New Delhi: The union environment ministry has decided to start a ‘Himalayan Research Fellowships scheme’ to create a young pool of trained environmental managers, ecologists and socio-economists.
This pool will help generate information on physical, biological, managerial and human aspects of Himalayan environment and development.
The fellowship scheme will be executed through various universities and Institutions working in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) and preference will be given to the Institutions from north-eastern states.
The financial support will be provided under the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS) and the fellowships will be awarded for a maximum period of three years and last date for submitting fellowship proposals is 12 February.
According to the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), the research may be undertaken in any of the identified broad thematic areas (BTAs) of the NMHS.
Some of the broad thematic areas that are being focused on for research under the NMHS are water resource management including rejuvenation of springs and catchments, hydropower development, assessment and prediction of water-induced hazards, livelihood options including ecotourism opportunities, biodiversity management including recovery of threatened species and skill development.
This is among the series of programmes that MoEFCC is running for conservation and protection of Himalayas.