State Knowledge Management Centre on Climate Change (SKMCCC) established in Environmental Planning & Coordination Organisation (EPCO) is offering internship opportunities for the young professionals & research scholars as part of the academic programmes. Candidates interested in carry out internships in the field of climate change may directly approach SKMCCC-EPCO. Few feedbacks we received are as follows:-

Topic & Date of Internship
Ms Bhavya Tripathi “Assessing Potential of Indigenous crops for Climate Change Adaptation: An analysis in context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh, India” 4/1/2016 – 4/5/2016
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My internship at SKMCCC, EPCO Bhopal was for a period of 4 months (4th January 2016 to 5th May 2016). During the period, the organization gave me enough space to learn, explore and experiment with ideas. The title of my study was “Assessing Potential of Indigenous crops for Climate Change Adaptation: An analysis in context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh, India”. I used to have regular brainstorming sessions with my guide and seniors before and after the field visits and this helped me to keep a track of my progress. The climate cell here provides the researcher, a positive environment and a fair amount of flexibility; ensuring quality work is carried out. The organization provided me with all support and seniors’ encouragement pushed me to do better each day.
Ms Kanak Singh Project Fellow for International Conference on Lakes and Wetlands 19/12/2013 -19/03/2014 I worked as an intern at Environmental Planning and Co-ordination organization for three months. The experience was a helpful bridge to assess the gap between perception and the reality in the environmental sector. Nevertheless, I learned a lot working with the team with lavish experience in the sector and great knowledge acumen. The working culture at EPCO is welcoming, extremely balanced with strong work ethics and fun interactions among the team. This internship was a very positive step in my career.
Mr. Shantanu Tiwari Impact Assessment of Watershed Management works done in area between Kolar and Mandideep with respect to Climate Proofing.2/4/
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I completed the project under my project officer Mr. Lokendra Thakkar, General Manager Climate Change division. Interning at EPCO was one of the most important experiences during the course of my two year PGDFM at IIFM, Bhopal.
While completing the project in a span of 67 days, I was exposed to a lot of learning both on & off the field. ECPO granted me the liberty to set my own timeline & schedule, thereby inducing a sense of ownership in me. A vast range of secondary sources ranging from books, research reports, past studies of EPCO & papers on important topics were made available to support my learning and hence benefit my project report.
For detailed analysis, I required a lot of primary data from sources like Indian Meteorological Department & GOI Data centre. EPCO played a one stop solution for sourcing all the data seamlessly as I was provided with an Official Letter from EPCO requesting these institutions for data. EPCO exposed me to practical implementations of various schemes & watershed development works taken under them in the rural areas. I was exposed to the practical problems prevailing in the area of Kaliyasaut Basin under my study.
Discussions were successfully taken up not only with my thought provoking project officer Mr. Lokendra Thakkar, but also with other key members of EPCO (Mr. Saransh Bajpai, Ms.Sonal Khare, Mrs. Rajita Kurup) who were readily available to guide me through the course of action. Unlike a few of my batch mates, I was provided with my own bench to work at EPCO office which gave me an opportunity to learn about the work culture and professionalism practiced at EPCO.
Overall, I consider myself fortunate to work with such an intelligentsia & would definitely recommend other graduates / colleagues to work with EPCO. I take this opportunity to thank EPCO & all the members for their seamless support & guidance at every juncture of my project.
Ms. Mrunmayi Jogdand Analysis of smart city proposal And people’s perception Regarding bhopal city I am student of Masters in Planning (Environmental Planning) at School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. As a part of academic curriculum, we are required to undertake summer training at a research institute or Government organisation which specialises in the field of Urban planning and governance with special focus on Environmental issues.
EPCO Bhopal being a premier research institution in Madhya Pradesh working in the field of Environmental Planning was my first choice.
The institute is not only located in a beautiful environment, it is also a great environment to work in. As a part of training, I was asked to research on contemporary issues and concerns. The research was guided by Mr. Lokendra Thakkar, General Manager, Madhya Pradesh Clean Development Mechanism Agency & Coordinator, State Knowledge Management Centre on Climate Change, EPCO. He was especially helpful about guiding my research to a proper direction. He encouraged me to take part in various seminars and meetings that happened in the department regarding the latest studies being conducted.
All the other resources at the institute were available for my use. I found the overall experience very enriching and fulfilling.
Mr. Preetam Karmakar Analysis of environmental concerns and people’s perception in context of Bhopal Smart City Project I Mr. Preetam Karmakar, student of Masters of Environmental Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal undertook summer training at Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation Bhopal (EPCO). The institute is a premier research institute in Bhopal focusing on Urban and Environmental issues in Madhya Pradesh. It also offers consultancy services for other institute and organisations for various projects. The Institute is located in Shahpura area of Bhopal, also known as Paryavaran Parisar. The campus also has other institutes related to the research and focus on Environmental and Planning Department. I have done my training at State Knowledge Management Centre for Climate Change (SKMCCC) under the guidance of Mr. Lokendra Thakkar, General Manager, SKMCCC and MPCDMA. SKMCCC has been designed as State Nodal Agency for addressing the impacts of Climate Change. The Institute is required to research and identity solutions for sectors like food, economic security and sustainable development. I had selected EPCO because it is an important research institute in Bhopal with long ties of collaboration with my institute, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. I had along with my colleague had earlier visited EPCO and met Mr. Thakkar. He had asked us to identity topics for research during our internship. Accordingly, me and my classmate joined EPCO in last week of May 2016. In the initial week, we were asked to present our topics. Presentation done in from of general manager as well as other officials and our topics were refined and formulated further. The topic I chose was Analysis of Environmental Concerns and Peopleʼs Perception in context of Bhopal Smart City Project. The Work was periodically reviewed by Mr. Prateek Barapatre (Subject Expert, SKMCCC) and Mr. Thakkar himself. I received valuable inputs form them which further helped in improving the topic and detailed content of topic. The research was conducted via means of detailed literature study, primary and secondary survey, use of Mapping tools like ArcGIS and discussion with subject expert and academicians. The detailed report is separately attached. The institute also received a project to identity Environmental measures that should be considered while planning for smart cities of Madhya Pradesh. Accordingly, Environmental parameters were identified for Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. We were also encouraged to take part in discussions and workshops conducted at the institute. Accordingly, a workshop was conducted on the issue of Climate Change and its impact on Agriculture Productivity. Farms of Madhya Pradesh, support groups and NGOs participated in the event. We were encouraged to share our views and ideas on the same. Over all experience at EPCO was very encircling and fulfilling with me as a student gaining insight into how institute like EPCO function and research. Lastly, I express my gratitude to Prof. Rama Pandey for helping me to understand training at the institute.
Mr. Moinuddin
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Unlike many we in EPCO had the luxury of choosing our own projects to work, but with luxury came huge challenge of working on a project which when implemented should yield results. EPCO gave me the freedom of deciding the timeline of the project and also plan field visits accordingly. Though it was very short duration for us but it thought me the importance of field which I was working upon and also guided me at every turn.
I was happy to know later that my study on Adaptation and Mitigation was referred by one of our professor.
I take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me complete my Internship.
Ms. Sophia Rose Johnson 1. Ecofeminism & Environmental Journalism
2. Rising environmental concerns and reporting in Newspapers: Case Study of Bhopal.
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At the tender age of 17, I experienced what it is to work in an office that too a government one. For which I am grateful to the management of EPCO for giving me such an opportunity. From learning basic office etiquette to learning how to organize a programme at a large scale to how to present a work to how to conduct a survey and many more things, is what I got from the one month stay at SKMCCC, EPCO. I would like to acknowledge the cooperation given by all the people in the office, without whom I would not be able to complete the tasks given to me. Their utmost care and consideration made an environment which was comfortable for me to work in. Overall this one month had been a wonder learning experience for me for the lifetime.