Environmental Studies pertain to a systematic analysis of the natural and man-made world encompassing various scientific, economic, social and ethical aspects.
Human impacts leading to large scale degradation of the environment have aroused global concern on environmental issues in the recent years. The apex court has hence, issued directive to impart environmental literacy to all.
In this book the fundamental concepts of environmental studies have been introduced and analysed in a simple manner strictly as per the module syllabus designed by the U.G.C. for undergradute courses in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, commerce, management and law. Besides the undergraduate students of all disciplines the book will also be useful for those appearing in various competitive exams since environmental issues now find a focus in most of such examinations. The contents of the book will be of interest to all educationists, planners and policy makers.
Key features of the book include a simple and holistic approach with illustrations, tables and specific case studies mainly in the Indian context. The basic terminologies have been defined in the text while introducing the topics and some useful terms mentioned in the text have been explained in the glossary for an easy grasp by students of all disciplines.
About the Author(s):
Anubha Kaushik is Professor, Dean and Chairperson, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, G.J. University of Science & Technology, Hissar, India. She obtained her doctorate from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra and has been teaching ecology and environmental sciences in M.D. University, Rohtak, K.U. Kurukshetra and G.J. University, Hissar for the last 23 years. She has won 8 gold medals in her academic career and was awarded Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Fellowship Award and Gold Medal and various National Scholarships/Fellowships.
She has published a large number of research papers in international and national journals of repute and guided several P.G. and doctoral thesis. She is in the editorial board of several international and national journals and reviewer of many international journals of environment. She has attended many international and national conferences, seminars and workshops and chaired technical sessions in some. She is a member of the Appellate Authority, Haryana; has been a member state steering committee of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan; Nominee State Environmental Protection Council, Haryana; Resource person of United States Educational Foundation in India (USEFI, Fulbright) at International Round Table (SAARC) on Environment and Health, and member of several other prestigious academic and advisory committees of University Grants Commission, All India Radio and various Indian Universities. She has visited several European countries.
C.P. Kaushik is Professor and former Chairman, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Dean, Faculty of Non-Conventional Sources of Energy and Environmental Science, and Dean, Academic affairs, G.J. University, Hissar, India. He obtained his M.Phil., and Doctorate from the University of Delhi, Delhi. He has a vast teaching and research experience of 31 years of which more than 11 years as a Professor. He was awarded various National Scholarships/Fellowships during his academic and research career.
He has a large number of research publications in international and national journals of repute. He is reviewer of many international and national journals. He has guided several M.Phil., M.Tech. and Ph.D. students and has handled a number of major research and consultancy projects. He has attended many international and national conferences and chaired technical sessions in some of them. He has visited several European countries. He also organised many national seminars, workshops and consortia. He is member of several prestigious committees of Ministry of Human Resource Development, GOI, University Grants Commission, Department of Science and Technology, GOI, National Council of Educational Research and Training, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Department of Environment, Govt. of Haryana and academic and administrative bodies of various Indian universities.
Environmental Studies-A Multidisciplinary Subject
Bio-diversity and its Conservation
Social Issues and the Environment
Human Population and the Environment
Objective Type Questions (Unit 1-7)