About Centre for Environmental Science & Technology (CEST)

The Centre for Environmental Science & Technology (CEST) is an interdisciplinary university centre, established in the Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University by the Executive Council (ECR No. 77 dt. 31st Oct, 2006) on recommendation of the Academic Council (ACR No. 21 dt. 31st July 2006), to coordinate environmental programmes of the university and transfer appropriate eco-friendly technologies for sustainable development.

On going activities

M.Sc.(Tech.) course

  • Three year M.Sc.(Tech.) course in Environmental Science & Technology to meet the national and international requirements of Environmental Monitoring, Management, EIA, ISO certification, Environmental  Legislation, Hazards and Risk assessment etc. This course bridges the gap between Science & Technology and provide extensive training to the students for getting jobs in Universities, Colleges, Industries, Ministries, Judiciary, Research organizations, Multinational companies, Administration and NGO's etc.

Water Conservation Programme

  • The CEST has started water conservation programme to solve the water crisis with the help of Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India.

  • For Surface Rain Water Harvesting 5 ponds of 75 thousand cum capacity in the Banaras Hindu University campus have been renovated.

  • For Artificial Ground Water Recharging 7 Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting structures have been constructed in main campus of the Banaras Hindu
    University.

  • For People participation and public awareness 11 Water Conservation Societies (WCS) in 11 Gram Sabha of the surrounding rural areas of the Banaras Hindu University have been established.  In each Gram Sabha for each WCS, the Gram Pradhan is nominated as convener and 10 male + 10 female members are co-opted. Training of 250 WCS members including students from NCC, NSS, NGO's & government personnel have been started.

Technology Transfer Programme (TTP)

Technology transfer programme of the university has been started to fulfill the vision "Knowledge and Technologies generated by the Banaras Hindu University should benefit society at large and neighboring districts in particular" of Pt. Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviyaji, Founder of the Banaras Hindu University. Main objectives of the Technology Transfer Programme (TTP) are as follows :

  • Identification of current region specific environmental issues.

  • Inventory of natural and anthropogenic resources.

  • Identification of eco-friendly technologies available in the university campus/national and international level.

  • Testing and demonstration of  available technologies for its field implementation.

  • Development of region specific newer environmentally sound technologies.

 Biodiversity Park

The CEST has established a 'Biodiversity Park'at its South Campus on 500 acre land for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of Biodiversity which shall act as model for biodiversity conservation in tropical countries of the world. About 174 plant species have been identified in the Vindhyan region including 22 endangered species. Main objectives of the biodiversity park are as follows :

  • To identify species diversity, populations, calculate floral diversity index and create database for the tropical countries in general and Vindhyan region in particular.

  • To identify critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable species and develop special conservation strategies for their protection.

  • To create a 'gene-bank' for aquatic & terrestrial flora and grow all possible plant species of the Vindhyan region in the Biodiversity Park.

  • To utilize soil and water conservation strategies for better management of the Biodiversity park.

  • To conduct training programmes to enhance the public knowledge and capacity building for adaptive management.

 Pollution Control and management of River Ganga Ecosystem

Scientists of the Banaras Hindu University have pioneered researches to evaluate the impact of sewage and industrial effluents discharge, dead body cremation on Harischand & Manikarnika Ghats and release of many other pollutants into the holy river Ganga. A group of scientist and technologist have developed technologies for waste water treatment and suggested appropriate methodologies for pollution control and conservation of river Ganga eco-system. Main objectives of the programme are as follows : 

  •   Monitoring and assessment of important pollution sources of river Ganga.

  • Monitoring and assessment of treatment plants.

  • Advanced  Waste Water Treatment and its Recycling.

  • Biological control of Ganga Water Pollution.

  • Biodiversity assessment and its conservation.

  •  Socio-economic dimensions of Ganga Water Pollution.

  • People participation and role of Print & Electronic Media towards management of Ganga Water Pollution.