This unique program is now in the 22nd year. The program is designed to impart theoretical concepts and help participants gain field experience through camps and field work. Lectures are conducted by Ecological Society faculty, researchers, scientists, practitioners and academicians who are experts in their subjects. Various guest lectures by national and international experts are arranged too.
Our library offers a unique collection of books, journals, periodicals on ecology and environment which enhance the learning experience.
The program usually starts on the first Saturday of June and ends on the last Saturday of March. Classes are on every Saturday from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Who should enrol:
Graduates of any discipline who are interested to work in the field of environmental activities, landscape planning and management, with NGOs or for ecological management of own property. Our participants are typically architects, IT professionals, lawyers, housewives, retired personnel and post-graduate students.
There are 3 field camps during the entire program.
Grassland Ecosystem – 2 day camp
Mountain Ecosystem Himalaya – 7 day camp
Coastal and Forest Ecosystem Camp – 5 days.
One Sunday of every month, there are short (2 to 4 hour) field visits around Pune. These include Vetal Tekdi, Wetland ecosystem, Restoration site visit, Lake ecosystem and native trees nursery.
Environmental history of the Universe, solar system, earth and man. This sets the historical Perspective of man-nature relationship. The module ends with studies on agriculture, trade and commerce and modern economics.
Basics of ecology, biomes, biodiversity and ecosystems. Basics of soil and geomorphology, mountains, forests, grasslands, marine, river and aquatic ecosystems.
Management of Ecosystems and Principles of Restoration: Natural Resource Management, Restoration theory and practice, ecological Approach to landscape planning.
Nature’s services, environmental economics, ecological economics, sustainable development. Nature of modern economy, energy and technology, globalization and current challenges. Fundamentals of Sustainable Development, holistic approach and lifestyle changes, green careers and entrepreneurship.
Eligibility: Graduate in any faculty, including students pursuing post-graduation or PhD programs.
Full time candidates Rs. 30,000/- excluding any expenses incurred during Field camps or field trips. To be paid in two equal instalments by 1st July and 1st December. Either cheque/DD or electronics transfer.
Concessions: 10% discount for full payment of fees at one stroke, before 1st July. 20% discount for currently enrolled students of any University post-graduation program.
For more details please email or call :-
Oikos Office +91 20 2545 1875
While this course is not designed from an employment perspective, numerous alumni have been working successfully in environment ventures or related jobs. Some students have ventured into environmental entrepreneurship. In our faculty are entrepreneurship teachers and mentors who have been active at the national level – they can guide new ventures.
There is a significant rise in government and corporate sector jobs in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development as also in non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The UGC has made environmental science a compulsory subject from primary to college level & that too for all disciplines; which generates the need of thousands of Green Teachers for schools & colleges. This Course fulfils this need. The students who pass this course will fulfil the provisions of Biodiversity Act recently passed by the Parliament.
Possible Career opportunities
Government sector in India: HRD Ministry, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Schools, Colleges, Universities Informal Sector / Self employment: NGOs, Member of an Environmental Impact Assessment Team, Consultancy for eco-friendly solutions, Ecological Services to private land developers.
International & National Forum: Various surveys at state & national level are carried out to assess environmental damage, there one needs an ecologist where our students can be useful.
Besides all traditional fields, one has to think differently because we are living in a tropical climate, so one can think of different norms, ways and means of development. This course provides insight to challenges before India, particularly rural India and it provides alternatives to present world of economic development, keeping nature healthy for our future generations.