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Planning careers in environment_Presentation at NITK

  1. 1. PLANNING CAREERS IN ENVIRONMENT Post graduate education and Beyond Prasad Modak
  2. 2. 2 Ekonnect Evolution .. Environment as a formal post graduate education programme has evolved over the past four decades… ...Civil Engg – Sanitary and Public Health Engg – concerned more about water supply and sewage; municipal solid wastes, managing public health Life sciences/chemistry – ecology, environmental sciences Architects – environmental planning, environmental policy, choice of materials
  3. 3. 3 Ekonnect Evolution .. Chemical Engg – Pollution control, pollution prevention, cleaner technologies… ...Product design – ECO-design – designing for environment Economics – Environmental economics, policy Environmental management – preventive environmental management, business and sustainability, trade and environment
  4. 4. 4 Ekonnect Post-Graduate Programmes in Environmental Engg in India IITs – IIT Kanpur, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Chennai, IIT KGP, IIT Roorkee RECs- VRCE, : NITs – MNIT, Suratkal Universities – Jadhavpur, Anna University, Sangli College, Delhi College of Engg, S J College of Engg, Kolhapur IT
  5. 5. 5 Ekonnect Post-Graduate Programmes in Environmental Sciences in India JNU, Pune, Mumbai, Kochin, Usmania, Kolkatta Management Central University, Hyderabad, IIM A and B, Symbiosis, TERI University
  6. 6. 6 Ekonnect Observations  Engg Programmes generally civil engg biased; very few chemical engg driven courses,  some hybrid courses like CESE, IIT, Mumbai that are truly interdisciplinary;  Science programmes generally lack engg and management perspective  Availability of full time faculty is a constraint for many recently initiated programmes
  7. 7. 7 Ekonnect Key core subjects  Ecology (Environmental Assessment)  Environmental Chemistry  Principles of Environmental Engg  Transport, Dispersion and Fate of Pollutants  Environmental Law
  8. 8. 8 Ekonnect Subjects that are desirable ….  EIA  Preventive Environmental Management (Pollution prevention, Sustainable Consumption, Environmental Management Systems)  Health and Safety  Principles of Environmental Economics  Environmental Policy and Planning
  9. 9. 9 Ekonnect Choosing Research Thesis Should be topical.. Design of activated sludge based sewage treatment plant for Miraj OR Technology selection chart for sewage treatment Should have a good mentor .. Who has time, interest, commitment and a network with practioners If you don’t have one at your Univ, look “outside” Should be manageable in time and available resources Do not embark on something ambitious alone – try for a group project
  10. 10. 1 0 Ekonnect Choosing Research Thesis Should not be mere survey/sampling work Air Pollution Profile of Pune Should not be too trivial Comparative assessment of solid waste characteristics of Mumbai and Thane Should adequately demonstrate your acquired skills Assessment of public hearings in EIA Passive air quality monitoring in urban areas Designing eco-restoration schemes
  11. 11. 1 3 Ekonnect
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  15. 15. 1 7 Ekonnect Options for Job  Consulting companies  Industries  Research organizations  Training/Education organizations  Environmental NGOs  International development agencies  Financing institutions
  16. 16. 1 8 Ekonnect Stepping in … Research Associate, Intern Staff on probation Associate, Junior Consultant Full time staff
  17. 17. 1 9 Ekonnect Some Strategies  Networking – know the business and regulatory world!  Memberships  Group projects  Documentation – build your own library  Keep habit of regular surfing  Remain updated on issues – have your “own” views  Don’t just stay on the superficial knowledge – get into the depth (distinguish yourself)
  18. 18. 2 0 Ekonnect Environment is often considered as “survival science” for tomorrow Boundaries between economic, social and environmental issues are fast blurring Opportunities in environment field often get created … there are rarely stacked to pick! You sometimes need to provide the stimulus Remember…