Ecology and Environment

By Prof. Abhijit P Deshpande, Prof. Ravi Krishna R   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 4765
The objectives of the course is to introduce and sensitize all BTech students to the issue of ecology, environment and sustainability. The lectures are aimed at posing various questions that are relevant for all students of engineering and management to incorporate sustainability and a sensitivity to ecology and environment in their design of products, processes and systems.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Any interested Learners

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 22 Aug 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 22 Aug 2022
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Energy and Environment
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1 : Dr. B.S. Murty -Introduction (1),Sustainability Definition / Goals, Climate Change (2),Case Studies (3) (Eg: Dams, Chemicals, e-waste, IOT, Landfill siting etc)
Week 2 : Dr. Sudhir Chella Rajan-Sustainability and Economics (3),Sustainability and Ethics (3)
Week 3 : Dr. Ligy Philip-(Water Quality/ Waste Management),Water Quality and Treatment (3),Waste Management and Treatment (3)
Week 4 : Dr. B. S. Murty (Water Management/ Resources),Urban Drainage,Water Resource Management,Impact of Climate Change 
Week 5 : Dr. Srinivas Jayanti (Energy)-Energy Demand / Resources (1),Pollution from Energy generation (1),Energy and Climate Change (Global Warming) (1),Energy and Sustainability (1),Long Range and Short Range Solutions (1)(Global vs. India)
Week 6 : Dr. R. Ravi Krishna-Risk Assessment Definition (1),Pollutant Pathways / Safety/ Exposure (1),Liability /Examples (1),Life Cycle Assessment (2),Environmental Management and LCA (1)
Week 7 : Dr. Sudhir Chella Rajan-Urban Planning / Sprawl (1),Challenges in Urban Planning,Transport (1),Energy (Smart Grid) (1),Waste (1),Governance (1)
Week 8 : Dr. Susy Varughese / Dr. Parag Ravindran-Ecology – definitions / Systems (1),Biodiversity (1),Examples of Historical Impact of economy on Ecology,Restoration / Ecological Engineering
Week 9 : Dr. Ligy Philip / Dr. Ravi Krishna -Solid Waste Management,Hazardous Waste Management

Books and references

  1. Wrap up  Emphasis on Climate Change and Adaptation

Instructor bio

Prof. Abhijit P Deshpande

IIT Madras
Abhijit P. Deshpande is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at IIT Madras. His research focus is on polymeric systems, more specifically their aggregation and gelation behaviour. In his group, polymeric materials such as hydrogels and membranes are being investigated for applications in electrical, electromehcanical and electrochemical devices. His teaching interests include specialized courses in polymers, fluid mechanics, rheology and continuum mechanics; and core chemical engineering courses such as mass transfer and thermodynamics

Prof. Ravi Krishna R

Dr. R. Ravikrishna Professor(2018 Current) Indian Institute of Technology Madras Associate Professor (2013-2018) Indian Institute of Technology Madras Assistant Professor (2006-2013) Indian Institute of Technology Madras Research Associate (2000-2006) Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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 Madras. 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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