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Environmental Studies

About the Department


The Department of Environmental Studies was established in 1980 since the commencement of B.Com program. Environmental Studies is an Ability Enhancement Course compulsory for all the first year Bachelor of Commerce Students of the University of Mumbai. It is a highly specialized interdisciplinary subject. The curriculum creates a direct dialogue between natural sciences and social sciences so that the students are made aware of the practical skills necessary for building socially and environmentally sustainable future. Through interaction with varied disciplines, the department endeavours to create environmentally responsible citizens.

The course contains inclusion of environmentally and socially relevant topics of the modern era. The department adopts classroom as well as field based approach with an equal blend of ICT enabled techniques to teach Environmental Studies ensuring in depth understanding of the subject. The department organizes expert lectures and field visits for holistic development of students. The department also engages the lectures of Second Year Foundation Course at B.Com and B.Sc. level.


To develop environmentally responsible students through environmental awareness, education and meaningful actions towards sustainable development.


To strive towards environmental conservation, sustainability and development of individual accountability towards better environment for posterity.


  • To create awareness towards current environmental issues and action to be taken at individual level to curb the ill effects of the same
  • To make students understand the dependence of human beings on environment
  • To build a sense of accountability and respect for nature
  • To correlate the subject with commerce and business and achieve future environmental sustainability
  • To make students aware of global efforts towards climate change and environmental conservation

SWOC Analysis


  1. Qualified and experienced teaching faculty giving upgraded knowledge on current
    environmental issues
  2. Effective use of ICT in teaching learning process
  3. Student centric approach through expert lectures, field visits and contribution to co-
    curricular and extra-curricular activities of the college


  1. Lesser Department – Industry interaction
  2. Difficulty in clarifying science-oriented topics to commerce students
  3. Though a significant subject, it is taught at only first year level
  4. Lack of seriousness of students towards the course due to grade based passing pattern in lower standards


  1. Organization of more student centric short term / value added courses, workshops and seminars
  2. Scope for inter-disciplinary or collaborative, sponsored projects
  3. Development of student centric and simplified e-content that can be easily understood by first generation or vernacular medium based learners
  4. Scope to strengthen departmental library with proper documentation
  5. Arranging environmental awareness programs by associating with Nature Club, Hiking Club, NSS of the college, governmental departments or N.G.O.s


  1. Eliminate the fear of inadequate English language skill and lack of knowledge of science based subjects from the minds of students
  2. Encouraging students for competitive examinations or higher studies
  3. Strengthen Department – Industry interaction
  4. To groom students to take part in state, national or international level competitions that will lead to their holistic development

Pedagogical Skills

Seminars, presentations, ICT enabled teaching, field visits, guest lectures from stalwarts in the field are some of the teaching methodologies used by the department along with conventional chalk and talk method. Maps, models, charts and presentations are incorporated in teaching methodology by the department for better understanding of subject.


Dr. Swapnesh Rangnekar
Assistant Professor

M.Sc., Ph. D.

Special Programmes

  1. World Environment Day celebration by organizing Three Days National Webinar cum Lecture Series on ‘Green Technologies & Environmental Sustainability’ organized by the department in collaboration with Vanashakti – N.G.O. from 3rd to 5th June, 2020
  2. One Day Workshop on the Revised Second Year Syllabus in the Subject Foundation Course for S.Y.B.Com. & S.Y.B.Sc. organized by the department in collaboration with Board of Studies in Foundation Course, the University of Mumbai on 7th July, 2017
  3. Mangroves Clean-up Programme in collaboration with Forest Department, State Government of Maharashtra on 18th and 26th February, 2018
  4. Co-organizer of International Multi-disciplinary Conference on ‘Climate Change, Environment and Sustainable Development in a Global Economy’ on 21st April, 2018
  5. A guest lecture on the topic ‘Climate friendly nutritious food practices – Future of Food and Farming’ organized by the department in association with Srushtidnyan – N.G.O. on 6th February, 2019
  6. Organized 52nd Youth Festival Zone I (Literary and Fine Arts events) competitions of the University of Mumbai on 14th and 22nd August 2019 at SIWS College
  7. Educational visits such as Mumbai Darshan, Indian Railways Maintenance workshop, etc. organized for better understanding of concepts
  8. Visit to eco-sensitive areas like Matheran, Lohagad Fort, Saguna Baug in association with Nature Club and Hiking Club of the college

Annual Reports

Sr. No. Academic Year Annual Report
1 2021-22 View
2 2020-21 View
3 2019-20 View
4 2018-19 View
5 2017-18 View
6 2016-17 View



