Environmental Biotech-Career Opportunity Educational
With growing population and and increasing developmental activities is posing
great threat to our environment. Govt. all over the world are now
concerned about global
environmental change, biodiversity conservation, environmental
toxicology, integrated solid waste management, ecological restoration
and sustainable development,
so that this earth can be handed over to the coming generations in
Career opportunities in environmental sciences are
expanding rapidly, driven by government regulation and a movement by
business and industry to reduce environmental liabilities associated
with their operations. Lot of career opportunities is available to the
students of environmental sciences in the profession dedicated to the
protection of the environment. Most of these careers relate to the
assessment of environmental quality, the evaluation of environmental
impacts, the enforcement of government regulations, and the technologies
to prevent pollution and to clean up polluted resources.
Careers in environmental health and safety are also
available to those having masters of environmental sciences.
Professionals in this field are particularly focused on the human health
effects of environmental contaminants, and on methods to protect people
from harmful consequences of exposure to such substances. A Masters in environmental sciences has bright
prospects in job market in India and abroad.
Types of Posts: There are number of opportunities in the environmental
sciences to work as environmental biologist, environmental officer,
environmental manager, environ-mental scientists, environmental
consultant, environmental extension officer, environmental law officer,
The functional job titles in the environmental job market under
environmental health and safety are risk assessment specialist,
toxicologist, risk communication specialist, environmental health
officer, epidemiologist, industrial hygienists, health physicist, etc.
remote sensing specialist, conservation officer, water resources
specialist, soil scientist, natural resource policy analyst, wildlife
biologist, fishery biologist both in the private and government sectors, business
establishment, etc. At present, there is a great paucity of skilled
environmentalists in the country.
Every state government has pollution control and
environ-mental protection board. Any postgraduate in environmental
sciences can apply for the post of asst. Environmental officer, senior
They are also eligible for the posts of
environmental scientists in various institutions under the ministry of
environment and forests (wildlife institute of india, forest research
institute, zoological survey of india, botanical survey of india, g.b.
pant institute of himalayan environment and develop-ment).
Posts: Several positions of environmental engineers, environmental
geologists, hydrologists, air quality scientists, environmental policy
analysts, laboratory analysts, natural resources managers, water quality
analysts are available in the establishments related with environmental
in the private sector, job opportunities are available in
every industry. The potential employers to postgraduate students of
environmental sciences are sugar mills, fertilizer factories, fish
processing companies, rice mills, flour mills, auto manufacturing units,
cement factories and mining (limestone, plaster of Paris).
NGO’S: An entrepreneur,
after obtaining the professional degree in environmental sciences, can
start work under a non-government organization (NGO).
R & D
Opportunities in Promising Renewable Energy Technologies
Utilization of Hydrogen Energy for transport sector.
Seed development and farming of Curcas Linn (Jatropha),
Ricinus Communis (Castor oil) and Pongamia Pinnata (Karanja) for
Production of cellulosic ethanol, alcohol from sweet
sorghum, cassava, maize, sugar beet and extraction of ethanol from
Development of high calorific value fuel wood species
which burn without toxic emissions.
Technology development for recovery of energy from
urban & industrial waste.
Fellowship and Project:
To facilitate R & D in Energy Conservation, Renewable Energy and related
areas, MNRE has instituted National Renewable Energy Fellowship for M.
Tech. and Ph.D. programmes in these fields.
Moreover, Solar Energy Centre (SEC) provides opportunity to UG and PG
students of engineering and sciences undertaking project work in the
area of RE.
Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA):
IRED A was established under MNRE (erstwhile MNES) to promote RES,
to extend financial support to manufacturers & users, to act as
financial intermediary, to assist in rapid commercialization of RETs,
to promote energy efficiency and to provide consultancy.
State nodal agencies.
R & D Institutions like Tata Energy Research Institute
(TERI), Petroleum Conserva-tion Research Institute (PCRA), Sardar
Patel Renewable Energy Research Institute, Central Power Research
Institute, several of IITs and NITs, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalay, and
Jadavpur University to name a few.
Organizations under MNRE for technical development,
testing and certification such as Solar Energy Centre, Centre for
Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), Centre for Fuel Cell Techno-logy (CFCT),
National Hydrogen Energy Board, National Biofuel Centre, Sardar
Swarn Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy, SPIC Science
Public & Private Sector Companies involved in manu-facture
of mature Renewable Energy Technologies like Solar thermal and SPV
NGOs like Sri Aurbindo International Centre of
Education & Winrock India International etc. working in the field of
Energy & Environment.
International agencies working for development (World
Bank, Asian Development Bank, India Canada Environment Facility)
Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP) division of
Journalist specializing on technology & environment:
On editorial board of magazines like Down to Earth, Yojna,
Kurukshetra, Economic & Political Weekly of India and all leading
national dailies and news channels.
Auditor/Energy Manager: Bureau of Energy Efficiency was established in 2002
under the provision of Energy Conser-vation Act 2001. As per the EC
Act 2001, it is mandatory for all designated energy consumers viz.,
cement industry, aluminum industry, steel industry, paper industry,
railways etc. to get energy audit conducted by an accredited Energy
Auditor and to appoint Energy Managers. Any graduate engineer can
sit for EA/EM examination being conducted annually by National
Productivity Council under the aegis of Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
You can work as Consultant Scientist/Engineer of District Advisory
Committee (DAC) on Renewable Energy. Similarly one can also work as
Consultant for Energy labeling program started recently by The
Ministry of Power. Domestic appliances like Refrigerators, AC and
fluorescent tubes are given energy star ratings. A rating of five
stars means most energy efficient device.
