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Status and Evolution of Environmental Education at School Level in Delhi, India

Author Affiliation: Wipro BPS Limited, Delhi – 110044, India.

 

Abstract: The need for imparting environmental education in school students has been well understood in Delhi, India and efforts have been made to incorporate environmental education (EE) in the curriculum. At the same time, increasing interest in the protection and conservation of environment, nature and natural resources has led to the initiation and adoption of several campaigns, programmes and projects by various schools. Consequently, the integration of EE in the curriculum as well as through extra-curricular activities is exposing the school students to contemporary environmental challenges and their solutions. This research work is an attempt at exploring the various measures being taken to promote environmental awareness and create better attitude towards the environment in the schools in Delhi, India.

Keywords: environmental education, school level, education policy, India.

 

 

How to Cite:

MPA:
Kalita, Sudarshana. “Status and Evolution of Environmental Education at School Level in Delhi, India”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2.1 (2017): 3-12.

APA:
Kalita, S. Status and Evolution of Environmental Education at School Level in Delhi, India. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), 3-12.

Chicago:
Kalita, Sudarshana. “Status and Evolution of Environmental Education at School Level in Delhi, India”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2, no. 1, (2017): 3-12.

Harvard:
Kalita, Sudarshana. 2017. Status and Evolution of Environmental Education at School Level in Delhi, India. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), pp. 3-12.

Vancouver:
Kalita S. Status and Evolution of Environmental Education at School Level in Delhi, India. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2017; 2(1):3-12.

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Smart City for a Sustainable Future: Is Delhi Ready?

First Author Affiliation: Department of Economics, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi; Second Author Affiliation: Malihabad Block Administration (District Lucknow), Government of Uttar Pradesh, India.

 

Abstract: Cities are the geographic nodes around which people gather for their livelihood activities. Various factors like resources, technology, education, medical innovations and environmental developments have shaped modern cities. However, with rapid urbanization and population growth, many cities are facing the problems of degradation, pollution, diseases and a poor quality of life. The major challenges before the urban growth centers have necessitated the formation of smart cities. Sustainable future of a city lies in the development of transport, infrastructure, environment, energy, ICT and people with a sustainability approach. The Government of India has launched a scheme to create hundred smart cities across the country, among which the National Capital of Delhi is a frontrunner. This paper attempts to study the existing infrastructure and facilities in Delhi in order to assess its readiness to be a smart city. It also attempts to analyze the citizens’ perception about Delhi as a smart city through a primary survey. Although there are limitations in the current scenario of economic and environmental performances and people’s perceptions, Delhi makes a strong case for becoming a smart city.

Keywords: smart city, urban infrastructure, Delhi, sustainable development.

 

 

How to Cite:

MPA:
Saha, Anindita R and Neha Singh. “Smart City for a Sustainable Future: Is Delhi Ready?”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2.1 (2017): 13-23.

APA:
Saha, A.R, & Singh, N. (2017). Smart City for a Sustainable Future: Is Delhi Ready? Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), 13-23.

Chicago:
Saha, Anindita R and Neha Singh. “Smart City for a Sustainable Future: Is Delhi Ready?”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2, no. 1, (2017): 13-23.

Harvard:
Saha, A., Singh, N. 2017. Smart City for a Sustainable Future: Is Delhi Ready? Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), pp. 13-23.

Vancouver:
Saha AR, Singh N. Smart City for a Sustainable Future: Is Delhi Ready? Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2017; 2(1):13-23.

 

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Implication of Household Use of R.O. Devices for Delhi’s Urban Water Scenario

Author Affiliation: Department of Environmental Studies, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi.

