Oxford University Press releases ‘Environmental Studies’ in Assamese
New Delhi: Oxford University Press (OUP), the world’s largest university press, has launched R. Rajagopalan’s Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure in Assamese. It has been recommended in the latest CBCS syllabus of Dibrugarh University (as first text) and Gauhati University (as a text). Cases specific to Assam have been added in this textbook.
Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure was released in 2016 based on the syllabus of the Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course on Environmental Studies, prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under the new Choice-based Credit System.
The book is meant for undergraduates of all disciplines. Assuming very little background in mathematics or science, it gives a balanced presentation of the major issues and concerns related to the environment. It will also be useful for those taking the UPSC Civil Services Examinations, since it covers the ecology/environment topics of the preliminary and main examinations.
The book covers topics on environmental crisis, natural resources, biodiversity conservation, environmental pollution, global warming, social issues and human population among others. A chapter on Environment and Assam has been added in the Assamese textbook highlighting the environmental issues being faced specifically by Assam as a region such as floods and increase in the frequency of floods due to human activities, flash floods and waterlogging, the destruction of forest cover and human-elephant conflicts and so on.