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United Nations University ,Tokyo, Japan acknowledged the operation of a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE-Tirupati) on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ under the Chairmanship of Prof.R.Ramamurthi. The Foundation is being launched at Orion Hall of Hotel Pai Viceroy on Oct 1st 2015 at 7.30 pm.

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United Nations University ,Tokyo, Japan approved and acknowledged the operation of a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE-Tirupati) on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ under the Chairmanship of Prof.R.Ramamurthi. The Foundation is being launched at Orion Hall of Hotel Pai Viceroy on Oct 1st 2015 at 7.30 pm .The Guests of Honor are Sri Chadalawada Krishnamurthy Chairman TTD, Tirupati, and Mrs. Bhagyashri Dingle Chairperson of Plan India, New Delhi and Dr. G.R.S.Rao Chairman AGS, Tirupati .The centre is operated by the Chairman Prof.R.Ramamurthi in collaboration with Academy of Gandhian Studies.

The centre has a large number of coalition working partners to deliver the agenda of sensitizing students, rural communities and coastal communities through innovative transformative learning modules about the importance of Water, Bioresources, Livelihoods and survival skills to tide over coastal challenges.

RCE - Tirupati

CONTACT

 

Name: RAMAMURTHI RALLAPALLI
Title: PROFESSOR & Former Vice-Chancellor
Name of Institute: SRI VENKATESWARA UNIVERSITY

Address: A-9 VAIKUNTAPURAM, TIRUPATI-517502
Phone number: +91 9849488390
Fax number: +91 877 2242079
Alternate phone number (if any): +91 877 2241907
E-mail: rrallapallius@yahoo.com
Alternate e-mail: gauthama.rallapalli@gmail.com

 

Name: Mr. G. GOPALAKRISHNAMURTHY
Title: Executive Director and Member Secretary
Name of Institute: ACADEMY OF GANDHIAN STUDIES

Address:18-3-61/3Santhinagar,Khadi Colony,K.T.Road,Tirupati-517502
Phone number: +91 9849491225
Fax number: +91 877 2233124
Alternate phone number (if any): +91 877 2233124
E-mail: ags.tirupati@gmail.com
Alternate e-mail: ags76@rediffmail.com

*The main contact person has authority and responsibility to communicate with UNU-IAS regarding the RCE, for instance to designate your representative(s) at conference.

The alternate contact is a person to succeed the authority and responsibility when the main contact person cannot communicate with us.

2. Geographical Scope of RCE and Major Characteristics of the Region
2-1. Please briefly describe the region including environmental, socio-cultural, demographical, economic and educational characteristics.

The region selected comprises two districts of Chittoor and Kadapa which are strewn with mountains, valleys, forests, plains with agricultural lands and two coastal districts of Nellore and Prakasam with farm lands, wetlands, shrimp farms and islands with a total population of 13.2 million. There are 10 universities, 200 colleges in the area. Tirupati zone in Chittoor district is very special region because of flux of 20,000 to 50,000 people per day visiting the shrine up the hill at Tirumala. The area is rich in cultural diversity with artisans and artists. The tribal communities are present in all the districts. The two coastal districts have rich marine biodiversity and are prone for storm surges and tidal waves. This was part of Tsunami hit region The states of Telengana and Andhra Pradesh have no RCEs so far. If RCE-Tirupati is started it might in future cater to the extended region .

2-2. Please attach a separate sheet of two maps: (1) the map showing the location of the region in the context of country or continent and (2) the map that delineates the geographical scope of the RCE.

2-3. Please state the reason for this geographical scope selection for your RCE.

The region selected has homogenous physical features as mountains and forests The methods of agriculture and horticulture are pretty much similar. Occurrence of periodical drought is also common for the entire region. The areas of Nellore and Prakasam districts are coastal and have unique features of aquaculture and coastal biodiversity in wetlands and islands. Drought, forest biodiversity are shared by all the districts. Socio-cultural character of coastal belt is different just as biological resources. While the issues of land degradation and its impact on biodiversity is a shared feature, problems of human- animal conflict are found mostly in Chittoor and Kadapa districts. Disaster preparedness is a requirement only in coastal districts of Nellore and Prakasam.

2-4. Please describe the major sustainability challenges of the region.

1. Social and Ecological Stress in Tirupati zone due to pilgrim flux.
2. Urbanization Issues are Water, Energy, land degradation and habitat loss.
3. Cyclical drought causes livelihood loss to local communities and   leads to biotic pressure on plant and animal biodiversity
4. Excessive Developmental priorities due to Special Economic Zones on the coast has impacted the mangroves and  coastal biodiversity which in turn affects vulnerable  fishing commonalities.

