29955125, Ext: 270
Fax: 91-11-29955879

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