Framing the Climate Change Debate’ Symposium at the University of Allahabad


The symposiums, held for 3 days each, aimed at empowering the youth participants to take the right decisions and make right choices to combat the emerging challenges arising from the problem of climate change. The objective was to strengthen the capacity for making them aware and responsible.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Allahabad, Prof. K.S. Mishra was the chief guest during the event. Other dignitaries present at the event were Prof. Anupam Dixit, Dean, University of Allahabad; Prof. Avinash Pandey, Director, KBCAOS and Prof. Jyoti Parikh, IRADe.

The event called upon the students to inculcate attitudes and to put the knowledge gained to applicable to contribute in Climate Change adaptation and mitigation and ultimately to sustainable development.

Discussion during the symposium brought in the issues of indiscriminate uses of natural resources, air and sound pollution during the Diwali festivals, rampant water pollution and many more. Along with this, the participation of the Hon’ble Prime minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi in COPs, its objective and the output were also discussed.

CEEs mandate of creating awareness on climate change issues through various programmes being run in the schools were also discussed in the event. Dr. Abdhesh Kumar Gangwar, Programme Director represented CEE and facilitated the symposium and its documentation as well as helped in conducting the written test, the debate and selection of the climate champion from the University of Allahabad.

A series of lectures on the following subjects were also conducted.
1. Introduction to Climate Change
2. Climate Change Adaptation
3. Impact of Climate Change
4. Mitigation on Climate Change
5. Policy Progress in India on Climate Change
6. International Climate Change Policy Framework

Based on this, a Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) test was conducted to select 30 top scoring students for the debate. Through the rounds of debate, the best scorer is declared as the climate champion of that university. A total of eight climate champions from these eight universities compete to become the national climate champion, to be selected during the national event to be held in Delhi.  

A group of 100 students had attended the inaugural session out of which 58 of them participated in the written test.

The eight universities selected for this event were from the states of Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. One more symposium will be held at the University of Delhi, after which the national event will be held at the US Embassy in New Delhi.