Department of Environmental Science

Started in 1999 with the first batch of Graduate Courses, the Department of Environmental Science offers Courses designed to understand the environment and  thematic connections between a variety of science disciplines concerned with the local, regional and global environment.   It gives students a coherent and realistic picture of the applications of a wide range of scientific concepts as they manifest in our environment, to analyse the causes of its degradation and to enable them to participate in efforts to mitigate and solve these . In short, the aim of the Department is to increase students knowledge of the environmental challenges of today and their sustainable solutions while continuing to cultivate scientific critical thinking skills.

Mission & Vision: 

  • acquire and apply scientific knowledge about environmental issues so as to understand the underlying scientific concepts,
  • develop a deeper understanding of environmental problems and issues by relating scientific knowledge with other perspectives,
  • acquire the necessary problem-solving skills enabling them to examine and propose alternatives to a variety of environmental problems,
  • develop pro-environmental values and attitudes that foster environmental responsibility, and
  • critically evaluate their attitudes, behaviour and values and consequently adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

 

Why choose:

The environment and natural resource base of  Bangladesh  are critical for the welfare of its people. Natural resource and environmental management and conservation are pre-requisites for sustainable development in the region. Achieving sustainable development requires an appreciation of the value of natural resources and the environment, and the development of the knowledge base and skills required for effective management. A firm grounding in these skills, knowledge and attitudes is provided through a study of Environmental Science.  The skills and abilities which students are expected to develop  like the knowledge and comprehension; application of knowledge and practical abilities  to cater the needs of the current market demand have been given priority.

Undergraduate Program

Course Plan

The program of study for bachelor degree will extend over a period of 4 (four) years and is divided into 8 (eight) semesters, each of 6 (six) months duration. Semester final examination will be held at the end of each semester for completion the semester. The course of study of the program has to be completed by a student over a maximum period of 12 (twelve) consecutive semesters.

Tution Fee:  1,80,000.00 ( 2017-18).

Course Description: The B.Sc Environmental Science : A four years’-long course with 154-credit undergraduate program at the end of which the student will earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences.  The Program is designed to promote a more holistic framework of environmental issues, the approach adopted must necessarily be interdisciplinary, involving inputs from various fields related to the issues being studied. While ensuring that the programme provides a global perspective, candidates should also be familiarised with the local and regional dimensions of the environmental issues being studied.

 

Requirements for Admission: The basic prerequisite for admission to the B. Sc (Hons.) course in Environmental Science : the students should have GPA 2.5 in S.S.C and H.S.C (Science) or equivalent.  Every student must qualify in the admission test set by the university each time.

 

Graduate Program:   Not yet started.

Certificate Courses: Six months long  Certificate Courses  on Organic Agriculture (OA) , Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and Climate Smart  Agriculture (CSA)  offered

Faculty Members:

Name: Muhammad Iqbal Zuberi

Designation:   Professor and Head   [Prof Zuberi has been the Director of the Research Cell, Editor of the University Journal, and the Editor of the University News Letter]

Mobile No. 01711429255

e-mail: iqbal.zuberi@gmail.com

Education: Ph.D,(UK),  M.Sc., B.Sc (Hons)

Joining Date: 01.08.2016

Research interest: Environmental Science; Agriculture, Environment Conservation, Biodiversity

Teaching area: Environmental Science

Publications

Publications  ( Total 75; only Recent ones are included.* in refereed journals)

 

  1. Salma Hossain1, Rozina Parul2, M.I.Zuberi 3

1 Department of Environmental Science; 2 Department of Pharmacy, Gono Bishwabidyalay,   Savar,  Dhaka 1344, Bangladesh

  1. Potential health dangers of new invasive species similar to indigenous plants that are used as food or medicine–an example from Bangladesh.

