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Thursday, October 17, 2019

School of Environmental Sciences

School of Environmental Sciences

Mahatma Gandhi University,Priyadarsini Hills P O,
Kottayam-686560.Tl:0481-2732120, e-mail: sesmgu@gmail.com
website: www.ses.org

 Vacancy Notification for ST Candidate for M.Sc course in Environment Science and Disaster Management at School of Environmental Sciences 28.07.2017 at 11am

Vacancy Notification for ST candidate for M.Sc Course in Environmental Sciences and Disaster Management-20.07.2017 at 11 am

M.Phil Admission at SES 2016-17 – Provisional Ranklist published

(take admission on or before 30.06.2017)

Vacancy Notification for SC/ST candidate-walk in interview on 03.07.2017 at 11 am

Vacancy Notification for SC/ST candidate-walk in interview on 06.07.2017 at 11 am

With a vision to consolidate the existing and to pay focus attention to the frontier areas of Environmental Science, the University has Established the School of Environmental Sciences (SES) in1995 as a Centre of learning for advanced studies in different branches of environmental science.The major mandate of the School is to develop appropriate technologies and skilled human resource for sustainable utilization, management and conservation of natural resources.

Academic Programmes

 The School has been established as a centre of learning for advanced studies in the following areas of environmental sciences- Ecology, biodiversity and conservation biology, natural resource management,wetland and mountain ecosystem, Environmental of physical systems, environmental toxicology,environmental biotechnology, environment including policies, environmental auditing, energy auditing,Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS). The six divisions of the school are listed below:

• Environmental Chemistry • Ecology, Resource Conservation and Management division • Environmental Analysis division • Environmental Microbiology and toxicology division • Environmental Biotechnology and Waste management division • Remote Sensing and GIS division

 The school is offering regular courses such as MSc,MPhil and PhD, programmes besides short term courses.

Regular Courses

• MSc Environment Science and Management • M.Phil Environment Management • PhD Programme

School offers PhD programmes in Environmental Stress Studies, Environmental Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Biodiversity Characterization,Aerobiology and Allergy, Vegetation Analysis through RS and GIS and Wetland Biodiversity, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology and Solid Waste Management, Aquatic Microbiology, Microbial Toxicology, Bioremediation and Environmental Impact Assessment.

Short-term courses

• Geo Information Science and Technology (Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS) • Digital Photogrammetry and Digital Image Processing • Water and waste water analysis • Air and sound analysis techniques • Biodiversity Analysis Techniques • Polynological and Pollen Analysis Techniques.

Facilities

• Laboratories

The school has a well equipped laboratory and research facilities for water, air, soil and sound pollution analysis,toxicological and waste management studies, and biodiversity, wetland and mountain studies. Apart from the infrastructure cited, the School has a full-fledged computer lab with necessary software packages for ecological and environmental modelling studies.

• Information systems

The Centralized Remote Sensing and GIS Facility in SES is the pioneering facility for RS and GIS in the Universities in Kerala established with technical and financial support from ISRO, Department of Space,and Government of India. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art software for GIS, Photogrammetric and Image Processing and equipment and peripherals including the powerful Graphic Workstations, PCs and Servers.

• Library

 The school has a well-equipped library which contains various books, journals, theses and dissertations with research information on water, air, soil and sound pollution analysis, toxicological and waste management studies, biodiversity, wetland and mountain studies.Free access to E-Journals under the UGC-lnfonet Programme is also available.

National/International linkages

The department has established linkages with various National/international institutions such as Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS), Thiruvananthapuram; Regional Research Laboratory (RRL ) ,Thiruvananthapuram, Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram, M.S. Swaminathan Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai, CPR Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC),Chennai, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Coimbatore, Centre for Environment and Development (CED) ,Thiruvananthapuram, Centre for Water Resource Development and management (CWRDM), Calicut,Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR),Kalpakam, Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI),Trichur, Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII),Kottayam, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC),Mumbai, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore, National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad, Wild Life Institute of India (WIl), Dehradun, National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, World Wide Fund for nature and natural resources Programme(WWF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), California Institute of Technology USA, Pohang University of Science and Technology Korea, Plymouth State University USA, University of Paris, France.

Consultancy services

The school is offering consultancy services in various environment management sectors like analyzing and monitoring of air, water, soil and sound, environmental impact assessment studies and EMP report preparation,urban forestry and greenbelt development, solid waste and liquid waste management, disaster mitigation measures and management, remote sensing services like satellite and aerial photo-interpretation, digital image processing, GPS surveying and digitization, geostatistical analysis, surface modelling and analysis,sophisticated geo-processing and raster GIS modelling,customization and software development, among others.

