In 1992, Toyota signed the Earth Charter, a UN-championed charter to guide the transition to sustainable development. Two years later, the company began work on its most popular 21st century car — the Toyota Prius hybrid, one of the greenest cars in the world today.
Many other global giants have taken it upon themselves to save the earth for the coming generations, and also jumped on to the green bandwagon.
The education system has sensed such industry demands and has tweaked the courses they offer to incorporate green technology and eco-design in their curriculum.
Several universities in India have also started specialised technical and management courses dealing with climate change, environment, sustainable development and green technology.
Rajiv Seth, registrar of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, says courses in environment management and green technology are the need of the hour.
TERI has collaborated with various industry giants and developed courses such as a Master’s course in Natural Resource Management, Climate Science and Policy, Renewable Energy Engineering and Management, and Sustainable Development Practice.
Kavas Kapadia, the dean of studies at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, says, “We, as a community, have now got to be aware of the way we use and abuse our resources; environmental elements like air, water and land are crucial to our survival. In the long run, we have to design buildings and cities that leave the minimum carbon footprint in our biosphere.”
“Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects are in huge demand and several students from various branches are actively participating,” says VVN Kishore, professor and head of the Department of Energy and Environment at TERI.
Job opportunities for those who enroll for such programmes are plenty. “CDM has attracted attention of a lot of consultancies that are ready to hire candidates who are proficient in the technical and managerial aspects of the trade,” said Kishore.