World Nutrition (U.S.A),  2018;9(3):163-175 DOI: 10.26596/wn.201893163-175

 [https://worldnutritionjournal.org/index.php/wn/article/view/602/534]

 

 

2.* Zuberi MI, Hossain S, Ali O.  and Akhtar N. 2018. Small Farmers and Resource-Conserving Agriculture: The Prospect of Attaining Environmental Sustainability through Zero Tillage Relay Cropping in Bangladesh. J Agri Res 2018, 3(5): 000171.  ISSN: 2474-8846June 22, 2018

https://www.medwinpublishers.com/OAJAR/index.php

3.* Kedir Mohammed, Abdella Gure, M. I. Zuberi. 2018. Assessment of Fungal Spoilage on two stored Food Grains (Wheat & Maize) and its Impact on Economy and livelihood community in West Shoa, Ethiopia. IJB-7(5), 66-77  DOI 10.12692/ijb/7.

4.* Kedir Mohammed, Abdella Gure, M. I. Zuberi. 2015. Problems of seed-borne fungal diseases affecting sorghum grain (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) in two districts of Oromia, Ethiopia. International Journal of Biosciences | IJB |ISSN: 2220-6655 (Print), 2222-5234 (Online)  http://www.innspub.net.  Vol. 7, No. 5, p. 66-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/7.5.66-77

  1. * Diriba Oljira Gemeda, Habtamu Ashagre and M. I. Zuberi 2016. Assessment of the Current

   State of Riparian Vegetation : The case of Dabbis River of Ambo woreda, West Shoa  Zone,

   Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia.  J. Bio. Env. Sci. 8(3), 153-167.

6. *  Feyere Oluma, Terefe Tolasa, and M.I.Zuberi 2016 . Forest degradation: An assessment of Gedo  Forest, West Shewa, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia. Journal of Biodiversity and  Environmental Sciences (JBES), Vol. 9, No. 2, p. 69-78.

 http://www.innspub.net

7. *S.R.Sarker, P.P.Roy and M.I.Zuberi 2015.  Home Garden: A Genetic Resource of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam) in Semi Arid Region of Bangladesh.2015. Geneconserve. 14(57). 01 – 28.

8. * Olika Belachew and M.I.Zuberi.2015. Perception of Climate Change and

Livelihood of a Farming Community of Maruf Kebele, Central Oromia, Ethiopia. American Journal of Climate Change, 2015, 4, 269-281 Online June 2015 in SciRes. http://www.scirp.org/journal/ajcc http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ajcc.2015.43022

9.* Zerega, N.J.C., G. Ravikanth, E.M. Gardner, K. Laricchia, T. Melhem, M. Wang, C. E. Witherup, S. Setty, M.I. Zuberi, M.R. Jagdish, and D. Ragone. 2014. New genomic resources to understand genetic diversity and promote crop improvement of jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), breadfruit (A. altilis), and other under utilized Artocarpus crops. Procedings of the International Symposium on Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus ) and Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis Fosbarg) of the Tropics. University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

10.*  M.I.Zuberi, Teklu Gosaye  and  Salma Hossain (2014) Potential threat to subsistence agriculture in Africa: Invasive alien species, Parthenium hysterophorus L. spreading  in the West Shoa Region of Ethiopia. Sarhad J. Agric. 30 (1), 117-125.

11.*Farzana Shirin, M. I. Zuberi, G. P. Ghosh. 2013. Fruit characteristics of some locally important mango (Mangifera indica  L.) cultivars at Chapai Nawabganj District,

Bangladesh. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES), 3(11), 96-103.

12.*M.I. Zuberi,  Birhanu Kebede,  Teklu Gosaye &  Olika Belachew. 2014. Species of herbal spices grown in the poor farmers’ home gardens of West Shoa, Highlands of Ethiopia: an Ethnobotanical account. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences (JBES). 4(4), 164-185.

