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Updated on 27 Jul, 2023

Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies (PGDEVS)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 3 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 6,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


Graduates of any discipline from a recognised University or Institute.

Medium of Instruction: English

The current degradation of natural ecosystems is seen in the form of environmental pollution, climate change, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, etc. In order to address the environmental challenges induced by anthropogenic activities, capacity building in Environmental Studies is the need of the hour. There is a need for developing knowledgeable workforce in the areas such as climate change, pollution, waste management, sanitation, conservation of biological diversity, management of biological resources, forest and wildlife conservation, and sustainable development.
In this context, the concept of ‘Lifestyle for the Environment (LIFE) was introduced by Prime Minister at the 26th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention to Climate Change in Glasgow on 1st November 2021, calling upon the global community of individuals and institutions to drive LIFE as in International mass movement towards “mindful and deliberate utilisation, instead of mindless and destructive consumption” to protect and preserve the environment.
Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies is a step in the direction to make a meaningful contribution towards the implementation of National Education Policy 2020. The programme with a multidisciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach aims to generate awareness on a wide variety of environmental concerns.
The learners after completing the Programme can take lateral entry to Master of Arts (Environmental Studies) MAEVS. Doing this programme will enable the learners to play decisive roles in addressing the environmental and sustainability concerns in India and across the world. It will help the learners to restore, protect, and sustain the environment and appreciate the interdependence between the components of the environment. The programme will give valuable insights to the learners with the necessary means and capacities to engage in fruitful assessment of environmental conditions, propose sustainable solutions and contribute to the formulation of suitable policies for environmental planning and sustainable development. Therefore looking at the present context of environmental degradation and futuristic ambitious plans to meet SDGs, SOITS at Indira Gandhi National Open University is offering Post Graduate Diploma Environmental Studies Programme with a curriculum designed to touch upon various facets of environment.
Programme Offer and Coverage
Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studieswill be offered in both January and July sessions every year. It is offered throughout the country through the established network of IGNOU Regional Centres.
Target Group
The target group of this programme includes Fresh Graduates, School Teachers, College Faculty, Environmental Executives, Policy makers, Journalists, Mid-career professionals, etc., amongst others.
Programme Objectives:
 To demonstrate the interrelationship between the man-nature interactions.
  • To provide knowledge on contemporary issues and environmental challenges.
  • To capacitate the learners in the field of environment protection and sustainable development.
  • To enable the learners to apply the knowledge in environmental management and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The PGDEVS  programme details is detailed below:


Course Codes
Title of the Courses
Type of Course
Course Credits
MEV 011
Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Ecology
MEVE 019
Environmental Issues
MEV 015
Environmental Pollution, Control and Management
MEVE 017
Environment and Society
MSD 019
Global Strategies to Sustainable Development
MEV 016
Environmental Impact Assessment
MEVE 011
Global Climate Change
MEV 017
Environmental Legislations
MEVE 016
Urban Environment
MEV 014
Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Total Credits


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