Centre for Sustainability & Environmental Management


Faculty support:
Dr. Arpita Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Environmental Management area

Thrust Areas
Waste Management, Sustainability, Rural Livelihood patterns including Organic Farming, etc.

Collaborative Research Studies at CSEM with associated Internal Faculties (From August, 2020 till June, 2022)

  • Impact study examining the
    factors affecting sanitation behavior and effect of sensitization
    through Swacch Bharat Mission with Parul Malik & Dr. Arpita Ghosh
  • Impact study of sensitization programme affecting the farmer’s adoption towards organic farming through Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan with Devika Vashisht & Dr. Arpita Ghosh
  • Issues of Women entrepreneurship at Sirmaur with Kiran Kumar Paidipati & Dr. Arpita Ghosh
  • Impact of COVID on local livelihood and air quality with Arpita Ghosh & Dr. Pradipta Patra
  • Basic amenities issues at UBA adopted villages with Pradipta Patra, Dr. Arpita Ghosh& Dr. Parul Malik
  • Child education issues at Sirmaur villages with Pradipta Patra, Dr. Arpita Ghosh & Dr. Parul Malik

CSEM Advisory Committee (External)

  • Professor C. Balomajumder, Dept. of Chemical Engg., IIT Roorkee
  • Debashish Mandal, Senior Scientist, ICAR Dehradun
  • Priyank Arya, CEO of EHS Stratup-NGO based

About Unnat Bharat Abhiyan

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) being motivated by the vision of transformational amendment in rural development processes works with a vision to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India. In Himachal Pradesh, Ajauli, Kunja, Danda, Dobri and Jamniwala are the IIM Sirmaur UBA adopted villages. UBA at IIM Sirmaur (Id: S-15911) aims at working with the people of UBA adopted villages in detecting development challenges and developing appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth. It also targets to have an interactive association between the adopted villages and the institute by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of the rural people. With this objective, UBA at IIM Sirmaur in collaboration with CSEM has conducted several seminars and activities on sustainability, waste management, organic farming, air pollution and climate change, clean energy production, soil science and forestry, and undertook various initiatives such as, vaccination drive, plantation drive etc. to make rural people aware and develop good practices that help in uplifting the society as a whole. With the help of CSEM RAs, around 290 household survey was completed at UBA villages.

About CSR

 Sankalp, the students CSR Committee of IIM Sirmaur, is the embodiment of the Institute's spirit for significantly contributing to society. The committee addresses a wide variety of social issues and enables each member of the student body and the IIM Sirmaur family at large to become responsible toward society and become socially conscious citizens.

In the backdrop of the second wave of Covid in the country, the CSR team collaborated up with Donatekart and contributed towards a donation drive in the month of May to provide oxygen cylinders to those in need. It was ensured that every contribution, small or large, was directed to those affected. Sankalp conducts every year a "Cloth Donation Drive" for nearby slum areas where clothes were collected from students on the campus. This allowed the students to contribute to the happiness and wellness of people around them and interact with them and understand the underprivileged in society. Other major activities organized by the CSR Committee during an academic year includes Guest sessions by award winning individuals in social sector, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, World Environment Health Week, 'UDVEG: Run for Unity’, etc.

In association with the Centre for Sustainability and Environmental Management, Sankalp has undertaken various initiatives including rural visits, blood donation camps and UBA village activities. Sankalp intends to be a juggernaut of positive societal growth and an agent for change. The community outreach initiative strives to remain true to its slogan 'Sowing Hope into Lives' and make IIM Sirmaur an institute that cares.

List of events conducted after establishment of CSEM

S.No Name of the event Date of the event Speakers (if any) CSEM in Collaboration with( if any) No. of participants Event Link Press note Link
1. COVID 19 awareness camp and donation drive of prevention essentials at UBA adopted villages 15th September to 22nd September, 2020   Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Cell, IIM Sirmaur Villagers and panchayat offices, 100 masks donated per villages covid-19-awareness-camp-and-donation-drive-of-prevention-essentials-at-uba-adopted-villages


2. Webinar on ‘Be an Entrepreneur for Creating Valuables from Plastic Waste’ 26th September, 2020 Dr. Suneel Pandey


(Director, Environment and waste management division, TERI Delhi)

Dr. Ajay Kumar

(Senior Scientist, CSIR)

Dr. Priyank Arya

(Corporate Head, EHS, Dabur India)

Mr. Ashish Jain

(Founder &Director, IPCA, Delhi)

