DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (EVS)
Aim & Objectives:
Meaning Of Environmental Studies
Environmental studies is the scientific study of an ecosystem’s structure and status, as well as changes in organisms resulting from it. It encompasses research not just on the physical and biological characteristics of the environment but also on social, cultural, and human factors as well as their influence on the environment.
Objectives and Guiding Principles of Environmental Studies
According to UNESCO (1971), the objectives of environmental studies are:
(a) Developing public understanding of environmental issues.
(b)Prescribing basic information about the environment and its associated issues.
(c) Concern for the environment must be fostered through education.
(d)Developing public enthusiasm for environmental protection and improvement
(e) Developing skills to assist the concerned people in detecting and resolving environmental issues
(f) Seeking a balance with Nature.
According to UNESCO, the guiding principles of environmental education should be as follows:
(a) Education about the environment should be required from the primary to the postgraduate level.
(b) Environment education should be multidisciplinary, incorporating environmental physical, chemical, biological, as well as social-cultural elements. It should connect biology and technology by forming a link between the two.
(c) The historical perspective, the present situation, and possible future concerns should all be considered in environmental education.
(d)Sustainable development should be emphasized in environmental education, which entails economic growth without damaging the environment.
(e) Environmental education should highlight the importance of seeking international collaboration in environmental planning.
(f) More emphasis should be placed on doing things and having experiences rather than simply learning.
The importance’s of environmental studies
- To clarify contemporary environmental ideas, such as how to preserve species diversity.
- To live more sustainably.
- To optimize the usage of natural resources
- To comprehend the actions of an organism in its natural habitat.
- To understand how organisms in populations and communities interact.
- To raise public awareness and education about environmental concerns and issues at all levels of government.
Need of Public Awareness about Environment
In today’s world, owing to industrialization and increasing human population, our natural resources have been rapidly exhausted and our environment is being damaged by human activities. We must therefore protect the environment because of this.
It is not only the responsibility of government to take an active part in environmental protection; it is also the obligation of individuals. It’s more cost-effective to protect our environment than it is to repair it after it has been damaged, so we should all do our part.
Mass media, such as newspapers, radio, television, and other forms of communication, are very significant in raising public awareness about the environment. BSI (Botanical Survey of India, 1890), ZSI (Zoological Survey of India, 1916), WII (Wild Life Institute of India) are a few of the organizations that play an important role in increasing public awareness around the environment.
Name of the Department:
- Environmental Studies
- Year of Establishment:
- Names of Programmes / Courses offered (UG, PG, M.Phil., Ph.D., IntegratedMasters; IntegratedPh.Detc.):
- B.A. General Course (Non-Hons)
- B.A. Major Course. (Hons)
No. of Year of Experience
Hydrogeochemical characterization & quality assessment of the groundwater at urban landuse(Guwahati)