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“The only constant in life is change”. There’s a lot of change going around us & I realize this in 2nd year in one of the early morning walk of Delhi where at one place there’s a lot of hustle, the battle going on for a single bucket of water from a tank in a ghetto, few children with a slanted grin looking like a strolling skeleton whose mothers were battling in a long queue for water which is the fundamental need of a human. Walking some distance, within the mid of gigantic buildings, there was an underground structure in an calm and quiet environment, who at its glory age filled human thrust but now can’t even fill itself. Now stepwell only signify as a monument. These two circumstances are the aftereffect of changes occurring in our city, and we are fizzled sooner or later for not co-relating a few changes together which resulted India to topped the rundown regarding water lack, alongside China.

Based on my large amount of observation and deepened reflections on a wide variety of issues in practice, I think there are many wrong concepts and rooms for improvement in URP, e.g linking past and present for solving global crises, social inequality in the distribution of basic needs, lack of attention on migrants from rural to urban areas, and the unrestrained expansion in urban development planning. These clashes between human health, rights, and environmental concerns that I witnessed in the capital of India fascinate me and attract me to the Environmental planning program. My primary interest is in water management planning because I believe everything correlated with water from the development of civilization to the health of society and to social equity. Moreover being born in India where we worship water, worship with water, and worship from water, I saw the significance of water intently. I might be born in a place where I’ve never had to worry about finding water or deal with the fear that our water might affect the health of my family but I saw people losing their lives to water-related diseases. It’s a world most of us don't have the foggiest idea.

I’m proud to say that I have built for myself a sound specialized theoretical foundation through my five years of study in architecture in the Apeejay school of architecture and planning securing I – Div. I also ranked 3rd in university in my 3rd-year and was nominated for the SatyaPaul Human value award in the same year. Moreover, I have shown competent research ability by trying to find the answer for water drastic situation. My researchpaper” The traditional water structures” helps me to understand that back then these structures are more than a tourist spot. New terms like restoration through sustainable development came up. So to understand it further I joined Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and got fortunate to learn so much about conserving heritage and culture in the present context and the experience ignites my interest how a planner can be including such resources to present policies instead of making them hostages by preserve and freeze system. It's important to explain that these resources are vital for including in the planning of cities. Meaning is more fluid in time, resulting in questioning their identity and belonging in today's world. We are schooled to consider these structures as our heritage. My dissertation “Modern technique of reviving traditional water bodies “ create a framework for their revival and positive impact on the environment with less burden on underground water table and the possibility of creating a dynamic relationship between social groups and these places. This is all by making our heritage a part of community life and including them as an active part of the city while planning. These traditional water structures are already being a part of our urban fabric so we might not need to waste further land in our growing urbanization and by reviving we secure the water conditions of the community.
So I had done my thesis on Experience Centre, the revival of the stepwell. India still got many undiscovered structures and cleverly makes use of existing yet underutilized resources.

There are two reasons why I believe that graduate study at the Harvard Urban planning department, such as yours, is important for a person aspiring for an environmental planner. Right off the bat, learning under the specialist like Ann Forsyth who’s blog plentizen answer many question a planning interest student can ask for and Rahul Mehrotra whose work in India can serve as a model to student who want to make a significant original contributions. Secondly, Harvard graduate study emphasizes on an intensive and independent study on different specialized area is an ideal way of making a student capable of reaching the frontiers of knowledge quickly and keeping abreast of the latest developments. I especially extol its efforts to help innovative students to question social equity and global crises.

After completing my master’s program, I would like to come back to India to work with government and conservation authorities to include living heritages when we talk about water management and natural resources management. My second aim is to include and teach communities while I proceed with restoration project for sustainable development,so I also want to open my own NGO to motivate and advise business and government, to strike a balance between human needs and environmental concerns. I unhesitatingly accept that I will end up being a specialist in restoration policies and will have a considerably more effective professional in this field with a blend of the western and oriental culture profound inside me through learning at your college.

There’s one line that always stuck in my head from my high school literature from “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Water, water,+ everywhere, Nor any drop to drink”. I am terrified of this similitude and want to build a world where we never confronted such conditions.


I wouldn’t post your entire essay verbatim on a public Internet forum, just saying. Especially if you haven’t applied yet.