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Department of PG Studies and Research in Environmental Science

The Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Environmental Science 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. Post graduates of this department are placed in Karnataka State and Central Pollution Control Boards, Universities, Colleges, Research Institutions, Industries and Environmental consultant groups.


Vision & Mission

The Vision of the Department is to make every effort to become a center of excellence in teaching, research and outreach activity in 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.


Academic 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.

Programms Offered

Sl No Programmes Nature & Duration Eligibility Intake
1 M.Sc., CBCS2 Years (Four Semesters) Any science graduate of Kuvempu University or other UGC recognized University or a Bachlor Degree in Environmental Science from a recognized University.
2 Ph. D Min. 3 Years & Max. 5 years M. Sc. in concerned subject.


Dr. Hina Kousar

Year of Establishment



Department of PG Studies & Research in Environmental Science
Kuvempu University
Jnanasahyadri, Shankaraghatta-577451
Shimoga Dist., Karnataka State, INDIA

Teaching Faculty of Environmental Science in Kuvempu University

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    Dr. S.V. Krishnamurthy Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Amphibian Ecology, Ecotoxicology

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    Dr. Narayana Jogattappa Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Aquatic Ecology. Environmental Management

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    Dr. Yogendra K Associate Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Environmental Chemistry

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    Dr. Hina Kousar Associate Professor

    Qualification:M.Sc., Ph.D,
    Area of Specialisation: Bioremediation, Air Pollution Studies

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    Dr. Basavarajappa S.H Assistant Professor

    Area of Specialisation: Environmental Pollution, Aquatic Biology

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    Dr. Ananthnag B Guest Lecturer

    Qualification:M.Sc. Ph.D..B.Ed,
    Area of Specialisation: Environmental Engineering and Pollution

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    Dr. ARJUMAND BANU SS Guest Lecturer

    Area of Specialisation: Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Microbiology

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    MR. DHANUSHREE M.S Guest Lecturer

    Area of Specialisation:

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    Dr. MADHUSUDANA N Guest Lecturer

