Director's Message

Director's Message


Dr. Usha K. Aravind (Professor)

I consider it as a privilege and honour to be the Director of the School of Environmental Studies (SES) of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT).

The School was established in 1983 and is the first Environmental School in the State of Kerala. The School envisages to striving for a sustainable living by protecting and maintaining the natural environment, forest, rivers, lakes, oceans and wildlife through dedicated holistic environmental education programmes. In its journey for the last 40 years the School has contributed immensely in providing trained human resources in the area of environmental protection which is one of the three pillars of sustainable development. It is positioned to make key contributions to the advancement of environmental science and technology and to help lead the way toward sustainable growth of the region and the country. We currently offer Masters programme in Environmental Science and Technology, and Doctoral Programme (Ph.D) in all areas of Environmental Studies.

SES fulfills all the criteria prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) such as teaching, research and extension activities. All our members of the faculty are well trained and highly experienced in their fields of research. The pedagogy involves not only class room teaching, but practicals for skill development and field based teaching as well. A full semester project work for Masters Students which can be executed either within the School or in any reputed national laboratories help the students to get a complete exposure to their future research career. SES has a high standing in its research activities in all areas of Environmental Science and Technology which is demonstrated by a large number of publications in national and international journals having high impact factor, and patents. The extension activities of SES are now widely recognized with its members of the faculty having programmes relevant to society. This includes consultancies and sustainable technologies for local needs.

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