Natural Resources Management

By Prof. Sudip Mitra   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 1985
This course focuses on the need of sustainable management of the Earth's depleting natural resources such as soil, water, forest, minerals and biological resources, in relation to the growth of the human population. The range of topics covered in the course will provide students with a wider perspective on many national and international natural resource management (NRM) issues. Farm based technologies and simulation modeling is an important aspect of modern day NRM. Appropriate NRM is the key to the sustainable development.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Under graduate and post graduate students, professional, practitioner in the discipline of Agriculture, Rural Technology, Rural Development, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Study, Ecology, Natural Resources Management etc.
PREREQUISITES: Bachelor Degree in any Engineering and/ or Science discipline.

 Industries dealing with land restoration, biomedicine development, irrigation, forest product utilities, Agricultural technologies, Landscape management, Air management etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Agricultural and Food Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to Natural Resource Bases: Part 1  
Week 2:Introduction to Natural Resource Bases: Part 2  
Week 3:Resource Management Paradigms: Part 1  
Week 4:Resource Management Paradigms: Part 2  
Week 5:Approaches in Resource Management  
Week 6:Biodiversity and conservation of natural resources  
Week 7:Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA): Part 1  
Week 8:Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) and Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA): Part 2  
Week 9:Technologies for NRM  
Week 10:Community Based Natural Resources Management  
Week 11:Environmental Management Systems (EMS)  
Week 12:Modeling tools and ICT for NRM  

Books and references

  1. D. R. Lynch, Sustainable Natural Resource Management: For Scientists and Engineers, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  2. M.C. Dash, Concepts of Environmental Management for Sustainable Development Publisher: I K International Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 2013.
  3. G. Shivakoti, U. Pradhan, H. Helmi (editors), Redefining Diversity and Dynamics of Natural Resources Management in Asia, Volume 1st Edition, Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Dynamic Asia, Editors:, ISBN: 9780128054543, Elsevier, 2016.
  4. P. Rogers, K. F. Jalal, J. A. Boyd, An Introduction to Sustainable Development. Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition, ISBN-10:1844075206, 2007.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sudip Mitra

IIT Guwahati
In his 20 years of professional career Prof. Sudip Mitra enriched himself working in Government, Non-Government, and National & International Universities & Institutions. To name a few Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; Tezpur (Central) University, Assam; National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi. He also served as Project Director at M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University; Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany etc. His contribution as one of the youngest consultants in one project coordinated by the Inter Academy Council-Amsterdam, the Netherlands is noteworthy. This project studied the Science and Technology Strategies for Improving Agricultural Productivity, Food Security and Environment in Africa and was carried out on request of then UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan. As a Fulbright Fellow (2012), he worked with Prof Johan Six at the University of California, Davis, USA. He has served as task force member of MNREGA convergence MoRD and also Global Technology Watch Group task force of DST-TIFAC, Govt. of India. He is also an elected Member National Academy of Sciences, India (MNASc).

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 centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 29 October 2022 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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