12. Zuberi, M. I.Islam, M. Z.Anisuzzaman, M.Ghosh, G. P.2013. Impact of selection and self-pollination on morphological characters of rape seed (Brassica juncea). International Journal of Biosciences (IJB) 2013 Vol.3 No.11 pp.104-107.  http://www.innspub.net/wp-content/upl…

13. Kumar Mainali,  Abhishek Nakarmi  Kunjithapatham Dhileepan, Dan L Warren, Andrew John Mcconnachie, Lorraine W StrathieMatthew Moskwik, Gul Hassan, M.I. Zuberi, Debendra Karki, Bharat Babu Shrestha, Camille Parmesan 2013.  Global modeling of invasive Parthenium hysterophorus reveals new areas of potential invasion on multiple continents. Conference Paper · August 2013.  https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267276724_Global_modeling_of_invasive_Parthenium_hysterophorus_reveals_new_areas_of_potential_invasion_on_multiple_continents [accessed Aug 1, 2017].

14. * M.I. Zuberi.2012. Use of wild food plants in Ethiopia: can traditional practices be sustainable? IUCN SULi News. http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/sustainable_use_and_livelihoods_specialist_group/sulinews/issue_2

15. *Abiot Abera Aydamo, Akhila S. Nair & M.I. Zuberi, (2012), Household Solid Waste Generation Rate and Physical Composition Analysis: Case of Hosa’ina City, SNNPRS, Ethiopia; Journal of Recent Trends in Biosciences, 22-28.

16. *Colby Witherup, Tyr Wiesner-Hanks, Brian Irish, Diane Ragone, Brian Scheffler, Sheron Simpson, Francis Zee, M. Iqbal Zuberi, Nyree J.C. Zerega  ( 2012) Development and characterization of new microsatellite loci in Artocarpus altilis and cross-amplification in congeneric species (Moraceae). IJB Primer Notes and Protocols

17. *Witherup, C, D. Ragone, T. Wiesner-Hanks, B. Irish, B. Scheffler, S. Simpson, F. Zee, M. I. Zuberi,  N.J.C. Zerega. In review. Development of microsatellite loci in Artocarpus altilis (Moraceae) and cross-amplification in congeneric species. Applications in Plant Science.  1(7): 1200423. http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.3732/apps.1200423#.UhOtVmR4bfg

18. * Ruby Khan, Nyree Zerega Salma Hossain, And M. I. Zuberi  2010 Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus Lam.) Diversity In Bangladesh: Land Use And Artificial Selection.  Economic Botany, 64(2), 2010, Pp. 124–136

19.*S R SarkerM I Zuberi. 2011. Assessment of morphological characters and ethnobotanical survey of jackfruit germplasm in two sites of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. Gene Conserve 06/2011; 10(40):110-128.

20.*Witherup, Colby, Zerega, Nyree, , M. Iqbal Zuberi. 2011. Measuring and preserving diversity in a Bangladeshi food crop: Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus, Moraceae). Society for Economic Botany/BSA Economic Botany Section. (U.S.A)

 21.*M.I.Zuberi and A. Akter 2007. An account of alien invasive species (AIS) of flowering plants in Bangladesh. Plant Environ Dev 1(1)  67-74

22. *Akter and M.I. Zuberi. 2009. Invasive alien species in Northern Bangladesh: Identification, inventory and impacts. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation Vol. 1(5) pp. 129-134

23. *Salma Hossain and M.I. Zuberi (2011)   Current Status of Invasive Alien Species in Northern Bangladesh. In Proceedings  1st IOBC Parthenium weed workshop 2010 Nairobi, Kenya.

 24. *Hossain, M.A., H. Rahman, G. Kabir and M.I. Zuberi. 2001. A study on the performance of twenty two genotypes of sesame (Sesamum indicum). Bangladesh J. Genetics and Biotechnology.2(1&2): 15-22.

25.  * O. Ali, M. I. Zuberi and A. Sarker. Lentil Relay Cropping in the Rice-Based Cropping System: An Innovative Technology for Lentil Production, Sustainability and Nutritional Security in Changing Climate of Bangladesh. J. Food Sci. and Eng. 2, 201: 528

26. *Md. Omar Ali, Md. Iqbal Zuberi, and Ashutosh Sarker  2014.Management Practices for Lentil as Relay Crop in the Rice Based Cropping System. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology B 4 (2014) 126-134.

