Education for Sustainability, Food and Nutritional Securities: Dr. Singh
| Dr. Gursharan Singh - 05 Jan 2022

Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies Amritsar organised its two days annual seminar on Baba Budha college Bhawan of Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. Specifically, the theme of the seminar was Teacher Education for Sustainability and Food and Nutritional Securities: Challenges for Sustainability. 
 Dr. Gursharan Singh Kainth Director-General of the institute while welcoming the delegates said that Climate and sustainability concerns are growing ever more important to today’s world. The movement toward a net-zero emissions economy is a global imperative. Climate change affects everything from geopolitics to economies to migration. And because it touches everything seeks to examine it from every angle.
 Dr. Manmohan Singh Gill former Professor and Head of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar inaugurated the seminar and gave away the IDSAsr Research Excellence award.
 Dr. Gill said that at the beginning of the millennium, Environmental Education (EE) became compulsory in India, and globally Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) came to be seen as a driver for change to achieve sustainability.
 Dr. Gill also released various publications published by the institute. These two books were on the current topics of water and education. The first book was entitled ‘Waste Water Recycling and Reuse System’ while the second book was entitled elementary Education: Needs Renewed Push’. Both the books are authored by Dr. G S Kainth
 Dr. Gursharan Singh Kainth Director-General of the institute while welcoming the delegates on a concluding day said that Education for sustainable development (ESD) promotes the development of the knowledge, skills, understanding, values, and actions required to create a sustainable world, which ensures environmental protection and conservation, promotes social equity and encourages economic sustainability. Sustainability education encompasses all school subjects and extends far beyond the classroom. It gives students real-world skills they can use to improve the planet. It provides today’s children with the self-sufficiency they need for tomorrow. Teacher plays a significant role in students’ life. Thus the concept of sustainable living can be well transmitted to all students (future citizens) by a teacher. Teachers should be aware of the right curriculum, pedagogy, and discipline to infuse the concept of sustainability in students’ life.
 Session on the second theme of the seminar Food and Nutritional Securities: Challenges for Sustainability was chaired by Dr. Swainder Kaur Deputy Dean, School of Agriculture, Dept of Food Technology, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara. Dr. Sandesh Yadav Freelancer researcher from Delhi was the main speaker was the first person in India to work on the topic of ‘Food Environment. His prime objective was to create awareness about the ‘availability of food’ and ‘affordability of food’ so that accurate and ground reality-based assessment of food and nutrition can be done.
 Dr. Seema Puri of the Department of Foods & Nutrition and Dr. Nidhi Gulati, of the Department of Elementary Education, Institute of Home Economics, the University of Delhi in their joint study examines the school setting as a potential place for intervention to improve children’s dietary and nutritional knowledge and overall health.

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