The Mumbai Metropolitan Region – Environment Improvement Society (MMR-EIS) has entered into an MoU with K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, to jointly develop and run ‘Capacity Development Programs in Environment Management’ with the objective of developing capabilities of local authorities, NGOs, and other stakeholders in the areas of environmental protection, improvement and monitoring.

K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce will develop and coordinate capacity building programs that will combine understanding the science, economics and policies for urban environment management through discussions, field visits, group activities and case studies for application of best practices with experts across the country.

Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation is conducting two of the five modules under this diploma course: Environmental Policy & Regulations and Integrated Solid Waste Management.

Module I – Environmental Policy and Regulations


Dr. Prasad Modak, Director, Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation
Ms. Lucille Andrade, Vice President, Environment Management Centre LLP
Adv. Pravartak Pathak, Legal Consultant Bombay High Court

Date: 26th September 2016 - 30th September 2016


Policies and regulations form the foundation of Governance. In India, policies on the management of environmental and social aspects have been evolved taking following the principles of and the rights enshrined in our Constitution. The environmental governance was subsequently institutionalized and later structured under the landmark legislation: The Environmental Protection Act of 1986 that was framed after the Bhopal tragedy. In 2006, the Ministry of Environment & Forests came up with the National Environmental Policy that presented an integration of the environmental and social governance with the economic development, address poverty and improve livelihoods of the people.

This module will provide an overview and a narrative on the evolution of environmental policy and key regulations in India. The most recent amendments made will also be covered. The institutional arrangements for implementation such as MoEF, Departments of Environment and the Pollution Control Boards will be described. Challenges faced in the implementation will also be discussed in the form of case studies. Linkages between national regulations with multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and key international conventions will also be brought out.

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MODULE II - Urban Ecology


Mr. Prashant Mahajan, Director, Somaiya Centre for Experiential Learning
Mr. Rishi Aggarwal, Researcher and Environmental Specialist

Date: 17th October to 21st October 2016


By 2030, more than 60%of world population is expected to live in cities .However humanity is still dependent on Nature for their living. As a result, cities are regarded as a global network of manmade ecosystems. If compared with true natural ecosystems, these man-made ones are immature due to features like their rapid growth and inefficient use of resources such as energy and water .The cities to be ‘‘only parasites in the biosphere’’.

‘Ecosystem services’ refers to the benefits human populations derive from ecosystems. Seven different urban ecosystems have been identified: street trees; lawns/parks; urban forests; cultivated land; wetlands; lakes/sea; and streams. These systems generate a range of ecosystem services like Air filtration, micro climate regulation, noise reduction, rainwater drainage, sewage treatment, and recreational and cultural values. The ecosystem services generated by ecosystems within the urban areas will be discussed during this course through various case studies, field visits and interaction with experts.

The module on Urban ecology is designed for Decision makers, Citizens, planners, landscape architects and other stakeholders to appreciate the value of locally generated ecosystem services that have a substantial impact on the quality-of-life in urban areas and its need to be addressed in the land-use planning.

MODULE III - Water Management at Local Level


Dr. Shyam Asolekar, Professor, CESE, IIT Bombay
Dr. Sanjay Joshi, Director Envirovigil

Date: 22nd November to 26th November 2016


The third module on Water Management at Local Level is the activity of planning, developing, distributing and managing the optimum use of water resources. It is a sub-set of water cycle management. Ideally, water resource management planning has regard to all the competing demands for water and seeks to allocate water on an equitable basis to satisfy all uses and demands.

Objective: The objective of the training programme is to generate awareness amongst the participants on efficient management of water resources. The following topics would be covered in this module:

  • Surface and ground water resources in the MMR region
  • Water storage and distribution system
  • Centralized treatment plant – sewage and water
  • City sanitation plan
  • Industrial waste water treatment handling
  • Purification of water bodies and lakes
  • Land Use planning for Prevention of Water Pollution and their Conservation

MODULE IV - Integrated Solid Waste Management


Dr.Prasad Modak, Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation

6th February to 10th February 2016


The fourth module on Integrated Solid Waste Management would cover the best practices across the globe for treatment of waste as a resource. This module will be conducted in collaboration with experts from Ekonnect Knowledge Foundation. The course will include preparation of ISWM action plan that includes segregation at source, waste treatment, recycling and reuse, methods of disposal, energy recovery, as well as financial aspects for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste as well as handling and safe disposal of hazardous waste.

The participants will also be familiarized with the NBC and IGBC guidelines. Ekonnect has developed several tools on waste management e.g. Waste Plan – a MS Excel based simulation model for the city level waste management.

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MODULE V - Green Built Environment


Mr. S Srinivasan, Deputy Executive Director, CII, Godrej-GBC
Dr. Shashidhar Kashyap, Retd. Senior Manager, Purification Systems, Eureka Forbes Ltd. Mumbai

14th March to 18th March 2016


The fifth course is on Green Built Environment: The green building movement in India led by IGBC is advancing rapidly and this course has been aptly designed and developed in association with IGBC. In India, as on date, has 3.82 billion sq.ft of green building footprint with more than 3600 projects applying the IGBC standards spread over 15 building (or) built - environment types.

The participants will be benefitted by advance training program based on IGBC rating systems. The course will include preparation for the IGBC AP credential, Green Product certification, Site visits to certified Green Buildings will familiarize the participants with environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building materials and construction technologies. This will include siting and structure design efficiency; energy, water and material efficiency; Indoor ENVIRONMENTAL quality enhancement and Waste reduction.

The 'Indian Green Building Council Accredited Professional Examination' (IGBC AP) offered by IGBC is a credential for professionals to participate in green building projects. The participants can be involved in projects registered under the 'IGBC rating programs’ like IGBC Green Homes, IGBC Factory buildings, IGBC Existing Buildings etc., Projects would achieve one credit point under 'Innovation and Design' category if an IGBC AP is part of the project team.


Certificates for attending individual modules and a diploma to those who successfully complete all five modules with be awarded. The diploma applicants are required to submit written assignments and also to complete a project at the end of all five modules to be eligible.
Who can register/registration

Graduate degree in any discipline. All diploma applicants will be screened on the basis of educational qualification and work experience prior to granting admission to the course. For registration visit the website:

The subsidized course fee per module is INR 5000. If a participant registers for Diploma in Environment Management fee of INR 22,000 /- is payable by DD drawn on any nationalised bank in favor of 'K J Somaiya College of science and commerce', which includes the examination fee. In the event of a participant missing a module in the first year, he/she is allowed to attend it the following year.
For Queries and Registrations Contact

1. Dr. Sugandha Shetye 9819500324
2. Mrs. Vaishali Patil - 9820229568
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