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Department of Environmental Science



Scheme and Syllabus
CURAJ Campus Ec-friendly intiatives

Since the publication of Rachel Carson’s landmark book ‘Silent Spring’ in 1960, there has been much publicized threats of extinction of life on earth, and environment which meant little as a political and social issue earlier, became a burning issue. But the real impetus for bringing about a well-developed framework came only after the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972. India was one of the participatory states in this conference. Under the influence of this declaration, the National Council for Environmental Policy and Planning was set up in 1972 which subsequently evolved into the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in 1985. Further, constitutional sanction was given to environmental concerns through the 42nd Amendment, which incorporated them into the Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Rights and Duties. A policy framework has also been developed to complement the legislative provisions.

With the realization that the man is an integral part of natural ecosystems and the natural resources were rapidly declining, the public became conscious about environmental pollution, resource degradation, population explosion and industrialization. Subsequently, issues pertaining to food, human settlement, water, desertification, depletion of natural resources, fossil fuel, biodiversity came to sharp focus among common people, scientists, educationists and governments. The linkage between man and environment emerged stronger with programs such as Man and Biosphere (MAB) of UNESCO and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched in 1972.

The journey from Stockholm to Cancun encompasses in-depth exercise, discussions and agreements on burning issues like emission of GHGs, Ozone depletion, climate change, biodiversity and environment and trade. The scarcity of potable water and energy are emerging issues need immediate attention. As an emerging economy, India is in its peak of infrastructural development and needs environmental experts, trained personnel for monitoring of pollution and assessing the environmental impacts of developmental projects of industries, mining, housing, urbanization etc. Therefore, looking to the present scenario and futuristic needs, the Central University of Rajasthan has designed a post-graduate degree program in Environmental Science with a curriculum covering wide array of environmental aspects. An emphasis has been given to the emerging areas of environment such as Environmental analyses climate change and Environmental Impact Assessment. A major part of Rajasthan is arid and semi arid. Therefore, the curriculum is unique in the sense that an emphasis has been given to Desert Environment – Adaptations, Desertification and Arid land resource management.



M.Sc. Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on environmental analyses, pollution control, climate change, impact assessment and desert environment The main objectives of the course are:

1.       To impart knowledge of environmental problems of regional and global scale;

2.       To train the students for scientific analyses of environmental components for critical understanding, efficient environmental decision-making and management.

3.       To prepare them for global competence for career options in education, research, industries, consultancy, environmental journalism etc.

4.       To train the students for Environmental Impact Assessment and for management systems

5.       To understand the impacts of climate change to develop mitigation strategies

6.       To prepare students for designing, conducting independent research in the area of their interest.

7.       To sensitize students towards developing the earth as a green planet for a clean habitat for all living forms.



4 Semesters (2 Years)



The candidate should be a graduate having Bachelor’s degree in any discipline of Science/Engineering /Agricultural sciences with a minimum of 55 % marks (50% for SC/ST) in aggregate or an equivalent grade at graduate level from a recognized Indian or foreign University.



Through Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) to be conducted on the All-India basis.


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