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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! 

The program is offered in three formats:

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

2) CLASSROOM format (without Camps): Participants attend class sessions in Pune.
3) ONLINE format: All participants watch a recorded session together. Respective faculty will be available in the session for discussion at the end. REFRESHERS sign up for this program. 

4) 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. 

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.

Rs. 35,000/-
> ONLINE: Rs. 25,000/- 

> 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 students the CLASSROOM program is streamed LIVE. Thus, the program timing, structure, syllabus and faculty are the SAME as classroom program. We use ZOOM for the classes. 

2. DIFFERENCE between CLASSROOM and ONLINE formats -
(i) Can attend classes at the Ecological Society, or online.
(ii) Can join 3 field camps (subject to the pandemic situation).

(i) Can ONLY attend Online.
(ii) Get to attend ONLY ONE camp
(iii) You will need a PC or mobile phone and a high-speed broadband internet connection to attend the classes. On issues of net connectivity, Ecological Society has no control. We need you to be fully aware of this fact when you are signing up.

Choice of CLASSROOM or ONLINE is entirely your decision. You are fully aware that ONLINE/REFRESHER students will be offered only ONE separate camp.

3. The maximum intake for the program:


ONLINE - 50 

ONLINE Self-paced - 25   

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. 

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 participants: We trust that only the admitted student will attend the sessions, and no family member or friend joins them during the classes.

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. Both CLASSROOM and ONLINE participants: Missed classes can be attended next year, online 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 (CLASS), 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

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