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Post liberalization in 1991, India has recorded considerable industrial growth; industry accounts for more than 30 % of GDP. However, such impressive industrial growth has also been ascribed to the increasing threat to the environment from emission industries. discharge and disposal of pollutants urbanization in the country has also posed risk to the agroecosystem from solid and liquid wastes through their unscientific disposal on precious water bodies and agricultural land. Through these anthropogenic activities, several toxic metals and compounds are contaminating our precious soil resources which have evolved through millions of years of pedogenic processes and threatening different life forms including human beings. Effects of pollution on soil are quite alarming and can cause huge disturbances in the ecological balance and health of living creatures on earth. Some of the most serious pollution effects decrease in soil fertility with consequent decrease in the crop yield /biomass growth; (b) increased soil erosion (due to less vegetative protection) resulting in loss of soil and natural nutrients present in it.

1. To provide advance training to the college /university/institute teachers, researchers and extension subject matter specialists in the area of soil pollution assessment and remediation of contaminated soils.
2. To acquaint participants with the latest information that may have been gathered in the relevant subject area.
3. To provide hands-on experience on laboratory techniques and procedures for measuring various environment related pollutants.

Course Content :
The main focus of this short course is to impart knowledge to the scientists and academicians about the soil degradation due to pollution, factors that cause soil degradation, major environmental pollutants, their sources and management practice that addresses the issues of prevention and mitigation of soil pollution/ degradation. The following broad areas will be covered during the training program:
•Impact of environmental soil pollutants on terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem, food quality and      public Health
• Risk assessment methodologies for polluted sites
• Organic pollutants: Sources and Impacts on ecosystem

• Impact of municipal solid waste/waste water on ecosystem and food quality
Impact of anthropogenic greenhouse gases on climate change and food security of India
• Remediation Techniques and Mitigation Plan
• Use of industrial wastes as soil amendments for improving soil fertility and associated risks
• Use of agricultural and industrial wastes for remediation of contaminated soils
• Soil management practices for minimizing impact of soil pollution
• Role of nanotechnology in remediation of contaminated soils

• Principles, operation and precautions in handling of advanced environmental analytical instruments.

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