An Assamese college in Guwhati is offering a post graduation in eco-restoration to youngsters who are concerned about the decaying environment and wish to empower themselves with the knowledge required to save it.
Assam's Dimoria College is claimed to be the first college of South East Asia offering such a course.
Located about 30 kilometres from Guwahati city, the Dimoria College of Higher Education, offers a post-graduate course in eco-restoration, which is sponsored by the University Grants Commission.
"Eco-restoration is a new concept under innovative scheme sponsored by the University Grant Commission of India. The subject has potential for (job) placement. It is a general need of this modern world because deforestation and degradation of the ecology is a great concern of the human beings," said R.C Bharali, the college principal.
"There is a very good prospect in this field. Eco-restoration, generally while you say, means going to the field and restoring the degraded eco-system especially wetlands and forestlands. So, there is a huge scope in this subject. Public participation is also very important," said Chander Sharma, a lecturer at the college.
It is the only college in the country offering the course, and students from the first batch have already secured placements.
"This subject is new. In south East Asia, this course is offered only in Assam's Dimoria College. So, this course is internationally related. We all know that nowadays, environment is very polluted and so we all should protect and preserve the environment," said Unimala, a student of Dimoria College.
The institute also has ties with a German university and the students and teachers get to benefit from various exchange programmes.