Block 1: Ecosystem and Biodiversity
WEEK-1: Concepts of Ecosystem
WEEK-2: Biodiversity: Levels, Distribution and Uses
WEEK-3: Loss of Biodiversity
WEEK-4: Biodiversity Conservation
Block 2: Land and water Resources
WEEK-5: Land and Soil
WEEK-6: Water: Status, distribution and quality, Water : Competitive Uses
Block 3: Energy & Mineral Resources
WEEK-7: Renewable and Non-renewable resources
WEEK-8: Alternative Energy Resources
WEEK-9: Mineral Resources, Usage Pattern and Issues
Block 4: Agrobiodiversity: Status and issues
WEEK-10: Agrobiodiversity : Introduction and Importance
WEEK-11: Loss of agrobiodiversity
WEEK-12: Sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, Agrobiodiversity: Challenges and Opportunities
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Dr. Y.S.C. Khuman is Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies at IGNOU, New Delhi. His Ph.D. from University of Delhi is on fuel wood issues in mountain regions of India. His recent publication is on sustainability issues of fuel wood in Himalayan regions and North East India.. He is the Programme Coordinator, Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science.
He got extensive training as socio-ecologist in interdisciplinary research team at SES, JNU (2001-2005,Under Prof. Brij Gopal) and University of Delhi (2006-2011, Under Prof. K. S. Rao). During his doctoral research period (2008-2011), he has also worked under Prof. M S Swaminathan (Honorary Chair, Chair for Sustainable Development, IGNOU) as Senior Research Fellow. As a Senior Research Fellow in IGNOU, he took key responsibilities for developing different online academic programmes in the area of Sustainability Science. Academic programmes are: Appreciation Programme on Sustainability Science, Leadership Programme of Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development, Leadership Programme on Himalayan Ecosystem, Appreciation Programme on Sustainable Management of Wetlands etc.
Dr. Jagdamba Prasad is a dedicated educationist in the area of Environmental Science and Open and Distance Education with Academic experienceof more than 11 years. Presently he is working as Assistant Regional Director at Regional Centre Dehradun. Before joining IGNOU he worked for Pratham Gujarat Education Initiative (Now Kaivalya Education Foundation) for about 1 year as Research Associate in the field of School Education at project sites in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Subsequently he worked as Assistant Professor (Environmental Science) at GLAUniversity Mathura for 3 years. He has qualified UGC-NET (Environmental Science) and CSIR–NET (Life Science) and was awarded JRF/SRF by UGC during his doctorate research. He didhisM.Phil. and Ph.D.from JNU New Delhi in Environmental Science while carrying out extensive field studies in mid-altitude landscape of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. As a researcher he has contributed more than 24papers and book chapters in reference books, seminars, conferences and workshops includingunits written for different programmes of IGNOU specially Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science (PGDSS).