 27. *M.I. Zuberi, H.G Dickinson. 1985. Pollen-stigma interaction in Brassica. III. Hydration of the pollen grains  Journal of Cell Science, 1985

28.*M.I. Zuberi, H.G Dickinson. 1985.Modification of the pollen-stigma interaction in Brassica oleracea by water. Ann. Bot,  56 (4): 443-452 1985.

29. * D LEWIS, SC VERMA, MI ZUBERI 1988. Gametophytic-sporophytic incompatibility in the Cruciferae-Raphanus sativus.. Heredity (U.K) 61, 355-366, Nature Publishing, 1988.

 30. * M.I. ZUBERI, D LEWIS.1988. Gametophytic-sporophytic incompatibility in the Cruciferae-Brassica campestris.  Heredity (U.K)  61, 367-377, Nature Publishing, doi:10.1038/hdy.1988.127

 31.* SKA Mannan, MI Zuberi, R Alam 2004.In vitro germination of sugarcane pollen. Indian Sugar, 2004 – cababstractsplus.org

32. *SKA Mannan, M.I.Zuberi.2004. Artificial media (in vitro) pollen germination tests with sugarcane genotypes were carried out using 3 kinds of media, ie medium containing calcium.  Web SearchBL Direct  .Document Title: Indian Sugar, 53:12.

33.* A Mondal, GP Ghosh, MI Zuberi.2006.  Phylogenetic Relationship of Different Kakrol Collections of Bangladesh. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 2006 – ansijournals.com

34.*M.I.Zuberi & F.Ferdous 2008. Decline in sexual reproduction : a case study of Oxalis in Bangladesh. Plant Environ Dev. 1(2), 98-108.

35. * M.I. Zuberi. 2000.  Indigenous medicinal plant use, sustainability and biodiversity: learning from the Grameen Bank experience. in Indigenous Knowledge Development in Bangladesh : Present and Future. Edited by Paul Sillitoe, University Press, 2000, 243 p,  ISBN : 9840515233
 

36.. Barr, J.J.F, P-J. Dixon, M.M. Rahman, M.A. Islam, M.I. Zuberi, A.A. McGlynn, and G.P. Ghosh.2000. A Participatory, Systems-Based, Process for Identification of Improved Natural Resources Management for Better Floodplain Livelihoods. Project Report of R6756.Newcastle, England: University of Newcastle, Centre for Land Use and Water Resources Research.

38.. BARR, J.J.F., ZUBERI, M.I., NASEEM, S.B., CRAIG, J.F., MCGLYNN,  A.A., SHIRLEY, M.D.F., DIXON, P-J. and PAYTON, R.W. (2000). Livelihood Strategies and Resource Use Patterns on the Floodplains – Who Does What, Where, When? In: Clemett, A., Chadwick, M.T. and Barr, J.J.F. (Eds.). Proceedings of the symposium on ‘People’s Livelihoods at the Land-Water Interface: Emerging Perspectives on Interactions Between People and the Floodplain Environment’. Held at LGED Bhaban, Agaraon, Dhaka; 18th January 2000. Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, Dhaka.

39. M.I.Zuberi, S.B.NASEEM, R.W. PAYTON, G.S. HAYLOR, NIRUPAMA and M.A. HOSSAIN. (2000). The Land/Water Interface. Investigation of Livelihood Strategies and Resource Use Patterns in Floodplain Production Systems in Bangladesh. GIS Application and Data Distribution CD-ROM. Centre for Land Use & Water Resources Research, University of Newcastle

40. *M.N. Zuberi and M.I. Zuberi 2004 Development of Rajshahi City: How to Improve   City Environment Through Participation?   in Urban Development Debates in the New Millennium  Ed. K.R. Gupta, Atlantic HB, India  ISBN10 : 8126903902, ISBN13 :9788126903900

 

Name: Dr. Salma Hossain

Designation: Senior Asstt. Professor

Mobile no.: 01711 583646

e-mail:   salma.hossain.runu@gmail.com

Education:  B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, M.Phil. Ph.D (RU)

Joining Date: 03.02.1999

Research Interest: Environmental Science, Biodiversity, Cytogenetins, Botany

Teaching area: Environmental Science, Botany

Dr  Salma Hossain is carrying out a Research  Project funded by the University.