Extension

he school has taken up several innovative and socially relevant extension activities which includes the Jeevaka Live Laboratory in the Campus. The ‘Rainwater Harvesting for Humanity’ intervention in association with Brown University USA enabled 130 families in Achinakom village, Kottayam to have drinking water throughout the year.

PROGRAMMES

The School has been established as a centre of learning for advanced studies in the various areas of environmental science. The regular programmes offered by the School are M.Sc., M.Phil and Ph.D.  besides a few short term courses.

  1. i)  M.Sc. Environment Science and Management

                Duration : 2 years (4 semesters)
Seats          : 10

Eligibility :

B.Sc. Degree in any of the optional subjects – Botany/Zoology/Chemistry/Physics/Life Science/ Environmental Science/ Environmental Management/ Geography/Geology/ Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Plant or Animal Science/ Agriculture/ Fisheries/ Aquaculture/ Forestry/Hoticulture/ B.Tech in Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Environmental or equivalent examination with not less than 55% marks in Part III.

  Selection         : Qualifying Marks + Entrance Test + Group Discussion + Interview

ii) M.Sc. Environment Science and Disaster Management

 Duration         : 2 years (4 semesters)
Seats                : 
10
Eligibility          : 
B.Sc. Degree in any subject with not less than 55% marks in Part III.
Selection         : 
Qualifying Marks + Entrance Test + Group Discussion + Interview

iii) M.Phil. in Environment Management

Duration    : 1 year (2 semesters)
Seats          : 8

Eligibility :

Masters Degree in Botany/Zoology/Physics/Chemistry/Life Science/ Environment Sciences/ Environment Science and Management/ Ecology/ Geology/ Earth Sciences/ Geography/ Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Plant or Animal Science/ Fishery science/ Aquaculture/ Forestry/ Hoticulture/ Disaster Management/ agriculture/Engineering with not less than 55% marks.

Selection         : Qualifying Marks + Entrance Test + Interview

iv) Ph.D. (Full time & Part time)

School offers Ph.D. Proramme in: Environmental stress studies, Environmental Biology, Biodiversity and conservation biology, Biodiversity characterization, Aerobiology and allergy, Vegetation analysis through RS & GIS, Wetland biodiversity, Environmental chemistry, Environmental biotechnology and solid waste management, Aquatic microbiology, Microbial toxicology, Bioremediation, Climate change, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Geology, Disaster Management.

Eligibility : PG in any branch of science other than mathematics
Selection  : NET/M.Phil. / University Entrance

v) PG. Diploma Course

The School has designed a PG diploma course in Ecotourism (now being held at High Range Environmental Research Centre, an outreach centre of the School at Nedumkandam ) is conducted under the distance education stream of the University.
Short-term Courses

  1. Geoinformation Science and Technology (Remote Sensing, GIS and GPS) *APPLY NOW
  2. Digital Photogrammetry and Digital image processing
  3. Water and waste water analysis
  4.   Air, soil and noise analysis

FACULTY

TEACHER PROFILE

Professor & HOD

Dr. E.V.Ramasamy, Tel: 94470 95935

Area of Research: Environmental Biotechnology

Professor

Dr. C.T. Aravindakumar , 9447391168 , E-mail-  cta@mgu.ac.in

Area of ResearchEnvironmental Chemistry

Visiting Professor 

Dr. A. P. Thomas, 9447473830

Area of ResearchEnvironmental Biology

Assistant Professor

 Dr. Mahesh Mohan, 9447871596

Area of Research:Environmental Science

2.  Dr. V.P Sylas 9447914132

RESEARCH

Research Interests

Research areas

  • Conservation biology
  • Environmental stress studies
  • Pollution studies
  • Climate change
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Advanced Oxidation Process
  • DNA / Protein Free radical study
  • Computational Free Radical study
  • Membrane Technology for Pollutant removal
  • Bioremediation
  • Wetland ecology
  • Hydrogeology and river basin analysis
  • Solid waste management and anaerobic wastewater treatment
  • Biopollutants and respiratory allergy
  • Biodiversity and vegetation analysis
  • Microbial and phyto-bioremediation
  • Probiotics
  • Sustainable development
  • Disaster Management
  • Remote sensing and GIS application
  • Ethnobotany, Ethnoecology and tribal studies

Technological Collaborations and Link up:

The school has established good network of academic collaboration with many national and international organizations, institutions and industries, which help in interdisciplinary research, training, consultancy programmes and exchange of information, faculty and students. The publications thus produced stand as testimony of such collaborative works. The school is getting financial and technical support from various national and international agencies like KSCSTE, UGC, DST, MoES, MoEF, ISRO, WWF, UNDP, University of Kuopio (Finland), and ITC ( Netherlands  ), Brown University (USA), Calfornia Institute of Technology,IISc, KFRI, CESS for operating projects, establishing infrastructural facilities and to carryout research in various disciplines of environmental science. The School has also established linkages with various R&D departments and NGOs of the country.

