WES 2012 :: Energy Education Programme for ITIs

WES Track: Higher Education

Title of Paper: Energy Education Programme for ITIs
Author Name: Shivani Jain
Email: shivani.jain@ceeindia.org
Organization: Centre for Environment Education
Address:  Centre for Environment Education Nehru Foundation for Development, Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. 380054, India

Co-Author 1:
Author Name: 
Shefali Atrey
Email: 
shefali.atrey@ceeindia.org
Organization: 
Centre for Environment Education
Address:  
Centre for Environment Education Nehru Foundation for Development, Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat. 380054, India

Abstract:

Energy Education Programme for ITIs This abstract builds upon sharing learnings from an experience which highlights the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for facilitating positive action for sustainability by students in the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). Unsustainable use of energy resources is stated to be the key factor responsible for climate change. As per one of the studies facilitated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, about 49 per cent of total commercial energy produced in India is consumed by the industrial sector today. Also, this sector employs 14 per cent of total workforce available in the country. With India emerging as one of the youngest population in the world, power of reshaping a sustainable future rests with the youth of the country. It was with the above reasoning that the Centre for Environment Education, India, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) SARI/Energy and in partnership with the Directorate of Employment and Training, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, coordinated and implemented an Energy Education project for the selected it is in the state of Gujarat. The paper argues that ITI students have the potential of bringing about a major impact in the way energy is used and conserved in the industrial world. Ironically, the ITI students have been one of the groups which are not very well reached out through environment-development education initiatives. This gap needs to be addressed urgently. The paper also establishes the effectiveness of using emerging technologies like the GIS in monitoring impacts of environmental sustainability programme in general and energy conservation initiatives on college campuses in particular.

Brief Biodata of Presenter:

Shivani Jain is a Programme Director at Centre for Environment Education (CEE), India. She coordinates Centre’s initiatives in the field of ICT, ODL and e-learning. She is coordinating a project to explore the use of ICT in facilitating sustainable livelihoods among local communities. She is currently also engaged in experimenting with the use of e-learning to facilitate in-service capacity building in a variety of fields of sustainable development such as climate change, biodiversity conservation. Shivani also coordinates the GIS Cell at CEE, which facilitates effective application of GIS technology for environmental education, planning and monitoring programmes.

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