CSR committee IIM Sirmaur 200 be-an-entrepreneur-for-creating-valuables-from-plastic-waste


3. Webinar on ''Learn To Fabricate a Solar Lamp and Be an Entrepreneur'’ on World Energy Efficiency Day 7th October, 2020 Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki


(IIT Bombay & Founder of Energy Swaraj Foundation)

Mr. Harshad Supal

(Vice President Energy Swaraj Foundation)

Entrepreneurship, start-ups and incubation committee 96 learn to fabricate a solar lamp and be an entrepreneur

learn to fabricate a solar lamp and be an entrepreneur

4. National Webinar on “The path to a sustainable future” 28th October, 2020 Prof. Virendra Kumar Vijay


(CRDT, IIT Delhi)

Dr. Mritunjay Chaubey

(Global Vice President, UPL Mumbai)

Mr. Arun Sharma

(Manager, PWC India, New Delhi)

UBA cell, IIM Sirmaur 500



5. A talk on pillars of sustainable and rural tourism on occasion of World soil day 5th December, 2020 Mr. Pradeep Vijayan



Mr. Ankit Rastogi

(Founders of Surwahi Social, Kanha)

Tourism MBA student coordinator- Jayesh Panigrahi Tourism MBA-students



6. Internal physical awareness talk on COVID 19 spread, The sensitization session was conducted to aware all staff about the sudden increase of COVID 19 active cases after Diwali, 2020. All the UBA committee members gave talk in that physically. 8th December, 2020 All members of UBA cell, IIM Sirmaur UBA cell, IIM Sirmaur All internal staff with ground level workers



7. National webinar on “Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture” 23rd December, 2020 Dr. Priyanka Kaushal


(CRDT, IIT Delhi)

Dr. Abhay Kumar Vyas

(Assistant Director, General Krishi Anusandhan Bhawan, New Delhi)

Dr. Ramesh Chandra

(Prof & Head GB Pant University of Agriculture & Technology)

Dr. Rajeshwar S. Chandel

(Executive Director. Govt. of HP, Krishi Bhawan)

UBA cell, IIM Sirmaur 262

The sensitization session was conducted to aware all staff about the sudden increase of COVID 19 active cases after Diwali, 2020. All the UBA committee members gave talk in that physically.

8. National Webinar on “The path towards sustainable water management” 22nd March, 2021 Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra


(Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga)

Prof. T.R. Sreekrishnan

(DBEB, IIT Delhi)

Prof. C Balomajumdar

(Dept. of Chemical Engg.

IIT, Delhi)

Mr. K Sri Harshan

(Founder, Kritsnam Technologies)

UBA cell , IIM Sirmaur 162



9. Internal workshop on solid waste management focusing on waste segregation at source and recycling, composting on 26th March, 2021


Dr. Arpita All housekeeping staff and gardeners of Institute 15



10. National seminar ‘Restore our Earth’ 22nd April, 2021 Dr. Sagnik Dey


Associate Professor, IIT Delhi;
Dr. Amit Pandey

Scientist – G, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun;
  Dr. Sumit Tiwari

Assistant Professor, Shiv Nadar University;
Mr. Samrat Sengupta

Program Director, CSE;
Er. Krishna M Kaushik, Founder and CEO, Hiresun Energy Pvt. Ltd;
Mr. Rajdeep Pandey, CEO, Enviraj Consulting

  54 online-event-restore-our-earth--


11 National seminar on “ Only one earth” on the occasion of World Environment Day 05th June, 2021 Prof. Anushree Malik, Head CRTD, IIT Delhi;
 Dr. Debraj Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Environmental


Engg, IIT Hyderabad;
 Dr. Divya Tiwari, Principal Scientist &Advisor, Saahas;
 Dr. Sunil Kumar, Humboldt Senior Fellow, Senior Principal Scientist &Head, Waste Reprocessing Division, CSIR-NEERI Nagpur;
 Dr. Divya Sinha, Scientist ‘E’, Additional Director & Incharge UPC II Div, CPCB.
 Mr. Ashish Jain, Founder & Director, IPCA
 Mr. Srikrishna Balchandran, Program Manager,

Project Prithvi-Plastic Recycling UNDP India

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12 Essay competition on  “The Effects of Plastic waste on Biodiversity” in World Environment Week 1st -7th June, 2021 - - 90


