Punjabi University has become the first university of South Asia and sixth in the world to be the associate centre of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). The IAIA is the world’s leading association of impact assessment in issues such as climate change, displacement because of development or any other impact assessment for decision-making on policies, programmes, plans and projects.
Vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh inaugurated the University Institute of Impact Assessment (UIIA) on the campus along with the State Social Impact Assessment Authority (SSIAA), which was established by the Punjab government as per the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 (RFCTLARR), It is pertinent to mention that SSIAA is a part of the UIIA.
Apart from the UIIA, the other associated organisations are the California Association of Environmental Professionals, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, the Centre for Research In Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation - Boazici University, The International Francophone Secretariat for Environmental Assessment (SIFÉE), Canada.
“ It’s a moment of pride for the university, that the IAIA has chosen it as an associated organisation to study the impact of various policies, environmental changes, programmes of government on humankind and governance” -Prof HS Bhatti, who signed the MoU
“It’s a pride moment for the university, that the IAIA has chosen it as an associated organisation to study the impact of various policies, environmental changes, programmes of government on humankind and governance. With this, a great responsibility has come on our shoulders to conduct world-class research in these sectors”, said Prof HS Bhatti, who has signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the UIIA.
He said that impact assessment is a new emerging academic area and the university is the first to establish this institute all over India. The vice-chancellor observed that with the establishment of the UIIA, the university will emerge as a leading centre in impact assessment at the national and international level.
Earlier, briefing the VC and the gathering, Gurnam Singh, dean academic affairs, according to the MoU, the IAIA and the UIIA both will jointly promote academic exchange and professional training of impact assessment at the international level.