Background and Salient Features

Advisory Committee Meeting
To be Held on
09.02.2012 at 11:00 A.M.
Venue :
Syndicate Hall, Anna University,
Guindy, Chennai - 600025
 The origin of this Centre dates back to April 2002, when Anna University    was considered favourably under the scheme "University with Potential for Excellence" and was granted the first installment of Rs. 5 Crores for the programme "University with potential for Excellence in Environmental Science" Subsequently the UGC modified the programme as Centre with Potential for Excellence in Environmental Science" with the objectives



Objectives of the programme
  •  To develop integrated programme in Environmental Science.
  • To promote research and development programmes using new   technologies on themajor thrust areas - Environmental Assessment, Technology Development Technology Adoption, and Environmental Policies.
  • To promote human resource development programme in Environmental Sciences

The UGC expert committee, which visited the University during September 2003, allocated the fund under various heads and provided the specific guidelines to utilize the grant. The following participating institutions showcased their infrastructure, cpabailities, future plans under the programme and requirements in terms of equipment, human resource, infrastructure support, consumables, training etc.

Centre for Environmental Studies
Centre for Water Resources
Centre for Biotechnology
Department of Chemistry
Department of Geology
Institute of Ocean Management
Institue of Remote Sensing
Anna University - K. B. Chandrasekhar ‘s Research Centre


As a facility keen to impart multi disciplinary skills practically, we would like to offer more intensive human resource training at the advanced level (PG and Ph.D. students) and to benefit the workers in the field. Over 3,000 UG & PG students, and research scholars in 16 participating departments/centers/institutes will be befitting either directly and indirectly from the infrastructure and knowledge to be generated under this programme.

It is also proposed to offer elective courses in the various interdisciplinary subjects pertaining to environmental science and technology. For example, biotechnology courses can be combined with remote sensing and coastal management courses or material sciences involved in biological stones can be taught to Geo students.
The M.E. Environmental Engineering and M.E. Geo Informatics, started under this programme, are both attractive courses and each admitted 21 students last year. The GIS laboratory established by the Centre for Water Resources is serving higher education well, as evident from the number of M.S. and Ph.D. students who use this facility. We would like to improve the existing classroom teaching and practical training by modernizing the classrooms and upgrade the practical infrastructure at the cost of 50 lakhs.



The Director and the Deputy Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination of the whole program. The coordinators of the research teams will be responsible for the timely outcome and its exploitation for societal benefits. To facilitate better interaction among the coordinators, large number of investigators, their students and scholars, to manage the administrative & academic responsibilities most efficiently and to provide a comfortable working ambience for the experts, we propose the following:

* 750 sq. ft. office space to house the offices of Director, Dy. Coordinator, Finance section, work place of project and clerical assistants, Photocopying facility, a small meeting room and wash room.
* A mini conference hall measuring 500 sq. ft. for periodic meetings among the groups and with experts from outside. This will be equipped with multi media projection and video conferencing facilities.
* A training facility consisting of two practical class rooms measuring 600 sq. ft. each and 5 studio apartments measuring 200 sq. ft. each.
In all, we would like to build 3450 sq. ft. of well furnished building and interiors costing 75 Lakhs