TERI School of Advanced Studies conducts training session for Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) officers on Eco-Restoration and Sustainable livelihoods in Coal Mining Areas – Opportunities & Challenges

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Dhanbad: TERI-School of Advanced Studies, in collaboration with BCCL and CMPDI Ranchi, conducted a Training session for Trainers for Eco-Restoration and Sustainable livelihoods in Coal Mining Areas – Opportunities & Challenges. The sessions organised for the BCCL officers took place at Manav Sansadhan, HRD Department, Kalyan Bhavan on February 14th and 15th, 2018. They are being conducted under the project funded by Ministry of Coal namely Sustainable Livelihood activities Reclaimed open cast mines: Technology Enabled Integrated Approach in Indian Coal Sector of the BCCL Muraidih project; which is being jointly implemented by TERI- School of Advanced Studies, Delhi and CMPDI, Ranchi.

The Training was inaugurated by Shri R Mahapatra, Director (Personnel), BCCL, Dr. Sapna A. Narula, Associate Professor, TERI – School of Advanced Studies, Dr. Zanida Fadeeva, Adjunct Faculty, TERI – School of Advanced Studies and Mr. B.C. Nayak , GM (HRD), BCCL. This will be immensely beneficial to the officers as it provides them with a platform to closely understand the nuances of the issues related to mining and it gave them an opportunity to interact with the experts to develop a greater understanding.

So far, around 450 participants have been trained during different training programmes on Mushroom, goatery, poultry, fisheries, integrated farming, computer literacy programme, cattle farming and sewing & embroidery and several of them have already started to take steps to procure finance and start their own enterprises. The University is providing all hand holding support to these trainees for setting up their micro-enterprises through SHG formation, market research and promotion. The fifth phase of the skill development training recently concluded under the supervision of Dr. Sapna A Narula in the month of October where Sewing, Embroidery and Computer Literacy programmes were conducted. The students from TERI- School of Advanced Studies and University of Graz, Germany were also the part of the training programme.

The training program consisted of interactive sessions conducted by experts from different fields. The issues covered on day one were Sustainable Livelihoods, Enhancement of Carbon Sequestration potential for sustainable mining, Resource efficiency and cleaner production, Water use and sustainable development in mining sector.

The experts who delivered talks on the above mentioned domains were Dr. Sapna Narula from TERI- School of Advanced Studies, Dr. Dr. Zanida Fadeeva, Adjunct Faculty, TERI – School of Advanced Studies, Dr. Rajshekhar, Principat Scientist, CIMFR, Dr. Gurdeep Singh, Former VC, Vinoba Bhave University.

The training was very interactive and ended with Question Answers and brief discussion about every aspect studied during the day long exercises.