    Qualification:MSc., Ph.D., PDF,

Research Project of Environmental Science in Kuvempu University

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 400000 Completed
2 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 750000 completed
3 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 2300 completed
4 Combined effects of Nitrate and Malathion (organophosphate pesticide) on growth and development of anuran amphibians in Western Ghats UGC 949800 Completed
1 Studies on Ecological conditions on water bodies and aquatic biodiversity in Chikmangalur Districts, Western Ghats range of Karnataka� DST-SERB Dr J Narayan 550000 Completed
2 Bioprospectus of medicinal plants DBT-BUILDER PROJECT Dr. V Krishna Dr J Narayana 5 Ongoing
3 Studies on freshwater ecology in westernghats s of Shimoga district UGC Dr J Narayan .. 700000 Completed
4 Degradation and removal of basic dyes by electrochemical methods with reference to pulp and paper industry UGC .. 1029800 Completed
5 Peoples Biodiversity Report Biodiversity Board .. 520500 completed
6 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 J Narayana 2000000 Completed
7 Climate changes KRVP MOEF (New Delhi) .. 10000 completed
8 Agricultural Waste Utilization biotechnology for SC/ST and Weaker sections Economic Development DBT .. 2600000 Completed
9 Vermicompost biotechnology for socioeconomic development of rural SC/ST and weaker sections in Shimoga district DBT .. 1414000 Completed
1 Application of nanosized metal oxide particles as photocatalyst in the degradation of azo dyes UGC New Delhi Dr. Yogendra K - 860657 Completed
2 An Investigation on sand mining activity in River Tunga Kuvempu University Dr. Yogendra K - 50000 Completed
1 Impact of emissions from iron and steel and paper industries on the ambient air quality of Bhadravathi town, Karnataka, India. UGC Dr. Hina Kousar - 881800 Completed
2 Phytotreatment of pulp and paper industry effluent using certain aquatic macrophytes. Kuvempu University Dr. Hina Kousar - 38000 Completed
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
1 Science Dr. Yogendra K Bhavya C/ 487910026111 Part Time 04(80) 2012-04-24 A study on degradation of textile dyes using metal oxide nanoparticles and their toxicity on cuprinus carpio 2018-03-15 NO ---
2 Science Dr. Narayana Jogattappa Manjunath S-920110894194 Full Time 255 2015-05-04 Ecological studies on Gudavi and surrounding wetlands with special reference to hydrological variables 2019-12-30 YES NFHE
3 Science Dr. Yogendra K Kiran G R/ 285991013705 Full Time 257 2015-04-05 Application of strontium oxide and its composite nanoparticles in the degradation of water soluble dyes: an eco-friendly approach 2019-05-24 NO ---
4 Science Dr. Hina Kousar Navitha K.R, 395299882809 Full Time 258 2015-04-05 A comparative study on the use of certain microbial strains for the treatment of coffee processing effluent 2019-12-31 YES Kivempu University
5 Science Dr. Narayana Jogattappa Mahadev Sarashetti-497199547130 Part Time 259 2015-03-20 Impact Of Pesticide Pesidue In Paddy Field And Drifting Effect On The Health Of Farming Community 2020-12-30 NO -
6 Science Dr. Yogendra K Nagendra naik/ 393815360991 Part Time 260 2015-04-05 Application of Barium oxide and its composite Nanoparticles in the degradation of certain industrial dyes 2020-02-15 NO ---
7 Science Dr. Narayana Jogattappa Spoorthi -514605216645 Full Time 261 2015-04-05 Degradation and removal of certain basic dyes used in paper industries by electrochemical method. 2019-12-30 YES OBC FELLOWSHIP
8 Science Dr. Hina Kousar Akshatha K.U, 445748028279 Full Time 330 2016-03-15 A comparative study on the use of rice husk and ground nut shells to remove heavy metals from metal injection moulding industry effluent 2020-12-31 NO Government of Karnataka
9 Science Dr. Yogendra K Yathisha. N. S. / 683910208420 Full Time 331 2016-02-26 Chemical profiling of Environmentally sensitive resurrection of Selaginella Spp. to investigate their desiccation tolerance 2020-03-26 NO ----
10 Science Dr. Hina Kousar Muneer Ahmed Kolhar, 668023323558 Part Time 334 2016-03-15 A study on the indoor air quality in rural areas: A case study of selected areas in Vijaypura taluk of Karnataka State 2022-12-31 NO -
11 Science Dr. Hina Kousar Shivaraj H.M, 327666396196 Full Time 335 2016-03-15 Ambient air quality of Harihar town with special reference to its impact on plants and human health 2022-12-31 YES karnataka government
12 Science Dr. Yogendra K Santhosh A. M./ 769697733121 Full Time 343 2016-03-15 Studies on Photodegradation of Industrial Dyes: An approach on Identifying highly efficient metal oxide nanoparticles 2020-03-21 YES OBC Karnataka Government
13 Science Dr. Yogendra K Pushpa/ 617440407602 Full Time 38 2013-12-12 A study on biodegradation of industrial dyes using soil fungal isolates 2019-10-28 NO ----
14 Science Dr. Narayana Jogattappa Savinaya M S Full Time 390 2017-09-01 Angiosperm exploration in sacred forests (Kaans) of Sharavathi river basin. 2020-09-01 NO no
15 Science Dr. Yogendra K Shilpa G/ 910758386689 Full Time 40 2013-12-12 A study on synthesis of metal oxide Nanoparticles and its photocatalytic activity on industrial dyes 2019-08-25 NO ----
16 Science Dr. Yogendra K Niranjana K S/ 574644099047 Part Time 42 2013-12-12 A study on characterization of soils and assessment of soil quality index under major land use systems in hilly zone of Karnataka 2019-12-12 NO ---
17 Science Dr. Hina Kousar Chaithra C 431436292684 Full Time 522 2018-12-28 Degradation of Textile industrial effluent Using Certain species of Bacteria and Fungi 2013-12-28 YES Kuvempu University
18 Science Dr. Narayana Jogattappa Chandru Patil 823305901177 Part Time En.41/12.12. 2013 2013-12-12 Influence of Biofertilizer treatments on Gherkin (Cucumis anguria ) production in Haveri District , Karnataka, India 2018-12-12 NO -

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.