Swayam Central

Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science-Fundamental and Sustainability Concepts

By Prof. Brajesh Kr. Dubey   |   IIT Kharagpur
The objective of this online course is to provide an overview of the environmental issues that all our working professionals should be aware of as per the directive of the Honble Supreme Court of India. The course will cover basic concepts of Ecology, Water Pollution, Water and Wastewater Quality and Treatment, Solid and Hazardous Waste
Management, Soil and Noise Pollution, Sustainability Concepts including Environmental Impact Assessment, Life Cycle Assessment, Waste Minimization, Circular Economy and Sustainable Development Issues.Overall the goal of the course is to:
1) Sensitise the young workforce on the basics and complexity ofenvironmental issues associated with global developmental and commercial activity on day to day issues
2) Identify the current environmental issues that the globalcommunity is facing and discuss the realistic risk assessment
3) Use the tools of green design for sustainable solutions, helpingthe students to grasp the concepts of four I’s: Inherency,Integration, Interdisciplinary, and International. Fundamental science and engineering skills will be applied throughout the course.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any Interested Learners.
PREREQUISITES:          Basic High School Math, Physics and Chemistry
INDUSTRY SUPPORT:   AECOM, Ramky, Environmental Resource Management (ERM),SENES/ARCADIS,
                                        L&T, Tata-Projects, and all companies involved in any construction projects in the country.

Learners enrolled: 1458


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 17 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Level : Undergraduate


    Week 1: Sustainability Concepts – Innovations and Challenges
    Week 2: Environmental Measurements from Different Disciplines
    Week 3: Ecology, Population & Environmental Chemistry 
    Week 4: Physical Process in Environment
    Week 5: Environmental Biological Concepts
    Week 6: Environmental Risk Assessments with Concepts of EIA and LCA
    Week 7: Water – Quantity and Quality
    Week 8: Water Treatment Basics
    Week 9: Basics of Wastewater Collection, Treatment & Resource Recovery
    Week 10: Basics of Solid Waste, Soil and Noise Pollution
    Week 11: Basics of Air Pollution Issues – Global and Local
    Week 12: Case Studies and Course Wrap-up


    1. Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science by Gilbert M Masters and Wendell P Ela, Paperback: 696 pages, Publisher: Pearson Education India; 3rd edition, ISBN-10:9332549761, ISBN-13: 978-9332549760
    2. Environmental Engineering, by Howard Peavy, Donald Rowe, and George Tchobanoglous, Paperback: 736 pages, Publisher: McGraw Hill Education; ISBN-10: 9351340260,ISBN-13: 978-9351340263


    Prof. Brajesh Kr. Dubey has his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering (Hons) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India and PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences, University ofFlorida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. He is presently Associate Professor (Integrated Waste Management and Sustainable Engineering) in the Division of Environmental Engineering and Management at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. Dr. Dubey has more than 17 years of research, teaching, training and industrial outreach experience in the areas of Integrated Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, and Sustainable Engineering and Application of Life Cycle Assessment techniques. He also works in the area of Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainable Engineering. He has been teaching courses in the area of Solid Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Life Cycle Analysis and Environmental Risk Assessment among other courses for nearly a decade. He has taught at several universities in USA, Canada, New Zealand, China and India. He has also conducted training programs in the Integrated Waste Management areas including that for Electronics Waste. Dr. Dubey has authored/co- authored more than 200 publications in his area of expertise and have presented at several national and international conferences. He has worked as Waste Management Expert for UN agencies and World Bank.


    • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
    • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
    • Date and Time of Exams: 17 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
    • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
    • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
    • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

    • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course. 
    • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
    • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

    • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
    • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
    • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched