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Dr. Amrita Dwivedi
Assistant Professor
Department of Humanistic Studies IIT (BHU)
amrita.hss@iitbhu.ac.in
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Area of Interest: 
Environmental Sociology, Sanitation & Human Health, Solid Waste Management, Drainage & Sewerage System, Socio-Economic conditions of Slum dwellers, Yoga & Meditation.

Present Position:

  • Assistant Professor  since 08-02-2018.

 Positions Held:

  • UGC Post Doctoral Fellow: Feb 2015 – 7 Feb 2018. Department of Civil Engineering, IIT (BHU). 
  • Project Associate, under Design & Innovation Hub- Project Varanasi, IIT (BHU).

 
Educational Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. (2009) onUrban Sanitation and Human Health: A Case Study of  Varanasi City”, Banaras Hindu University.
  • M.A. First Class (2003): 69.45%, BHU.

            Specialization in ‘Cartography and Remote Sensing’. Topic of Dissertation:  Land
            use/Land Cover Mapping from Satellite Imagery of a part of Sonebhadra District, U.P.

  • B.A.  First Class (2001): 74.4%, MMV, BHU.

 
 
     
Courses Taught:
Universal Human Values - I & II for UG & Ph.D. Students: (2014 to date).
 

Research Projects completed/ongoing:
 

Design and Innovation Hub- Project Varanasi (DIHPV)’: Initiative of MHRD under this major project different projects are running. In 10 projects, I have been working as Co-PI as given below (Projects # 6 to 10 are in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur):
  1. Improving solid waste management at IIT (BHU) and adopting the Bio-digestion System of Bhagwanpur Sewage Treatment Plant for biogas production under DIHPV
  2. Adopting River Assi Catchment for Improved Environment Management in Varanasi
  3. Wood Craft  Industry of Varanasi under DIHPV.
  4. ‘Study of Banarasi Paan with Special Reference to Pandariba’ under DIHPV.
  5.  Mohan Se Mahatma: Puppet Show & Documentation under DIHPV.
  6. Activation Workshop & augmentation of NODE 1, Urban Ecosystem Innovation, Varanasi- Case of Adi Kesava/ Raj Ghat trail under DIHPV.
  7. Urban Creative Cluster augmentation in Varanasi-case: 500 streches in Adampur/Nagwa/Chetganj under DIHPV.
  8. Meditation App Development using Feedback from Various Meditation Traditions (Inclusive of an APP sector covering Harmony Centers and End-of-Life Philanthropy patrons who are supportive of these traditions) under DIHPV.
  9. Old Age Homes in Varanasi: Exploring the holistic wellbeing of the elderly and Financing towards Developing a Sustainable and integrated Model under DIHPV.
  10.  To Improve End-of-Life Care by Reconfiguring Old Age Homes (OAHs) in Varanasi  under DIHPV.

Completed Project: Mohan Se Mahatma: Puppet Show & Documentation under DIHPV

We have studied the art of puppet making. Around 100 puppets have been prepared under this project. Documentary prepared. The puppet show has been conducted in IIT (BHU) and other places in Varanasi. The documentary can be accessed at the url: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD249cGdjCg.

 
Team: D. Singh, Mithilesh Dubey, Amrita Dwivedi, & Mohd. Zaheer Khan Yusufzai

Book Published (2012)
 

After an overview of sanitation and health in developing countries, my Book on “Sanitation and human health in developing countries” presents an in-depth investigation of Varanasi city, e.g., physico-cultural settings, house types and their distribution, perception towards sanitary facilities, health and sanitation, healthcare facilities, planning and management of urban centres with a case study of Varanasi city. Various aspects of sanitation, health, housing, slums, solid waste, sewerage system, water supply, health care, slaughter houses, education perception etc. are presented vis-à-vis their planning and management.

  •  Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra

‘Health Situation in an Urban Environment : A Case Study of Varanasi City’
Chapter # 10 in Book “Quotidian Urban Challenges Development, Environment and Health”, (Editor: Dr. Ravi S. Singh), Published by YS Books International, Mayur Printers, New Delhi, pp.211-232 (ISBN-13:978-81-927456-9-5) 2014.

  • Arvind Kumar Singh and  Amrita Dwivedi

     ‘Population Pressure and Lanscape Changes in Chakia Block of Chandauli District, U.P.”
      National Geographical Journal of India (ISSN: 0027-9374/1360),
      Vol. 58 (2), pp. --- 2012.

  • Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra

‘Management of Slums in Varanasi City’
Published in the Proceedings of the International Workshop on “Post Economic Meltdown Era: Challenges & Strategies”, IW 2012, 4-5 Feb. 2012, pp. 111-120. ISBN: 9789381361955.

  • Arvind Kumar Singh and Amrita Dwivedi

‘Literary Rate and Gender Gap in Chakia Block’
Indian Journal of Landscape Systems & Ecological Studies (ISSN: 0971-4170), Vol. 34, pp. 561-570, December (2011).

  • Ajay Thakur, V.K. Kumra and Amrita Dwivedi

‘Sustainable Management of Solid Waste: A Case Study of Patna City’
National Geographical Journal of India (ISSN: 0027-9374/1360),
Vol. 56 Pts (3-4), pp. 71-80, Sept.-Dec. 2010.

  • Smita Banerjee, Pawan Kumar Bhaskar, Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra

‘Urban Environmental Problem of Solid Waste Collection,Disposal and its Effects
on Child Health: A Study of Varanasi City’
In Strategic Management of Environment for Sustainable Development (Proceedings
of „ICONSMEEDS 2010‟), Eds.: V.K. Kumra, B.N. Singh, Abhijeet Singh, B.K.
Choudhary, S.K. Singh, Chapter 38, pp. 376-392 (ISSN: 978-81-2329-396-9), Shree
Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi -110002.

  • Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra

‘State of Sanitation in Varanasi City : A Geographical Study’
In Strategies for Sustainable Management of Disaster in India (Proceedings of
“ICONSMEEDS 2010”), Eds.: B.N. Singh, Raj Kumar, SarfarazAlam, S.K. Singh,
V.K. Kumra, Chapter 22, pp. 259-270 (ISSN: 978-81-2329-396-9), Shree Publishers
& Distributors, New Delhi-110002.

  • Amrita Dwivedi, S. Sanyal and V.K. Kumra

‘Housing Conditions in Varanasi City’
Indian Journal of Landscape Systems & Ecological Studies (ISSN: 0971-4170),
Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 255-266 (2009).

  • Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra

‘Solid Waste Management and Sanitation in Varanasi City’
National Geographical Journal of India (ISSN: 0227-9374),
Vol. 55, Pt. 3, pp. 1-12, September (2009).

Papers Presented/Participated in International & National Conferences/Seminars

  • Amrita Dwivedi & P.K. Singh: Presentation on ‘Sanitation, safe water & waste water: A case study of Varanasi’ in an international workshop on ‘Water Urbanism & Regional Planning’, Varanasi,  Jan  6-13, 2018.
  • Amrita Dwivedi & D.Singh: Presentation on ‘Design and Innovation Hub- Project Varanasi’ in an International Seminar-cum- Exhibition on Historical Evolution of  India’, Kolkata , May 11-13, 2017.
  • Paper accepted: ‘Smart Solutions for Waste water & Solid waste management and related sanitation  Scenario in Varanasi City’ accepted for presentation  in the International Conference on Communication, Management and Information Technology ICCMIT’17, Poland.
  •  Participated in the workshop, Sandhi, A  Science- Heritage Initiative, Swastika , A exploratory Exhibition  on the pattern of ideogram  of the universal principal of Sustainability, Sponsored by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India held at Kolkata 8-10 July 2016.
  • Documentary presentation on study of Banarasi Paan & Wood craft Industry of Varanasi city , presented in the workshop, Sandhi, A science- Heritage Initiative.’ By the Ministry of HRD, India, GOI, held at IIT (BHU), 20-21 Feb 2016.
  • Participated in the workshop, Sandhi, A  Science- Heritage Initiative, Sponsored by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India held at Kolkata 11-13 September 2015.
  • Amrita Dwivedi : Presentation on ‘Present Condition of Slums in Varanasi City’ in the workshop, Sandhi, A  Science- Heritage Initiative, sponsored by the Ministry of HRD, Government of  India held at IIT  Kharagpur 19-21October 2014. Abstract Book page # 100.
  • Amrita Dwivedi : ‘Mahamana’s Contribution to Women’s Upliftment’Presented in the International BHU Alumni Meet (IBAM-2012) & Seminar on “Mahamana’s Vision of Nation Building”, Banaras Hindu University, 23-24 December 2012.
  • Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra : ‘Management of Slums in Varanasi City’

Presented in the International Workshop on „Post Economic Meltdown Era: Challenges
& Strategies‟, 4-5 Feb. 2012. judged as the Runner Up at the International Workshop
on „Post Economic Meltdown Era: Challenges & Strategies‟ held on 4-5 Feb. 2012,
Faculty of Management Studies, BHU. Abstract Book page # 82.

  • . Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra : ‘State of Sanitation and Management: A Case of Varanasi City’ Presented in International Conference on “Technology, Energy and Sustainable Rural Environment”, Banaras Hindu University, 23-25 Feb. 2011. Abstract Book page # 68.
  • Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra : ‘State of Water Supply in Varanasi City’

Presented in National Seminar on “Population, Development & Environment: Issues
& Challenges”, Banaras Hindu University, 18-20 Feb. 2010. Abstract Book page # 74-75.

  • Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra : ‘State of Sanitation in Varanasi City’

Presented in International Conference on “Strategic Management of Energy,
Environment & Disaster for Sustainable Development”, Banaras Hindu University,
Varanasi, 11-15 January 2010. Abstract Book page # 135.

  • . Participated in National Seminar on “Research in Geography: Debate on Issues and Solutions”, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 28-29 January 2010.
  • . Amrita Dwivedi, S. Sanyal and V.K. Kumra : ‘Assessment of Housing Status in Varanasi City’ Presented in National Seminar on “Urban Governance and Need for Information System” Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 16-17 March 2009. Abstract Book page # 24.
  • . Amrita Dwivedi, S. Sanyal and S. Singh: ‘Study of Housing Conditions in Varanasi City’ Presented in International Seminar on Understanding Varanasi through Ages: Continuity, Change and Globalisation", Banaras Hindu University, 23-24 March 2009.
  • Amrita Dwivedi and V.K. Kumra : ‘Sanitation and Human Health in Varanasi City:       Environmental Concerns’Presented in International Conference on “Issues Causing Threat to Our Environment”, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 27-29 March 2008. Abstract Book page # 155.
  • . Participated in National Seminar on “Geomorphology in Disaster Mitigation and Management”,Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 15-17 February 2008.

 

                                             
 
 

  1. First  in  B.A. Part I, Part II, & Part III at MMV, BHU.
  2. UGC Research Fellowship from January 2007 to October 2009.
  3.  Paper on “Management of Slums in Varanasi City” judged as the Runner Up at the

           International Workshop on “Post Economic Meltdown Era: Challenges & Strategies‟ held
            on 4-5 Feb. 2012, Faculty of Management Studies, BHU.
 
        Workshops/Exhibition/Seminar Organized :

  • Amrita Dwivedi,, Manmeet Singh Raina, Swasti Mishra & D.Singh

Organization, Editing & Compilation - Vigyan-Tatha-Samskriti Sabha & Exhibition “Varanasi through the ages” - under Project Varanasi (February 21 - 22, 2017) at IIT (BHU).

  • Amrita Dwivedi  & D.Singh : Mohan Se Mahatma Puppet Show & Documentation held on 2nd Oct, 2016 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti at IIT(BHU), Varanasi.
  • Amrita Dwivedi  & D.Singh : Workshop on Design & Innovation Hub-Project Varanasi  By the Ministry of HRD, India, GOI, held at IIT (BHU), 20-21 Feb 2016.
  • Amrita Dwivedi  & D.Singh : Interactive workshop on 8 micro projects under Design & Innovation Hub-Project Varanasi  with the collaboration of IIT KGP, held at IIT (BHU), 6-8 Nov.2016.

                                           Extra-curricular Activities

  1. Training Programme on "Rain Water Harvesting & Artificial Recharge to Ground Water", organized by Central Ground Water Authority, state unit office, Allahabad, 25-26 March 2008, at BHU.
  2. Diploma in Computer Application from Excel Net Computers Education Centre, in the year 2004.
  3.  Course in Yogic Practices for better living conducted at the Yoga Sadhana Kendra, BHU in the year 2001.
  4.  Advance Courses related to Yoga & Meditation, Happiness programs advance courses done under Art of Living  Foundation.