RESEARCH INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES
The focus of the Department has been on teaching and research, dealing with Environmental Issues important for the conservation of Natural Resources, Geohazards, Environmental Degradation and Biodiversity studies. The Teachers and Students of this Department have undertaken research activities in the areas of Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences and Engineering. The Department has strong foundation and expertise in the following areas :-
Water Pollution and Waste Water Treatment, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Monitoring, Ecotourism, Ecology, Ground water study, Renewable and Non renewable energy sources, Environmental Education, Application of G. I. S. & R. S, Appraisal of carbon footprint, Soil pollution and Bioremediation, Climate Change, Sustainability, Environmental Health, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Nanotechnology (Nanoremediation), Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, Watershed Management.
Also, Department has active international research collaboration with RMIT Australia, Telemark University, Norway and Lunds University, Sweden for conducting research.
Our faculties are actively collaborating for research with institutes like COEP, VSI, IISEER, NCCS, IIT (Mumbai), IITM, IMD-Pune, CMET, also with other colleges and Departments within University like Geology, Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Geography, etc
Department of Environmental Sciences undertakes Consultancy Projects in above areas
too. Some specific studies carried out by the faculty members and the teachers of the
Department, in the last few years include:
Studies on Flora and Fauna around SARDAR
SAROVAR PROJECT in Maharashtra.
Thermal regimes of Pune City.
Indoor Air Quality Pune City.
Noise Pollution Pune City.
Nitrate Pollution of Ground Water from
Basaltic Aquifers in Maharashtra.
Ground Water Pollution Due to Sugarmill
Effluent in Maharashatra.
Water Quality Assessment of Pune
Biogas from Night Soil and its Effluent
Effect of Contaminated Ground Water on
the Properties of Soil.
Phytoplankton as Indicator of Urban Water
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of
various major projects.