Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in Environment Science or Life Sciences
The prevailing socio-ecological problems require a multidisciplinary approach that transcends the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. An integration of natural sciences with social sciences and humanities in a holistic study of the world around us is required to achieve the objectives of the programme. This programme trains students in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills and provides them with the ability to study and understand the environmental and sustainability issues with special reference to Northeast India. The course includes the biological and social aspects that relate to current environmental issues, conservation strategies, legal aspects, basic ecological and technological concerns and advances, and scientific analysis and solutions to environmental problems. The programme offers two specialisations that a student can opt from – Waste Management, and Culture and Environment.
The programme seeks to help students to:
- Acquire and apply scientific knowledge on environmental issues so as to understand the essential underlying scientific concepts
- Develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues by relating scientific knowledge with environmental, social, cultural (indigenous), and economic perspectives.
- Recognise different methods of waste management and be able to apply the same giving due emphasis to waste minimization
- Acquire the necessary problem-solving skills that would enable them to examine and propose alternatives to a variety of environmental problems through research and experimentation
- Appreciate and promote the different components of culture and its significance in the preservation of environmentally conducive indigenous methods and traditional practices
- Critically evaluate their attitudes, behaviour and values and consequently adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, an element of responsible global citizenship.
The career options for graduates with MSc in Environmental Sciences are available in government and private sectors including industries and NGOs. The course in itself covers large areas of natural sciences and promises employment opportunities as scientists, academicians, environmentalists, environmental managers, researchers, project managers, environmental consultants, and entrepreneurs (recycling, recovery and upcycling).