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education program

Ten month Post-graduate program

Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

& Nature Conservation

Admissions for 2024-25 batches Open NOW! 

This year program is offered in three formats:

1) CLASSROOM format: Participants attend class sessions in Pune, and get 4 camps.

2) CLASSROOM format (Limited Camps): Participants attend class sessions in Pune and get 2 one day field visits.
3) ONLINE Self-paced format: Participants get recordings every Saturday for viewing through the week, at their own pace. Live online discussions with faculty will be scheduled every month. 
REFRESHERS sign up for this program. 

Before you start filling the admission form :

1. Please read the complete Program details (below).


2. Make the payment of Rs. 10,000/- and take a screenshot. You will need to upload the payment screenshot in the form.

Net banking transfer
Name            : Ecological Society
Bank              : Bank of India, Pashan Road Branch, Pune 411008 
Type of a/c    : Savings 
Account no.   : 051610100004428 
IFSC code      : BKID0000516


3.Upon completion of these two steps, click the appropriate button below to start off your admission process.






Program Details

This is a unique program being conducted by Ecological Society since 1997. The program has earned a reputation as leading education in ecological approach to sustainability and nature conservation. 

The program imparts theoretical concepts and helps participants gain field experience through camps and field work. The unique ecological approach helps understand the connections between nature, economy, livelihoods and conservation. 

Lectures are conducted by researchers, scientists, practitioners and academicians who are experts in their subjects. Visiting faculty are national and international experts. The library offers a unique collection of books, journals, periodicals.


The program is divided into three modules

Module 1 Setting the Historical Perspective: Evolution of the universe, earth, life, man, and the changing man-nature relationship. Agriculture, trade and commerce.

Module 2 Principles of Ecology, Role of Biodiversity in ecosystems integrity, Study of Major Ecosystems: Mountains, Tropical Forests, Grasslands, Marine, Riverine, and Wetland. Role of agriculture and agroecology, Principles of Restoration: Natural Resource Management, Theory and Practice, Ecological Approach to Landscape Planning.

Module 3 Understanding Sustainable Development, Ecological economics, Energy and Sustainable development, Current Challenges, Holistic Approach and Lifestyle Changes, Rural economy and urban ecology, development models

Field visits during the Program (For CLASSROOM) :

  • Grassland Ecosystem – 1 day camp

  • Mountain Ecosystem Himalaya – 7 day camp

  • Coastal Ecosystem and Forest Ecosystem – 5 day camp


Common Notes for CLASSROOM and ONLINE Students


Eligibility: Graduate in any faculty

Course Duration: 10 months (Starts first Saturday of June ends February or March of subsequent year)

Course Schedule:  Every Saturday from 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Practicals on some Sundays, for Classroom batch only, between 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

> CLASSROOM (with & Limited Camps): 
Rs. 35,000/-

> ONLINE Self-paced: Rs. 10,000/-

> REFRESHER: Rs. 15,000/- (Only for alumni, only in ONLINE format)

FEES EXCLUDE expenses for Field camps.

Discount - 10% discount for currently enrolled students (PG or PhD)

Admission: Opens on 2nd January every year by an online admission process.

Scholarships: Few scholarships available, apply seperately.

For other questions please EMAIL Us -

CALL - Parul 98223 74114


Program FAQs 

1. For ONLINE self paced students, participants get recording every saturday for viewing through the week, at their own pace. Live online discussions with faculty will be scheduled once every month. 

2. DIFFERENCE between CLASSROOM (with camps) and CLASSROOM (Limited Camps) formats -
CLASSROOM (with Camps) batch
(i) Can attend classes at the Ecological Society, or any other venue communicted by Ecological Society.
(ii) Can join 4 field camps.

CLASSROOM (Limited Camps) batch

(i) Can attend classes at the Ecological Society, or any other venue communicted by Ecological Society.
(ii) Get to attend ONLY two one day camps near Pune City

3. The maximum intake for the program:

CLASSROOM (Camps) - 40

CLASSROOM (Limited Camps) - 20 

ONLINE Self-paced - 50   

4. Admissions are on first come first admitted basis, admission will be confirmed ONLY after receipt of Rs. 10,000/- towards fees, not just by filling this form. Balance fees must be paid before the start of the program.
*Right of admission reserved with Ecological Society

5. There are NO exams, but there will be group assignments.  For self paced batch, attendance during monthly interaction with faculties and submission of assigment before completion of the program will be considered for performance evaluation. 

6. This Program is designed to give you a holistic perspective and includes basic topics from all subjects. Participants are expected to supplement the class sessions with self-learning and reading.

7. ONLINE self paced participants: We trust that only the admitted student will watch the sessions, and these sessions will not be shared with family member or friend.

8. Recording is provided for the missed lectures only. Not for all lectures (on special request it will be considered on case basis)

9. CLASSROOM Participants: Missed camps can be attended next year 

10. CLASSROOM : Missed classes can be attended next year, online self paced only.

11. CAMPS are usually a rigorous engagement in the study of the ecosystems, natural resources and the socio-economic settings of the area. Considering the time available with everyone, the days are intense, so expect the days full of activities. Family members or friends will not be allowed to participate in camps / visits.

12. Participants attending Himalaya camp will participate in a group assignment. They will prepare and present their observations and findings in groups as a part of this course requirement.

13. Alumnus of the Ecological Society course (Regular or Correspondence) can take admission only in the REFRESHER batch.

14. CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION - Participants meeting the criteria of 70% attendance (ONLINE and CLASS), at least 3 camps for CLASSROOM (with camps ) and both one day camps for classroom (limited camps) batch, will be awarded a CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION.


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B-2, Jayanti Apartments,

Near Ratna Hospital,

Senapati Bapat Road,

Pune, India. 411016.

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OPEN for Classroom and Online Programs

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+91 (20) 2567 7312

between 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday holiday

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