13 COVID- 19 vaccination drive at UBA adopted village Kunja Matralion 8th July, 2021 - UBA cell, IIM Sirmaur 100


14 Plantation drive & internal sensitization session on Solid waste management in the occasion of Swachh Himachal Abhiyan 12th August, 2021 Dr. Arpita & CSEM Research Associates Sankalp, CSR Committee, IIM Sirmaur 30 essay-competition-on-world-environment-week--1st-7th-june--2021


15 International Signage Day to aware about Swachhta Action Plan 23rd September, 2021 Dr. Arpita Ghosh & Sankalp CSR student president Sankalp, CSR Committee, IIM Sirmaur   25 international-signage-day-on-september-23rd--2021


16 Hands on training Programme on organic farming at UBA adopted villages

21st – 22nd October, 2021

Ranjit Singh


(Master Trainer)

UBA cell, IIM Sirmaur 50 two-days--hands-on-training-workshop-on-organic-farming


17 National Seminar on “Act responsible, think sustainable” on occasion of Sustainability Day 27th October, 2021 Dr. Mathava Kumar S


Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras

Professor Shiva Prasad

Department of Civil Engineering

Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology

Mr. Jayant Joshi

Group General Manager and Head

Engineers India Limited

Dr. Sumedha Chakma

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

IIT Delhi

Prof. Anurag Garg

Environmental Science and Engineering Department

IIT  Bombay

Dr. Brajesh Kumar Dubey

Associate Professor

Civil Engineering

IIT Kharagpur

Sonia Garga


Strategic Partnership & Programs, Saahas

CSEM 115 one-day-national-seminar-on-sustainability-day---act-responsible--think-sustainable  
18. National Conclave of UBA institutes of Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand: Discussing the Rural issues and Roadmap on Soil Day 6th December, 2021 1.Prof. Virendra Kumar Vijay, CRDT IIT Delhi,  


2. Dr. Chander Prakash UBA Coordinator, NIT Hamirpur,

3. Dr. Shyam Kumar Masakapalli, UBA Coordinator IIT Mandi,

4. Dr. Manish Kumar, UPES Dehradun,

5. Dr. Santosh Kumar, UBA Coordinator AIIMS Rishikesh,

6. Dr. Ashish Pandey, UBA Coordinator IIT Roorkee,

7. Dr. Arpita Ghosh, CSEM Coordinator IIM Sirmaur

8. Dr. Devika Vashisht, UBA Coordinator IIM Sirmaur

UBA 82 organized-national-conclave-of-uba--dec-6--2021-  
19 Establishing Biocompost pit at IIM Sirmaur campus 8-3-2022 CSEM coordinator and RAs nil 10 bio-compost-pit-installed-at-iim-sirmaur-campus


20 ESSAY COMPETITION ON WORLD WATER DAY 22-3-2022-22-4-7.2022 nil nil   essay-competition-on-world-water-day  



22nd April 2022 1.Prof. Ashish Aggarwal, Associate Professor, IIM Lucknow 2. Dr. Debashish Mandal, Senior Scientist, ICAR Dehradun 3. Dr. Shruti Sharma Rana, Assistant Professor, TERI SAS 4. Mr. Roushan Ranjan Jha, Sr. Manager, Environment Strategy & Sustainability Management, Tata Steel 5. Mr. Arun Sharma, Water, Wastewater Infrastructure and WASH Consultant, KPMG Dr. Arpita only 50 one-day-national-seminar--online--on--restore-our-earth--on-the-occasion-of-earth-day


22. ONE-DAY NATIONAL SEMINAR ‘ONLY ONE EARTH’ ON 6 JUNE 2022 06th June 2022 1.Prof. Punyasloke Bhadury, IISER Kolkata


2. Professor Somnath Mukherjee, Jadavpur University 3. Dr. Manoj Kumar, Scientist-C, FRI Dehradun 4. Dr. Sudipta Chatterjee, HOD & Associate Professor, TERI SAS 5. Ms. Aparna Saroagi, Head, Credit Risk India, Natwest Group

Dr. Arpita only 50 one-day-national-seminar--only-one-earth---on--6-june-2022


Events conducted before the establishment of CSEM (established in November, 2019):

  1. Round Table Seminar on "Environmental Issues and Community Engagement for Sustainable Development.: https://www.iimsirmaur.ac.in/iims/photoalbum/round-table-seminar-
  2. Summer School for School Children to Celebrate World Environment Day: https://www.iimsirmaur.ac.in/iims/photoalbum/summer-school-on--how-to-manage-your-waste-efficiently-
  3. Internal workshop on solid waste management: https://www.iimsirmaur.ac.in/iims/photoalbum/workshop-on-solid-waste-management