Working to promote environmental harmony and sustainable development through amalgamating traditional knowledge with contemporary environmental management principles.
Water Resource Management, Sustainable Development, Environmental & Natural Resource Management, Urban Ecology, Environmental Pollution & Public Health, Environmental Education, Disaster Management, ICT.
Guest/ Visiting Faculty:
Dr. Govind Singh is an Environmentalist, Academician and Consultant based in Delhi and is the Co-Founder & Director of Delhi Greens NGO. Dr. Govind Singh holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Delhi. With over six years experience of teaching in the University of Delhi and over twelve years experience of working in the Environmental Sector, Dr. Govind Singh continues to advocate for sustainable development and involve, engage and inspire the youth to work for environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.
In 2007, Dr. Govind Singh Co-Founded the Delhi Greens organisation which has been playing an instrumental role in generating environmental awareness and channelizing the energy of the youth for ensuring urban sustainability. His own focus and work profile is motivated towards finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems by balancing contemporary environmental principles with spiritual ecology and traditional knowledge.
Dr. Govind Singh has been a member and coordinator of several environmental programmes, projects, proceedings, and campaigns at national and international platforms. He has also been the brain behind the award winning Delhi Greens Blog and Urban Ecotourism projects, both of which are aimed at ensuring environmental harmony and sustainable development. The Delhi Greens Blog was recently featured by the United Nations as a “Lighthouse”, “Momentum for Change” activity in the fight against climate change.
Dr. Govind Singh has been an active environmental youth leader since his College days. He takes special interest in being an Environmental Communicator and continues to mentor and orient young minds for becoming passionate towards environmental issues through his academic and organisational involvements.
Detailed Biographic Sketch
Dr. Govind Singh is currently working as Director of Delhi Greens NGO since May 2018. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Indraprastha College for Women (IP College), University of Delhi from August 2014 until May 2018. At IP College, Dr. Govind Singh taught the students from all disciplines for a Semester-long Compulsory Course (Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course, AECC) on Environmental Studies. At IP College, Dr. Govind Singh initiated an interdisciplinary, biannual, peer-reviewed journal christened Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development (JIID) and successfully Edited its first four editions. He also initiated a Tree Census and Labelling project in the IP College campus.
The implementation of the One-Semester compulsory course on Environmental Studies in all colleges of University of Delhi took place due to a judgement by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. Dr. Govind Singh has been involved in ensuring the implementation of this order and ensuring the effective adoption of Environment Education in DU. In 2014, Dr. Govind Singh became the first Faculty and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies to be appointed by a constituent college of the University of Delhi. Miranda House was the first college to call for interviews for the AECC-Environmental Studies paper.
Dr. Govind Singh began his teaching career with the Cluster Innovation Centre in the University of Delhi (CIC, DU) in a similar capacity. At the Cluster Innovation Centre, Dr. Govind Singh taught Environmental Management to B.Tech students while also mentoring many of them on various innovative projects in the field of Environment, Technology and Sustainable Development. The work carried out by Dr. Govind Singh in CIC laid the foundation for the setting up of the Urban Ecology – Research & Action Laboratory, which runs action-based research projects for furthering our understanding of how to make cities more sustainable.
Delhi Greens NGO was Co-Founded by Dr. Govind Singh in 2007 and it was legally registered in 2008. Dr. Singh has served as the Director (Honorary) of Delhi Greens organisation since 2008 and is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Delhi Greens Blog. The Delhi Greens Blog is an Award-winning, Green Media Initiative for generating environmental awareness through the use Information Communication & Technology (ICT).
Dr. Govind Singh has also played an instrumental role in initiating the youth climate movement in the country and has successfully organised four Youth Summits (May 2008, June 2010, August 2013, October 2018) in the series of the Delhi Youth Summit on Climate (DYSoC), a pioneering initiative patronized by the Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi.
Among several green innovation projects undertaken by Dr. Govind Singh, the conceptualisation and successful execution of a first-of-its-kind Urban Ecotour project in Delhi, supported by the Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi, is noteworthy. The Delhi Greens Urban Ecotourism project seeks to explore the natural heritage of Delhi and re-connect the citizens of Delhi to the very ecosystem that supports them. It highlights lesser-known sites of ecological significance in the NCT of Delhi thereby ensuring their timely protection.
Dr. Govind Singh is also an Environmental Communicator and Climate Project Presenter generating awareness calling for local and global action for environmental protection and climate change mitigation. He has been trained in-person by the Climate Crusader and former US Ex-Vice President Al Gore for effectively communicating the need for taking action for preventing climate change.
Dr. Govind Singh holds a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Studies from the Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi. His Ph.D. research work broadly focused on analyzing ground water quality in the NCT of Delhi from a sustainability perspective. Dr. Govind Singh has an in-depth understanding of the Environmental History of Delhi and is now focusing on optimizing the water footprint and urban metabolism of the NCT of Delhi and on better urban planning of the ‘Delhi conurbation’.
Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Singh received his Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the School of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi. Dr. Govind Singh is fthe first batch student of the innovative M.A./M.Sc. Environmental Studies course which was initiated by the University of Delhi in 2005. Dr. Govind Singh holds a Bachelor in Science degree in Botany (Honors) from the University of Delhi. In addition, he has successfully completed Workshops and Training Programmes on themes such as Community-based Disaster Management, Water & Natural Resource Management, Solar Energy, Rain Water Harvesting, Gender and Society, etc.