M.Phil – Ecological Informatics

Ecological Informatics (EI) is a trans-disciplinary subject that integrates ecology, Computational Science, informatics and social sciences, in order to improve our understanding of ecological processes and expand socio-ecological theory to integrate the Earth’s natural systems,human values, human health and well-being. A suite of disciplines – ecology, informatics, Computational Science, ecological economics, anthropology, sociology and demography constitute EI. M.Phil. EI is a one-year, full time programme that adopts a credit system. Students earn their degree by completing 30 credit points, split among course work (19), seminar (1) and thesis (10). During the first semester the students will be guided through core modules comprising advanced ecology, mathematics, informatics, statistics, demography, anthropology, sociology and research methodology. Upon successful completion of the core modules they will be encouraged to undertake their research in any leading research organization within India. The previous batches of students had carried out their research at Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, ISRO laboratories (Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun and National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad) and The French Institute, Pondicherry. Submission of project report as a thesis is an essential requisite for the completion of the course.



 

Public Service Commission

The Kerala Public Service Commission has included M.Phil. Ecological Informatics in their approved list of degrees.

Recognition by University of Kerala

University of Kerala has recognized M.Phil Ecological Informatics as equivalent to the following courses.

1. M.Phil Physics [pdf] 2. M.Phil. Botany [pdf] 3. M.Phil. Environment Science [pdf]

 

Eligibility for Admission:

M.Sc. in Natural (Botany, Zoology, Environmental Science, Plant Sciences, etc. or Physical (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) Sciences with a score of 60 % marks or above or CGPA of 6.5 or above in 10 points scale in the qualifying examination . SC/ST candidates are eligible for admission, if they have minimum pass marks in the qualifying examination. Students those who are in final semester/year can also apply.

Course objective:

Upon successful completion, the students will develop a holistic understanding of the relevant concepts in ecological sciences, be competent to use computational tools to analyse, understand key theoretical, methodological and practical issues that underpin the flow of environmental information from source to consumer, appreciate the contribution that a range of scientific and social disciplines have in understanding and constructing environmental information pathways, demonstrate competence in the substantive areas covered by the course and develop skills that they can use in careers. The course is an ideal stepping-stone towards a doctoral research fellowship or a research career in ecological sciences.

Application Fee:

Demand Draft for Rs. 250/- for General Category Candidates and Rs. 100/- for SC/ST Category (non-refundable) drawn in favour of Director, IIITM-K, payable at Trivandrum. All category of applicants need to pay the fee.

Course Fee:

The course fee for M.Phil programme is Rs. 60,000/-. The fee is payable in two equal instalments of Rs. 30000/-

Number of Seats :

The number of seats for this program is 15.

Salient Features

The programme in Ecological Informatics has a strong emphasis on trans-disciplinarity. It is perhaps the first academic exercise in India to impart computational and IT/informatics skills to students with background in natural sciences. The programme aims to prepare students for a future in ecological sciences research, with a special emphasis on using Information Technology in the context. The inclusion of social dimension will complement development of critical thinking ability of the students Hands on programming and first hand research exposure, particularly in another institution is a constructive innovation adopted.

Upon successful completion, the students will develop a holistic understanding of the relevant concepts in ecological sciences, be competent to identify appropriate computational method, use computational tools to analyze and understand key theoretical, methodological and practical issues that underpin the flow of information within the biosphere, appreciate the contribution of a range of scientific and social disciplines in understanding and constructing environmental information pathways, demonstrate competence in the substantive areas covered by the course and develop skills that they can use in careers within, and beyond the field of environmental informatics.

The course is an ideal stepping-stone towards a doctoral research fellowship or a research career.

Course Duration and credits

The course will be for a period of one year with two semesters. The candidates will spend first semester at IIITM-K and the second under a mentor at one of the collaborating institution.

Collaborating Departments/institution

– Center for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

– Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun

– The French Institute, India, Pondicherry

Core Courses

-Ecological Physics and Landscape Ecology

-Quantitative Ecology

-Information Systems

-Spatial Informatics

-Ecological Economics

-Ecological Anthropology

-Sociology & demography

-Research Methodology

Graduation Eligibility

For graduation, the student must satisfy all the requirements as per the CUSAT rules.