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Departmental Profile

   

E.P. ODUM SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

 Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

The Master Degree programme in the department started in July 1996. Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes were launched subsequently in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Ongoing researches in the department include areas like Natural Resource Management & Biodiversity Conservation, Microbial Ecology, Rivers, Wetlands, Forests and Agro-ecosystems, Insect Ecology, Algal Ecology, and Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Pollution and Ecotoxicology and Ethnobotany of Medicinal Plants. Over the years, the department has established collaboration with national level institutes like Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development (NE Unit) Itanagar, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST) Itanagar, National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) Lucknow, Central Agriculture University (CAU) Imphal, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) New Delhi and North East Institute of Science and Technology (NEIST) Jorhat, Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) Bhubaneswar, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Indian Institute of ¬†Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) Mysore and University of Canberra, Australia. The department is supported by the UGC Special Assistance (DRS-I and DRS-II) and DST-FIST programmes. The department has been given a ‚ÄúCentre for Biodiversity and Natural Resource Conservation‚ÄĚ by UGC under XIth Plan. An Ornamental Fish Hatchery Unit has been established in the department.

Courses Offered:

  1.  M.Sc. (by course work) Duration: Four Semesters Seats: 48  (For syllabus Click here)
  2.  M.Phil. ( by course work & research work) 3 semesters Seats: As per vacancy (For syllabus Click here)
  3.  Ph.D. (by course work & research work) Seats: As per vacancy (For syllabus Click here)

Faculty:

Name & Qualification Designation Area of Specialization Contact & Email ID
Dr.Dulal Ch. Ray, Ph.D. Professor  Population Ecology, Insect Diversity, Ecology of soil fauna, IPM, and Ecotoxicology  9435170930
raydulal@yahoo.co.in
Dr.Jayashree Rout, Ph.D. Professor Algal Ecology and Biodiversity, Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Biotechnology, Phycology & Lichenology  9435740809
jayashreerout8@gmail.com
Dr.Parthankar Choudhury, Ph.D. Professor Agro-ecology, Pesticide Toxicology & IPM, Wildlife Ecology  9435078296
parthankar@rediffmail.com
Dr.Mithra Dey, Ph.D. Professor Ecotoxicology, Freshwater Ecology, Solid waste management, and Herpetology  9435073238, 8638281720
deymithra57@gmail.com
Dr.Ajit Kumar Das, M.Phil., Ph.D. Professor Plant Ecology, Phytotaxonomy,  Ethnobotany, and Medicinal Plants Conservation  9435077427
dasajitkumar15@gmail.com
Dr.Susmita Gupta, Ph.D. Professor Freshwater Ecology and Aquatic Biodiversity, Environmental Pollution and Monitoring & Management  9957566159
susmita.au@gmail.com
Dr.Aparajita De, Ph.D. Associate Professor Forest Ecology, RS and GIS application in Forest Ecology, Ethnobiology  9435579520
aparajita.dehajra@gmail.com
Dr.Tapati Das, M.Phil. Ph.D. Assistant Professor Aquatic Ecology & Biodiversity and Management, Wetland Ecosystem Service  8133020824, 9435500824

das.tapati@gmail.com

Dr.Arun Jyoti Nath, Ph.D. Associate Professor Plant Ecology and Management, Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for Climate Change, Biocarbon Sequestration  9435598232
arunjyotinath@gmail.com

HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT: Prof. Ajit Kumar Das                                                    Tel. (03842) 270824 (O)

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION: Candidates who have passed TDC (Science) examination with at least 45% marks in Major/Honours or Pass course in Zoology, Botany, Life Science, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Anthropology, Geology, or Geography are eligible for admission.

CENTRE FOR BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION

Aim and Objectives of the Centre

 

Biological diversity is fundamental to the fulfillment of human needs. An environment that is rich in biological diversity, offers the broadest array of options for sustaining human welfare and for adapting to changes in the environment. The Barak Valley falling in Assam in Northeast India belongs to the Indo-Burma Hotspots and is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the country. 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 its evergreen forests, agricultural land, and tea plantations. Barak Valley has 12 Reserve forests, (RFs) and one Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS). The Valley is richly endowed with plant and animal resources, which need 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.

The Centre for Biodiversity and Natural Resource Conservation attached to the Department of Ecology & Environmental Science is mandated to carry out research works pertaining to biodiversity conservation and its scientific management of the natural resources of the valley with the following aim and objectives:

  • To study the ecology and conservation of flora and fauna of Barak Valley.
  • To study the landscape ecology of Barak Valley.
  • To study the natural resource utilization pattern and management by the traditional communities of Barak Valley.
  • To document the indigenous knowledge system of the region.

Courses Offered:

i] PGDBC (by course work). Duration: Two Semesters. Seats: 17

(For syllabus Click here)

Faculty:

Name & Qualification Designation Area of Specialization Contact & Email ID
Prof Ajit Kumar Das, M.Phil., Ph.D. Professor Plant Ecology, Phytotaxonomy,  Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plants Conservation  9435077427
dasajitkumar15@gmail.com
Dr.Panna Deb Ph.D. Assistant Professor Forest Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Plant invasion  9435171324

debpanna13@gmail.com

Director (i/c): Prof. Ajit Kumar Das

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION: Candidates who have passed TDC (Science) examination with at least 45% marks in Major/Honours or Pass course in Zoology, Botany, Life Science, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Anthropology, Geology, or Geography are eligible for admission.