"The Youth of our country are made USELESS....by being USED LESS!!" This is the refrain that J Ram Nitesh, a third year student from Electronics and Communication Engineering of SRM uses to begin his speech. Ram Nitesh has recently made SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) proud by being a part of the 46 member Indian delegation headed by Mr. Manmohan Singh, that was a part of the 'Policy Making in Sustainable Technologies' forum under YUNGA [Youth and United Nations Global Alliance] in the much celebrated Climate Conference in Denmark, the COP15.
COP, Conference of Parties is the most important conference on climatic issues that has been held annually since 1995. The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 7 December and 18 December. The conference included the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 5th Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 5) to the Kyoto Protocol. A framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 was to be agreed there. Although this convention couldn't reproduce a satisfactory outcome, the 192 countries and media participated appreciably this time. More importantly, youth were actively involved at Copenhagen. The Indian delegation had 6 youth members and one of them was from SRM!
Ram Nitesh Jaldu has been an active environmentalist and believes it's now the eleventh hour and any chance to retrace the climatic changes will soon get out of our hands. He is involved with many innovative and eco-friendly organizations like eLAWN, Young Indians, Eco Youth, Indian Youth Climate Network, Bhumi and many more. Mr. Nitesh is of the view that the political dramas involved at such high levels of conferences must be minimized if we are serious about the consequences of dramatic changes in climate.
He informs that the HM [UK] Govt. released a map that shows that for every 2ºC rise in temperature at the Equator, a 4ºC rise will be seen at the poles. India is going to suffer 40% decrease in production of maize and rice apart from the obvious dangers of floods, famines etc. due to these severe changes. Mr. Nitesh sees it not as a crisis but as a prospect to look for new technologies. He emphasizes that the huge career scope in this field is bound to wane rapidly as the competition surmounts. It's the time for aspiring engineers to grab this chance with expected social responsibility.
Ram Nitesh is elated over getting an opportunity to attend the conference. It's not every day that you give a speech in a conference attended by the heads of 192 states. Ram Nitesh fondly remembers his brief meeting with the US President, Mr. Barack Obama. When he extended his hand saying he was an Indian, Mr. Obama withdrew his hand and joined them into a "NAMASTEY"! Mr. Nitesh concludes by saying "Every other country of the world respects our culture. We should also respect our country and culture that has always treated nature as her mother and worshipped it religiously".
The budding environmentalist can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations and best wishes to the student who makes us all proud!