BASIC COURSE IN HERPETOLOGY: BCH 2017
Conducted by BNHS
Amphibians and reptiles are very diverse but least studied organism. Most of us are getting afraid or they are repulsionfor us. As a mega-divers country India is very rich in herpetofauna. Due to the industrial development, destruction of wild habitats these animals have become endangered and seek to the immediate conservation. In this course, we are going to learn not only about the world of both amphibians and reptiles but also their importance, conservation aspects etc.
What is Basic Course in Herpetology and benefit?
- A hybrid part-time, online course
- The course duration is six months (June 2017 to Nov 2017)
- Covers Herpetofauna identification, morphology, behavior and importance etc.
- Online and field components interwoven in the course work
- Field camps and Field visits
- Certificate from BNHS after successful completion of course
Who can enrol?
- Anyone with an interest to learn about the biodiversity of India
- The basic qualification is 10th standard (any board)
- Basic understanding about use of computer and internet (and access to the same)
What are the course deliverables?
The course has field as well as online assignments. The detailed break-up of the course deliverables on part of BNHS and on part of the participants is given below.
- Chapters: Every month, chapter will be given to students for reading. If required, students can take a print out of the desired chapters.
- Field Visits and reports: A total of three half day field visits will be conducted near Mumbai, during the course duration out of which two are compulsory. A brief report on each field visit should be sent along with the monthly assignment submission document. Participants staying away from Mumbai in other parts of Maharashtra or in other states can instead visit a similar habitat near their location, on their own.
- Field Camps and reports: In the course duration one inaugural camp, one wrap-up camp and two field camps will be organized. Field camps are conducted in various habitats across India. Participants are required to attend one field camp and Inaugural camp. A camp report must be submitted after each camp as a part of the monthly assignment submission document.
- E-updates: In order to keep the group abreast of happenings in the field of herpetology and conservation, participants are expected to share updates in the form of news, excerpts from books or e-books, research papers, documentary links, etc. as a part of monthly assignment submission.
- Online Research: In order to learn in greater detail about the research, conservation and awareness work being conducted, in the context of herpetology and habitats as well as the social, cultural, administrative, technological and literary dimensions associated with it, participants are expected to refer to scientific papers, articles, news, discussions, films, etc available online/offline and submit abstracts of the same with the monthly assignment submission document.
- Chat Sessions: Out of the two chat sessions that will be conducted in the course duration, participating in one is mandatory. Participants are expected to send in their questions before the day of the chat for better coordination of the session.
- Celebration of Eco Days: Participants are required to understand the relevance of various eco days observed globally as well as the Indian practices and festivals that actually promote conservation. Post that they are required to carry out awareness activities in their locality as well as online, highlighting the significance of that particular day/practice in biodiversity conservation.
- Project Work: This is an integral part of the course and involves submitting a project report every month as a part of the monthly assignment submission document. The monthly project report should be based on the theme outlined for that particular month and the relevant observations/study in one’s chosen locality. The final project report and the presentation at the end of the year will be an amalgamation of the monthly reports as well as a holistic and practical action plan for their respective localities.
What is the course fee structure?
The tuition fee is Rs. 8,000/- which includes BNHS expertise in the online and field components, chapters, assignments, evaluation and food/refreshments in the inaugural and wrap-up camps. The field camps at other locations will be charged separately. BNHS members will get a 10% discount on the course fee only.
How to apply?