Registrations Open for Disha 2013

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A Career Counseling event for students/young professionals aspiring to make a foray into the fields of Environmental Management and Sustainability organized by Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation in Mumbai on 8th September 2013.

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Registrations Open for Disha 2013

  1. 1. Disha, Making Careers in Environmental Management & Sustainability
  2. 2. Why Disha? The market for environmental services is growing Environmental Governance in India has expanded considerably. Government has put in place modern policies and regulations to protect and conserve the environment while ensuring economic development. These efforts align well with the international frameworks and benchmarks. Unfortunately, trained human resources and institutional capacities required to match this governance, have remained weak. This is a serious issue when it comes to mainstreaming environmental considerations and subsequent implementation of environmental protection related measures. The size of the global environmental consulting market today is estimated to be close to 30 billion US$. Contribution of renewables towards energy generation is expected to rise 80% by 2050. Cities will need to become “smart” and “green” to respond to the pressures of urbanization. Greendex 2012 survey pegs Indians on top for sustainable behavior despite the unevenness and insensitivities we often see! “Today, more than 100 Indian companies practise sustainability reporting. For the past 10 years, 8,000 to 10,000 green jobs have opened up in India annually.” Need for career counseling and guidance We need to strengthen our academic and research institutions, bringing curricula and projects closer to sustainability-oriented practices. Students and young professionals need to be exposed to the growing opportunities in this arena. Guidance on how to shape careers is needed to inspire and motivate. As environmental issues permeate through various sectors of development, these efforts need to be taken across multiple disciplines such as science, engineering, planning, economics, social development etc. Partners Our principal partner Date & place Sunday 8th September 2013 First Floor, Seminar Hall, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Vile Parle, Mumbai Our supporting partners K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering (IN PROCESS OF DISCUSSION) Rachna Sansad's Institute of Environmental Architecture Ramnarain Ruia College (IN PROCESS OF DISCUSSION) St.Xavier's College (IN PROCESS OF DISCUSSION) Thadomal Shahani Engineering College Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (IN PROCESS OF DISCUSSION)
  3. 3. Program 9:00 – 10:00 Registration 10:00 – 10:10 Opening Address by Chief Guest: Dr Deepak Kantawala, Renowned Environmental Consultant and Ex-President Indian Environmental Association 10:10 – 11:00 Environmental Management: Its Evolution and Emerging Opportunities: Dr. Prasad Modak, Ekonnect 11:00 – 11:15 Q&A Session 11:15 – 11:30 Break for Tea/Coffee 11:30 – 12:30 Role Models for Making Careers in Environmental Management, Presentations by six established professionals – moderated by Dr Deepak Kantawala 12:30 – 13:00 Q&A Session 13:00 – 13:45 Break for lunch 13:45 – 14:30 ‘Foundation Course on Environmental Management’ by Ekonnect & Launch of the Jobs Portal, Dr Prasad Modak and Divya Narain, Ekonnect 14:30: – 14:45 Q&A 14:45 – 15:45 ‘The Employers Perspective’ –Presentations from Employers, moderated by Dr Prasad Modak 15:45 – 16:00 Close Meet the Practitioners Our chief guest & moderator Dr.D.Kantawala, Renowned Environmental Consultant & Ex-President Indian Environmental Association Some of our esteemed speakers & job providers Mr. Chaitanya Kalia, Ernst & Young, Sustainability Consultant Dr. D.B.Boralkar, Ex-Member Secretary, MPCB, Policy & Regulatory Reforms Mr. Mahesh Patankar, Entrepreneur, Energy & Environment Dr. Rakesh Kumar, Deputy Director NEERI, Environmental Research Mr. Rishi Aggarwal, Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Environmental Advocacy Mr. Vasant Ayyapan, Indian Hotels Company Limited, Sustainability Services
  4. 4. E-Learning Ekolearning, Ekonnect’s blended learning (online + face-to-face) initiative, is proud to unveil its e-learning course titled ‘Foundation Course on Environmental Management & Sustainability’. Taught online with reputed and experienced mentors, this one-month course employs a unique ‘case study’ based approach to impart an understanding of the fundamental principles of Environmental Management - an essential ingredient missing from most university curricula. Completion of this course will help you in planning your careers and improve prospects of internship, research positions and jobs. Being a not-for-profit, Ekonnect charges nominal fees for its courses. Job Portal We have set up this portal to connect job providers and job seekers. Showcase your resume to potential employers. Understand the market and seize opportunities. The portal allows you to consult with our Experts for on career related issues. Services on our Job Portal are completely free of charge. “Visit www.ekonnect.net for more information How to register? Log on to www.ekonnect.net to register on-line for this event. Group registration of 10 plus get a discount of Rs.500 on the total applicable registration fees. Student ID is required for entering the hall. Registration Fees Students Non Students Before August 25 Rs.600 Rs. 1000 After August 25 Rs.800 Rs.1200 Whom to contact? Contact: Sonal Alvares on sonal.alvares@ekonnect.net or Divya Narain on divya.narain@ekonnect.net Who we are Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation is a non-profit, Section 25 company established in September 2012 with a goal to increase awareness and provide learning on the key challenges and solutions in the field of environment and sustainability. Ekonnect works through the model of collaboration - using the expertise of its network of associates and working with communities, business organizations and the government to look closely at the problems faced by society today. With its Advisory Board consisting of eminent experts in the field of environment, social development and sustainability, Ekonnect is poised to bring in the desired change in environmental education, policy and practice. About Dr. Modak, Director Ekonnect Dr Modak has been fortunate to span his career across teaching, research, consulting and implementation - in the areas of policy, planning, projects and investments. He has worked with almost all key development agencies across the globe such as the UN, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank and has advised governments including the Government of India and various State governments. Currently, he functions as Dean of IL&FS Academy of Applied Development (focusing on sustainability), directs Environmental Management Centre (a strategic consulting company) and teaches at IIT Bombay as Professor (Adjunct). Visit http://in.linkedin.com/in/prasadmodak to view his detailed profile.

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