Faculty Development Programme on Climate Change is jointly organised by MP CDM Agency & State Knowledge Management Centre on Climate Change, EPCO.
The letters were sent to the 23 government universities including two central and two agriculture University of the state requesting them to nominate 30-35 lecturers, professors, scientists and senior faculty members for the programme.
The objective of the Course is to enhance understanding about the causes and effects of climate change and broaden understanding of inter-linkages between climate change, sustainable development and environment and also reach out to a larger audience such as students through faculties.
The course covers a range of issues on Climate Change, Environment and Sustainable Development. It discusses various challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation and government responses to implement solutions for environmental conservation and sustainable development. The participants gained an understanding of fundamentals of climate change, its impacts on various components of earth’s ecosystem - biotic and abiotic, along with mitigation approaches and adaptation strategies, technology development, outline of various negotiations at national and international level.
The pedagogy of the programme comprised of sessions through audio, video, presentations and group activities. On the completion of two days programme, the participants were awarded certificates.
The programme commenced from 10:00 AM till 5:00 pm in the evening on both days. The lectures comprises of various topics covered by in-house professionals of SKMCCC, MP CDM Agency and experts & practitioners who shared their insights on climate change and sustainable development and the subsequent impact on different sectors.
The technical sessions comprised of Basics of Climate science, causes, impacts of climate change on various sectors vulnerability, adaptation, mitigation, and Climate Finance were dealt with.
The programme has been conducted in 6 universities; Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV), Bhopal on 12-13 Feb. 2019; Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore on 18-19 Feb. 2019; Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Vishwavidyalaya (RVSKVV), Gwalior on 26-27 Feb. 2019; Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (ABVHV), Bhopal on 12-13 March 2019; Vikram University (VU), Ujjain on 18-19 March 2019; Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University(NDVSU), Jabalpur on 14-15 May 2019.
Experts having wide experience were invited as keynote speakers to take sessions during the programme.
Dr. V.K.Sethi, Vice Chancellor, RKDF University, Ex Director (MOP/CEA), Ex Rector & Director, RGPV, Bhopal took the session on “Climate Change: Small Steps by India” he explained about the Projects & Policy Scenario in Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation, International status of NDCs with national mitigation and adaptation targets and the opportunities to tackle climate change.
Padma Shri Dr (Mrs) Janak Palta McGilligan serves as a Director at the Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development, Indore & Founder of the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women, took the session on “Promoting Ecological Resilience through Sustainable Lifestyle” Dr. Palta shared the exemplary work undertaken in the field of renewable energy and Sustainable Development at her centre. She also shared her story of empowering numerous tribal and rural women.
Dr U.P.S. Bhadouria, Joint Director Extension, RVSKVV, Gwalior discussed about the “Adaptation of Climate Resilient Technology in context of Madhya Pradesh” he shared his views about the effect of rising temperature on quality of soil, current cropping practices, vegetable and horticulture crop and unreliable rainfall patterns. In his views, due to climate change, productivity losses are expected in the state. He has also explained about the activities and their effects of NICRA project being implemented by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Datia and other districts.
Dr Bhadoria Added that due to increasing temperature the evapo-transpiration losses of soil is increasing, and the frequency of drought events in Bundelkhand and Malwa regions of the state. He stressed that there is a need to conserve water and climate resilient practices to cope up the farmers to the effect of climate change.