Publications:

 

1.       Salma Hossain1, Rozina Parul2, M.I.Zuberi 3 

1 Department of Environmental Science; 2 Department of Pharmacy, Gono Bishwabidyalay, Savar,  Dhaka 1344, Bangladesh

2018.    Potential health dangers of new invasive species similar to indigenous plants that are used as food or medicine–an example from Bangladesh.

World Nutrition (U.S.A),  2018;9(3):163-175 DOI: 10.26596/wn.201893163-175

 [https://worldnutritionjournal.org/index.php/wn/article/view/602/534]

 

2. Hossain S. et al. ( 2018). Small Farmers and Resource-Conserving Agriculture: The Prospect of Attaining Environmental Sustainability through Zero Tillage Relay Cropping in Bangladesh. J Agri Res 2018, 3(5): 000171.

Open Access Journal of Agricultural Research ISSN: 2474-8846. June 22, 2018.  https://www.medwinpublishers.com/OAJAR/index.php

3. Salma Hossain et al. (2014) Potential threat to subsistence agriculture in Africa: Invasive alien species, Parthenium hysterophorus L. spreading  in the West Shoa Region of Ethiopia. Sarhad J. Agric. 30 (1), 117-125.

4. Hossain S. et al . (2010) Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus Lam.) Diversity In Bangladesh: Land Use And Artificial Selection.  Economic Botany, 64(2), 2010, Pp. 124–136

5. Hossain Salma et al. (2011)   Current Status of Invasive Alien Species in Northern Bangladesh. In Proceedings  1st IOBC Parthenium weed workshop 2010 Nairobi, Kenya.

6. S.Zuberi, et al. (1981). The genetics of incompatibility in Brassica. I. Inheritance of self-incompatibility in Brassica. Heredity (U.K) , 46, 175–190.

7. Salma Zuberi  et al. (1983). Inheritance of Male Sterility in Brassica campestris L. 1983  . Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding:43,(3), 438- 440

8. S. Hossain etal.  (1983) The performance of Span- a Canadian zero-erucic acid variety and hybrids between Span and Indian varieties of rape seed (Brassica campestris L.) Bangladesh J. Bot. 12(2), 181-188.

9. S. Hossain et al. (1983) The performance of span-a Canadian zero-erucic acid variety and hybrids between span and Indian varieties of rape seed (Brassica campestris L.) 1983 M. Bangladesh Journal of Botany : 12(2),182-189.

 

Name:  Mrs. Nazneen Parveen

Designation: Senior Lecturer

Education : M.Sc, B.Ed (RU)

Mobile: 01716 748336

e-mail: Nazneenparveen raj@gmail.com

Joining Date: 01.01.2008

Teaching Interest: Environmental Science

Mrs Parveen is member of a  Research  Project team funded  by the University.

Publication

Naznin Parvin and Tabassum N. The Maritime Conquest: Bangladesh Wins another Legal Battle in the Bay.Gono Bishwabidyalay Journal, 2 (1), 2017.

 

Name: Mr. Mesbah-us-Saleheen

Designation: Professor (Part-time)

Education: M.A (DU) M.Phil. (NewZealand)

Mobile:  01715 101990

e-mail: saleheenja@gmail.com

Joining Date: August, 2010
Teaching Interest: Environmental; Population; Human Geography; Urbanization.

 

Mr. Saleheen has his M.A in Geography and M.Phil from New Zealand. He has several papers to his credit.

 

Publication

Urbanization in Bangladesh, in J. Lidstone (ed.) Global Issues of our Time (Text-Book), Cambridge University Press, Sydney, Australia, 1995, (Joint).

Environmental Impacts in Chittagong Hill Tracts due to Human Interference. The Journal of Geo-Environment, No. 1, 101-112, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi. 2001

Ageing and Urbanization in Bangladesh. CUS Bulletin on Urbanization and Development, No. 42,  9-10. Centre for Urban Studies, Dhaka. January-June. 2002