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Environmental Monitoring Technician

Environmental monitoring is designed to help us understand the natural environment and protect it from any negative outcomes of anthropogenic activities. The process is an integral part of environmental impact assessments and results can directly determine whether or not projects are given the all clear. Environmental monitoring assessments can involve establishing baseline quality, uncovering environmental trends, identifying any variations, determining the success of projects and confirming whether or not environmental goals have been met. In general, environmental monitoring specialists focus on four major areas – air, soil, water and biota. Environmental monitoring is critical to knowing whether the quality of our environment is getting better or worse. Information gathered through environmental monitoring is important to many different decision makers, inside and outside the governments. With the results of monitoring, our government can make informed decisions about how the environment will affect citizens and how citizens are affecting the environment. Informed-decision-making requires integrated, relevant, timely and easy accessible information and its appropriate assessment. To achieve this, adequate environmental monitoring and assessment programmes, data and information management systems, assessment and reporting routines and methods have to be in place. An Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Programme can assist policy makers, planners and governments in working with environmental data and information to ensure their timely flow and adequate assessment. In this way, such programmes help in enabling informed decision-making processes, both nationally and internationally, in the environmental sector. Such programmes look at the methodologies used to access data, measures performance in accordance with review criteria established by the regulatory agencies. 
The skilled participants will get career opportunities in environmental sector and may initiate their own start-up entrepreneurship. Under this programme, complete hands-on training would be provided on four major areas – air, water, soil and flora.



200 Hours

No. of seats



Educational qualification


Graduate in Science/ Environmental Sciences/ Botany/ Biochemistry/ Environmental Chemistry/ Life Sciences

Age group


20-35 years

Course fee


Rs. 10,000 (Rs. 20,000 for industry sponsored)





The evaluation will consist of the following components:

a. Theory
-Continuous assessment through assignments         :     20 marks
- Mid- term examination                                            :     30 marks
- Final examination                                                     :     50 marks
b. Practical                                                                            
-Continuous assessment through assignments          :   20 marks
- Mid- term examination                                            :   30 marks
- Final examination                                                     :   50 marks


            Certificate will be issued to the successful candidates by the institute under CSIR Integrated Skill Initiative or other equivalent govt. agency, viz., ASCI etc.
Techniques in Bioproductivity and Photosynthesis
Gas-exchange studies using Portable Gas-exchange and Fluorescence System: The parameters covered will be net photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, transpiration, leaf internal CO2  concentration, water use efficiency etc., light response curves and its interpretations, temperature response curves and its interpretations, vapour pressure response curves and its interpretations, A/Ci response curves and its interpretations, Chlorophyll “a” Fluorescence and the different parameters which includes Fv/Fm, fluorescence Yield, photochemical quenching and Non-photochemical quenching,Water relation Parameters: Plant water status, water potential.

Ambient Air Quality Monitoring
Comprehensive overview of all aspects of ambient air quality monitoring and covering the key air pollutants and impacts on human and plant health. The course will focus on suspended particulate matter, NOx, O3, SO2 and CH4.

  • Sources and effects of air pollutants
  • Engineering controls used to reduce emissions from industry and transport
  • Impact of air quality on human and plant health and rationale for monitoring air quality
  • Spatial and temporal variations in air quality across a city/region
  • Monitoring strategies for Local Air Quality Management
  • Air quality communication and air quality indices
  • WHO, EU and Indian air quality legislation
  • Hands on training for analysis of SPM (NOx, O3, SO2 and CH4)
  • Climate change studies through FACE
    FACE facilities offer the potential for conducting a broad spectrum of controlled, manipulative experiments to examine the combined, interactive effects of selected human-induced and natural environmental changes on different plant species under natural field condition.

  • Different plant exposure systems to study climate change
  • Introduction to FACE system
  • Design and functioning of FACE system
  • Maintenance and services
  • Data storage and management
  • Plant responses to climate change grown under FACE – case studies
  • Water Quality Testing

    pH; EC; TDS; TSS; Turbidity, Salinity; Alkalinity; Sulphate; Chlorine; Free-Chlorine; Phosphate; Nitrate and Nitrite.
    Estimation of different metals using ICP-MS, the metals that will be demonstrated will be: Fe, Cu, Mn, Zn, Ni, Se, Cr, Pb, Cd, As

    Soil Quality Assessment w.r.t. to pollution

    Comprehensive overview of the methods to analyze physical, chemical and biological properties of soil and how they respond to any environmental pollution stress. It will cover different aspects of soil analysis to decipher the soil quality and effects of changing environment and soil pollution. Analysis of soil nutrient and physico-chemical properties will help in predicting nutrient requirements for a particular soil/crop.

    Physico-chemical Analysis, Soil Enzymes, Elemental analysis, Microbial Analysis