ESDM at a glance
The government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh emphasizes the need for environmental conservation, infrastructure development and capacity building considering the adverse impacts of environmental pollution and improvement of environmental condition focusing the country. To play a critical role in the conservation and development of environment, a number of public Universities in the country introduced a department namely “Environmental Science”. At this core, Noakhali Science and Technology University has started the Department of Environmental Science and Hazard Studies (ESHS) in the year 2012 under the Faculty of Science. The department has started its academic activities on 18th March, 2012 with 65 students and three full time faculty members. Later, the name of the department is changed to “Department of Environmental Science and Disaster Management (ESDM)”. Now the students of this Department are around 350 pursuing their B.Sc. (Hons.) and MS degree. The MS program has kicked off September, 2017. Since the B.Sc. degree offered by the department is multi-disciplinary, the curricula amalgamated various subjects to make total credits 168 of which 20 credits are bestowed to laboratory (Practical) works. The MS program consists of 43 credits of which 13 courses are research works on different environmental issues. The Department is enriched with biological and chemical laboratories, with sufficient books and journal of updated editions. The department arranges workshop, seminar, symposium, conference and cultural programs at regular interval. Field Trip to different Eco-important places in Bangladesh and establishments are made compulsory. Students are introduced to different environmental setup and resources during the field trip and observe and study natural diversity, anthropocentric interventions and trends. All students write a field work/tour report and appear in a viva-voce. With the resources available, the department is committed to help produce future competent environmental scientists. The mission of the Department will only be met, if the products of the Department, get opportunity to work for environmental conservation and sustainable resource management. So far, ESDM has collaborated with a number of local and national governmental and non-governmental organizations in a number of occasions. Further, the department hopes to build up relations with academic and research institutes home and abroad.