Learning Centres

Centre for Environment and Sustainability

The mission of the Centre is to foster transdisciplinary learning that advances the understanding of the complex interlinkages between the environmental, societal and economic aspects of sustainability. The Centre aims to develop the next generation of environment and sustainability leaders. CES offers courses on sustainable development practice in India, research and publications on sustainability related issues, eco justice education for schools, and public awareness campaigns.

CES follows the principles laid out in the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

 

Course on Sustainable Development Practices in India

The semester long study abroad offered to undergraduate students from the US examines sustainable development, taking into consideration environmental and socio- economic aspects. The course also introduces concepts, theories, methods, and frameworks related to climate change, environmental justice/equity, indigenous world views and knowledge systems and sustainable development practices.

Research

The Centre facilitates and coordinates research to promote sustainable development practices that will ‘meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. This requires an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on competence from various fields. CES is placed in a key position to bring together experts from all disciplines within and outside the academia.

Eco Sanctuary

The Eco Sanctuary promoted by CES is a conscious initiative to nurture and protect all life on our campus. It is not merely a physical space but a programme reflecting ‘inclusion’ and ‘sustainability’. It serves the dual purpose of being an earth-based learning centre and a development locus for traditional seed preservation and biodiversity conservation. The Sanctuary features herbal garden & nursery, butterfly garden, ecological farming, water harvesting and recycling initiatives.

Eco Justice Education

CES also contributes to the development of eco sensitivity through site specific environment education programmes on the campus. This initiative is shaped by the understanding that local and global ecosystems are essential to all life. Challenging the deep cultural assumptions underlying current paradigms of development and evolving alternative perspectives on human earth relationship are crucial for restoring earth wisdoms and eco justice.

Public Awareness Campaigns

CES strives to promote public awareness and understanding of sustainability through lectures, conferences and public events. Bhoomi Habba – The Earth Festival is an annual public campaign bringing together concerned citizens to reflect on sustainability related issues and showcase eco art, crafts and organic farm products. To know more, click here.

Publications

Collection of nature songs and poetry from India and around the world, production of calendars and posters on sustainability themes. ‘Celebrating Earth Wisdoms’ brought to the readers a compilation of photographs and notes on the history, origin and beneficial properties of 100 select plants and trees in Visthar Eco Sanctuary.

Department Contact Info

Centre for Evironment and Sustainability

Mr. Roshen Chandren

+91-80-28465294
mail@visthar.org

Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.