ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Studies in Environmental Science was established in the year 1992 under the stewardship of Prof. P. Venkataramaiah, at the Department of Studies in Physics. The Department was subsequently headed by the coordinators Prof. J. Shashidhara Prasad and Prof. Nagappa, later Prof. P. Venkataramaiah and Prof. J. Shashidhar Prasad became Vice-chancellors of Kuvempu University and University of Mysore respectively. Later, in the year 1999 Prof. S. L. Belagali and Prof. A. G. Devi Prasad were appointed as coordinators. In the year 2012, the department got independent status and Prof. S. L. Belagali became the first Chairman of the department and served for 03 terms. Then Dr. A. G. Devi Prasad became the chairman for 02 terms. Presently, Prof. N. S. Raju is the Chairman of department.
The faculties have undertaken several individual and collaborative research projects with regional, national and international importance, from various funding agencies like Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Bio-Technology (DBT), Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), University Grants Commission (UGC), Philips, Institute of Excellence (IOE-MHRD), EMPRI. The department is encouraging interdisciplinary research work with national research institutes such as CFTRI, KSPCB, and sister departments of the University. The department will also offer offering free consultation services to the public as well as industries regarding Environment related issues such as EIA of developmental projects, assessment of water quality, wasteland development and Conservation of Biodiversity.
MISSION AND VISION
The mission of the Department of Environmental Science is to undertake quality research and institutions in providing insight on the interactions between different forms of life. These insights allow us to understand natural changes in the environment, challenges in supplies of natural resources, protection of environment and to monitor and predict the impacts of pollution. Our vision is to coordinate strategically oriented group that contributes in developing environmentally sustainable responses to current environmental issues and problems through practice - based training, integrated and focused research program to ensure expertise and technical knowledge to students, researchers and common man.
THRUST AREAS OF RESEARCH
- Environmental chemistry
- Environmental microbiology
- Environmental toxicology
- Solid waste management
- GIS and remote sensing
- Conservation of biodiversity
- Wastewater Management
- Environmental Planning and EIA
- Medicinal plants
M. Sc. DEGREE
Duration: 2 years
About the course: The program is of semester scheme, involves four semesters. As the course is multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary, teaching mainly focuses on various subjects. A study-tour to different industries and treatment plants for practical understanding of the subject is mandatory every semester. Along with the theory and practical classes, a project work is mandatory in the fourth semester, which is under the supervision of Faculty members helping the students for their career in future.
Eligibility: Any science graduate from any national and international recognized university is eligible to apply.
Ph. D. PROGRAM
Duration: 3 -7 years
About the course: The Department offers Ph. D program that prepares promising students in the various disciplines of Environmental Science. A six months course work is mandatory for registration. Periodic assessment of the candidate and his/her research work will be carried out based on the quality of research publications in peer reviewed journals.
Eligibility: Candidates with M. Sc Degree in Environmental Science and allied subjects from any national and international recognized University are eligible to apply. Selection is based on the entrance exam conducted by the University followed by an interview.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND INSTRUMENTS
The Department is comparatively new and is still developing with limited research facilities. A separate block with spacious research laboratories have been set-up in the year 2012. The facilities in the Department include: Wi-Fi connection, Seminar halls with advanced projector system, Instruments such as: PCR unit, Gel Electrophoresis unit, Gas Chromatography and High Speed Defreeze Centrifuge, PM 2.5, PM. 10 and respirable dust sampler, Real time PCR, Ultra probe sonicator, Nitrogen evaporator, -20oc deep freezer, Micrtome, Centrifuge (10,000rpm), Electrophoresis unit, Double distillation unit, UV and visible spectrophotometer, Vortex (100 capacity), BOD incubator, Gradient thermal cyclers, Microscope, Epi-fluorescence, phase contrast, stero binocular with digital imaging, Inverted Trinocular and fluorescence with CCD Camera, etc.,
ü Conducting seminars, symposia and conferences to provide a platform for academic benefit.
ü Conducting exhibition and rallies to create environmental awareness in public.
ü Extending research facilities and expertise available within the Department to Industries (through the University-Industry Interaction Centre) and State Pollution Control Board as a part of consultancy program.
Title of the project
Screening and evolution on fire wood species of sustainable utilization and health management in rural area of Chamarajanagar District.
Dr. A. G. Devi Prasad
Bioaugmentation treatment of Endosulfan contaminated soils in Dakshina Kannada and Mercara regions of Karnataka using potential isolates of bacteria and fungi.
Dr. N.S. Raju
Man and Elephant Conflict in Bannerghatta National Park, Karnataka.
Dr. G.V. Venkataramana
Water sample analysis and biodiversity studies in Mysore-Nanjangud local planning .
Production of manure using organic wastes using organic wastes by composting and vermi-composting technology.
Dr. N.S. Raju
Influence of particulate matter oxidative Potential on Respiratory Health
Assessment of Organophosphorus & Organo chlorine pesticides and their residue in ground water and soil of Mysore District.
Dr. N.S. Raju
Climate Smart Livelihood and Socio-ecological Development of Biodiversity Hotspots of India
DST, New Delhi
22, 00, 000/-
Dr. S. Srikantaswamy
v Jindal Jubilee Gold Medal
v Smt. Basavaraju Gemini Distilleries Endowment Gold Medal
v Late B. Basavalingappa Memorial Trust Endowment Gold Medal
v Smt. Meenakshamma Chandrashekar Gold Medal
v Prof. S. L. Belagali Endowment Gold Medal
v Murthy’s Cash Prize for Excellence.
M. Sc Environmental Science course papers
Water and Wastewater Management
EIA, Environmental Policy and Laws
Air, Noise and Radiation Pollution
Conservation of Biodiversity
Solid Waste Management
Environmental Planning and Sustainable development
Occupational Health and Safety
Remote Sensing and GIS
Climate Change and Current Issues
Natural Resources Management
Marine Ecology and Coastal Pollution
Environment and Health
Environmental Pollution and Management
Nuclear & Bio Medical Waste Management
Ecology & Environment
Ph. Ds Guided
The department proposes to undertake research initiatives on some of the following emerging areas;
q Environmental Health and Air Quality Monitoring Programme.
q Conservation of indigenous knowledge of tribes about medicinal plants.
q Bio-energy resources for sustainable utilization and wasteland development.
q Bio remediation of pesticides.
q Nanotechnology for Pollution management.
q Solid waste and E-waste management.
q Bio aesthetic plantation for carbon sequestration in urban areas.
For more information contact:
Department of Studies in Environmental Science
University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore -570 006