FLAME University to host its first “Climate Change and India” conference on 9th & 10th December 2021

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Pune, December 7, 2021: FLAME University, the pioneer of liberal education in India, will be hosting its first conference based on the theme, ‘Climate change and India: Implications for the environment, policy and international politics, on December 9th and 10th, 2021. This conference is organized by FLAME University’s Centre for Earth and Environment, Centre for Public Policy and Centre for South and Southeast Asia Studies.  Dr Prasad Pathak, Dr Chaitanya Ravi and Dr Roger Liu who are heading these centres, respectively, are bringing together the leading authorities in India to discuss complexities around climate change and India’s role in the near future. The centres aim to disseminate the salient insights from such discussions to academics, think tanks, media, policymakers, NGO’s and students.

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Dr Dishan Kamdar, Vice-Chancellor, FLAME University, said, “Climate change is both an existential crisis and an unprecedented opportunity to move past status quo and to innovate and cooperate on devising solutions. Leading business groups and even the smaller ones in India are investing consciously in clean and green energy processes that will reduce the harmful effects of environmental pollution. Finding solutions to climate change will require a collaborative effort with significant roles for government, academia, industry, think tanks and the society at large.  FLAME University aspires to actively contribute to the ongoing climate conversations in the country through research, education and creating a platform for dialogue through this conference.”   

The impact of climate change is intensifying more rapidly than the predictions of scientists. India also has its own challenges with respect to climate change. Globally, India is being looked at as one of the major greenhouse gas emitters when the country wants to grow its economic prowess. In addition to this, India’s relationships with other countries and political scenarios at the global stage are seriously affected by climate change. Panel discussions during the conference will touch upon topics such as Public Policy (India’s Climate Change Policies), Environmental Studies, International Studies (The International Politics of Climate Change: Implications for India), Climate Change Policy, Adaptation & Education.

Some of the speakers/panellists at the conference include:

· Dr Abhay Jere, the Chief Innovation Officer for Ministry of Education, Govt. of India

· Ms Saloni Goel, Climate Change Specialist at NITI Aayog

· Vice Admiral (Retd.) Pradeep Chauhan, Director-General, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi

· Dr Kaveri Iychettira, Assistant Professor, IIT Delhi

· Dr Aalok Khandekar, Assistant Professor, IIT Hyderabad

· Dr Aswath Damodaran, Professor, IIM Bangalore

· Mr Pranab Ranjan Choudhury, Vice President, Centre for Land Governance

· Dr Priyadarshani Karve, Director, Samuchit Enviro Tech

· Dr Chirag Dhara, Assistant Professor, Korea University

· Dr Jagannath Panda, Research Fellow, IDSA

· Dr Swapna Pathak, Assistant Professor, Oberlin College

· Dr Pradip Swarnakar, Associate Professor, IIT Kanpur

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The conference is open to all to attend virtually. To know more and to register, visit:

About FLAME University 

FLAME University is the pioneer of liberal education in India, delivering the country’s premier interdisciplinary education experience. It is driven to being one of India’s most respected and reputed centres of learning – the premier destination of choice for higher education in the nation for learners and teachers, to push the design and nature of studies and to create a societal up-gradation phenomenon, particularly in the fields of liberal education and leadership. FLAME has been set up with an idealistic vision and a social commitment to contribute to society nobly. With more than 120 quality full-time faculty members, the university offers an unparalleled educational experience. The student-teacher ratio is 11:1, unmatched at the higher education level in India. Spread on 60 acres of green expanse with aesthetically designed infrastructure, and the campus currently consists of five schools: FLAME School of Liberal Education, FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication, FLAME School of Computing and Data Sciences and FLAME School of Design, Art & Performance. FLAME University has been established as a state private university vide the FLAME University Act 2014 (Maharashtra Act No. II of 2015) of the Government of Maharashtra. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f), and degrees awarded by the University are recognized under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956

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