The Department of Environmental Science (DES) at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) was established in 1993, with a vision to ensure a “Clean, Safe and Secure Environment for All”. In order to materialize the vision, the department started its journey with some missions, which included such issues as producing quality environmental graduates, conducting need-based research on contemporary environmental problems, organizing different events (e.g. conferences/workshops/seminars/symposiums/training programs), publishing journals/books on environmental science and management, and participating in and contributing knowledge-base to the national and international environmental policy making bodies.
Since its inception, the faculty members of the DES have been carrying out research on several environmental issues. Because of their devotion to and relentless effort in establishing it as a research-based institution, the DES has become the center of excellence in environmental education and research, producing a substantial number of promising environmental graduates, who are contributing their knowledge to the development of various environmental sectors.
Most of the faculty members of this department have PhD degree from world’s renowned universities and have a good collaboration with a number of national and international research and academic institutions. The department has a spacious ‘Environmental Science Laboratory’, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, where the students can perform outstanding research. Categorically, the DES provides a unique opportunity for the students of environmental science to work with the faculty members in their research projects. By doing that, the students will be able to develop research skills and acquire hands-on training on environmental science and technology. Consequently, this will not only increase the gravity of their CV but also provide them financial incentives.
Importance of Studying Environmental Science
The ever increasing population and their activities are believed to be the predominant drivers, which result in such issues as global climate change, environmental pollution, and scarcity of energy. Scientists consider these three human-induced consequences as the grave challenges of the 21st century. Consequently, an urgent necessity has largely been felt for environmental science graduates to come up with effective solutions to those problems throughout the world.
Pertinently, if we think about the status of energy resources in Bangladesh, we will realize that the existing energy resources will not be enough for a huge population. This enhances the importance of exploring different alternative sources of energy through conducting research, which requires a good number of environmental professionals. Moreover, there has been an increasing demand for environmental scientists in such areas as chemical industries, paper mills, textiles and garments manufacturing units, pharmaceuticals, tanneries, and waste management companies. Since it is mandatory for the industries to install effluent treatment plant or waste management facilities, they need considerable numbers of environmental experts to manage and certify the efficiency of those facilities.
It is widely accepted that the sea level rise resulting from global warming has negative consequences for world’s low lying areas including Bangladesh. Over the years, scientists have been contemplating taking adaptation measures to combat inundation due to the sea level rise. In view of this, it is extremely important to incorporate environmental science into different tiers of the country’s education system, ranging from primary to tertiary levels. Finally, the environmental scientists have a great role to play in helping the government formulate environmental policies, which will not only safeguard the country against the impact of global climate change but also create a win-win situation for the people.