Department of Environment Studies

Information under Section 4 of the Right to Information Act, 2005

1.The particulars of its organisation, functions and duties.
The Department of Environment Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh is actively engaged in teaching and research in the area of Environment Science and related fields. The Department imparts education leading to M.Sc. degree of the Faculty of Science and provides necessary guidance and supervision for award of the Degree of Ph.D. in the Faculty of Science. It also coordinates the teaching of Environment Education to the under- graduate students of the University through guest faculty.
2.The powers and duties of its officers and employees.
The teaching faculty is actively engaged in teaching, research and guiding the students at different levels. Faculty members are also engaged in active research of their own apart from delivering extension lectures outside the department. Employees take care of the office, library, computer and laboratory work.
3.The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability.
At the department level, all the decisions are taken as per the Rules and Regulations of the University. There is an advisory committee consisting of members from the department, related departments, and Govt. Organizations. It takes decisions for the functioning of the department. A separate advisory committee is there headed by D.U.I. to approve the functions related to Environment Education course. All the matters regarding admissions, enrolment, timetable, date sheet, syllabus migration are placed before the advisory committee which is constituted by the university for two years. All the decisions are ratified by the committee.
4.The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions.
All the functions are discharged by following democratic process by the committees as per P.U. rules and regulations.
5.The rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions.
All the Rules and Regulations, instructions/manuals are given in the Panjab University Calendars which are available on the website of the university and no separate rules, regulations, manuals etc. are held under the control of the department.
6.A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control.
Attendance registers, stock register, fee receipts, bank account, admission forms of students, internal assessment awards, correspondence files pertaining to the department, service books of teaching and non-teaching staff etc. are held in the office of the department.
7.The particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with, or representation by, the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof.
The Department has a Environment Association of the students and the faculty for inculcating awareness in the society. The Dharra Society also celebrates Environment day, Biodiversity day, Earth day etc.
8.A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public.
Under the relevant Rules and Regulations of the university, the Advisory Committee is constituted every two years to discharge the functions as given in the Panjab University Calendars. The Department also constitutes relevant committees to deal with seminars, tours, and extra-curricular activities. It also has a placement cell with a teacher in-charge.
9.A directory of its officers and employees.
The directory of the teachers working in the department is available on the website of the Department of Environment Studies. Since the staff keeps on changing/ transferred in the university, their complete record is available with the Establishment Branch of the University.
10.The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations.
The record of monthly remuneration received by each of the officer and employee of the department is maintained by and held under the control of the Accounts Branch of the university.
11.The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made.
The budget allocation is also made by the university for every financial year and the details of which are available with the Budget Section of the university.
12.The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes.
All programmes are executed after the approval of the appropriate bodies. The total amount allocated and utilized for any programme is subject to the approval of the auditors (appointed by the Govt.) and prior approval of the competent authorities. The beneficiaries of such programmes are mainly the students and staff members working in the Department of Environment Studies.
13.Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorisations granted by it.
The Department receives fees from the students as prescribed by the university from time to time. All concessions including fee concession are given to the students under the rules and regulations of the university.
14.Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form.
The information pertaining to the faculty members and the students in an electronic form is available on the official website of the university.
15.The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use.
The facilities of the department are primarily available to the students and staff of the department. The timings of opening and closing of the department and its office are as per the directions of the university. Likewise, it follows the academic calendar (including holidays) as prescribed by the University. The Library and Reading Room of the department is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. from Monday till Friday and it is primarily available for use of the students and the faculty. However, any members of the public can have access to the library on the university working days and with prior written permission of the Chairman. The department has a Computer Cum Instrumentation Lab, library for the use of the students and scientists.
16.The names, designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers.
Dr. H. P. Singh, Chairperson, is the Public Information Officer; Telephone 0172-2534095, 0172-2783817, +91-9878942694
17.Such other information as may be prescribed; and thereafter update these publications every year.
The Department of Environment Studies has its own website i.e. Important information is displayed on the said website from time to time.

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