International Centre for Ecological Engineering (ICEE) has been set up in the University of Kalyani in collaboration with the International Ecological Engineering Society, Switzerland in 2003. The Centre conceived the idea of starting a Masters course in Environmental Management. and the Department of Environmental Management was created in 2010 that subsequently started a M. Tech/M. Sc course in Environmental Management from the academic session 2010-2011. In parallel, ICEE is running in full swing in conducting considerable research, training and extension activities on different aspects of environmental issues.
Owing to its inherent interdisciplinary nature the course is being run with the academic inputs from resource persons of diverse disciplines from various universities and institutes.
Head of the Department
Dr. Susmita Lahiri
Objective of the Course
The objective of the course is to develop adequate skill as environmental managers through proper training, survey and exposure to environmental problems of major industries for management options. Basically, the students will be trained in all aspects of environment management and cutting edge technology in order to enhance their knowledge to address the recent environmental problems and management.
Why is Environmental Management Needed ?
Environmental management has an important role to play in the sustainable development of the human society. Environmental Management now feature prominently on national and international political agenda - global climate change, sea level rise, carbon sequestration, water and energy crisis, depletion and disruption of natural resources, trans-national spread of epidemic diseases, natural and man-made disasters, etc that are threatening the equilibrium of our planet. The impact of anthropogenic activities on our world is so great that it is beyond the carrying capacity of natural systems to absorb the damage that we inflict upon them, leading to destruction of fragile habitats including depletion of water level, tropical rain forests, species extinction, depletion of non-renewable resources, etc. The problems are more acute in the developing nations where the human lives are in great danger in absence of effective industrial and environmental management programmes that lead to tragic death of industrial workers or neighboring poor population by the emitted gas of the industries.
Differences are again pronounced in terms of resource use pattern between the developing and developed countries. The ecological foot print which is a good indicator for measuring the per capita consumption and available resource on the earth is heavily biased towards the developing nations. We face acute competition for building land, waste disposal problems, food security issues, the trans-national spread of epidemic diseases, and ever rising trend in total human population. It is beyond doubt that better effective ways to live in a more sustainable way is to maintain better harmony with our environment. Against this backdrop, there is increasing demand for highly skilled managers of the environment both at the government and private sectors.
Why study M.Tech/M.Sc. Course in Environmental Management?
While the outcome of studying Masters in other branches of Science is undoubtedly good, a Master in Environmental Management can also provide a good career, as many employers in the field seek recruits having a Masters degree in Environmental Management that has equipped the students with specialized training for deep understanding of sustainability issues, such as that fundamentally affect the human life, global environmental changes and industrial environmental policies and advanced education needed to make critical environmental decisions. A few Indian Universities teach Masters degree course in Environmental Management.
The inter-disciplinary approach of the subject is imperative. Employers look for expertise and experience in subjects such as environmental law, economics and policy function, environmental impact techniques, environmental management approaches and strategies including land restoration, forest management, freshwater, coastal and marine environment management. The experience to use geological information system (GIS), bioinformatics, and to analyze data sets-perhaps acquired by remote sensing – is also deemed essential.
It is necessary that modules within the Environmental Management course are offered by faculty members belonging to more than one academic Department, spanning from science to social science. It should have political, social, legal and economic dimensions too.
The cooperation of the teachers of the interacting Departments of the University as well as from neighboring institutions has been ensured, so as to bring together all the relevant disciplines in a common platform to impart this multidisciplinary course. Eminent teachers and researchers from the neighboring Research Institutes and Universities will act as resource persons and deliver class lectures.
Library and Computer Facilities
The infrastructural facilities of the Environmental Management classroom and laboratories have been developed with required instruments, audio-visual system and computer facilities. The ICEE has moderate collection of literature, books and periodicals. Most of the text books and reference books required for the course are available in the Central Library in the University. However, the ICEE is especially enriched with books and journals in the various fields of Environmental Management. In keeping with the course contents, the students are provided with central computer and network facilities of the University.
Things to consider
A variety of learning styles
A Master degree in Environmental Management needs to be challenging and demanding. The students should focus on collaborative, student-centred, experimental and practical learning styles.
A substantial dissertation backed by one to one supervision by a member of the Faculty is also an essential feature of a good Masters degree in Environmental Management. It is expected that degree holders in EM are able to communicate effectively and to be confident in debate and discussion. The demands of a research based dissertation offer the best training of all in these skills.
Participation in the course of Masters in Environmental Management will be able to :
Participation will create awareness of environmental standards for delivering tangible value to the customers and companies.
Career opportunities for Environmental Management professionals have expanded significantly during the last decade. It has become mandatory to each industry to deploy environmental manager for eco friendly development and to avoid unwarranted emission of deadly poison causing mass kill of precious human life. Corporations seek qualified managers to incorporate environmental compliance programmes into business strategies and to improve performance by waste reduction and energy efficiency. There are also growing career opportunities in government agencies, non-profit organizations, public utilities, and consulting firms. Entrepreneurial individuals will be able to see creative openings for income generating services.
Job opportunities are expanding in public and private sector agencies and companies for specialist staff to help devise strategies to meet ambitious sustainability targets set by governments both in India and across the world. The programmes will be of particular benefit to those desiring to pursue a career in environment in the service and industrial sector and any institution where environmental management is required for optimising available resources. This is a challenging opportunity for any enterprising student for developing entrepreneurship and NGO for self employment and consultancy service.
International Environment.- UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, WWF
State Pollution Control Board
Central Pollution Control Board
Environmental Policy, Legislation and Regulation
Conservation and Natural Resource Management
Department of Science & Technology
Department of Bio-technology
Department of Environment and Forests
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Council of Scientific and Industrial research
Non-government agencies and Consultancy services
Objective of the Course