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JNU School of Environmental Sciences - History
JNU School of Environmental Sciences - Eligibility
JNU School of Environmental Sciences - Courses

 i) Direct Admission to Ph.D. programme

ii) M.Phil. / Ph.D.

Category-I : The activities of the School are inter-disciplinary. The School endeavors to study the problem of environment in an integrated manner using the principles of Physics, Mathematics, Geology and Biology. The M.Phil./Ph.D. programme, started in 1975, has also undergone periodic changes. It includes extensive course work followed by a dissertation, which leads, upon successful completion, to the M.Phil degree. This is followed by research on an approved topic for a minimum of two years. Approval and successful defense of a thesis is required for a Ph.D. Degree. The candidates may give their preference to any two areas of the following four areas at the time of applying. The candidature of those candidates applying for more than two areas is likely to be rejected. Therefore, candidates are advised in their own interest not to apply for more than two areas. At the time of interview the candidates will have to give their preference for research topics within the area they have been called for.

Category II (NET Qualified candidates) : Candidates who have qualified for Junior Research Fellowship through CSIR/UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) examination are eligible to apply separately in the prescribed form under this category. Candidates shall have to appear for an interview and their selection will depend on their performance in the interview. Candidates who have appeared at the CSIR/UGC NET examination but results awaited may also apply under this category. However, such candidates will be eligible for being called for the interview provided they submit the CSIR/UGC JRF qualifying certificate within fourteen days of declaration of the results. Selected candidates are required to successfully complete seventeen credits of course work and seven credits of dissertation to become eligible for registration to the Ph.D. programme. In some cases, if the students completes the course work with a CGPA of 6.5 or more the students maybe permitted to register dire ctly for Ph.D., without submitting a dissertation worth 7 credits.

Research Area–I : Aspects of Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics*, Application of the discipline to the study of Environmental Problems, Meteorology*, Air Pollution*, Noise*, Lasers*, Ultrasonic, Bioelectromagnetics, Microwaves and their application to Remote Sensing, Waste Water Treatment using Ultrasound, Biophysical and Microwave Application to environment.

Research Area–II : Application of Geology and Geochemistry to problems of surface earth processes, water bodies including ground water, glaciers*, Coastal Aquatic Systems, estuaries and mangroves, soils/sediments, mineral deposits and mining pollution. Remote sensing applications in Geosciences.

Research Area-III : Application of Chemistry in monitoring and management of air, water and Soil pollution, Pollution Biology, Limnology* and Wetlands*.

Research Area-IV : Pollution Ecology, Ecosystem dynamics and environmental physiology, occupational health, cellular and molecular biology, environmental biotechnology, physico-chemical aspects of air/water pollution*, molecular microbial ecology, bioremediation and bioconversion.

(* There will be no admission to the M.Phil./Ph.D. programme in these topics)

Central Instrument Facilities : The UGC has granted the School DRS & COSIST under their special assistance programme. The major facilities available in the School for analytical studies include: Xray diffractometer, Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, and ICP-AES, Gas Chromatograph, Ion Chromatograph, HPLC, Scintillation Counter, Carbon Analyzer, Fluorescence Microscope and reasonably good internet access. Air Pollution Monitoring Mobile Laboratory has also been installed. The School has funding from the FIST programme of DST and COSIST programme of UGC.

iii) M.Sc in Environmental Sciences

The School offers a two-year inter-disciplinary M.Sc. programme in Environmental Sciences covering major aspects of environment including Atmospheric, Earth, Pollution and Biological Sciences. The Programme is designed to provide orientation towards environmental problems and issues through in depth training and imparting of skills in the areas enumerated above, through a set of courses common to both packages while other are specific to each Package. The syllabus is constantly under review and changes are made as and when necessary.

Students seeking admission to package A should have B.Sc.level knowledge in any two-subjects viz., Geology, Chemistry & Physics and for Package B, B.Sc.level knowledge of the Biosciences is essential. The School intends to admit an equal number of students in each of the packages. Candidates are advised to make their preferences in their application forms.

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