AMITY SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
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Agra Heritage walk

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Amity Jaipur Visit

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ASNRSD Student in GIS Lap, EI Purpan

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ASNRSD Students at EI Purpan

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Exchange students of EI Purpan in Amity University

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Field trip to Jaipur

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Green Business Contest organized by ASNRSD

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IAS Training at ASNRSD

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Jaipur Trip as a part of Foreign Exchange Programme

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Prof. B.K.P. Sinha

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Student exchange programme

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Students of ASNRSD with French Exchange students from EI Purpan

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USAID Forest PLUS Prog

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Visit to Taj Mahal by students of Lakehead University, Canada

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Workshop organized by ASNRSD

ABOUT US


Introduction to ASNRSD :
There is an increasing pressure on the world’s natural ecosystems to provide a growing population with a sustainable food supply, resources, and land. Natural resources are under grave threat from climate change, water scarcity, land management pressures and unsustainable development practices throughout the world. Management of these resources requires an interdisciplinary approach and a holistic perspective including ecological, economic and social aspects. As evidenced by various international agendas and agreements, the management of the Earth’s natural resources is of concern to each of us and is the need of the hour.

In response to this need, Amity School of Natural Resources & Sustainable Development was conceptualized in 2005 by the Amity University to address the issues of natural resources and sustainable development. In its ten years of functioning, the school has reached new horizons in creation of a research and innovation driven institution of higher learning.

ASNRSD offers two unique academic programmes – M.B.A. Natural Resources & Sustainable Development, and M.Sc. Forestry. It also provides research and advisory services in the domain of natural resource management and sustainable development across the country. The school has been organizing a number of seminars/training programmes/research and demonstration projects also to build up a conscientious opinion of stakeholders on issues related to management of natural resources. It is an established national institute of great repute in the area of natural resource management for training research and education. The department also has a number of MoUs with various national and state level institutes.

Mission Statement :
To provide education at all levels in Natural Resources & Sustainable development discipline of modern times and in the futuristic and emerging frontier areas of knowledge, learning and research of sustainability and Natural Resources management and to develop the overall personality of the student and to make them as excellent professionals and good individuals, with understanding and regards for human values, pride in their heritage and culture, a sense of right and wrong and yearning for perfection and imbibe attributes of courage of conviction and action.

MESSAGES

Advisor's Message :
India faces a difficult situation on several fronts - food security, water and energy crisis, urban sprawl, recurrence of flood and droughts, and farmer’s suicide in rain fed areas. In the ultimate analysis, all these lead as a pointer that all is not well with management of our natural resources. Our life support system (soil, water, air, ecosystems etc.) is crumbling under our skewed economic growth that prevents us to take a long-term view of things and climate change has of course forced us to think differently.

The first link in the management of natural resources is sustainable management of soil and water. Our soil must sustainably produce all the feeds, fodders and grasses needed to support animal husbandry, adequate to ensure better nutritional standards for the people. It must also produce all the fibers, timbers and other forest produces required by the industry as well as the fuel-wood needed to meet the energy requirement of the growing population, still overwhelmingly rural in composition. Similarly, despite our long tradition of managing water, increasing demands pose new challenges for both quantity and as well as quality of water.

It is my firm belief that education is the answer to the above challenge, for it is through practically oriented education that enables the youth to obtain the knowledge, the skills and the attitude necessary to pursue successful action for sustainable, environmentally sound development (or to put it in the terms utilized by a recent Council of Europe meeting, “development at acceptable conditions”).

An understanding of the interrelationship among biological, social and economic constraints is rarely evident because few people have training outside their own disciplines. Academic institutions, traditionally the source of new ideas and innovative approaches, have not effectively responded to this intellectual challenge, resulting in a concomitant lack of professionals who are able to integrate ecological conservation with natural resources management. The inability of academic institutions to effectively address complex natural resources issues often stems from their traditional, disciplinary approach that emphasizes specialization. Problem in the real world seldom fall into discrete disciplines. This is particularly true for the major conservation and natural resource development issues faced by us today. We need an entirely new breed of leaders and managers in industries, education, public services and in governance to squarely take up this challenge. Our carefully drawn out curriculum would prepare them to face the challenges in management of environment and natural resources.

Prof. B.K.P. Sinha, IFS (Retd.)
Advisor, ASNRSD