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PROGRAMME GUIDE

Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science (Online)

Chair for Sustainable Development Indira Gandhi National Open University New Delhi-110068
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YOU ARE GOING TO BE A DISTANCE LEARNER. TRY TO DEVELOP THE HABIT OF LEARNING THINGS BY WAY OF READING RELEVANT DOCUMENTS. LET THIS PROGRAMME GUIDE MAKE THE BEGINNING OF YOUR JOURNEY OF DISTANCE LEARNING.

The booklet contains relevant information in brief about the Programme on “Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science” and the entire admission and examination procedures.

RECOGNITION IGNOU is a CENTRAL UNIVERSITY established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 (Act No. 50 of 1985) IGNOU Degree/Diplomas/Certificates are recognized by all the members of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and are at par with Degree/Diplomas/Certificates of all Indian Universities/Deemed Universities/Institutions vide UGC Circular No. F152/2000 (CPP-II) dated 5 May, 2004 & AIU Circular No. EV/B(449)/94/176915-177115 dated January 14, 1994.

July 2011 © Indira Gandhi National Open University Online production team: Durgesh Kumar Gupta (web programmer), Satender Rawat (Junior Consultant) and Amarjeet Singh (Computer Operator) 2

CONTENTS

VCs Message Message from Honorary Chair Welcome message by Executive Director Acknowledgement Expert Committee 1. About the University 2. University Rules 3. Chair for Sustainable Development 3.1 Programmes on Offer 4. Sustainability Science- a new discipline 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science Eligibility of admission Medium of Instruction Mode of delivery Target Group Duration Programme Fee Programme Objectives Programme structure

4.10 Syllabus and suggested readings COURSE 1: SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE COURSE 2: ECOSYSTEM AND NATURAL RESOURCES COURSE 3: SOCIO-CULTURAL SYSTEM COURSE 4: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS COURSE 5: INSTITUTIONS, GOVERNANCE AND POLICIES COURSE 6: STRATEGIES AND MODELS FOR SUSTAINABILITY COURSE 7: CHALLENGES TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 3

COURSE 8: PROJECT/DISSERTATION

5. SAVE platform 6. Counseling sessions 7. Assignment 8. Term End Examination 9. Project work/dissertation 10. Evaluation 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Weightage to Continuous Evaluation and Term-End Evaluation Pass percentage for Assignment, term end Examination Modalities for Term End Examination Regional centers Distribution of marks Pass percentage for the programme Result and certification

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VCs MESSAGE
It is a very significant event that the Chair for Sustainable Development at the Indira Gandhi National Open University is commencing today the academic session of the Post-graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science for the first time anywhere in our country. IGNOU stands as a tribute in memory of late Smt. Indira Gandhi who, in fact, was the first person to relate social dimension to conservation of environment. As the then Prime Minister and Leader of the Indian Delegation to the U.N. Conference on Human Environment in 1972, in Stockholm, Sweden, she drew the attention of the world to the fact that environmental degradation cannot be prevented so long as poverty and hunger persist. Poverty and environmental degradation form a vicious spiral, one accentuating the other. And it is now evident that economic growth that does not effectively alleviate poverty enhances social disruption. Further, environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources would, in turn, put an end to the economic growth itself. Already, population growth beyond the ‘carrying capacity’ of the planet Earth, unsustainable lifestyle and climate change have emerged as a serious threats to our civilization, and the future of life. Therefore, in the spirit and words of late Smt Indira Gandhi, the transand interdisciplinary course content of the PG Diploma in Sustainability Science addresses social inequities, environmental degradation and ecological economics in an integrated,...
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