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Hybrid policies could help fight climate change

Mar 16, 2019

Through paper presentations on diverse topics ranging from climate change to livelihoods, students from various institutes explored the possibility of SDGs.

Noida/New Delhi: A plethora of ideas were discussed by various research scholars during a technical session of third national conference on sustainability. Organised by Amity School of Economics (ASE) in collaboration with Quality council Of India (QCI) and OneWorld South Asia (OWSA), the conference titled ‘Consolidating SDGs to Drive Socio-Economic Development’ aimed at engaging young minds for sustainability.

Participants through various research paper presentations touched upon various aspects of sustainability and how the global SDGs could be attained for the benefit of mankind through local interventions.

Richin S Kottaram from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, critically deliberated on economics of climate change. He highlighted how climate change could have a bearing on environmental, economic and social spheres.

Kottaram’s paper called for a strong action to meet the climate change challenges as the prevalence of methane has increased by 150% and that of nitrous oxide by 17%. His paper advocated for hybrid policy to deal with climate change. His paper also stressed upon effective implementation of policies.

Kottaram’s paper cautioned that anthropogenic activities along with the increase of greenhouse gases were significant causes leading to climate change. His paper concluded by impressing upon the need for consensus between developed and developing nations.

Aiman Fatima from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) shared her thoughts on SDGs and municipal corporations and their finances.

Her paper highlighted that municipal corporations conceive development in cities by acting, guiding and framing policies to accomplish goals for the welfare of citizens.

Sakshi Sabharwal from Amity School of Economics (ASE) with the help of various sources like RBI data and Niti Aayog explored the relationship between GDP and indicators of demographic dividend. Her paper discussed the issues with low absorption of Indian youth in labour force and its connection with the prevailing problem of unemployment.

Her paper called for enhanced focus on three Es that is Education, Employment, and Employbility and concluded how demographic dividend could be used to the advantage.

Her paper presented the impact of demographic dividend on India’s economic growth and she exhibited the same with the judicious mix of both qualitative and quantitative techniques before arriving at a reasonable conclusion.

Her paper indicated that it is necessary for the country to consider the impact of the changes in her demographic structure while evaluating her economic growth. Sakshi suggested that India must frame the productive economic policies and adopt the strategies for increased and effective employment opportunities for this productive population.

Hari Chand Thakur presented his study by exploring how how the social sector development contributed to sustainable development. His paper took various parameters such as demography, education and health into consideration and results were arrived at by using indicators such as deprivation index and development Index.

Bharagavi Rao from Amity School of Economics extensively discussed the importance of skill development and employment gap as the consequence of low skills. Her paper brought out the various governmental Schemes initiated for skill development.

Bhargavi presented a paper on ‘Employment Gap and skill Development in the Education and Training Sector in India’.

Her observations and conclusions have been based on education, employment, and the training industry that is growing at the rate of 3.22% annually. Her paper recommended effective implementation of schemes for reaping benefits of the schemes and adding into human capital thereof.

The presentations ended with the research work of Shatakshi from Amity School of Economics through her paper, ‘A Road Map to Economic Growth Through Human Capital.’ Her paper showed how the expenditure on human development is inconsistent and severely inadequate. Her paper explored the relationship between Economic growth and Human capital.

Shatakshi’s paper dwelled on the idea of human capital as the success in achievement of economic growth.

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