The Department of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) at Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University (MBSTU) is the first of its kind in any university of Bangladesh. With the advancement of science and technology, we have to think about the changing environment as well as the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources through proper management. Keeping these points in mind, the MBSTU started the Department of ESRM in 2004, which was the first initiative of the Faculty of Life Science of this university, with a mission to build up young green warrior who will fight for the mother earth to protect from natural calamities and save guard the life of this living planet. The founder Chairman of the department was the eminent environmentalist, Professor Dr. Yusuf Sharif Ahmed Khan who had set some objectives for the department during its commencement. Unfortunately, the founder chairman died on a fatal road accident on 31st July 2005. But the faculty members of the department are determined to materialize those objectives set during its inception.
Environmental Science is a multi-disciplinary subject including physical environment, biological science, chemical science, social science, natural resources studies, etc. which can help to solve problems in our environment and in society, as well as in the planet. For considering the overall situations, the department has been designed with the combination of various subjects for 160 credits in the B.Sc. (Honors) program including 4 credits of practical research and 36 credits in MS program of which 6 credits are research works about the environment. The department has also been designed 23 credits for laboratory work including physical, chemical and biological analysis in undergraduate courses. Now, fourteen highly-qualified faculty members and some specialized guest teachers are running the department. The department is now enriched with biological and chemical laboratories with modern equipments and a seminar library with books and journal of updated editions. The department is designed with a seminar hall to perform workshop, seminar, symposium, conference and cultural programs.
Learning by doing is an approach seems very important to the Department of ESRM. The faculty members of the department believe that whatever the students achieve in the class room is only theoretical and can be learned properly by practicing or observing in the field level. For these reason, the students have to take one credit course in each year termed as “Field Works”. Under this credit students visit many environmentally important sites, industrial establishments, forests, rivers, sea, ecotourism spots, ecologically critical areas, protected areas, polluted areas, urban areas, islands, wetlands, energy sectors, agricultural sectors, fisheries sectors, etc. and places where they attend classes conducted by the experts and sharing experiences and knowledge by the officials to have practical knowledge regarding environmental management and conservation system, and to conduct their final researches on various issues especially on biodiversity, natural resources, mangrove forest, waste management status, climate change, transportation and development, sustainable development, EIA for various construction projects, environmental pollution monitoring and auditing, environmental planning and design, disaster management, etc. The department has collaboration with various research institutes and organizations such as Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE) of Bangladesh, Rural Development Academy (RDA), Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) of UNDP and Environmental studies related departments of other public universities of Bangladesh.
With the study of Environmental Science and Resource Management in this department, student will build up their career in various sectors including forestry, fisheries, agriculture, marine and ocean, hydrology, water resource, mineral resource, energy, urban, infrastructure development, natural resource, public health, environmental planning and design such as ETP in industries, EIA and EMA for development structures, etc. The students will also work in GOs and in various national and international organizations with the projects of biodiversity conservation, pollution control and monitoring, food security, climate change, cleaner technology, carbon free treatment (carbon trading), etc. Mission will be successful if the graduates produced by the department get opportunity to work for conserving the environment as well as for environment, society and for mankind.