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"Environmental Ethics and Sustainability Issues in the Mining Sector in India"

Friday, September 28, 2012
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
Venue : 
Conference Hall, Tibet House
Prof Mihir Deb



About the Subject:  

In a rapidly developing world of today, concerned mainly with higher GDP growth, environmental ethics is even more meaningful due to skewed development and high rate of consumption. In this perspective, ‘environmental equity’ has a special significance in a regional (as well as global) context when issues of inequitable natural resource access are the biggest challenge faced by many countries, including India. A severe impasse presently exists in a large part of the country which on one hand is the richest tract in terms of minerals and natural resource wealth but is also the habitation of the poorest and most backward people of the country, a major part of the +83 million tribal population. The talk will highlight these aspects and show how while using resources for the last 60 years in this richest tract the Government has failed in inclusive economic growth and environmental management in the region which has created this severe impasse. It is only when an ethical approach is followed at the level of governance can we really be working towards sustainable development and resolve the impasse in the future.

The Speaker:  

Professor Mihir Deb joined the University of Delhi as a Lecturer in Geology in 1970 and went on to become a Professor in 1993 and served as the Head of the Department. He also worked as the Director of the University Science Instrumentation Centre and as Director, School of Environmental Studies.

Mihir Deb established, developed and nurtured the discipline of Economic Geology during his long academic career at the University of Delhi, interspersed with research tenures in foreign laboratories.

 Mihir Deb established an innovative postgraduate course in Environmental Studies with a holistic approach in Delhi University. He also made significant contributions to the field of artisanal mining environment in India. His present interest revolves around sustainable development of the mining sector in India.

Mihir Deb worked in different capacities in several national bodies. These, amongst others, included Member, Council, Geological, Mining Metallurgical Society of India; Member, Working Group on Mineral exploration and Development, Planning Commission (2006); Member, Apex Exploration Research Advisory Committee, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India; Member, State level Environmental Expert Appraisal Committee, NCT of Delhi; Geoscience advisory council, Ministry of Mines, GOI.  In the International sphere, Mihir Deb has served as the Indian representative to Communities and small scale Mining (CASM), a World Bank initiative; Asian representative in IUGS-GEM (Geoscience for Environmental Management) and Member, UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Harmonization of Fossil Energy and Mineral Resources Terminology. He is also a Chief editor of the International journal, Global tectonics and metallurgeny.

Mihir Deb was elected as a Fellow of Indian National Science Academy in 2002 and Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, USA in 2004. He was awarded Nirmal Nath Chatterjee medal of the Asiatic Society, Calcutta in 1976; M.K.Roychoudhury medal of the Geological, Mining, and Metallurgical Society of India in 1994 and National Mineral Award (Govt. of India) in 1996. 

Topic: Environmental Ethics and Sustainability Issues in the Mining Sector in India

Speaker: Prof Mihir Deb

Chairperson: Dr Anu Kapur

Venue: Conference Hall, Tibet House

Date: September 28, 2012

Time: 05:30 pm




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