Pune, 19th May 2022: Eighteen departments of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) came together and created history. The goals for the development of a district are often based on secondary data. But based on the primary data, Pune University has taken the initiative to implement these policies in a more effective manner and the public interest.
Under this, a report based on preliminary information from the Sindhudurg district has been prepared. For the first time, 18 departments of the university have come together and set a new record by preparing such a district development report.
The report prepared by these 18 departments was published on 18th May 2022 by the then Vice Chancellor Dr Nitin Karmalkar. Vaibhav Pingale, Professor and Project Coordinator, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary School of Science, and Project Coordinators from all 18 departments were present. Selected professors, researchers and students also worked on this project.
Under the leadership of Nitin Karmalkar, the project ‘Savitribai Phule Pune University Policy Research and Analysis Project: Sindhudurg Development Report’ was started in June 2021. It is a joint project of 18 departments of the university, which are the Center for Ecology, Geology, Chemistry, Botany, Economics, Zoology, Anthropology, Geography, Women’s Studies, Department of Pedagogy and Extension, Lifelong Learning and Extension, Center for Skill Development, Center for Energy Studies, Center for Fine Arts, Center for Fine Arts, Hygiene, Conservation and Tactics, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary School of Science.
Dr Karmalkar said that the university has always given priority to interdisciplinary studies. But the aim of the project was to bring together several departments to conduct research in this project to help in compiling a comprehensive and complete report. The report will be handed over to political leaders as well as state-level officials to decide the policy of the district. The University will actively contribute to the policy-making of Maharashtra by undertaking more such projects in the future.
Vaibhavi Pingale said, “We had selected this district considering the current climate change and the need for infrastructure in Sindhudurg district.”
Work began on the idea of sustainable development from the natural resources in the area. For this, the report was prepared for the environment and public interest with the help of experts from the university. As the report is based on two basic principles of integration and sustainability, sociology and natural sciences are involved.