History of the Department
The Department of Environmental Science of Bangalore University was established in 1992 to mainstream the scientific methods and technologies related to Environmental Science in the main curricula of the University. Incidentally the year 1992 was the Year of the UN Conference known as the Rio Summit and Agenda 21 for Environmental Protection and Conservation.
Since its establishment, the Department of Environmental Science has been primarily charged to implement a number of academic programs as per the curriculum developed by the Department as well as executing a number of funded research projects, Interdisciplinary training and connected academic activities, consultancy projects, organizing seminars, workshops, invited lectures, etc. to uplift the standard of performance of Department and to prepare the younger generation for meeting the impending opportunities and challenges ahead.
Primary mission of the Department of Environmental Sciences is to impart environmental knowledge to students and develop research and evaluation programmes. Besides, several funded project works have been completed in the last many years. Towards this end, the laboratory of the department has been provided with infrastructure facilities to meet the requirement of water, air, soil and biological sample analysis. The Environmental Science laboratory of Bangalore University is recognized under EPA, 1986 way back in 2002. Following this, the department is getting samples from various public and private undertakings, Govt. agencies, etc. Standards protocols for the analysis of the samples have been developed. Two international collaborative programmes have been undertaken, one with Griffith University, Australia and the other one with University of Venice, Italy. Curriculum development is one of the objectives of collaboration with Griffith University. Students are exposed to a host of fields such as Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Pollution, Biostatistics, Waste Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Toxicology, Remote Sensing and its applications, Geographic Information System, Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity, Disaster Management, Environmental Engineering, Energy and Conservation, Environmental Geology, and Basics of Computer Applications during their course. This has enabled them to emerge as eligible graduates with comprehensive analytical bent of mind to take up challenging tasks. Taking into consideration the multi-disciplinary nature of the course, the Department of Environmental Sciences also uses the expertise of faculties not only from the sister Departments of the University but also from leading institutions in the city.
In 1992, Prof. S.G. Phene and Dr. K.S. Anantha Murthy, Reader from the Depatment of Geology were deputed to co-ordinate the newly started department. The Department of Environmental Science attained its Department status from the in 1997. In 1998, Dr. K.S. Anantha Murthy was appointed as the Professor in Kuvempu University, Shankarghatta. Dr. R.K. Somashekar from the Department of Botany was transferred Environmental Science in June 1998.
In December 1998, Dr. R.K. Somashekar was appointed as the co-ordinator/Chairman of the Department. He was the coordinator/Chairman from 1998 to Dec 2005 for a period of 8 years. Meanwhile, in 2003, Dr. N. Nandini was appointed as Reader under the backlog vacancies. As per the university regulations on rotation Dr. N. Nandini assumed the charge as Chairperson for a period of two years, 2005-2007. Again Prof. R.K. Somashekar assumed the charge of chairmanship for another two academic years 2008 to 2010. Later the Chairpersonship was taken over by Dr.N. Nandini for the academic years Dec 2009 to Dec 2011. The present functioning Chairman is Dr. R.K. Somashekar.
The Department of Environmental Science started in the Sneha Bhavan building of Bangalore University with a few laboratories. Later in 1998 the Department moved to an independent building. Phase wise, the present Department building was established. In 2008, the first floor of the department came into existence.
Currently the infrastructure includes student Laboratories like Environmental Microbiology, Earth Science, EIA, Biodiversity, GIS and Remote sensing, Isotope and Hydrology, Computer etc. Research Laboratories are used by both project staff and Ph.D. students.
Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer with Graphite furnace, IC Fermentor, million Q water plant and other sophisticated equipments besides, a Bio-park harboring several RET species of the Western Ghats have also been added.
Advanced instruments-Resistivity meter, RAD7 radon analyzer, Ion chromatograph, Gas Chromatograph, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Microwave Digester, Flame Photometer, etc
Water and waste water Quality Testing Instruments- Titrimetry, gravimetric and instrumental facilities- pH/conductivity meter/Nephelometer/Spectrophotometer. Water Analysis kit/ Colorimeter etc
Air Quality Monitoring: High volume sampler. Respirable sampler, weather monitoring stations, Gas analyser, Noise level meters etc.
Microbiology laboratory: Autoclaves, microscopes, , bacteriological incubators. Microbial samplers – high air putrifier, Reverse osmosis. Transilluminator etc.
Seminar Hall is being used for purposes of Meetings, Conferences, weekly presentations by Students etc. Library is facilitated with 600 books Text Books, Dissertations and several other Students project work reports
Tel: 080 22961365
A. Course Offered - M.Sc. in Environmental Science
B. Nature of Course-Semester Scheme
C. Duration -4 Semesters (2 years)
D. Intake -20 + Payment Seats -10
Eligibility for M.Sc. in Environmental Science: A graduate in Science I Agriculture / Horticulture with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate of all the optional subjects with Chemistry/Biochemistry and any one of the following subjects: Applied Zoology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Botany, Computer Science, Electronics, Environmental Science, Geology, Genetics, Life Science, Microbiology, Physics and Zoology.
NOTE: 50% of the seats are reserved for students with Environmental Science as cognate subject at degree level.
Projects and Activities
Research Projects funded by State and Central Government:
o Ministry of Environment and Forests-GoI,
o Department of Ecology and Environment, GoK
o Department of Agriculture, GoK,
o Department of Mines and Geology, GoK,
o Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi
o Center for Kasell, Germany
o Environmental Law Institute, USA
o Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Mumbai
o Environmental Management And Policy Research Institute (EMPRI), GOK
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