Environmental Impact Assessment

By Prof. Harshit Sosan Lakra   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 2991
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process of evaluating the likely environmental impacts of a proposed project or development, taking into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural and human-health impacts, both beneficial and adverse. EIA is basically a tool used to assess the positive and negative environmental, economic and social impacts of a project. This is used to predict the environmental impacts of a project in the pre-planning stage itself so that decisions can be taken to reduce the adverse impacts. In this course students will develop basic understanding of the history, need, structure, process, involved methods and challenges. Students will also learn criteria for selecting method for impact assessment, overview of methods, parameters for public participation ad technique for writing reports.


INDUSRTY SUPPORT: NEERI, NABET, GREEN Ultratech Environmental Consultancy and Laboratory, Green India Consulting, SECON, SLR, MANVIT, AEPPL, Umwelt Technologies India Pvt. Ltd Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG, PG, PhD Students, academicians and professionals.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Construction Materials Technology
  • Environment
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 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 Environment Management & EIA
Week 2: Legal, Policy & Regulatory Framework
Week 3: EIA Procedure - Scoping & Screening and Establishing Baseline Conditions
Week 4: EIA Methodologies
Week 5: Connectedness: connected spaces and subspaces, Connectedness of the real line, Intermediate value theorem
Week 6: EIA Methods, Tools and Techniques
Week 7: Public Involvement in EIA 
Week 8: Impact Management - Mitigation & Preparation of Environment Management Plans (EMP)
Week 9: EIA Reporting & Review of EIA Quality
Week 10: Decision Making & Project Management
Week 11: Implementation & Follow up
Week 12: EIA Case Examples 

Books and references

1) Wathern P., “Environmental Impact Assessment: Theory and Practice”,Routledge Publishers,1990
2) Marriott B., “Environmental Impact Assessment: A Practical Guide”,McGraw-Hill Publication,1997
3) Shrivastava A.K., Baxter Nicola, Grimm Jacob, “Environmental Impact Assessment”, APH Publishers, 2003
4) Anjaneyulu Y., Manickam Valli, “Environmental Impact Assessment Methodologies”, CRC Press 2011
5) Glasson J., Therivel Riki, Chadwick Andrew, “Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment”, Oxford Brookes University 2012/ 4th edition

Instructor bio

Prof. Harshit Sosan Lakra

IIT Roorkee
Dr Harshit Sosan Lakra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Planning. She is trained as an Architect and has done Environmental Planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She has done her Second Master in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, New York,USA and Her PhD from IIT Roorkee. She has been engaged in teaching the course Environmental Impact Assessment since 2015 at IIT Roorkee and Before at BIT Mesra. She has conducted environmental focused studios for the planning students in Industrial area Roorkee, Piran Kaliyar Sharif (Heritage Site) Haridraw, Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand and North Lakhimpur in Assam.

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:  24 April 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 Roorkee. 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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