Mother earth is facing challenges in the form of pollution, climate change and natural resource depletion, biotic and abiotic stresses. These pressures are altering the natural ecoscapes, vegetation and food production systems. Globally Climate variability/change has been acknowledged to affect all walks of life. Industrialization and urbanization are other challenges which alter the quality and quantity of natural resources. Keeping in view the adverse consequence of environmental concerns in Himalayan region, Department of Environmental science was established in 2008. Since its establishment, the Department has been catering the need of solving various environmental issues through conducting research and disseminating it to the ultimate users and also through generating quality human resource to cater to the needs of various sectors.
The research on significant environmental issues is being conducted by generating funds from prestigious agencies like: ICAR, DST, IMD, RKVY, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of New and renewable energy, HIMCOSTE, State Department of Horticulture and Agriculture, private agencies and NGO’s etc.. The Department is conducting regular trainings, workshops and farmer awareness programmes to have discussions with farmers related to climate variability/change and its impacts on horticultural crops and providing weather forecast based agro-advisory services for conducting various farming operations.
The research findings have been published through more than 180 papers out of which 77 are above NAAS rating of six and rest of 103 are within NAAS rating of 4 to 6 in leading National and International journals. In addition to this department has published nine Books, five Practical Manuals, eight Pamphlets and number of conceptual articles in leading newspapers and magazines of National levels. Department in its journey of over 15 years has been able to generate useful human resource for the country in the form of 96 MSc and 36 PhD students. The Alma maters of this department are working in different organization at National and International levels.
The department offers degree programmes for: