About the Summit

The Annual Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Summit 2019 (June 11- June 16, 2019) is being hosted by the TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS), New Delhi, India and the Global MDP Association. This year’s Global MDP Summit is the 11th year of the celebration of the launching of MDP Program signifying a long way that the association has travelled. The summit offers opportunities to the participants to discuss, deliberate and interact not only about their programs and learn from each other’s success and failures, but also get opportunities to interact with and learn about alumni achievements. Furthermore, the Summit will also explore the possibilities of student and faculty exchange and collaborative research projects in the larger domain of ‘sustainable development’.

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Information for Participants

   The summit is open to only invited members from the MDP programmes across the 36 members affiliated to the Global MDP Association.

  •     Tuesday, June 11 - MDP Summit Opens at 10.00 am. Reporting time at the Venue: 9.00 am

  •     Wednesday, June 12 - MDP Summit Continues from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm followed by Summit Dinner

  •     Thursday, June 13 - MDP Summit Continues from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm followed by lunch. Those interested in exploring local sites can get in touch with us on the 11th for more

  •     Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 - Highly recommended Field Visit to Mukteshwar (Nainital District, Uttarakhand, India – approx. 400 km from New Delhi).


DAY 1: 11th June 2019, Tuesday

Time Theme/Sessions Speakers
09.00 – 10.00 am Registration
10.00 – 10.30 am Welcome address
  • Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS)
  • Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University (through videocall)
10.30 – 11.00 am Photo Session and Bio break
11:00 to 01.00 pm Panel on Sustainable Development (SD) and Partnerships
  • Mr Anil Kumar Jain, Additional Secretary, MoEFCC, GoI
  • Jagdeesh Rao Puppala, Chief Executive, Foundation for Ecological Security,
  • IFAD/Tata Trust/Priyanka Singh, Head, Inter-globe Foundation
01.00 – 02.00 pm Lunch Break
2.00 – 3.30 pm Programme experiences and SDG relevance- Asia programmes
  • Discussion Lead (TBD)
  • Members from Bhutan, China, Bhutan, India, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka
03.30 – 03.45 pm Bio break
3.45 – 05.30 pm Programme experiences and SDG relevance- other members
  • Discussion Lead (TBD)
  • At least one member from each region

DAY 2: 12th June 2019, Wednesday

Time Theme/Sessions Speakers
09: 30 to 11:00 am Field practice experiences with discussions on partnerships in the field
  • Discussion Lead (TBD)
  • Open discussion by all members/participants
11:00 - 11. 15 am Bio break
11.15 – 01.00 pm Cheah Foundation Review and curriculum implications
  • Dr. Lucia Rodriguez, Director of the Global MDP Secretariat, Columbia University
  • All members to participate
01.00 – 02. 00 pm Lunch break
02.00 – 06.00 pm Alumni interaction and presentation
  • Employers perspective
  • Alumni perspective
06.00 – 06.30 pm Bio break
6.30 – 8.30 pm Summit Dinner

DAY 3: 13th June 2019, Thursday

Time Theme/Sessions Speakers
09: 30 to 11:30 am Research focus and potential partnerships

- Energy and environment
- Poverty, livelihood and rural development
- Inequality, Gender
  • Speakers from within member universities/institutions
11:30 - 11. 45 am Bio break
11:30 - 11. 45 am
  • Wrap up and way forward
  • Discussion on the progress of the Task Force
01:30 - 02. 30 pm Lunch break
02.00 – 5.00 pm
  • Group visit to a local site (will be decided on the Day I) SUMMIT

DAY 4 & 5: 14th - 16th June, 2019

Field Trip to Mukteshwar
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Summit Lodging

MDP Summit participants should arrange their lodging. If you need assistance for hotel reservation, please email Ms. Doris Justina (doris.justina@terisas.ac.in) and Mr Rajesh Thakur (rajesh.thakur@terisas.ac.in) with a copy to the Mr. Sandeep Arora (sandeepa@terisas.ac.in ), Associate Director, Administrative Services..

For your convenience, here are some of the Hotels that you may opt in Delhi

Field Trip to Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India

We are organizing a field trip in a small Himalayan town Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar is a small town in Nainital District of Uttarakhand province in India. It has an average elevation of 2,286 meters (7,500 feet). Having a hilly topography, the name of the city is derived from Lord Shiva. Mukteshwar is known as a hill station where one can have a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan range.

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Contact Us

Mr. Sandeep Arora
Associate Director, Administrative Services

Ms. Doris Justina

Mr. Rajesh Thakur

TERI School of Advanced Studies
10, Institutional Area,
Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi - 110070 Contact No: 011-71800222