It is the first full-fledged department of Environmental Sciences amongst the State universities of Uttar Pradesh, established in 1994. The department is actively involved in conducting research in Environmental pollution and management, Management of waste water and industrial solid waste, Toxin producing algal species besides imparting teaching at postgraduate level.
More than 250 research papers have been published till date in International and National Journals of repute. Seven major research projects have been completed and six research projects are under progress in the department funded by different national agencies.
Prof. G.C. Pandey has received ‘Prof. J.S. Datta Munshi Gold Medal’ by international society for ecological communication in an International Conference in 2009. He has been honoured with ‘Rastriya Gaurav Award’ by India International Friendship Society in 2010, ‘Vigyan Ratan Award’ on 29th March 2010 by CST, Govt. of UP. Prof. Pandey was also conferred upon ‘Shikshak Shree Samman’ by Department of Higher Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh on 5th September 2010, the teachers’ day for his outstanding contribution in teaching and research.
Two research scholars of the department R.P. Singh and Sangh Deep Gautam participated in ‘Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica in 2008 and 2009. Dr. Jaswant Singh of the department also participated in 22nd and 24th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.