|Seminar Title:||Sustainable Development and Social Change in India|
|Duration:||Pre-departure orientation: July 5-6, 2016
Program in India: July 8 - August 12, 2016
|Participants:||U.S. school teachers, librarians, media resource specialists, and administrators at the secondary level (9th through 12th grade)|
"You have to decide whether development means affluence or whether development means peace, prosperity and happiness." Sunderlal Bahuguna, activist, Gandhian and environmentalist.
India is the world's largest democracy and ranks among the fastest growing economies of the world. The urge for rapid economic growth in a country with a population of 1.25 billion to support is putting immense pressure on the environment and on natural resources. Many in India recognize the need to shift to a more sustainable development pattern, but this still remains a primary challenge and a daunting task. Despite its impressive economic growth, issues of social hierarchy, inequity, and poverty remain enormous challenges for this country of more than one billion people.
This seminar will provide a unique opportunity to U.S. secondary school educators to explore issues, challenges and strategies related to India’s developmental goals and to better understand the impact on local communities and on Indian society at large. The seminar will also help the educators to broaden their knowledge of India’s past, present and future socio-economic developmental strategies. It will put participants in direct contact with the social and economic realities of actual communities and of people working within them to address complex problems. The seminar will also expose the participants to the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the country.
The five week program will take participants to Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Madurai, Kolkata, Varanasi and Agra* and provide them with a first-hand understanding of the various developmental models and strategies and the involvement of local communities. The program will include discussions/interactions with policymakers and planners, academicians, social workers and community members. The educators will visit government organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the areas of environmental protection, renewable energy, poverty eradication, women’s empowerment, education and other developmental issues, in both rural and urban settings. The program will allow the participants to pursue their individual academic interests and work on their respective curriculum projects.
* The final list of place may vary.
"Contingent upon the availability of funds, quality of applications, travel alerts or identifiable concerns,
seminar selection may be changed or canceled."
NOTE: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.