 

Abstract: The present research contribution attempts to study the increasing dependency of households in Delhi on R.O. devices and brings forward its implications on Delhi’s urban water scenario. The research focuses on five colonies in Delhi where preliminary water quality assessment was carried out so as to conduct a need assessment of installing R.O. devices versus the actual installation of these devices in individual households. Reverse osmosis is essentially a technique to reduce the hardness of water and the process involves de-mineralization or de-ionization of water by pushing it under pressure through a semi-permeable membrane. Consequently, an R.O. device is effective in households receiving water with high Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). However, an R.O. is neither required nor effective in households receiving water with low TDS, which were noted in the study area. This is because R.O. devices are not an effective method against biological impurities. Despite this limitation, over 78% of the households in the study area were found to rely on R.O. devices as a coping strategy against impaired municipal water supply. While some of these R.O. devices are also fitted with UV-filters (which help address biological impurities in water), the large-scale use of R.O. devices in households that do not require this technology poses a serious threat to urban water sustainability in Delhi.

Keywords: urban water, water supply, Delhi, R.O., water management.

 

 

How to Cite:

MPA:
Singh, Govind. “Implication of Household Use of R.O. Devices for Delhi’s Urban Water Scenario”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2.1 (2017): 24-29.

APA:
Singh, G. (2017). Implication of Household Use of R.O. Devices for Delhi’s Urban Water Scenario. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), 24-29.

Chicago:
Singh, Govind. “Implication of Household Use of R.O. Devices for Delhi’s Urban Water Scenario”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 2, no. 1, (2017): 24-29.

Harvard:
Singh, Govind. 2017. Implication of Household Use of R.O. Devices for Delhi’s Urban Water Scenario. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 2(1), pp. 24-29.

Vancouver:
Singh G. Implication of Household Use of R.O. Devices for Delhi’s Urban Water Scenario. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2017; 2(1):24-29.

 

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MGNREGA as an Environmental Policy: A Case Study of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

First Author Affiliation: Department of Economics, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Second Author Affiliation: Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi.

 

Abstract: Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) is a widely practiced policy of the Government of India in the area of rural employment generation and poverty alleviation. While it has clear economic objectives, it also has a host of environmental benefits. Proper implementation of the scheme can generate a stream of economic, ecological and environmental services. The present study covers three villages of the state Uttarakhand which lies in the midst of the Himalayas. These small, medium and large sized rural areas have gained significantly by MGNREGA. The MGNREGA works have generated employment and income, improved connectivity and reduced migration to urban areas in search of jobs. On the other hand, there have been distinct improvements in the standards of sanitation, resource use, water conservation, etc. However, there is considerable scope in the MGNREGA for improvement in terms of efficiency, institutional support, policy formulation and implementation. The paper brings forward the dual – economic and environmental – benefits of MGNREGA and also highlights improvements which can make it one of the largest and most productive rural employment scheme with significant environmental benefits.

Keywords: MGNREGA, rural development, poverty, employment, environment, energy.

 

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How to Cite:

MPA: 
Saha, Anindita R and Pankaj Bhatt. “MGNREGA as an Environmental Policy: A Case Study of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1.1 (2016): 3-10. 
APA: 
Saha, A.R., & Bhatt, P. (2016). MGNREGA as an Environmental Policy: A Case Study of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), 3-10. 
Chicago: 
Saha, Anindita R and Pankaj Bhatt. “MGNREGA as an Environmental Policy: A Case Study of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1, no. 1 (2016): 3-10. 
Harvard: 
Saha, A., Bhatt, P. 2016. MGNREGA as an Environmental Policy: A Case Study of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), pp. 3-10. 
Vancouver: 
Saha AR, Bhatt P. MGNREGA as an Environmental Policy: A Case Study of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2016 Aug 22;1(1):3-10.

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Sustainability Appraisal and Economic Valuation of North Delhi Ridge Using Participatory Research Approach

First Author Affiliation: Department of Environmental Studies, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Second, Third and Fourth Author Affiliation: Delhi Greens, P.O. Box 4855, New Delhi.

