WildLife Conservation

By Prof.Ankur Awadhiya   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3044
Conservation of wildlife is important, not only because animals like pandas are cute, or animals like tiger or elephant are majestic, and we want to have them with us; it is also important for the provisioning of several ecosystem services and the proper working of the ecosystem itself, of which we too are a part. In this course, we shall discuss the several facets of wildlife conservation, including its importance and the threats being faced, and also how they are being managed in the field. We shall explore how to capture wild animals, how to treat them when needed, how to manage their habitats and their populations, and so on. We'll use the case study approach with real-life examples from the field to get a better understanding of this field and its applications.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Officers and staff of Forest departments, Students of Forestry, Wildlife conservation and allied disciplines, Policy makers

PREREQUISITES: Has cleared 10+2 with science

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Tourism industries, Education industries, Green energy industries, Renewable energy / materials industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 20 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 29 Sep 2019 IST
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction, Importance, Threats
Week 2 : Monitoring wild animals
Week 3 : Monitoring & managing habitats
Week 4 : Management of wildlife diseases
Week 5 : Capturing and restraining wild animals
Week 6 : Conservation genetics
Week 7 : Ex-situ conservation
Week 8 : Management of changes

Books and references

1. Pullin, A.S., Conservation Biology. 2002: Cambridge University Press.
2. Van Dyke, F., Conservation Biology: Foundations, Concepts, Applications. 2008: Springer Netherlands.
3. Selected articles / papers as referred to in the lectures

Instructor bio


Prof. Ankur Awadhiya
(B.Tech IIT Kanpur 2009, Ph. D IIT Kanpur 2015, AIGNFA IGNFA Dehradun 2016) is an IFS officer borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre. His interests include photography, tourism, research, instrumentation and creative literary pursuits. 


Prof. Mainak Das
,Instructor is a faculty at Biological Sciences and Bio-engineering & Design program. He works in the areas of bio-electricity, green energy, physiology, and sensor. He has a BS training in agriculture, MS training in animal physiology and a doctoral training in biomedical sciences. He has been working in the area of nanotechnology application in animals and plants for the past 18 years.

Course certificate

  • 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 centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 29th September 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 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. (use as per duration of 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 Kanpur. 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.

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