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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 “Centre for Biodiversity and Natural Resource Conservation” by UGC under XIth Plan. An Ornamental Fish Hatchery Unit has been established in the department.

 

Courses Offered:

  1. i) Sc. (by course work) Duration: Four Semesters Seats : 43

i]              M.Phil.( by course work & research work) 3 semesters

ii]             Ph.D. (by course work & research work)

 

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
Dr.Jayashree Rout, Ph.D. Professor Algal Ecology and Biodiversity, Freshwater Ecology and Environmental Biotechnology, Phycology & Lichenology
Dr.Parthankar Choudhury, Ph.D. Professor Agro-ecology, Pesticide Toxicology & IPM, Wildlife Ecology
Dr.Mithra Dey, Ph.D.(Head) Professor Ecotoxicology, Freshwater Ecology, Solid waste management and Herpetology
Dr.Ajit Kumar Das, Ph.D.

 

Professor Plant Taxonomy, Higher Plant Ecology , Ethnobotany and Conservation of Medicinal Plants
Dr.Susmita Gupta, Ph.D. Professor Freshwater Ecology and Aquatic Biodiversity, Environmental Pollution and Monitoring & Management
Dr.Aparajita De, Ph.D. Associate Professor Forest Ecology, RS and GIS application in Forest Ecology, Ethnobiology
Dr.Tapati Das, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Aquatic Ecology & Biodiversity and Management, Wetland Ecosystem Service
Dr.Arun Jyoti Nath, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Plant Ecology and Management, Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for Climate Change, Biocarbon Sequestration

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 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 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 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.

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 indigenous knowledge system of the region.

 

Courses Offered:

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

Faculty:

 

Name & Qualification Designation Area of Specialization Contact & Email ID
Prof Ajit Kumar Das, Ph.D. Professor Plant Taxonomy, Higher Plant Ecology , Ethnobotany and Conservation of Medicinal Plants
Dr.Panna Deb Ph.D. Assistant Professor Forest Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Plant invasion
Dr.Hilloljyoti Singha Ph.D.

(On Lien)

Assistant Professor Wildlife Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Wildlife Biology

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.