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Centre for Biodiversity & Natural Resource Conservation :: Aim & Objective

Biological diversity is fundamental to the fulfilment of human needs. An environment which is rich in biological diversity, offers the broadest array of options for sustaining human welfare and for adapting to change. The Barak Valley falling in Assam in the Northeast India belongs to the Indo-Burma Hotspots, and one of the most biological diverse regions of the world. Barak Valley constitutes 8.9% geographical area of the state covering an area of 6922 sq km. The land use/land cover area of the Valley may be characterized by evergreen forest, semi evergreen forest, mixed moist deciduous forest, scrub forest, degraded forest, agricultural land and tea plantations. Barak Valley has 14 Reserve Forests (RFs) and one Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS). The Valley is richly endowed with plant and animal resources, which needs to be managed on a sustainable basis to serve as the main driver of development in the area. The sustainable development of any area depends on the proper utilization of its natural resources.

Keeping the above in view, the Assam University, Silchar being the highest academic institute in the region, advocated for the establishment of a Centre for Biodiversity and Natural Resources Conservation in the University. The Centre attached to the department of Ecology & Environmental Science is mandated to carry out research works pertaining to biodiversity conservation and effective and scientific management of the natural resources of the valley with the following aim and objectives:

 To develop the centre as an excellent academic department

 To study the ecology and conservation of flora and fauna of Barak Valley

 To study the landscape ecology in the Barak Valley

 To study the natural resource utilization pattern and management by the traditional communities of Barak Valley

 To study the biophysical parameters in major ecosystems

 To promote statistical reasoning and use of sound statistical practice in the university and beyond

 To document indigenous knowledge system of the region

Courses Offered

Courses Offered Duration Number of Seats
Post Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity Conservation (by course work) Two Semester 15

Faculty

Name & Qualification Designation Area of Specialization Contact & Email ID
Parthankar Choudhury, Ph.D. Professor(Dir(i/c)) Agro-ecology, Pesticide Toxicology & IPM, Wildlife Ecology parthankar@rediffmail.com

 09435207984
Panna Deb, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Forest Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Plant Invasion pannadeb@rediffmail.com

 09435171324
Hillolyoti Singha, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Wildlife Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation hilloljyoti.singha@gmail.com

 09435120076

Director(i/c)

Prof. Parthankar Choudhury

 (03842)-270824