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Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University
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Institute of Environment Education and Research, Pune
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Established in 1994, the Institute of Environment Education and Research, BharatiVidyapeeth Deemed University (BVIEER) is unique educational and research institution with specialized post graduate and doctoral programs in Environment Science and technology, Geoinformatics and Wildlife Conservation Action. It is a constituent unit of the BharatiVidyapeeth Deemed University which is a NAAC accredited ‘A’ (2004) and reaccredited ‘A’ grade University.
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It has worked in the field of environmental policy building through its research and furthered academic excellence through various collaborations with international Universities and organizations. Its outreach programs have led to its influence a pro-conservation attitude over approximately five lakhschools students who are the future citizens of India.The Institute has several notable achievements in various sectors.
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Contribution to policy formulation
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The notable achievements of the Institute in this regard include its projects and programs that have led to influencing policy and implementation of environment education at school and college level across India along with strategies for Protected Area management in Maharashtra.
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On the recommendations of the Institute the findings of its project ‘Study of status of infusion of environmental concepts in school curricula and the effectiveness of its delivery’through theIndia Environment Management Capacity funded by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, New Delhi through the World Bank has been implemented across the country, environmentalizing school textbooks. The Institute has influenced landscape level planning with the Forest Department in Maharashtra through a series of workshops bringing a new approach to planning in the Forest Department of the State. Currently (2016-17) the Institute is preparing the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (2018-2028).
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Publications
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Apart from its scientific publications (11) in international journals in the last academic year, the Institute has produced several books (17) and posters (36) in both English and the local language that today reach out to more than five lakh students and teachers both within the state as well as in other states of the country. These publications have been translated into several Indian languages and have been adopted and disseminated by several Government Departments. These publications are in tune with the Institute’s objectives of enhancing environment awareness and building a strong environmental ethic among the younger generation.
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The BVIEER on request of the Department of Science and Technology (NRDMS), Government of India set up a dedicated portal for geospatial capacity building in the country. This portal (IGET), a first for India networks geospatial educators and users contributing to geospatial capacity building. It can be accessed from http://www.dst-iget.in Presently the portal has a traffic of almost 8000 unique visitors from across the globe every month.
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Nomination as Experts
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BVIEER faculty are well known across the country and are today nominated as Chairman/experts on the boards/committees of several organizations such as the National Tiger Conservation Authority, Maharashtra State Board for Biodiversity, Wildlife Advisory Board of Maharashtra, Central Zoo Authority, Government of India, SACON (A Centre for Excellence of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India), IGNOU, New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Wildlife Trust of India, New Delhi, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, etc. This is a reflection of the contribution of faculty which in turn strengthens the academic program.
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Collaborations
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BVIEER has actively promoted a policy of collaborations with international and national agencies and this has enabled cross fertilization of ideas besides strengthening its academic programs. The Institute actively collaborates with the University of Cologne, Germany, Maastricht University, Netherlands, University of California, Riverside, USA, GIZ Germanyas well as a host of national organizations and has instituted semester exchange programs and international internship programs for students. The activities under the collaboration include student and faculty exchange programs, joint teaching, joint field work, joint research and international internships.
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Research and Consultancy
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Research and consultancies are an integral part of the activities of the Institution. The Institute has in the last one year has 11 research projects and consultancies to the tune of Rs. 2,67,94,000/- This indicates the active role of the faculty as well as their expertise. The research is done in close collaboration with implementers ensuring that the findings have great practical relevance and contribute to improving the environment as well as livelihoods. The major thrust areas of research are landscape planning, applications of geospatial technology, wildlife management, environmental health, linkages between culture, tradition and environment, conservation and environment laws and biodiversity conservation.
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Outreach
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In its quest to bring about community awareness, the Instituteconceptualizes, designs and implements school environment education programs and activities for rural and urban schools to ensure the spread of environment consciousness to the community.
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The BVIEER has been appointed as the Resource Agency for Maharashtra for the National Green Corps program of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India since 2002 till date. This program reaches out to 8850 schools across the state of Maharashtra.
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Infrastructure
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One of the highlights of the Institute is its ‘green’ building that has a very low carbon footprint and incorporates the use of non-conventional energy source, rain water harvesting, recycling, and waste management measures. The building serves as a model of sustainability.
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Student Profile
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The student profile at the BVIEER includes students from various states such as Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh as well as countries such as Germany, Japan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria making it highly diverse and ensuring experience sharing in environment management. BVIEER students are well placed in national and international organisations.
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Thus this great range of integrated academics, research and outreach programs are a unique feature which greatly strengthens the academic initiatives.
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