'Every Drop of Water Counts'

 

TULJAPUR/ MUMBAI: The pressure on our global water supplies has been growing since the past couple of decades. At present, about 41 per cent of the world's population lives with what UNESCO calls 'severe water stress', and that number is predicted to rise to two-thirds by 2025.

In this context, the youth have a vital role to play when it comes to conservation and re-diversion of what remains of the one and only most important source of life. Especially when it comes to the rural areas that are so neglected from the main and important decision making processes in these areas of concern.

It is to address this issue of water, that the National Rural Youth Fest was started at the Rural Campus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Tuljapur. Youngisthan has begun creating awareness about water conservation and its importance. The theme of the Fest being: Youth and Water - Making Every Drop Count . The National Rural Youth Fest 2013 was therefore held over a period of three days. There also was paper presentation on different themes on 'Water' done by various research scholars, students, activists, including those from the faculties of TISS. 

Objectives of National Rural Youth Festival:

1) To establish a dialogue between the youth, academicians and rural development agencies across the nation with the prime aim of mapping ideas and stimulating debates on rural development
2) To sustain and reinforce the spirit of volunteerism amongst the youth so as to ensure a people centered development practice in rural areas
3) To highlight multi-dimensional facets of cultural heritage and to promote the participation of youth in various activities
4) We would like to invite everyone interested to take part in this festival which aims at mapping and analyzing gaps in rural progress so as to define our role as youth, academia, Civil Society Organizations and Government agencies in developing Rural India

Sub-themes of National Rural Youth Festival:

1) Water availability: A question of rational/ prioritizing distribution and optimal utilization
2) Access to water: Individual, Family, Community
3) Privatization/ Commercialization of water: Socio-economic consequences
4) Politics of water in the context of globalization
5) Corporatisation of water: People's resistance
6) Geography and political ecology of water

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