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Ten Days of Discovery and Exchange in India

Climate and energy concerns feature prominently in the research interests of Princeton faculty. This is also the case for Ph.D. students many of whom focus their doctoral research on aspects of the energy and climate change puzzle.

In 2008, the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) was founded by Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) as an outgrowth its Climate and Energy Challenge to provide a platform for interdisciplinary exchange among students with shared interest in climate and energy.

The Program currently involves 17 student members. Students are selected through a competitive application process. Throughout the year, PECS fellows meet together and with representatives of the PECS faculty board to discuss dimensions of the climate and energy challenge.

Each year, the fellows also collaborate on a specific project. For their most recent initiative, they traveled to India.The delegation visited with universities in Pune, Satara, and Mumbai along with a non-governmental organization to exchange knowledge. Other stops on their ten-day tour included a natural reserve in Mahabaleshawar and Ralegan Siddhi – a village considered to be a model of community-based sustainability. One outcome of the trip was the creation of a Facebook Group to further promote collaborations between Princeton and India.

In this video, PECS representatives describe their recent trip and reflect upon their overall experience.