 

ACTIVITIES

 Sl No Title of the project and duration Funding Agency
1 National Vegetation Carbon Pool – Kerala Region Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, ISRO, Department of Space, Govt. of India, New Delhi
2 Studies on the earthworm species diversity at different forest ecosystems of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) Ministry of Environment and  Forests (MoEF), GOI, New Delhi
3 Chemical transformation and Bioaccumulation of mercury in Vembanad wetland and Cochin near shore areas Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), GOI,New Delhi
4 Municipal Solid waste management with high-soild digestion technology and vermicomposting University Grants Commission (UGC) New Delhi
5 A Comparative Assessment, Mapping and Modelling  of Soil erosion in the Upland Sub-watersheds of Meenachil River Western Ghats Cell, Planning & Economic Affairs, Dept., Govt. of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram
6 Assessment of Explosive weed growth, their taxonomy, ecology and impact of the Kuttanad wetland ecosystem, KeralaState Ministry of Environment and  Forests (MoEF), GOI, New Delhi
7 Assessment and mapping of riparian vegetation and its   influence on the stream forms of PambaRiver basin, Kerala University Grants Commission  GOI, New Delhi
8 Environmental status of the Periyar river drainage system of the Western Ghat region of Kerala Western Ghats Cell, Planning & Economic Affairs, Dept., Govt. of Kerala,Thiruvananthapuram
9 Oxidative DNA damage induced by reactive oxygen substances (two year) Indo-German:      DST-DAAD Project
10 Pulse radiolysis of biomolecules Indo-French ARCUS Project
11 Charge transport in DNA Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Bombay
12 Radiation and photochemical studies of chitosan modified polycyclicaromatic hydrocarbons (Environmental Pollutants) BRNS
13 Heavy ion induced modification of DNA    and its components (Three years) DAE-IUC

b) Extension activities : The School has launched a major extension programme known as ‘Rain water for Humanity’ in collaboration with Brown University (USA) and local panchayath, self help groups (www.raiwaterforhumanity.org ). Through this extension programme, the School envisages to adopt small villages with an objective of providing basic amenities like drinking water and sanitation. As a part of this programme the School has installed a community rainwater harvesting structure with a capacity of 1.1 lakh liters at Achinakom Panchayath in Kuttanadu region during December 2009. It is functioning well. A training programme on water quality assessment was given to 40 HSS teachers from four districts of Kerala in collaboration with Suchitwa mission, Local Self Governance Department, Government of Kerala. The school extended help to the District Disaster Management Authority in their disaster management activities.
d) Consultancy services The School is offering consultancy services in various environment management sectors like analyzing and monitoring of air, water, soil and noise, environmental impact assessment studies and EMP report preparation, urban forestry and green belt development, solid waste management, remote sensing services like satellite and aerial photo-interpretation, digital image processing, GPS surveying and digitization, geo-statistical analysis, surface modeling and analysis, sophisticated geo-processing and raster GIS modeling, customization and software development, among others.

FACILITIES

a) Library

The school’s library is well equipped with a good collection of books, journals, reprints, theses and dissertations. Digital library of the School and the free access of E-journals under the UGC-INFLIBNET programme is also available through institutional network.

Collection:

Major collection comprises of around 4500 books,  current subscription to 50 periodicals, PhD theses and Dissertations submitted by the students of the School. The Library has access to  4000+ electronic journals and databases  through the UGC Infonet Digital Library Consortium. It also has access to SciFinder, Web of Science, EBSCO databases.

Working Hours:

9 am to 5 pm on all working days.

Membership:

Students, Research Scholars and Teachers of the School.

Membership fee:

Free

Integrated Library Management Software:

The Library uses the library management software SOUL developed by the INFLIBNET Centre for all its house keeping operations.

The Digital Library

of the School can be accessed in the University Intranet.  The development of an Institutional Repository of the School is under preparation and the same is also available in the University Intranet.

