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Department of Ecological Studies

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.

Interdisciplinary Approach
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.
Dissertation
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.

OUTCOMES
Individuals
Participation in the course of  Masters  in Environmental Management  will be able  to :

  • Improve skills in Environmental Management.
  • Improve faculty by sharing knowledge and comprehension.
  • Prepare one self  for creative career opportunities.

Corporations
Participation will create awareness of   environmental standards for delivering tangible value to the customers and companies.

  • Promote environment friendly and value added product designs and execution capabilities adding to competitive advantage.
  • Produce organically produced food stuffs
  • Sensitize community regarding  environmental responsibility
  • Practice community values for wider acceptance in society
  • Stimulate   innovativeness  in the production of  eco friendly cosmetics from wastes 
  • Develop  new  landscape  planning  for eco-city  and eco-village 
  • Establish NGO and consultancy  for environmental management service

Governments

  • An informed work force with adequate skills and knowledge
  • Optimal management of energy and resources
  • Evolve Legislation and Policy in the context of international trends in sustainable development
  • Preparation for better enforcement of environmental laws
  • Promotion of clean industrial products
  • Build a sustainable society

 

Career Opportunities
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. 

Job opportunities
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
Biodiversity Board
Non-government agencies and  Consultancy services

Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Objective of the Course

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