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  • The PG Department of Environmental Studies was incepted in 1992 and is dedicated to producing environmental problem solvers. The department addresses the many dimensions of environmental concerns that have far reaching implications for human society, natural systems, and the fate of diverse plant and animal species. The program's goal is to prepare students for careers in the environmental and civic professions and for positive action in their own lives.
    The Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research was started in the year 1991 for promoting research and studies in environmental science. The department is located in the magnificent Jnana Sahyadri campus surrounded by green landscapes of Bhadra reservoir and Bhadra wildlife sanctuary. The commitment of the department is to prepare the students for their careers in environmental and civic professions. The department awards the degree of Master of Science, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of philosophy. The department has qualified faculty and has organized National Seminars, Outreach activities and Workshops sponsored by CSIR, DBT, State Government and University.
    The Vision and Mission:
    The Vision of the Department is to make every effort to become a center of excellence in teaching, research and outreach activity of different areas of environmental science, through various modes to provide solution for local environmental problems, national and global challenges. The department is working with a mission to cultivate creativity, in teaching, learning and research to build environmental knowledge base and to promote quality education and research; develop human resources in environmental and civic professions by providing excellent education, research opportunities and technological know-how.
    Education Programmes: M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D in Environmental Science
    M.Sc., in Environmental Science:The Department offers Master’s degree in Environmental Science. The Duration of the Course is 2 Years (4 semesters of 16 week each) and each semester has semester end examination. The pattern of the Course is Choice Based Credit system, where in I semester, students study two hard core courses and one soft core courses (as a choice) within the Department, while in 2nd and 3rd semester, each student in addition to compulsory hard core coursess assigned to respective semester, and a soft-core paper (by selection in each semester) they must study interdepartmental elective paper by choosing a suitable course from the other Science Departments of the University. Each paper is counted in terms of credit. Beside these, student must complete compulsory course credit from Personality Development programme, Computer Application and Communication skill programmes offered by the University. The performance of the student is continuously evaluated by the faculty through class tests, seminars, group discussions, field trips and assignments.
    Ph.D. in Environmental Science: The Faculty of the Department are qualified guides to supervise Ph.D Programme. Since its inception, it has produced more than 100 Ph.Ds and 10 M.Phils in Environmental Science. The thrust area Research are- Ecotoxicology, Habitat ecology, Solid Waste management, Aquatic Ecology, Occupational Health and management, Bioremediation, Air pollution monitoring, Environmental Chemistry and Nano technology. Water quality and Limnology.
    Academic and Research activities
    • Research in the areas of Aquatic Ecology, Habitat Ecology, Ecotoxicology of amphibians, Air pollution Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Vermitechnology, Water and Waste water treatment, Bioremediation of waste water.
    • Seminars and workshops on various issues related to biodiversity and climate change.
    • Refresher courses for Lecturers working in various under graduate science colleges.
    • Public awareness programmes to local people.
    • Formal education in Environmental Science and Industrial Safety.
    • Inviting resources persons and experts for interaction with students and staff members.
    • Undertaking research projects sponsored by Government and private organizations.
    • Outreach activities and consultancy services.
    1. Well-furnished and equipped student and research laboratories
    2. Well-furnished class rooms enabled with interactive ICT and WiFi connectivity
    3. Good LAN Connectivity
    4. Well-furnished Seminar Hall
    5. Separate faculty rooms
    6. Basic student amenities
    Awards and Recognition to Faculty Members:
    1. Prof. S. V. Krishnamurthy – Commonwealth Fellowship and Fulbright Fellowship.
    2. Prof. J. Narayana – Bharath Jyothi Award and Best Paper Presentation Award. Thailand International Fellowship; Best Scientist Award- Deccan Environmental research Organization.
