Environment

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH invites applications for the position of Project Coordinator for Food and Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience (FaNS) project in New Delhi. To know more about the job opening click here.  

For over 60 years, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working jointly with partners in India for sustainable economic, ecological, and social development. Currently, GIZ has over 330 employees in India, of whom 85 per cent are national personnel.

India is fast emerging as an economic and industrial power. It is a member of the ‘Group of Twenty’ (G20) as well as one of the five major emerging national economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). Despite the country’s rapidly growing economy, poverty and other socio-economic issues remain a challenge. The burgeoning population and accelerated urbanisation in the country have resulted in an environment at risk and greenhouse gas emissions that continue to spiral upwards.

The focal areas of Indo-German cooperation currently are:

Monday, October 3, 2016 to Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016

German House of Research and Innovation organized its annual conference ‘Cityscapes’ at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, between September 29-October 1. HCSA coordinated the panels under the overarching theme of ‘City and Migration’. The panels covered two broad categories analysing politics and society, including such topics as policies, economy, labour migration, security, law and order, skill development, unemployment, political rights and duties (i.e., political integration) etc.; as well as education, citizens’ participation, inclusion/integration vs gentrification/ghettoization, youth and ageing in urban South Asia, etc. The panels consisted of experts from Germany, India as well as other South Asian countries. Over three hundred 300 (2 days) scholars, experts and practitioners from Germany and India, from both public and private sector, discussed on the multifaceted topic of urbanization. Heidelberg University was represented by Prof.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Heidelberg Centre South Asia, South Asia Institute, Indian Institute for Tropical Meteorology, Indian Chest Foundation, both in Pune, and the Health and Demographic Research Center in Vadu, in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation, organized a workshop on ‘Urbanisation, Climate Change and Health’, part of HCSA series of initiatives and events on Smart Cities. The workshop took place at the German House for Research and Innovation, on October 26. The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Stephan Lanzinger, Head Science and Technology, the German Embassy. The technical sessions covered a wide range of subjects, such as Air Quality of Indian Mega Cities and Prediction System (Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director SAFAR, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune),  Climate Change and Health - Ongoing efforts at PHFI (Dr.

Prof. Ranjit Mitra from the School for Planning and Architecture Delhi, is on a short term Guest lecture visit to Institute of Geography, at the University of Cologne, in October and November 2016.

The topics of lectures include Perspectives of Urbanism in India, Critical Development of Urban Policies in India, Communalism and Social Change in India, The Indian Growth Scenario: Ecological Consequences and Policies.

More information can be found at: http://india.uni-koeln.de/cmisnews2.html

 

 

The University of Cologne Summer School in “Natural and Cultural Heritage” is organised under the guidance of Professor Dr. Peter Dannenberg & Dr. Alexander Follmann along with ten students from Department of Geography, University of Cologne. The Indian Strategic Indian partner of UoC is Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. The theme of the Summer school is in the field of megacity of Delhi. The summer school explores the natural and cultural heritage of Delhi with a special focus on the floodplain of the river Yamuna and peri-urban areas of the mega-city. The thematic focus lies on the expansion and intensification of urban and peri-urban agriculture. An intensification and commercialization of urban and peri-urban agriculture appears to result in socio-economic and socio-ecological transformations.

The DWIH conference on "CityScapes" was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 29th September 2016 to 1st October 2016. The concept of CityScapes Conference was to address the various harmonious solutions to tackle the global challenges of migration and sustainable urbanization.
The keynote speech of the Conference was delivered by University of Cologne Professor, Prof. Dr Frauke Kraas, Department of Geography.

Amongst the other panel sessions, University of Cologne participated in the following panels:

SESSION 2: Smart Energy & Construction
Prof. Dr Amitabh Banerji, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Didactics, University of Cologne

SESSION 3: IMPACT OF URBANISATION ON ENVIRONMENT
Prof. Dr Shamita Kumar, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune

SESSION 5: FOR A FUTURE SUSTAINABLE PERI-URBAN INDIA
Prof. Dr N. Sridharan, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

The University of Cologne (UoC) Indian Summer School in Himalayas project was launched by the UoC International Office in August 2015 with the idea to impart knowledge at the inter-cultural level along with the educational level. Students from various faculties and different study areas of UoC and China-NRW Alliance Universities, such as University of Muenster, University of Wuppertal and TU-Dortmund participate in the summer school. In order to give insight about the rich cultural heritage and beauty of India, various activities such as academic and tourist excursions, lectures, Hindi language lessons for beginners, yoga, etc. are offered. The first ever 2-week summer school organised by UoC International Office and UoC India Regional Branch office took place in August-September 2015.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 to Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The University of Cologne (UoC) Indian Summer School in Himalayas project was launched by the UoC International Office in August 2015 with the idea to impart knowledge at the inter-cultural level along with the educational level. Students from various faculties and different study areas of UoC and China-NRW Alliance Universities, such as University of Muenster, University of Wuppertal and TU-Dortmund participate in the summer school. In order to give insight about the rich cultural heritage and beauty of India, various activities such as academic and tourist excursions, lectures, Hindi language lessons for beginners, yoga, etc. are offered. The first ever 2-week summer school organised by UoC International Office and UoC India Regional Branch office took place in August-September 2015.

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