The approval for the establishment of the Department of Environmental Science was granted by the Executive Council in February 1998. The Department got impetus in 2005 with addition of two foreign professors. The purpose of its establishment is to educate future generation and improvement of quality of life and welfare of human being through research for the environmentally sustainable and socially equitable use of the natural resources. This Department is unique in imparting distance-learning and face-to-face education in Pakistan in the field of Environment and Sustainable Development.
Department is committed to make a contribution towards the knowledge based economy and the creation of a sustainable society emanating from mutual obligations and responsibilities. This needs to be achieved with respect to diversity and pluralism in which development patterns will satisfy the shared needs and aspirations of all people and respect the earth’s living systems and natural resources. The students will inculcate a habit of making informed decision and opting for actionable options.
Department’s mission is to facilitate research – intensive based study program and be a part of grooming global network of leaders learning to bridging the world. We are committed to promote positive and realistic change towards patterns of economic development that are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.
The objectives of this department are to:
1. Achieve pedagogically desirable objective, which will
encourage observation, creativity, critical thinking,
presentation and analytical skills to develop higher order of “thinking, planning and doing”.
2. Develop comprehensive understanding of
Environmental science as an interdisciplinary and
§ Raise awareness of present and expected future situations of environmental considerations in pursuit of sustainable development.
§ Give comprehensive motivational orientation to students about relationship between economic growth and environment for social development.
§ Develop skills to mitigate environmental problems and making pathways to sustainable development through appropriate education, research and training.
§ Explore and develop affordable, renewable and alternative energy resources since energy has become the defining issue of this century.
§ Expose and train the students with the latest knowledge on environment, development issues and leadership skills.
Future Plans :
Near Future Academic Programs:
1. MS and Ph.D. Program in Environmental Science
Future Academic Programs:
4-years BS Program in Environmental Science
Projects Under review:
1. “Development of Environmental Science Department”
amounting Rs. 36 million submitted to Higher Education
2. Establishing Aeroallergen Monitoring and Research Center
at AIOU, submitted to HEC. The required funds amounting
about US$ 400,000 to be jointly provided by Ministry of
Science and Technology, Pakistan and Ministry of Science
and Technology, USA under the US-Pak Science and
Technology Cooperative Programme.
Academic Facilities :
Library Internet Video Conferencing facilities Institute of Educational Technology Print and Publication Unit
Postal Address :
Department of Environmental Science,
Block No. 7, Room No. 2,
Allama Iqbal Open University,
Sector H-8, Islamabad