    3. Dr. Yogendra, K – Sir. M. Visweshwaraiah Parisara Ratna 2010 Award.
    4. Dr. Hina Kousar- Indira priyadarshini Best Scientist Award 2011.
    Major Placement of Students who completed M.Sc., Environmental Science are-
    1. State Pollution Control Boards as officers.
    2. ETP and solid waste management units of various manufacturing units and factories.
    3. Quality Assurance Officers in Drinking water purification and bottling units and Food Processing industries.
    4. Environmental Officers of Municipal Corporation.
    5. State Forest Department as Forest Officers/ Wildlife Conservators.
    6. Teaching faculty in various Universities, colleges and technical institutions.
    7. Scientists in various research institutions.
    8. Pharmaceutical industries and drug processing Units .
    9. Environmental Consultancies.
  • Name of the Department    Department of Studies and Research in Environmental Science
    Year of Establishment        1992
    Name of the Chairman      
    Address of the Department Department of Studies & Research in Environmental Science
    School of Earth Sciences
    Bioscience Block
    Jnanasahyadri, Shankaraghatta ? 577451
    Phone: +91(0)8282-256301-307,  Fax:  08282-256255
    e-mail: env_science@kuvempu.ac.in
  • Programmes Nature & Duration Eligibility Intake
    M.Sc.,  CBCS2 Years (Four Semesters) Any Science Degree with Chemistry as one of the subject. 35
    Ph.D. Min. 3 Years & Max. 5 years M. Sc. in concerned subject. -
  • Sl.No. Name Qualification Designation Area  of  Specialisation
    1 Prof. S.V. Krishnamurthy M.Sc., Ph.D Professor Amphibian Ecology, Ecotoxicology
    2 Dr. Narayana J M.Sc., Ph.D Professor Aquatic Ecology. Environmental Management
    3 Dr. Yogendra K M.Sc., Ph.D Assistant Professor Limnology
    4 Dr. Hina Kousar M.Sc., Ph.D Assistant Professor Bioremediation, Air Pollution Studies
    5 Dr. Basavarajappa S.H M.Sc.,Ph.D Assistant Professor
    5 Dr. Anantha Nag Guest Faculty
    6 Dr. Arjumand Banu Guest Faculty
    7 Mr. Krishna Kulkarni Guest Faculty
    8 Ms. Dhanushree Guest Faculty
  • Research Projects
    Sl.No. Title Funding Agency Principal Investigator Co-Investigator Amount Status
    1 Studies on the effects of a few Organophosphorus insecticides on the fauna of amphibians to understand their decline in Western Ghats UGC Prof. S.V. Krishnamurthy 400000 Completed
    2 Studies on Ecological conditions on water bodies and aquatic biodiversity in Chikmangalur Districts, Western Ghats range of Karnataka DST-SERB Dr. Narayana J 550000 Ongoing
    3 Comparative Studies on Amphibian Diversity and Habitat Ecology in Various Types of Forests and Agriculture Fields of Malnad Regions of Western Ghats in Karnataka DST, GOI Prof. S.V. Krishnamurthy 750000 completed
    4 Identifying agents of amphibian decline in the central Western Ghats: the impact of nitrate fertilizer on reproductive success THE DECLINING AMPHIBIAN POPULATION TASK FORCE, (IUCN/SSC), UNITED KINGDOM Prof. S.V. Krishnamurthy 2300 completed
    5 Combined effects of Nitrate and Malathion (organophosphate pesticide) on growth and development of anuran amphibians in Western Ghats UGC Prof. S.V. Krishnamurthy 949800 Completed
    6 Bioprospectus of medicinal plants DBT-BUILDER PROJECT Dr. Narayana J Dr J Narayana 17700000 Ongoing
    7 Studies on freshwater ecology in westernghats s of Shimoga district UGC Dr. Narayana J .. 700000 Ongoing
    8 Degradation and removal of basic dyes by electrochemical methods with reference to pulp and paper industry UGC Dr. Narayana J .. 1029800 Completed
    9 Peoples Biodiversity Report Biodiversity Board Dr. Narayana J .. 520500 completed
    10 Production and supply of tissue culture plantlets of Banana varputtabale to the rural farmers & weaker sections of Shimoga District Karnataka for economic development DBT Dr. Narayana J Dr J Narayana 2000000 Completed
    11 Climate changes KRVP MOEF (New Delhi) Dr. Narayana J .. 10000 completed
    12 Agricultural Waste Utilization biotechnology for SC/ST and Weaker sections Economic Development DBT Dr. Narayana J .. 2600000 Completed
    13 Vermicompost biotechnology for socioeconomic development of rural SC/ST and weaker sections in Shimoga district DBT Dr. Narayana J .. 1414000 Completed
    Research Scholars
    Sl.No. Faculty Name of the Supervisor Name of the Ph.D. Scholar with Aadhaar number/Photo ID Mode of Ph.D. Registration Number Date of Registration Research Topic Likely date of completion of Ph.D Availing Fellowship Funding Agency of Fellowship
  • Workshops/Seminars/Conferences organized and Funding Agency :
    Title Level Year Funding Agency
    Workshop on Self-employment opportunities for Biologists Local 1995 Kuvempu University/UGC
    Seminar  on Biodiversity and conservation National 1997 Karnataka Forest Dept
    Seminar on  Bio resource management National 1998 Kuvempu University
    Workshop on Keep our water resources clean Regional 1999 KSCST, Bangalore
    Seminar on Conservation of wetland ecosystems National 2000 Kuvempu University
    Training programme Drinking water quality analysis and remedies Rural Development Regional 2001 Engineering Dept, Govt. of Karnataka
    Seminar on Research Priorities in environmental Science for the 21st century National 2002 Kuvempu University
    Training programme Drinking water quality analysis and remedies Rural Development Regional 2003 Engineering Dept, Govt. of Karnataka
    seminar on Concrete-2003 and world environmental day celebrations Concrete society of India National 2003 Kuvempu University
    Seminar on ?Water ? Elixir of Life? National 2004 KRVP, Bangalore/ Kuvempu University
    Future Expansions/Diversification Plans :
    01 It is proposed to conduct research on biodiversity as the campus lies amidst the lush green forests of Western Ghats, famous for harboring the unique endemic species.
    02 It is proposed to study the wetland ecology of this region.
    03 Since the campus is situated very close to the industrial town of Bhadravati, it is proposed to conduct a detailed study on air pollution and its related impacts.
    04 The department proposes to offer consultancy services to the NGOs, industries etc in the field of water quality monitoring, organic farming, effluent treatment etc.
    05 It is also proposed to conduct training programmes to the rural folk, NGOs and officials related to rural development programmes.