Meeting conducted by Dr. Aarti Prasad, Head, Department of Business Economics on 6th August, 2022 to explain the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

I/C Prinipal Dr. Sunita Shirvalkar, Dr. aarti Prasad and Dr. Swapnesh Rangnekar welcome students for participating in the competition on Sustainable Development Goals on 8th August, 2022

Participants of Poster Competition on SDGs conducted on 8th August, 2022

Students present their talent and art in exhibition of theme of their choice regarding SDGs

Dr. Atul Deshpande from Department of Chemistry and Mrs.Pratima Tiwari from Junior College judge the posters on 12th August, 2022

Mr. Dhaval Joshi, Ph.D. Research Scholar in Human Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, U.K. explains the groundwater potential of India on 29th July, 2022

Brochure for the webinar …

Resource person explains the pollution and rapid depletion of ground water resources in Indian subcontinent

152 student participants attended the webinar

Dr. Parvish Pandya, Director – Science & Conservation at Sanctuary Nature Foundation speaks on the topic Biodiversity Conservation on 7th December, 2021

Dr. Chirag Dhara, Assistant Professor, Department of Science, Krea University and Research Associate, Indian Institute of Tropic Meteorology delivers his lecture on Climate Change : Causes, effects and remedial measures on 8th December, 2021

Valedictory Function of the Certificate Course graced by the Chief Guest Mr. Jagadishwar Khanal, Principal, Balkumari College, Nepal, Dr. Usha Iyer, Principal SIWS College, Mr. Vaibhav Banjan, IQAC Coordinator, SIWS College, Dr. Swapnesh Rangnekar, Course Convener and Mrs. Anagha Bapat organizing committee member on 8th December, 2021

Student participants Ms. Rosni Pasi S.Y.B.Com, Mr. Micheal Raj, S.Y.B.Sc., Mr. Ashish Purohit, S.Y.B.A.F. and Ms. Alka Acharya FYBSc Microbiology, Balkumari College expression their views regarding the certificate course on 8th December, 2021

Ms. Sneha Rajbhar and Mr. Shaikh Altamas of F.Y.B.Com.secured 2nd rank prize in Environmental Studies Quiz Competition organized by Department of Geography, University of Mumbai in association with Indian National Cartographic association (INCA) Mumbai Chapter on 14th and 15th February, 2020

Department of Students Welfare (DSW), University of Mumbai cultural coordinator of Zone I Dr. Deepak Salve, University cultural co-coordinator Dr. Ganesh Joshi and Principal Dr. Usha Iyer cheer up the participants at the inauguration function of 52nd Youth Festival, Literature and Fine Arts events of Zone I on 14th August, 2019

Inauguration of 52nd Youth Festival Elimination Round of Literature and Fine Arts events of Zone I on 14th August, 2019

Department of Students Welfare (DSW), University of Mumbai cultural coordinator of Zone I Dr. Deepak Salve and Principal Dr. Usha Iyer encourage the participants of poster making competition at 52nd Youth Festival, Literature and Fine Arts events of Zone I on 14th August, 2019

Organizing Committee members and student volunteers of 52nd Youth Festival, Literature and Fine Arts events of Zone I on 14th August, 2019

Student volunteers were appreciated by Department of Students’ Welfare, University of Mumbai and film celebrities at Youth Festival Prize distribution Ceremony for conducting Mumbai District Zonal Round of non-performing arts. Student volunteers being appreciated by renowned actress and dancer Smt. Snehlata Tawde at University Fort campus on 27th August 2019

Ms. Tabassum Khan (F.Y.B.Com.) won 3rd prize in map filling competition organized by S.P. Dnyanasadhana College, Thane and Indian National Cartographic Association on 8th February, 2019

Ms. Nidhi Rao (F.Y.B.Com.) received participation certificate in map filling competition organized by S.P. Dnyanasadhana College, Thane and Indian National Cartographic Association on 8th February, 2019

Students and teachers on One day visit to Indian Railway Workshop (Matunga) 12/01/2020

Students exposure to the different activities and works done in Railway Workshop. 12/01/2020

Save Mangrove, Save Mumbai 14/02/2018

Forest Rangers sensitizing students about mangrove 14/02/2018

One day educational trip- Mumbai darshan 08/02/2020

Students and teachers on One day Mumbai darshan educational trip 08/02/2020

Lightening of Lamp- SY Revised Syllabus Workshop 07/07/2017

Lightening of Lamp- SY Revised Syllabus Workshop 07/07/2017

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