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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 Engineering
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geographic Information System
  • Disaster Management

Environmental Subjects available for Study in India across various universities, these courses are classified under following categories;

  • Certificate: Post Graduate Certificate
  • Diploma: Post Graduate Diploma
  • Graduate: B.Sc
  • Post Graduate; M.Sc
  • Research: M.Phil and PHd
  • Engineering: B.Tech, M.Tech

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;

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing
  2. Jamia Hamdard University
  3. Kurukshetra University
  4. IGNOU: Course in under preparation
  • MBA in Disaster Management: Course offered by
  • Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi  
  • Anna University, Chennai            
  • IASE University, Rajasthan           
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi          
  • The Global Open University, Nagaland   
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai             
  • Geological Survey of India
  • Courses on Climate Change
  • Center for Environmental Nuclear Research (CENR)
  • Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)
  • Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI)
  • National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Centre for Environment Education (CEE)
  • Sri Paramakalyani Centre for Environmental Sciences (SPKCES)

Carrier Options after pursuing Environmental Education in India;

  1. Environmental Engineer:  

The demand for Environmental Engineer is getting increased now a days considering the strict Environmental Norms and Policies.

Job Role: 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 teaching Environment.

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 obtained.

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.

Author: @theearthview@gmail.com

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