3. RCE Vision and Objectives

3-1. Please identify and briefly state the RCE vision which encompasses consideration of the three pillars of sustainability – economy, society and environment.
‘Conserving and revitalizing biocultural diversity in the region and contributing to sustainable livelihoods and equity through appropriate formal and informal learning interventions in the region’

  • Degradation of Land and Ecological Overshoot
  • Lack of flow of fruits of science and Innovations to all sections of Society.
  • Indigenous, Cultural Landscapes and Traditional Knowledge are to be promoted and developed
  • Empowerment of Vulnerable Communities with special focus on women and Livelihoods

3-2. What are the long and short-term objectives of the RCE?

Short term objectives:
1. Nework and developing synergies with existing partners and stakeholders
2. Assessment of challenges in the region and identification of interventions and methods
3. Opening web portal for linking partners
4. Capacity building of target groups for identified objectives

Long term Objectives:
1. Institutional governance
2. Livelihood development
3. Promote concept of common property of  resources

 

4. Governance and Management Structure

ADVISORS of RCE :

         Dr.G.R.S.Rao (Chairman)
ACADEMY OF
GANDHIAN STUDIES
Hydrabad.

         Dr.ACHYUTHASAMANTHA
( Chairman)
KIIT and KISS
Bhubaneswar.

         Sri.Dr.ASHOK SAXENA
Austosh Mukherjee Fellow,
Kanpur.

         Dr.A.DAMODARAM
(Vice - Chancellor)
SV University
Tirupati.


Sri. SATYA MURTHY LAKKAVALLI
(Formerly Director), ANTRIX, Bangalore.
Sri C.Udayasankar,Hyderabad
Rsm.


 Dr. A.JAGADISH,
Nellore.

WORKING COMMITTEE

President:                -    Prof.S.V.Subba Reddy
Vice-President          -   Prof.R.Varalakshmi
Vice-Presedent          -  Prof.C.Varadarajulu Naidu
Vic-President              - Prof.M.Bhaskar
Vice-President            -  Sri G.L.Manohar
Executive Director/
Executive Secretary   -  Prof.M.Bhupathi Naidu

Deputy Executive
Director/Deputy
Executive Secretary 
 - Smt.K.Nirmala
Treasurer/Finance
Officer   
                  -       Dr.K.P.Rao
Executive Committee
Prof.G.Janakiram
Prof.V.Uma
Sri.P.Badrinarayana
Sri J.Rambabu
Prof.K.Yellamma
Dr.T.Venkateswarlu

RCE-Tirupati
Planning and Programme Committee

Sri G.Gopalakrishnamurthy
Dr.D.ChandrasekharNaidu
Sri.R.Suneel Kumar
Sri.B.V.Rao
Dr.R.Guruprasad
Dr.V.Kalarani
Sri Ashok Kumar (Convenor)

Evaluation Committee

Sri C.Udayasankar
Sri.J.Rambabu
Sri.R.Manigandan
Sri Jagadeeswara Reddy
Prof.G.Janakiram (Convenor)

Audit and Finance Committee
Dr.V.Uma Devi
Dr.M.Tejomurthy
Dr.N.Adikrishna
Dr.G.Janakiram
Dr.K.P.Rao   (Convenor)

         Prof.R.Varalakshmi
Asst.Vice Chancellor
Padmavathi mahila
University , Tirupati.

         Sri.R.Manigandan
Director
Regional Scienct Centre,
Tirupati

 

         Sri.G.L.Manohar

(Vice-President)

         Smt.K.Nirmala
Deputy Executive
Director/Deputy
Executive Secretary

         Sri.D.ASHOK KUMAR
Planning and
Programme Committee


4-1. Please briefly explain how multiple stakeholders have been mobilized to develop the RCE.
During a series of seminars and consultations the idea of strengthening of institutions for promoting Education for Sustainable Development emerged and gets further mobilized.

1. Conclave of Vice-Chancellors held in February 2012.Discussed the issue of education for sustainable development

2. International Consultation on the Role of Education for Sustainable  Development held in Hyderabad during COP 11
3 Two day seminar held on March 21 and 22 2014 organized by .Indian Science Congress Tirupati, Chapter recommended starting of RCE
4. Stakeholders and Partners discussed the option of applying for RCE-ESD at Tirupati to work on the chartered goals on 23th March 2014

4-2. please list the names of key institutions/organizations of the RCE and select the type of institutions from the drop-down option. Please indicate (check ) whether they have already committed to the RCE initiatives or are still considered potential stakeholders.

