A Textbook of Environmental Studies

ISBN Number : 978-93-5273-307-1

Student Price : Rs.225

Student Dollar Price : 9$

Book Edition : First

Year of Publication : 2023

No. Of Pages : 166

Book Weight :0

About The Book

The world is no longer a healthy place as it was a couple of centuries ago; overexploitation of natural resources, population explosion and the pressures of urbanization have increased alarmingly the level of pollution, the extent of deforestation, degradation of environment and the loss of biodiversity. The authorities, scientists, environmentalists and the public at large have a greater responsibility to act now and try to restore normal living conditions so that they leave behind a healthy and safe planet for the future generations. Steps have to be taken to protect the environment from further degradation.

In order to create awareness among students about the importance of clean and natural surroundings, the Supreme Court of India had suggested that a six month course on environmental studies be made compulsory for undergraduate courses in the colleges of all the Indian universities. Following the Supreme Court order a special committee was appointed by the UGC in 2003 which prepared the core module syllabus for the subject it was introduced in colleges in the year 2004-2005.

The authors have attempted to present an exhaustive and comprehensive account of all the chapters in this book with relevant illustrations and tables wherever required, needless to say that we have strictly followed the syllabus. With suitable case studies, we have highlighted the environmental problems that plague the nation and the world at large. We are quite confident that the book, besides being a standard textbook, would inspire and motivate students to contribute something towards the protection of environment.



1. The Multidisciplinary Nature of Environmental Studies (Definition, Scope and Inmportance)
2. Natural Resources
3. Ecosystems
4. Biodiversity and Its Conservation
5. Environmental Pollution
6. Social Issues and The Environmet
7. Human Population and The Environment
8. Fieldwork
Question Papers

About The Author

Professor A. Dhinakaran  has totally 35 years of teaching experience –one year (1975-1976) at A.V.V.M. Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Tanjore Dt. And the remaining 34 years at D.G. Vaishnav College, Arumbakkam, Chennai, besides teaching Botany, the author has conducted quiz programs and one minute extempore speech competitions for students at intercollegiate level during the Biofest programs organized by the college. The author has organized many seminars and special lectures on Tissue Culture, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Spirulina and Mushroom Cultivation.
A two day workshop on communication skills was conducted by the author in 2009. Such programs help students to improve their employability skills.
A two day exhibition of medicinal plants and herbal products was organized by the author in the college premises on the 8th and 9th February 2008. More than 10000 students from nearby schools and colleges visited the exhibition, the exhibition was covered by TV channels and reported in the regional English and Tamil dailies. The author released a booklet (30 pages) with the photographs of rare medicinal plants which were displayed in the exhibition.
The author also attended a five day workshop on pedagogy of Teaching Environmental Studies from 05/08/7/2004 to 09/07/2004 at th University of Madras. The workshop was sponsored by the UGC and conducted by the Academic Staff College in the University. As the enviro- club secretary of the college, the author exposed students to lectures by environmentalists.

Dr. B. Sankaran got his B.Sc., M.Sc. and M.Phil. degrees from R.K.M. Vivekananda College, Mylapore, Chennai -4. The author has cleared national and state level eligibility tests for the post of Assistant Professor in any college in the country.
The author got  his doctorate degree from R.K.M. Vivekananda College in 2013. After serving many colleges as lecturer, he finally joined in the Department of plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology, Presidency College, Chennai as Assistant Professor.
He has attended many seminars, workshops, workshops, conferences and training programs. He has reviewed books of some renowned publishers like Norosa Publishing House. The author has been a resource person of SCERT, Tamil Nadu and was involved in training teachers of government schools.
The author has also conducted quiz programs and acted as judge of science exhibitions in various schools in and around the Chennai city.

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