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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 healthy condition.

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.
Govt Jobs: 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 environmental officer.

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).
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 protection.

Private sectors: 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).

 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 biodiesel production.

  • Production of cellulosic ethanol, alcohol from sweet sorghum, cassava, maize, sugar beet and extraction of ethanol from agricultural wastes.

  • 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.

Employment sectors:

  • 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 Foundation

  • Public & Private Sector Companies involved in manu-facture of mature Renewable Energy Technologies like Solar thermal and SPV devices.

  • 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 various states.

  • 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.

Business Opportunity: 

  • Certified Energy 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.

  • Consultant: 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.

  • Commercial 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. 

  • Biodiesel 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).

                **Educational Institutes

A.P.S. University, Department of environmental Biology, Rewa-486003, MP.

Anna University, Centre for Environmental Studies,  Chennai

Barktullah University, Department of limnology,  Bhopal, MP

Bhartia Vidyapeeth Institute of Environmental Education and research, Pune.

Bundelkhand University, Department of Environmental sciences,  Jhansi 284129, UP.

Calcutta University, Department of Environmental sciences,  Kolkatta 700104

Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Department of Environmental sciences,  Meerut city 250005, U P.   Phone: 0121: 277456; 2763323

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

Dr. B R Ambedkar marathwada University, Department of Environmental Sciences,  Aurangabad 431004, Maharashtra

Dr. B R Amdedkar University Vidya Vihar, School of Environmental Sciences,  Raebareli road, lucknow-226025, Phone 0522 : 2440826 2441515 fax : 0522: 2440821; 244188

Dr. B R Amdedkar University, Department of Environmental sciences,  Khandari campus, Agra 282002, d.p. Phone: 0562: 2526432; 2520405

Dr. RM L Awadh University, Department of Environmental Sciences,  Faizabad 224001 UP.   Phone: 05278: 247581 fax: 05278 245209, 246330

Forest Research Institute, Forest ecology & environ-mental division,  PO new forest, Kaulagarh road, dehradun-248195, uttaran-chal Phone: 0135 : 2751826

G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Department of Environmental Sciences,  Pantnagar, Uttarakhand

Gauhati University, 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

H N 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; 26165886.

Jiwaji University, Department of Environmental Chemistry,  Gwalior 474001, MP.  Phone: 0751: 25016766; fax: 0751: 2346209

Jiwaji University, Indira Gandhi Academy of Environmental education, Research and Eco-planning,  Gwalior-474011, MP Phone : 23331865; email¬ : igaee&

M D University, Department of Environmental Sciences,  Rohtak, Haryana

Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Department of Environmental Sciences,  Ajmer 305009, rajasthan.

Mizoram University, Department of environmental sciences, Chanmari, Aizawal-796007, Phone: 0389: 2342383; fax: 0389: 2345810.

Nagarjuna University, Department of environmental sciences,  Guntur-522510, Phone-0863:223225; 225555; fax: 0863 : 293328

Osmania University, 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 Nadu

Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Deemed University), Patiala, Punjab.

University of Delhi, Department of environmental Biology,  Delhi 110007 Phone: 011: 27662387; 27667725

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; fax-0194: 2421357

University of kerala, Department of Environmental Sciences, Gandhi Bhavan, Kariavattom, trivandrum-695581, Phone: 0471: 2415106

University of Lucknow, Department of Environmental Sciences;  Lucknow 226010 up.

University of mysore, Department of studies in Environmental Sciences,
Mysore- 570006.

Utakal University, Department of Environmental Sciences,  Bhuvneshvar (Orissa)

Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal Vishwa Vidyalaya, Department of environmental sciences,  Jaunpur, U P. 

Visva-Bharti University, Department of zoology and Environmental Sciences,  shantiniketan-371235, w.b. Phone: 03463: 253268; fax: 03463:252672


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