RCE Chandigarh

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Rce details
Region:
ASIA-PACIFIC
Country:
India
Overview
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
January, 2012
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Chandigarh network was initiated by Punjab State Council for Science & Technology (PSCST). Initially, PSCST as a lead agency had established linkages and partnership with 27 institutions and over the years, it has widened its network to over 200 institutions. The partners include Educational institutions, State departments / agencies, R&D bodies, farmers’ associations, women SHGs, industrial associations, CBOs and NGOs.

RCE Chandigarh network is geographically located in Chandigarh (Union Territory), the capital of Punjab, which is in Northern part of India. The operational area of RCE is Chandigarh & state of Punjab having semiarid to sub-humid climatic conditions.

Most of the Punjab lies in a fertile, alluvial plain with many rivers and an extensive irrigation canal system. A belt of undulating hills called Shivalik Foothill range, extends along the north-eastern part of the state at foot of Himalayas. Its average elevation is 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level, with a range from 180 metres (590 ft) in the southwest to more than 500 metres (1,600 ft) around the northeast border. The southwest of the state is semiarid, eventually merging into the Thar Desert.

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Goals and Objectives:

Vision: 
Small steps at local level adding to giant leaps at global level.

Goals:

  • To address diverse issues of Sustainable Development with Science & Technology as tool through partnership & linkages at formal, non-formal & informal level
  • To create awareness, undertake capacity building & participatory activities to promote ESD for adoption of sustainable ways & life-styles at local/regional level

Objectives:
The major thrust of RCE Chandigarh is to collaborate & establish linkages to reorient existing programmes to address sustainable development, develop public understanding and awareness about ESD & provide training programmes for all sectors of society.

RCE Chandigarh is working towards its vision, goal and objectives by communicating ESD through capacity building activities (by special ESD sessions during workshops), Public outreach activities (celebration of environmentally important days, seminars, trainings, orientation programmes, workshops, conferences, etc.), publications & ICT activities, and by undertaking projects / study / research & development activities for sustainable development in the region.

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Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, MGSIPA Complex, Sector 26, Chandigarh, India

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Punjab State Council for Science & Technology
Role: Lead Agency
Contact name: Jatinder Kaur Arora
Contact email: jkarora20@rediffmail.com

Name of organisation: Punjab State Climate Change Knowledge Centre
Role: Expert partner
Contact name: Dr. Satnam Singh Ladhar
Contact email:ssladhar@yahoo.com

Name of organisation: Punjab Biodiversity Board
Role: Expert Partner
Contact name: Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora
Contact email:jkarora20@rediffmail.com

Name of organisation: Consultancy Cell on Pollution Prevention
Role: Active partner
Contact name: Mr. Pritpal Singh
Contact email:Prit_singh@yahoo.com

Name of organisation: Punjab State Innovation Council
Role: Active partner
Contact name: Dr. Dapinder Bakhshi
Contact email:dapinderbakshi@rediffmail.com

Name of organisation: Punjab Environment Information System (ENVIS) Hub
Role: Active partner
Contact name: Ms. Ravleen
Contact email: ravleenmarwah@gmail.com

Name of organisation: State Council for Educational Research and Training
Role: Active partner
Contact name: Ms. Shruti Shukla
Contact email: shrutishukla@gmail.com

Name of organisation: Sant Isher Singh Public School, Mohali
Role: Active partner
Contact name: Ms. Inderjeet Kaur Sandhu
Contact email: inderjeetsandhu197@gmail.com

Activities
Current Activities:
  • Integrating SDGs in the ESD and climate change issues
  • Sustainable Livelihood Generation through medicinal plant cultivation in Kandi Area
  • ESD outreach
  • Promotion of new technology for industrial air pollution control and energy conservation
  • Gainful Utilization of Paddy Straw briquettes in brick kilns
  • Conservation of biodiversity through Community Biodiversity Park
  • Conservation of biodiversity heritage sites
Upcoming Activities:
  • Energy auditing of institutional buildings – September - October, 2018
Achievements:
  • 3 RCE Recognition Awards by UNU-IAS, Japan to Publications developed on “Vulture: an Endangered Bird“(2015), “Climate Change”(2016) and “State Bird of Punjab : Northern goshawk (2017)”
  • Best State Award from Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India under Pan India Green School Programme
  • Capacity building on ESD & Regional Climate Change issues: Organized 30 Programmes
  • Training on ESD: 1100 officials of various stakeholder departments/institutions
  • Awareness programmes for schools, colleges and universities were organized with an outreach to 0.5 million students
  • Increased collaborations & networking with institutions, schools, colleges, universities and research institutions
Communication Channels
Publications:
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora
jkarora20@rediffmail.com
Secondary RCE Contact:
Dr. Satnam Singh Ladhar
ssladhar@yahoo.com
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Punjab State Council for Science & Technology
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Public Administration
Institutional Area
Near Sacred Heart School
Sector 26, Chandigarh
160019 India