Environment Education has been mandatory
subject now a days in all education boards. Government is also paying more
attention towards Environmental Education and Awareness for taking care of
increasing Environmental issues. Almost every Universities in India has
initiated full time courses in Environmental science at bachelor and Master
Level. There are few courses which has gained attention in past days like
Environmental Audit and Environmental Impact Assessment.
Environmental science has broad category and overlapping
subject area for study as it shares common area of interest in another domain
as mentioned below;
Environmental Subjects available for Study in
India across various universities, these courses are classified under following
Post Graduate Certificate
Post Graduate Diploma
M.Phil and PHd
These courses are available as full time as
well as open study across various universities in India.
JNU (Jwahar Lal Nehru University) is one among
the premiere institution in India who is offering courses on Environmental
Science. All IITs and central Universities are also offering different program
in Environmental Science or Engineering.
Other than traditional Environmental degrees,
there are various unique interdisciplinary subjects designed in recent past
that has added demand in market as provide excellent job opportunities for
students; Few of the courses are listed below;
- Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
Course in under preparation
- MBA in Disaster Management: Course offered by
Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi
Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi
Global Open University, Nagaland
Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Survey of India
- Courses on Climate Change
for Environmental Nuclear Research (CENR)
for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)
Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
for Environment Education (CEE)
Paramakalyani Centre for Environmental Sciences (SPKCES)
Carrier Options after
pursuing Environmental Education in India;
- Environmental Engineer:
The demand for Environmental Engineer is getting
increased now a days considering the strict Environmental Norms and Policies.
Air, Water Pollution monitoring and control, Designing and implementation of
Rain water Harvesting, Water Treatment plant, Creating and implementation of
Sewage treatment method, Waste management disposal etc
Prospective employer: State Government, Central Government, Pollution control boards, Industries who comes under Environment Norms of Indian Constitution and responsible for pollutants management before its final disposal.
2. Environmental Manager
In recent past Environmental Manager job has
increased in demand considering management of various aspects of Environmental
consideration i.e. regulations, liasoning with government, execution of project
by foreign funding agencies.
Job Role: Responsible
for taking care of overall environmental prospects of the organization by
developing, monitoring and implementing the right strategies at right time
using appropriate methods following defined guidelines.
Prospective Employer: Government Organization, Private companies, NGOs
3. EHS Manager
Environment Health and Safety is one among the
key job role which is recognized by almost all organizations. It deals with the
safety of employees as well as ensures the best practices organization is
following for employee's health and their safety at work places.
Job Role: Responsible for evaluation of working
place including all equipment's and processes being used to ensure compliance with
government defined safety standards. Overall responsible for management of occupational
hazard if any.
Prospective employer: All organization has strict guidelines to follow the EHS norms. In non-production unit (IT, Telecom etc) the role is limited upto safety of employees at work places, fire fighting training, mock drills etc. However, in production unit (chemical plants, rubber industries, construction sites etc) They have vital role to play. EHS manager use to participate on day to day work on site, evaluate the effective measure were taken during work by employees. All measures adhere to the standard defines norms or not.
4. Project Officer
The term Project Officer is being used by NGOs
or funding agencies for deployment of Environmental Experts for a short period
of time i.e till the life cycle of that project. Their role is like that of
Project Manager in other industries. Various foreign added environment related
projects are being implemented in India. These are short term projects and now
a days attracting employment of Project Officers.
Job role: Responsible
for execution of predefined objective of the project related with environment.
Prospective Employer: NGOs, Project executed under aid of foreign funding agencies, Government projects
5. Environmental Auditor
Job prospects for Environmental Auditor is getting
attention in recent past in India. Being a developing Nation there are various
industries which are either started functioning or in the process of getting
initiated. The role of Auditor required at both at inception as well as operational
stage of any such industries.
Job Role: Role
of an auditor aims at verification and validation to ensure that various
environmental laws are complied with and adequate care has been taken towards
environmental protection and preservation. Preparation of summary report
prepared after an environmental audit that describes the attributes of the
audit and audit findings and conclusions.
Prospective Employer: Industries/Private Sector, Government Body, Independent practice or can work as consultant
6. Teaching Environment
Increasing Environmental Issues now a days has
one best solution to make everyone aware about its impact on human being. Exploitation
of current natural resources without compromising the demand for coming
generation is one among the key agenda for sustainable development. Considering
the same Environment Education is now a mandatory subject in almost all board
of education in India. Government has also made a guideline to introduce
Environment education from primary stage of education itself. Various
universities across the India has initiate curriculum at UG and PG stage for
Job Role: Teacher,
Professor, Research Assistants
Prospective Employer: Government and Private School and colleges, NGOs
7. EIA Expert
Environmental Impact Assessment is now a day's
mandatory before citation of any industry in India. In short this is a
mandatory exercise to predict the effect of a proposed activity/project on
Environment. In India EIA has introduced through Environment Protection Act in
1994 and considered as mandatory event for industries which may have probable
impact on Environment.
Job Role: EIA experts explore the project
area, its processes, predict and suggest remedial measures for negative impacts
of a proposed activity, plant or project. EIA is a specific field, and career
tracks are generally determined by specialization and level of education
Prospective Employer: Industries/Private Sector,
Government Body, Independent practice or can work as consultant
There can be more
domain specific jobs and Job roles related with Environmental studies. The Objective
of this article is to provide the short introduction about the subject. There
may be various other prospects which are not covered under this article.