 

Abstract: Delhi Ridge is the Northern extension of the Aravalli hill range and is a prominent landscape feature of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Presence of Delhi Ridge, along with River Yamuna, has been of strategic significance in the selection of Delhi as a capital city since ancient times. Modern Delhi has grown beyond the physical boundaries of the Ridge and the Yamuna. The once barren Ridge has now been transformed into a forest, which provides useful ecosystem services to Delhi. Despite the large number of benefits provided by the Delhi Ridge, the latter is under a constant threat of encroachment and degradation. This is because land is a highly priced natural resource in Delhi. The approximately 78 sq. km area of the Delhi Ridge is thus seen by many as prospective real estate and several legal and illegal structures can be found inside the Delhi Ridge. The present research contribution is an attempt to carry out sustainability appraisal of the Delhi Ridge by using the principles of environmental economics and participatory research. We focus on the North Delhi Ridge (NDR) and have carried out an economic valuation of NDR using survey based methods. A participatory-GIS approach has been followed to highlight the physical boundary of NDR along with the areas of encroachment. We find that economic value of NDR is much greater than the benefits that may be drawn by modifying its land use land cover to concrete. We also find that in the absence of existing notification on the extent of the NDR, there is rampant encroachment on its eastern and southern side.

Keywords: ecosystem services, Delhi Ridge, environmental economics, urban ecology, participatory research.

 

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How to Cite:

MLA:
Singh, Govind, et al. “Sustainability Appraisal and Economic Valuation of North Delhi Ridge Using Participatory Research Approach.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1.1 (2016): 11-19.
APA:
Singh, G., Sharma, A., Gupta, I., & Baveja, P. (2016). Sustainability Appraisal and Economic Valuation of North Delhi Ridge Using Participatory Research Approach. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), 11-19.
Chicago:
Singh, Govind, et al. “Sustainability Appraisal and Economic Valuation of North Delhi Ridge Using Participatory Research Approach.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1, no. 1 (2016): 11-19.
Harvard:
Singh, G., Sharma, A., Gupta, I., and Baveja, P. 2016. Sustainability Appraisal and Economic Valuation of North Delhi Ridge Using Participatory Research Approach. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), pp. 11-19.
Vancouver:
Singh G, Sharma A, Gupta I, Baveja P. Sustainability Appraisal and Economic Valuation of North Delhi Ridge Using Participatory Research Approach. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2016 Aug 22;1(1):11-19.

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Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi

First Author Affiliation: Sensing Materials and Devices Laboratory, Acharya Narendra Dev College, University of Delhi. Second, Third and Fourth Author Affiliation: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Laboratory, Acharya Narendra Dev College,  University of Delhi.

 

Abstract: Water is a critical component for life and is an indispensable natural resource containing minerals required for human nutrition. However anthropogenic activities related to rapid industrialization, effluent discharges, overpopulation, atmospheric pollution etc. have stretched water reserves to alarming levels wherein the situation has come to a breaking point. Water quality parameters including pH, turbidity, hardness, presence of calcium, chloride, sulphate, ammonia, total dissolved solids (TDS) and magnesium are evaluated in the present study to elucidate apprehensions about potability of water being consumed in day-to-day life. Eleven water samples from areas in Delhi were investigated for the aforementioned physicochemical parameters to identify water potability issues. A few samples exhibited ultra-high values of TDS (~15,000+ mg/l) while standard value is prescribed at 2,000 mg/l by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Water samples with high TDS values are reported to be potential harbingers of bacterial contamination. In eight of the eleven samples the hardness coefficient was found to be higher than WHO baseline value of 100 mg/l. Three samples from Faridabad, Govindpuri and Pushp Vihar had either more or values approaching BIS standard of 300 mg/l, thereby indicating that the so called potable water was unfit for human consumption. High hardness values can be conjectured to be arising from rusted water supply pipes and/ or mixing of effluents from industries running from homes.

Keywords: water quality, drinking water, turbidity, TDS, Delhi.

 

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How to Cite:

MLA: 
Chowdhuri, Arijit, et al. “Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1.1 (2016): 20-25. 
APA: 
Chowdhuri, A., Das, B. K., Singh, S., & Gupta, C. K. (2016). Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), 20-25. 
Chicago: 
Chowdhuri, Arijit, et al. “Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1, no. 1 (2016): 20-25. 
Harvard: 
Chowdhuri, A., Das, B.K., Singh, S., & Gupta, C.K. 2016. Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), pp. 20-25. 
Vancouver: 
Chowdhuri A, Das BK, Singh S, Gupta CK. Assuaging Human Health Concerns Through Analysis of Physicochemical Parameters of Potable Water Samples in Delhi. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2016 Aug 22;1(1):20-25.

