PUNE: Climate change has been the buzzword for some time now fuelling courses on environment, energy and renewable energy.
Sandesh Jadkar, head of the department, school of energy studies at SPPU, said people who have completed their standard XII and those going for higher studies can take up certificate courses in the field. “We have a 100-hour crash course on solar energy which can help candidates go for jobs or be entrepreneur,” he added.
Jadkar said physics is mandatory during graduation to take up a masters in energy studies as its applications are required in almost all kinds of energy studies. Engineering graduates can go for the MTech course in energy.
MTech students, said officials, are absorbed by the companies where they go for internship or projects. Some students also become entrepreneurs. MSc students tend to study for an M.Phil or a PhD and take up teaching or become research assistants.
Jadkar said students can take the energy auditor examination. “Energy auditor or manager is mandatory for all private companies. The government gives good funding for startups in this sector, ” he added.
Abhishek Kawitkar, founder of Tree Public Foundation, an NGO working in environment, said students of environment or even energy studies should ideally spend at least a year or two working for an NGO in the sector to understand ground realities.
After a master’s or a PhD, one can teach, get into the environment health safety department in every private company, get involved in environment activities via NGOs or think tanks or even become a research student with a scientific company.
Jasin S is a student at the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun completing his two-year master’s in environment management. “As environment activities take centre stage, there will be more need for experts in environment and renewable energy in many sectors,” he said.