Name

Type of institution

Commitment

1. Sri Venkateswa University,Tirupati

Higher Education

Yes

2. Dravidian University,Kuppam **

Higher Education

Yes

3.Sri Padmavathi Mahila University,Tirupati

  Higher Education

Yes

4.Gnanambica Degree and PG College, Madanapalle **

Higher Education

Yes

 5.Vijayam Group of Educational Institutions,Chittoor **

Higher Education

Yes

6.GATE Degree and PG College,Tirupati **

Higher Education

Yes

7.Biodiversity: Academy of Comunication, Conservation, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability B:ACCESS

NGO

Yes

8. Academy of Gandhian Studies -AGS

NGO

Yes

9.Social Action for Rural Development-SARDS,Tanguturu,
Prakasam District

NGO

Yes

10.Welfare Organization for Rural Development
WORD,Tirupati

NGO

Yes

11.PARTNER, Kadapa
People’s Activity for Rural Technology for Nurturing Environmental Rejuvenation

NGO

Yes

13.Tirupati municipal Corporation, Tirupati

State Government

Potential

14.Municipal High School,Kavali

Secondary Education

Yes

15 Z.P.P.Girls High School, Kavali **

Secondary Education

Yes

16.Sri Venkateswara University School,Tirupathi **

Secondary Education

yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.Nalanda Talent School, Kavali

Primary and Secondary Education

yes

18.Narendra Bharathi Oriental High School, Nellore

Secondary Education

yes

19.District and Divisional Administration, Tirupati and Chittoor

Govt.

yes

20. Sri Padmavathi Mahila Mandali
Tirupati

NGO

yes

21.Indian Science Congress Association. Tiruppati Chapter ISCA-TC

Scientific Society

yes

22.Sesha Sai Degree College ,Kavali

 Educational Institution

yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** Institutions committed to participate in capacity building in students

4-3.How does the RCE secure and manage financial and personnel resources to promote RCE activities?

Financial Resources:

1. Green Badge Members
2. Corporate and Business House Donations
3. Projects from INGOs
4. Location specific activity oriented grants from Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APCHE), Andhra Pradesh Council of Science and Technology (APPCOST), National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai
5. Contributions from Coalition Partners
6. Grant in Aid from the Ministry of Rural Development and Indian Council of  Agricultural Research (ICAR)
7. Grants from International Development Agencies and Govt. Agencies
8. Some partners of network have committed to provide logistic and human resources.

4-4. Please briefly describe the management structure of the RCE with lines of authority and responsibilities. Please also specify the secretariat of the RCE.

  A Board of Governors will be constituted with one Chairman, Three Vice –Chairmen                                  
and Eight Governors,
One Executive Director/Secretary
One Deputy Executive Director/ Joint Executive Secretary
One Finance/Accounts Officer

Executive Director is the nodal officer. Chairman and Executive Director will be accountable and responsible for all activities. For the present Chairman's office is the Secretariat.

4-5. Please give a brief explanation of the monitoring and evaluation mechanism of the RCE.

The Governing Body will constitute a committee to evaluate the performance of the activities from time to time. In addition to this an arrangement will be made to get the work assessed by a peer review committee

5. Collaboration

How do the multiple stakeholders interact in various joint/collaborative activities?

A Scheme of distribution of work has been developed involving stakeholder/ partners in different districts based on their capabilities and experience for individual/joint and collaborative activities. The overall coordination of the activities will be done on rotation basis among the major stakeholders namely B: ACCESS, AGS, SARDS, JAGRITI.

6. Ongoing and Planned Activities

Please list the main ongoing and planned activities of the RCE: (1) activities specific to individual organizations (your RCE stakeholders) and (2) collaborative and coordinated joint activities of the RCE. Specify the organization in charge and describe the activity with a few keywords (i.e. environmental education, capacity building, rural development, research and development (R&D), transformative education, etc).

 

Ongoing activities

Oraganization(s) In charge

keywords

Strengthening Adaptation
Capacities of coastal communities

Academy Of Gandhian Studies

Environment Education

Biodiversity conservation in wetlands

B:ACCESS

Communities / Capacity Building

Climate change and Coastal
Communities

Social Action for Rural Development (SARDS)

Rural Development / Capacity
building

Planned Activities

Organization(S) in Charge

Keywords

Medicinal Plants in Tirumala

DRAVIDIAN UNIVERSITY

Traditional knowledge

Status report on Islands of South
Coastal Andhra Pradesh

Biodiversity Academy
(B: ACCESS)

Environment Education

Climate Change and Drought

AGS

Watershed/Drip Irrigation

    6-2. Collaborative and coordinated joint activities of the RCE

Ongoing activities

Oraganization(s) In charge

keywords

Climate Change and Adaptation

SARDS / JAGRITI

Empowering Communities

Migratory Birds of Nelapattu

S.V.University / Biodiversity Academy

Environment Education

Wetland Development in Kadapa District

People’s Action  For Rural Technology For nurturing Ecological Rejuvenation (PARTNER)

Rural Sustainability Environmental Education

Planned Activities

Organization(S) in Charge

Keywords

Watershed/ Water Harvesting

AGS/SARDS

Capacity Building

Training In Livelihoods

SARDS/ AGS/PARTNER

Coastal Communities

Transforming Education For sustainability Science / Eco-Science

S.V.University / Biodiversity Academy / AGS

Continuing Education


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