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Innovative Educational Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives for Inclusive Growth in India – Challenges and Lessons Learnt

First and Second Author Affiliation: Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India. Third Author Affiliation: SRF Foundation, Gurgaon, India.

 

Abstract: The Companies Act, 2013 encourages the corporate sector to devote a fraction of their profits to enable education efforts in India. This is based on the premise that not only is education beneficial in itself, but it facilitates access to economic opportunities, which helps in poverty alleviation. This paper aims to understand the challenges faced by the corporate sector in implementing CSR programmes, through a case study approach of two organisations in the diversified infrastructure and chemicals sectors.  The key findings are that stakeholder management viz. community, government and schools, is critical to success for educational CSR to succeed. The corporate sector has to look towards a holistic approach for education development in the pursuit of key learning outcomes.  The key implications for practitioners from this study are to develop new and innovative solutions to deal with multiple complexities during implementation. They need to be sensitive towards the social and cultural context of their CSR programmes. For academicians, one of the suppositions is that they help generate consciousness and appreciation of difficulties faced at the ground level by the underprivileged among students, as well as, values rooted in creating a better world for the greater common good.

Keywords: inclusive growth, education, corporate social responsibility, industry.

 

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How to Cite:

MLA: 
Bhatnagar, Purnima, Shalini Nigam, and Y. Reddy. “Innovative Educational Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives for Inclusive Growth in India – Challenges and Lessons Learnt.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1.1 (2016): 26-32. 
APA: 
Bhatanagar, P., Nigam, S., & Reddy, Y. (2016). Innovative Educational Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives for Inclusive Growth in India – Challenges and Lessons Learnt. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), 26-32. 
Chicago: 
Bhatanagar, Purnima, Shalini Nigam and Y Reddy. “Innovative Educational Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives for Inclusive Growth in India – Challenges and Lessons Learnt.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1, no. 1 (2016): 26-32. 
Harvard: 
Bhatanagar, P., Nigam, S. and Reddy, Y. 2016. Innovative Educational Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives for Inclusive Growth in India – Challenges and Lessons Learnt. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), pp. 26-32. 
Vancouver: 
Bhatanagar P, Nigam S, Reddy Y. Innovative Educational Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives for Inclusive Growth in India – Challenges and Lessons Learnt. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2016 Aug 22;1(1):26-32.

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Climate Change Denial and Psychological Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour

First Author Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

 

Abstract: The purpose of the study is to examine the psychological barriers to environmental conservation and the dynamics of climate change denial among educated adults through focus group discussion. The participants were four young adults (18-21 years of age) and four middle aged adults (35-50 years). Through a semi-structured interview, the psychological aspects of pro-environmental behaviour and related emotions were analyzed. The various aspects explored were the preference people give to the issue of climate change as compared to other social issues, how people perceive their individual role in climate change, to what extent people are ready to bring changes in their lifestyle to address climate change, why do people do little for environment and consider it a petty issue despite widespread awareness. The data collected was transcribed and analysed through thematic analysis. This study provides critical information with respect to climate change denial and subsequently insights for encouraging pro-environmental behaviour in the Indian context.

Keywords: climate change denial, psychological barriers, pro-environmental behaviour, environmental awareness.

 

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How to Cite:

MLA: 
Garg, Shruti. “Climate Change Denial and Psychological Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour.” Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1.1 (2016): 33-42. 
APA: 
Garg, S. (2016). Climate Change Denial and Psychological Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), 33-42. 
Chicago: 
Garg, Shruti. “Climate Change Denial and Psychological Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour.”  Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 1, no. 1 (2016): 33-42. 
Harvard: 
Garg, A. 2016. Climate Change Denial and Psychological Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 1(1), pp. 33-42. 
Vancouver: 
Garg S. Climate Change Denial and Psychological Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2016 Aug 22;1(1):33-42.

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