Students Journey: A Step Closer to the SDGs in Rural India
NEW DELHI, ROME, Jun 9 2016 (IPS) – As the seventh largest economy in the world by nominal GDP, India has fared better than many. Through a mix of interventions from the public and private sector, India’s economy has promoted growth and welfare. However, in spite of these developments, the challenge of hunger and malnutrition remain.
According to the assessment of countries’ performance of the MDG goals, India reported a decline in indicators such as the Poverty Head Count Ratio (PCHR) and the Poverty Gap Ratio (PGR) in both rural and urban areas. The country has in fact, fallen short of the targeted reduction of the proportion of underweight children. This is an indication of the future challenges to be overcome as India sets out to meet the new SDG target of zero hunger.
Throughout an academic year the students of the Masters Programme in Sustainable Development Practice at TERI University, New Delhi, India, who train in the skills required for adequate needs analysis and project design, visit several remote villages in India to identify core development issues. The students innovative research and cutting-edge initiatives are helping some villages in India to not only understand the meaning of sustainability but implement and achieve it too.