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Taking cognizance of increasing environmental problems and to tackle these challenges scientifically and proactively for problem solving, the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering (CESE) is conceived in the School of Natural Sciences (SoNS), SNU with the specific objective of creating an interdisciplinary research facility integrating the fields of Science, Natural Resources, Engineering, Social Sciences, Public Policy and Law. The problems will be addressed keeping in view of depleting scarce natural resources and much needed sustainable development of the country. The Center will maintain close liaison with other Schools (SoE, SoHSS, SoM) in SNU, and other Departments within SoNS (Life Sciences, Chemistry, Physics) to bring inter- and multi-disciplinarity in research.

The Vision of the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering (CESE) is to become a leader in environmental science research in the country by conducting problem solving inter/multidisciplinary research in niche areas and meeting the needs of the society, industry and National and International agencies/organizations. The Center will provide advance training to students in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Socio-economics, Public Policy and Engineering from the environment perspective for sustainable development.

The Mission of the Center is to undertake focused high quality interdisciplinary basic and applied research on key areas of environmental issues crossing the boundaries of traditional disciplines to look at the relationship between humans and their environment, natural as well as built, and the sets of relationships between them from a variety of perspective leading to technology development and competency building in various areas related to environmental problems, thereby providing solutions to Indian industry and policy makers. The programs and activities of the CESE are designed to address the needs and challenges to meet the current environmental issues/problems of major industrial sectors, governmental sectors, international agencies and various funding institutions.

The Center will carry out research in different aspects of Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Social Sciences, Engineering, including research in the fields of Ecology, Biodiversity, Energy, Biofuel, Aerosols and Air Quality, Water and Wastewater Treatment; Environmental Biotechnology, Clean Technology, Environmental Remediation Technology-filters, membranes and catalysts and adsorbents for effective remediation of contaminants in air, soil and water environments, Environmental Systems Modeling and Optimization; Environmental Impact Assessment, GIS and Remote Sensing, Climate Change Impact Assessment, Municipal/Industrial/Hazardous Waste Management, Engineering and policy solutions to environmental risks; Environmental and Resource Policy; Environment and Developmental Economics; Environmental Management, Environmental Management and Social Ecology; Environmental Ethics; Environmental Governance; Environmental Health and Risk Assessment; Environmental Laws and Policies; Policy Studies, etc.

Through sustainability approach the CESE will strive to find solutions to the stress caused due to pressing global environmental issues such as global climate change, the food production and distribution system, conserving and recovering biodiversity, restoring ecosystem function, etc. The Center will also focus in creating conditions for sustainable businesses and society with environmental approach.

The Center will establish a tripartite relationship between academia, industry and the government agencies to nurture and support growth of environmental science and technology. The Center will also be actively engaged in a variety of outreach programmes, including organizing workshops, conferences, trainings and extension activities, which will attract participants from academia, industries and governmental and nongovernmental sectors.

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