Volume 2, Issue No. 1, February 2017

Editorial


Education for Sustainable Development: Need of the Hour

Govind Singh
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 1-2

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Research Articles


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

Sudarshana Kalita
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 3-12

First received on 24/11/16.

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Smart City for a Sustainable Future: Is Delhi Ready?

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.

Anindita Roy Saha and Neha Singh
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 13-23

First received on 09/12/16.

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

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.

Govind Singh
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 24-29

First received on 02/01/17.

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General Article


A Wetland and a Lifeline: the Importance of Loktak Lake for Manipur, India

Abstract

Wetlands are highly productive ecosystems which provide multiple-value ecosystem services. The Loktak Lake wetland is located in the Bishnupur district of the Indian state of Manipur, and is the largest freshwater wetland in Northeast India. The lake is used extensively by local people as a source of water for irrigation and domestic use and is an important wintering and staging area for water birds, particularly ducks. The Loktak Lake has a socioeconomic and cultural relationship with the people of Manipur. However, of late, the impacts of increase in population, urbanisation and the rapid pace of development have started being felt on Loktak Lake. The once over 266 sq. km large Loktak Lake is now showing signs of shrinking and reduction in wetland spread. The lake had a seasonal and pulsating characteristic which kept it clean and healthy. However, changes in its hydrology due to regulation of water flow for development purpose are now showing a detrimental effect on the health of this wetland. The following article is an attempt at putting greater focus on the lifeline of Manipur, the Loktak Lake and a floating island paradise where tourism is wanting.

Konsam Nirmala Devi
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 30-35

First received on 03/01/17.

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Review Article


Food in the City: Review of Psychological Impact of Growing Food in Urban Spaces

Abstract

The activity of growing food is an integral part of human civilization and survival. The present paper attempts at exploring the psychological impact of growing edible greens in the context of urban environment. The review focuses on the impact of growing food, with primary focus on psychological impact and mental health. The findings indicate an encouraging trend in urban farming, though research activity and academic interest in the area of psychological impact of growing food seems limited. Additionally, the review throws light on the sparse research in developing countries on the said topic.

Surabhika Maheshwari
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 36-43

First received on 03/02/17.

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Research Communication


SAR and Mobile Phone Radiation Hazard. How Aware are College Students in Delhi?

Abstract

Mobile phones have become the most common gadget in the world today and are found in the hands of students most of the time. With advancement in mobile technology, usage of mobile phones has increased significantly. Mobile phone functioning uses electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range, which may be harmful to human health. Research has focused on this aspect since the invention of mobile phones and there seems to be a consensus that mobile phone radiations have an impact on human beings. However, no concrete scientific assessment of the impact of mobile phone radiation (MPR) on human beings has been made available. As a result, impact of MPR on human health is a research area requiring greater investigation. The following research contribution attempts to assess the awareness of undergraduate student community about radiation threat posed by the usage of mobile phones. We find that while students are concerned about various specifications of their mobile phones, the knowledge and awareness about MPRs is wanting.

Daminee Saini
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 44-47

First received on 22/01/17.

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Exploring 100 Years of Bollywood’s Infatuation with Birds

Abstract

Bollywood is the popular name which encapsulates the Hindi film industry which is based in Mumbai in the Central Indian state of Maharashtra. Indian cinema, as is true for any other cinema in any other part of the world, is a reflection of the society it is located in. Film makers in Bollywood have always remained sensitive towards societal issues. At the same time, the films made in Bollywood have been such that the average Indian citizen can relate to them physically and/or emotionally. One theme that Bollywood has constantly explored and relied on is nature – flower and birds. The following paper attempts to analyze and explore the depiction of birds in Bollywood in the over 100 years long history of the latter. The paper also attempts to assess the changing trend in depiction of birds in Bollywood over this time period.

Reeny Modi and Ruchi Saini
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 48-49

First received on 24/12/16.

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English Versus Hindi and Other Regional Languages – A Survey Based Analysis

Abstract

Language is not only a way to express or communicate but is also a heritage for a community which communicates in a particular language. Language also provides an identity to a person. Various emotions and sentiments of an individual can be best expressed in her/ his mother tongue. Due to these reasons, language is always one of the dearest things for people, which civilizations have always strived to keep safe with them forever and also to pass on to the next generation. This paper attempts to study the status and appreciation of Hindi and other regional languages of India among the youth of the country.

Amulya Hans
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 50-52

First received on 24/10/16.

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Book Review


Teaching Environmental Education: Trends and Practices in India. Chong Shimray. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2016, p. 268

Molshri Singh
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 53

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Opinion


Importance of Field Studies in Environmental Education: An Experience from Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

Nawin Kumar Tiwary, Debina Moirangthem, Gurnoor Kaur
Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. February 2017 2(1): 54-55

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