Department of Environment Science

Courses Offered


Faculty Members (Department of Environment Science)


Dr. Praveen Kumar, Assistant Professor (M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D. , UGC-NET, PGDESD, PGDGIS)

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Objective and Leaning Outcomes Course

The Department of Environment Science aims to provide quality education related to environment to successfully integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development. The Tbilisi Declaration (1977) also anticipated the need for environmental  education by incorporating educational action with legislation, policies, measures of control, and the government’s decisions. Environmental education is a critical tool for ensuring a sustainable future by acquiring knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to take appropriate actions for mitigating the effects of environmental degradation.

Swami Vivekanand Govt. College Ghumarwin offers a basic course on Environment Science at undergraduate level as a part of Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC) in pursuance to decision of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India for the compulsory environment education in universities and its affiliate colleges. Furthermore, the environment is a vital topic for civil services, UGC-NET JRF and other competitive examinations. The primary aim of the department is to foster environmental awareness related to climate change, environment pollution, waste management, conservation of biological diversity, disaster management and sustainable lifestyle. The sustainable lifestyles provide ways of living, social behaviors and choices that minimize environmental degradation by judicious use of natural resources. The course outcome also unravels the complex relationship between humans and nature through eco-critical thinking that also strengthens the guidelines for every citizen of India as Fundamental Duties in “Article 51A (g) to protect and  improve the natural environment and have compassion for all living creatures”.


Research Paper (2023-2024)

International journals

1.Mahajan, A. K., Patial, R., Kumar Praveen, Sharma, H., Sharma, D., Kundal, K., & Priyanka, K. (2023). Site Characterization of Urban Centers from Himalayan Region Using Active and Passive Seismic Methods. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 1-25. (Impact factor: 1.7)

2.Mahajan, A. K., & Kumar Praveen.. (2023). Near-surface characterization and delineation of 2-D shear wave velocity profile from geologically complex landscape of Kangra Valley, NW Himalaya, India. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment82(5), 184. (Impact factor: 4.2)

3.Pratibha Thakur; Pardeep Kumar; Arvind Kumar Shukla; Nagender Pal Butail; Munish Sharma; Praveen Kumar and Upinder Sharma, 2023. Quantitative, qualitative, and energy assessment of boron fertilization on maize production in north-west Himalayan region. J. Plant Prod. 17, 165–176. (Impact factor: 2.5; NAAS: 8.61).

4.Kumar Praveen., Sharma, M., Butail, N.P. et al. (2023). Spatial variability of soil properties and delineation of management zones for Suketi basin, Himachal Himalaya, India. Environ Dev Sustain (Impact factor: 4.9)

5.Kumar Praveen., Mahajan, A.K. & Sharma, M. Site effect assessment and vulnerability analysis using multi-geophysical methods for Kangra city, NW Himalaya, India. J Earth Syst Sci 132, 14 (published online 2023). Earth Syst. Sci. (2023) 132:14. Indian Academy of Sciences. (Impact factor: 1.912; NAAS: 7.91)

National journals

  1. Kumar Praveen.., Parmar, B., & Kumar, P. (2023). Preliminary checklist of butterfly diversity from the Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, Palampur, India. Environment Conservation Journal24(3), 215-221. (NAAS: 5.01)

Book (2023-2024)

  1. Meena and Kumar Praveen (2023) Environment Science, July 2023, Publisher: JMD Prakashan, ISBN: 978-8-192-66588-7

Reviewer for International journals: (2023-2024)

  1. Heliyon (Elsevier) (Impact factor: 4.0)
  2. Rhizosphere (Elsevier) (Impact factor: 3.7)

Reviewer for National journals: (2023-2024)

  1. Environment Conservation Journal {Indexed In: Web of Sciences (NAAS: 5.01)}
  2. Journal of Threatened Taxa (JoTT) Indexed/Abstracted in: Scopus (NAAS rating of 5.56)


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Activities organized

National Students Paryavaran Competition (NSPC)

The ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate has organized National Students Paryavaran Competition (NSPC) under the aegis of Paryavaran Sanraksh Gatividhi with the objective to create awareness amongst students to comprehend in depth the complexity of looming danger of uncontrolled climate devastation. The awareness program between 04/08/2023 to 09/09/2023 and the following topics were covered under this program:

  • Water management
  • Elimination of plastic & biodegradable material usage
  • Discourage felling of trees and encourage plantations
  • Emphasizing on reuse and recycling of natural resources
  • Creating awareness towards Climate Controls initiatives through education

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