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JGU and Peking University host joint student initiative on combating air pollution in India and China

A ten-member delegation from Peking University, China visited JGU as part of the JGU-Peking University Joint Environmental Filming Project on Particulate Air Pollution, a flagship project initiated by the Center for India-China Studies at JGU.

The project is sponsored by Peking University under an MoU signed on 1 April 2016 between JGU and the Department of Environment, Resources and Development Economics, Peking University. The programme aims to promote research on environmental issues and highlight the humanitarian and climatic challenges experienced by local communities in both countries. The aim is to consciously contribute and produce tangible research which can further influence government policies and bring about substantial change.

During their 10-day visit, the PKU delegation worked along with JGU students and conducted a series of interviews and interactions focusing on ‘particulate pollution’, along with legislations and environment laws in India. The team interviewed JGU faculty members including Professor Vesselin Popovski, Professor Armin Rosencranz and Professor Annika Styczynski. The students also got an opportunity to interview and interact with Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, along with judges and expert members. The team conducted interviews at the Centre for Science and Environment. An interaction with JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar, explored the impact of governance on tackling environment issues. 



The Peking University delegation and JGU students and faculty members interacting with Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairperson, National Green Tribunal, and members of the Tribunal during the delegation’s visit to India as part of the JGU-Peking University Joint Environmental Filming Project on Particulate Air Pollution.

The visit was a first to India for the majority of the PKU team. The research experience also added to cultural immersion. All the members of the visiting team believed they would return to JGU and India to further their research. 

The visit by the PKU team to JGU follows one by a JGU delegation to China in June 2016. Four students and one staff conducted their shooting in China with the support of PKU students. The team interviewed faculty members from Peking University including Professor Cao Heping and Professor Tong Zhu. Professor Cao Heping is an expert in development finance, macroeconomics and environmental economics. Professor Tong Zhu is Dean at the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and an expert on Atmospheric Chemistry and Environment and Health. The team also conducted interviews with government officials, NGOs and law firms.



The Peking University delegation interacting with Dr. Armin Rosencranz, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Jindal Global Law School, during the delegation’s visit to India as part of the JGU-Peking University Joint Environmental Filming Project on Particulate Air Pollution.

According to Ms. Wenjuan Zhang, Associate Professor and Executive Director of CICS, this might be the first cross-learning exchange programme on air pollution jointly conducted by students from China and India.

The result of this exchange will be a documentary drawing a comparative analysis of the grave problem of air pollution faced by the two nations, and further covering the various aspects of particulate pollution in India and China.



About the Centre for India-China Studies

The Centre for India-China Studies (CICS) was established on October 1, 2014 as a multidisciplinary intellectual platform and resource hub for academics, practitioners and students who are interested in India and greater China. The Centre is committed to playing an active intellectual role on issues related to the India-China relationship and South-South cooperation at the regional and international level. Through its work, CICS aims to integrate cultural sensitiveness and contextualised understanding into its core activities. A primary objective of CICS is to contribute to reimagining the India-China relationship. The Centre has pursued this through empowering and engaging with students and youth on key issues relating to bilateral relations, and expanding networks and relationships in the Chinese business community in India, the Chinese Embassy, the Chinese community of South Asia studies and the Indian scholar community of Chinese studies. The Centre is led by Founding Executive Director, Wenjuan Zhang, and has core members from other JGU schools. The CICS Research Fellow platform has enabled the Centre to be strengthen its multidisciplinary capacity and currently has more than 10 faculty members from JGU's six schools.

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