About ENVIS JNU:


Information is a resource, which together with physical, economical, technical and human resource is a must for national development. Sustainable development, which has evolved as the goal for human welfare in recent times, is rooted in the availability of right information to the right person at the right place and at the right time. The need for information arises at all levels, from that of senior decision-makers, at the national and international levels to the grass roots and individual levels. Environmentally sound decisions, which are a must for achieving sustainable development, are not possible in an information vacuum. Environmental information is, therefore, of vital importance. Realizing the importance of environmental information, an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) has been established by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1982 to provide information to decision-makers, policy- planners, scientists, etc. all over the country. Dissemination of information to the users is the most vital component in the whole system for providing the users satisfaction. ENVIS is a decentralised network information system consisting of Focal Point in the Ministry coordinating the activities of a chain of 24 subject specific centres, known as ENVIS Centres located in various prestigious institutions/organizations all over the country. The purpose of the ENVIS Centre is to cater to the needs of the people who do not have access to highly equipped libraries and network systems.

Keeping in view the proposed information requirements, our ENVIS Centre on Biogeochemistry was started in the year 1994 at School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi with the financial aid from the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India. The Centre is functioning as a partner in the Environmental Information System (ENVIS) network spread all over the country, with the focal point at the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), New Delhi.

The major topics covered / to be covered by the ENVIS Centre at SES, JNU on the thematic area are Biogeochemistry of Rivers, climatology, ecosystems, Geobiology, Biogeochemical cycles, Biogeochemical Modelling, Pollution and Waste, Biogeochemical Metabolomics, Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics and important national/international activities/projects/developments, information resources (websites, journals/books and databases) and the organized/forthcoming events (conferences/workshops/training programmes etc.).

Objectives

• To support and promote research, development and innovation in Biogeochemistry, Nutrients(C, N and S), Biogeochemistry of Rivers, Water Chemistry, Fresh Water Resources, Lakes, Toxic Elements like Arsenic, Fluoride and Mercury, Geobiology, Biogeochemical cycles, Biogeochemical Modelling, Pollution and Waste, Biogeochemical Metabolomics, Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics.
• To promote National and International co-operation and liaison for exchange of environment related information.
• To promote, support and assist education and personal training programs designed to enhance environmental information processing and utilizing capabilities.
• To compile Biogeochemistry database from peer reviewed journals, books and websites.
• To publish newsletters, monographs, bibliography pertaining to the thematic area i.e., Biogeochemistry (Geobiology, Biogeochemical cycles, Biogeochemical Modelling, Pollution and Waste, Biogeochemical Metabolomics, Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics)
• To publish abstracts presented at Biogeochemistry related Conferences held at our Centre.

ENVIS Team

Prof. S. Mukherjee, Co-ordinator
Prof. P.S. Khillare, Co-coordinator
Prof. Dinesh Mohan, Co-coordinator
Dr. J. K. Tripathi, Co-coordinator
Dr. Ilora Ghosh, Co-coordinator
• Ms. Sandhya Farswan, Information Officer
• Mr. Vijay Kumar, IT Assistant

School of Environmental Sciences

The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) was established in the lush green premises of JNU in 1974. SES has Postgraduate and Doctoral degree programmes. The School has diversified yet integrated interests in various research areas of physical, atmospheric, earth, chemical and biological aspects of the environment.