If you are passionate about the environment like us, at some point of time you might have wondered if you could convert that passion of yours into a career in India. Yes, you actually can. There are a few universities and colleges offering courses related to sustainability, green energy and the likes. Most of these courses are in the master’s level. Here are the list of universities and colleges with their respective courses:
TERI University, Delhi
TERI or The Energy Resources Institute is the most comprehensive university which is dedicated to environmental studies. Set in a green building campus, the university offers MBA programs in business sustainability, infrastructure, M.Tech programs on renewable energies, urban development, water sciences, MSc in many environmental sciences, courses on environment law, policies, and even Ph.D programs. TERI is known for its research, organizes seminars and webinars from time to time and has been instrumental in making many government and non-government policies and studies. GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) was established by TERI with the help of MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy). It also has MOUs with many foreign universities. There are a few distance learning courses too. TERI accepts CAT, GMAT, MAT and other scores for its MBA programs, and holds its own selection procedure for other programs.
Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal
Nestled in nature’s lap, IIFM’s over 200 acres campus is known for its flora and fauna. IIFM is a prestigious institute offering Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management, M.Phil. in Natural Resource Management and Fellow Program in Management that is equivalent to Ph.D. IIFM’s alumni are known to be well placed in various government and corporate organizations such as Melinda Gates Foundation, UNDP, UNICEF, WWF, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, JK Paper, Aditya Birla Group, NABARD and many others.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Most IITs offer master’s and research programs in environment engineering. Students completing these courses get jobs in energy consultancy, energy impact assessments, corporate social responsibility (CSR), pollution control, and other fields. There is a growing demand for professionals in energy and environment related industries.
Many technical universities offer M.Tech programs in environment engineering, though the IITs are the most sought after. Symboisis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Pune offers 2 years MBA on energy and environment. Xaviers University Bhubaneswar (also known as XIMB), is another premier B-School offering full time MBA on sustainable management. Among the IIMs, IIM-Lucknow has started a post graduate program on sustainability management at its Noida campus. Most elite B-Schools offer optional papers on sustainability in their flagship courses. Agri-business management is also a green option offered at many B-Schools including IIM-Ahmedabad. Catering to demand of green buildings, most universities offering courses on architecture have sustainability integrated as part of their syllabus. CEPT university, Ahmedabad offers master’s of habitat management and other courses on green building techniques.
Are They Worth It?
The entire sustainability and environment sphere is a niche sector in India that is slowly and steadily growing. Sustainability is something that is embedded in every sector today starting from services to manufacturing. Every industry will need professionals who can help them cut on energy expenditure and shape their carbon footprints. Hiring is good in energy and energy related companies. CSR being mandatory by the government is one field that employs a substantial volume. Smart cities will also generate jobs for specialised professionals. There is good scope in research and academics in both India and abroad. While placements from IITs and the premier B-Schools are known to be good with CTCs of around 6 lakhs per annum, it is sometimes difficult to get jobs from other colleges and courses. Do your homework on the campus placements and the industry sector that are particularly intending to work in. Take the plunge but be ready to wait for a few years for things to become standardised in this sector.