Renewable Energy Generation: It is Generating Power mainly via wind, bio-mass, wastes.
Financial assistance from govt. is provided for such projects.
Ethanol industry: Ethanol can be a cheaper, cleaner and commercially viable
alternative of petrol. Instead of wasting edible part (cane juice,
potato tuber, maize etc.) if we could refine the processes of
extracting ethanol from cellulose then it could solve our energy
problem. This ethanol will be cheaper as the food part won’t be
used. Several countries are adopting ethanol as petroleum substitute
like Brazil, Sweden and Philippines. As per some
projections we might see anything between 7.5 billion gallons of
ethanol in the US by 2012.
Production: Farming of Jatropha, Karanj etc. as a
feedstock for biodiesel processing can be a lucrative business.
Since Jatropha can be grown in waste land and arid region
therefore it can be a good source of revenue for farmers having such
prevailing field conditions. Tradable Tax Rebate Certificates (TTRCs)
linked to actual biodiesel/seed production is available for
investment in plantation & biodiesel industry. Simultaneously
Jatropha cultivation can also be brought under reforestation
programme. FICCI has requested the ministry of agriculture to
exempt Jatropha cultivation and biodiesel production from custom
duties and tax and bring it under National Rural Employment
Guarantee scheme (BSP 0ct06).
Department of environmental Biology, Rewa-486003, MP.
Centre for Environmental Studies, Chennai
Barktullah University, Department of limnology, Bhopal, MP
Bhartia Vidyapeeth Institute of Environmental Education and
Bundelkhand University, Department of Environmental sciences,
Jhansi 284129, UP.
Department of Environmental sciences, Kolkatta 700104
Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Department of Environmental
sciences, Meerut city 250005, U P. Phone: 0121: 277456;
CSJM University, kalyanpur, Department of Environmental
Sciences, Kanpur 208001, UP. Phone : 0512: 2570301.
Devi Ahilya bai University, School of chemical sciences, Indore
452017, MP Phone: 0731:2460208; fax 0731: 2470372
B R Ambedkar marathwada University, Department of Environmental
Sciences, Aurangabad 431004, Maharashtra
B R Amdedkar University Vidya Vihar, School of Environmental
Sciences, Raebareli road, lucknow-226025, Phone 0522 : 2440826
2441515 fax : 0522: 2440821; 244188
B R Amdedkar University, Department of Environmental sciences,
Khandari campus, Agra 282002, d.p. Phone: 0562: 2526432; 2520405
RM L Awadh University, Department of Environmental Sciences,
Faizabad 224001 UP. Phone: 05278: 247581 fax: 05278 245209,
Forest Research Institute, Forest ecology & environ-mental
division, PO new forest, Kaulagarh road, dehradun-248195,
uttaran-chal Phone: 0135 : 2751826
Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Department of
Environmental Sciences, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand
Department of Environmental Sciences, Guwahati
Guru Jambeshwar University,
Department of environmental sciences and engineering,
hissar-125001, haryana; Phone : 01662: 263153, 276240
Guru Nanak Dev University, Department of environmental
sciences, Amritsar, Punjab
Gurukul Kangri University,
Department of Environmental Sciences, Hardwar-249404
Uttarakhand Phone : 01334: 245940
B Garhwal University, Department of Environmental Sciences,
Srinagar - Garhwal 246174, Uttarakhand Phone: 01370 : 267740;
fax: 01370: 267740
Indian institute of sciences, Centre for Ecological Sciences,
Bangalore 560012 Phone : 080: 23340985; fax : 080: 23341683
Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of Environmental Sciences,
New Delhi- 110006 Phone: 011: 26107676; fax: 011: 26106501;
Jiwaji University, Department of Environmental Chemistry,
Gwalior 474001, MP. Phone: 0751: 25016766; fax: 0751: 2346209
Indira Gandhi Academy of Environmental education, Research and
Eco-planning, Gwalior-474011, MP Phone : 23331865; email¬ :
University, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rohtak,
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Department of
Environmental Sciences, Ajmer 305009, rajasthan.
Department of environmental sciences, Chanmari, Aizawal-796007,
Phone: 0389: 2342383; fax: 0389: 2345810.
Department of environmental sciences, Guntur-522510,
Phone-0863:223225; 225555; fax: 0863 : 293328
Department of Environmental Sciences, Hyderabad-500036, (AP)
Punjab University, Department of Environmental and Vocational
Studies, Chandigarh 160014, Punjab; Phone: 0172: 2534212
Tamil Nadu agriculture University,
Department of Environmental Sciences, coimbatore-641003 Tamil
Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Deemed
University), Patiala, Punjab.
University of Delhi,
Department of environmental Biology, Delhi 110007 Phone: 011:
University of Jammu, Department of Environmental Sciences, Dr.
B.R. ambedker marg, jammu-180004; Phone: 0191 : 2432856, 2456790
University of Kalyani,
Department of environmental studies, kolkatta
University of Kashmir, Center of Research and Development (cord)
, Hazaratbal, Srinagar 190006 (Kashmir); Phone- 0194: 2102162;
University of kerala, Department of Environmental Sciences,
Gandhi Bhavan, Kariavattom, trivandrum-695581, Phone: 0471:
University of Lucknow, Department of Environmental Sciences;
Lucknow 226010 up.
University of mysore, Department of studies in Environmental
Department of Environmental Sciences, Bhuvneshvar (Orissa)
Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal Vishwa Vidyalaya, Department of
environmental sciences, Jaunpur, U P.
University, Department of zoology and Environmental Sciences,
shantiniketan-371235, w.b. Phone: 03463: 253268; fax:
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