Centre For Science & Environment Summer School on Policies of Environmental Management [July 13-Aug 14]; Apply NOW

The Centre For Science & Environment is organising a Summer School centering around “Challenge of the Balance: A Course on Policies, Politics & Practices of Environmental Management in the Developing World” between July 13 to August 14, 2015.

It is a summer school for international participants essentially targeted to expats in the country.


Challenge of the Balance is an orientation programme to give international participants a first-hand experience of Southern perspectives concerning the environment-development debate.

The interdisciplinary coursework will allow participants to understand and critically evaluate issues concerning developmental challenges the region faces today.

Programme design

This inter-disciplinary month long structured course on environment and development issues is for about 25 participants from various international institutions of learning.

For this summer school we have collaborated with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) United Kingdom, and EWB chapters in South Asia as well.

It includes classroom lectures, local field excursions, together with challenging individual and/or group project work. Field trips will serve to illustrate innovations and eco-restoration efforts that communities make to enable them to face the challenges of managing their natural resource base.

The programme modules include

a. Natural resource management: water, forests

b. Change agents: environmentalism of the poor

c. Governance imperatives

d. Poverty and the biomass economy

e. Environmental conflicts

f. Urban growth challenges: water, waste, pollution, mobility

g. Towards sustainable industrialization

h. Climate change from a Southern perspective

The highlight of the programme is the opportunity for participants to interact with rural communities during a week long field visit.

Participants from developed and developing countries will see practical, technical and sustainable solutions that benefit the grassroot community (solutions to water management, decentralised solid and liquid waste management, meeting a community’s energy needs, etc.).

In addition to this week-long field visit, the programme includes several local field excursions, to familiarise participants with urban challenges, including air pollution and urban mobility, river pollution and waste management.


Our training programmes attract leading experts across various fields to address course participants. The core faculty for the proposed course will be drawn from CSE’s experienced research and programme staff.

Visiting faculty and guest lecturers will include working development professionals, eminent environmentalists, noted academicians from leading universities, grassroots activists, prominent policy makers, and others.


Participants will publish a magazine of their own with help and guidelines from CSE – shoot pictures, write and edit, choose their editors, design team.

Course fee

It includes training fees, month long stay, local and outstation field excursions, select reading materials, together with lunch and refreshments during all training days.

Stay from July 11,2015 12:00 pm onwards, to Aug 16, 2015, checkout 12:00 pm.

For International participants: UK £1155, US$ 1820

For Indian and South Asian participants: INR 30,000


Please pay your fee (including the fee for accommodation) after your participation in the course is confirmed. When sending your draft/cheque, do mention on the envelope the name of the course. Email the draft/cheque number to the course contact.

How to apply

Write a clear statement of purpose (the SOP should be about 250 words), including in it such things as why you wish to attend this course, and how it will help you in your future work.

Send it along with your latest curriculum vitae.  


Sharmila Sinha, Deputy Prog Manager, Education & Training

Email: sharmila@cseindia.org/ cseindiasharmila@gmail.com

Office Tel: +91 (011) 29955124   +91 (011) 29955124 / 125

Fax: +91 (011) 29955879


Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute

38, Tughlakabad Institutional Area

New Delhi–110062

More information is HERE.


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