Sachin Kumar BADKAS (India), Cohort II (2006-2008)

Sachin Kumar BADKAS (India), Cohort II (2006-2008)

After Chemical Engineering and an MBA, I served as Policy Analyst with an apex environmental commission in the central government at New Delhi, for two years. The perks of the prestigious ministry position apart, the taste of the real thing - Policy Analysis for a country - left me with a set mind. That was all I could imagine a career in, and other options, including lucrative offers, seemed to matter little. I realised, however, with my technical and management background coupled, I was fit for a wider sector of policy. MESPOM was among the few programs that combined science, management and policy in my chosen area, the environment.

Following news of having been selected to join MESPOM, I briefly worked with the CEO and Secretary General of WWF-India on their erstwhile positions, before arriving in Budapest.
    
Intially, I must say I was a bit skeptical about the academic value added in my second masters degree. I rallied round some way along the second semester. By that time, one knows the courses require you to read across a broad field - right from agriculture, forests, water, biodiversity; air pollution, climate change; waste management; GIS and modeling, Systems Dynamics; EIA, SEA and Sustainable Development; with extended emphasis on energy, economics, law, policy, politics, philosophy; and later speciliazed coverage of pollutant chemistry and mobility, Preventative Environmental Strategies, EMS, LCA, EPR and Integrated Product Policy. Still more is thrown in by way of electives on Toxicology, Urban Development, Ecological Engineering, ad infinitum. It makes a student see global policies set in a very wide frame. For someone who sees enviornment as a special, multidisciplinary subject under wider public policy analysis, this suits well.

Also, a majority proportion of teachers are either visiting professionals from the likes of IEA, IAEA, IPCC, European Comission etc. or professors from North American or European instituions - mostly American, British or Swedish. Then you have the MESPOM scholars, who come from across the world. Thus, courtesy the Erasmus Mundus program, an international and mobile student body interacts with a diverse and mobile teaching body, the only right way of enquiring into a subject of as singular a global significance as the environment.

For sending messages concerning MESPOM to this alumnus, please write to: Sachin.Kumar@MESPOM.eu