Brief statement of the aims and purposes of the School
The purpose of the School of Environmental Studies is to induce awareness of and offer solutions to solve the environmental problems affecting human life. The School provides scientific information to common people, industry, local government and the central government about some of the present environmental problems (e.g., groundwater contamination from arsenic and fluoride, metal toxicity from industrial effluents) and suggests steps to combat the situation.
The School is a self funded organization. It does not accept aid from international aid agencies, NGOs or the local or central government. It runs on the basis of its own earnings. To date, its total earnings have been approximately Rs.2 crores.
A brief history
The School was founded in 1989. Up to 1996, it relied on external funds for its development. Since 1997, it has been an entirely self-financed institute.
The School has highlighted the arsenic groundwater problem in West Bengal, Rajnandangaon (Madhya Pradesh) and Bangladesh, and the fluorosis problem in Assam. It has also highlighted the arsenic groundwater problem caused by industry, and the lead pollution problem caused by industries within Calcutta.
The admin1istrative / academic structure of the School
The Vice-Chancellor is the Chairman of the School. There is an Academic Committee with the Registrar, Finance Officer and 20 members working on environmental matters. The administration is in the hands of a Director.
Total number of students,staffs (technical,non-technical and field workers) are 20