 

The School has well equipped laboratories and research facilities for water, air, soil and noise pollution analysis, toxicological and waste management studies, biodiversity, wetland, mountain and climate change studies.

B )Major instruments

  • Gas Chromatograph  (Perkin Elmer – Clarus 500)
  • Ion Chromatograph (Dionex – 1100, USA)
  • Trace Metal Analyzer (Metrohm, 797 VA Computrace, Switzerland)
  • Mercury analyzer – Cold Vapour Atomic Flourescence Spectrophotometer-CVAFS (Brooks Rand)
  • Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analyzer (Thermo-Hyper TOC)
  • PCR (Biorad)
  • Microwave Digester (CEM, USA)
  • Spectroradiometer ( ASD, USA)
  • Freeze Dryer (Daihan Labtech, Korea)
  • Ultrasonic Processor (Cole-Parmer, USA)
  • Photochemical Reactor (SAIC, India)
  • CO2 Incubator  (USA)
  • Semi-automated N analyzer (Pelican)
  • COD analyzer  (Lovibond)
  • Ultrapure Water system (Pall)
  • Spectrophotometer (Systronics)
  • Flame photometer (Systronics)
  • Cooling centrifuge

C) RS and GIS Lab

Centralized Remote Sensing and GIS facility in the School is the pioneering facility for RS & GIS in a University in Kerala established in 2003 with the technical and financial support from ISRO, Department of Space, Government of India. The facility is equipped with the state-of-the-Art software for GIS, photogrammetry and image processing and equipment and peripherals including the powerful Graphic workstations, PCs and servers.

D) Other facilities

Apart from the infrastructure cited, the school is having a full-fledged computer lab with necessary software packages for ecological and environmental modeling studies. Three air conditioned conference halls with state-of-the-art facilities supports academic programmes and conduct of national and international seminars.

Centres

Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD)

Director : Prof. (Dr.) A.P. Thomas   drapthomas@gmail.com

Government of Kerala has identified the School for the establishment of an Inter-university Centre, Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development. It has been envisaged as a common centre where all branches of Science, Social Science as well as Humanities converge so as to facilitate the conduct of programmes with inter-disciplinary dimension. The Centre also visualizes the presence of multidisciplinary scholars, scientists, educators, development practitioners, international experts and professionals who could discuss and find solutions to issues of sustainable development from an environmental and holistic perspective to suit the developmental needs in the regional, national and international levels. There are Science and Social Science groups to coordinate the academic, research and extemsion programmes. The Centre has the state of the art facilities for advanced level research. It works with an open-minded approach and established linkages with various National and International Institutes and Universities for collaborative works and exchange programmes. Researchers and professionals under the International, National and Regional Desks of the Centre give the strength and motivation for the activities.
The centre began its activities with the formulation of certain inter-disciplinary courses suitable to the students of the other departments in the campus. These interdisciplinary courses were designed in consultation with faculties representing various departments of the University. The Centre envisages to extend these inter-disciplinary courses to other university students of the state in future. ACESSD also focuses on international and national level collaborative research programmes in climate change, waste management, water management, biodiversity studies and various areas of sustainable development.

Out reach Centre

Under the school the University has established an outreach centre named Highrange Environmental Research Centre (HERC), at Nedumkandam, Idukki District, Kerala with an aim to extend its activities beyond the university campus, first of its kind in the university. The centre has taken up various projects pertaining to the resource conservation and environmental problems of Western Ghats. The school also coordinates a Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Ecotourism under the distance education stream of the University at this centre. The Centre is also used for the conduct of research in tribal ecology, biodiversity, pollution, landslides and soil erosion of Western Ghats.

 

Live Laboratory  – ‘Jeevaka Live Laboratory’

 

The University on World Environment Day (June 05, 2010) decided to earmark those areas of rich biodiversity in the Campus as the ‘Live Laboratory of the School’ and named as ‘Jeevaka ’. The decision was based on the study report of the students of the School on the biodiversity and eco sensitive areas of the campus. The School can use the area for its study/research programmes like

  • Habitat conservation model within the University Campus
  • Conservation of watershed, micro-habitats and related biodiversity within the campus
  • Potential and accessible area for systematic and periodic studies on vegetation and other species dynamics
  • Ideal habitats for learning and experimenting ecology, field biology aspects and techniques within the campus
  • Potential area for practicing taxonomic studies, biodiversity inventories, studies on phyto-sociology, insect-plant associations, soil chemistry, water quality, micro flora and fauna, etc
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