Monday, 10th of December 2018


BNHS CEC is happy to announce the admissions for Certificate Course in Butterfly Studies (CCBS) for the year 2018–19. The course includes inaugural and wrap-up sessions, field visits around Mumbai and field camps to various butterfly habitats across India. 

What is CCBS and what are its benefits?

  • An online hybrid course
  • Duration is 6 months (August 2018 to January 2019)
  • Covers topics such as life cycle, behaviour and butterfly gardening.
  • Project work
  • 2 field camps and 2 field visits
  • Certificate from BNHS after successful completion
  • Course leader: Dr. Raju Kasambe, Ornithologist, IBA Programme Manager and In-charge, CEC, Mumbai.

What are the course deliverables?

The course includes extensive notes, field visits with experts and online assignments. A detailed break-up of the course deliverables is as follows:


  • Chapters: Every month, one chapter is sent to the participants.
  • Field visits and reports: A total of 4 half-day field visits will be conducted near Mumbai during the course duration, out of which three are compulsory. A brief report on each field visit must be submitted as part of 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: One inaugural session, one wrap-up session and two field camps will be organised. Field camps are conducted in various habitats across India. Participants are required to attend at least one field camp and the inaugural camp.After each camp, a report must be submitted as part of the monthly assignment submission document.
  • Online research: To learn in greater detail about herpetology in India, its research, conservation and awareness work, participants are expected to refer to scientific papers, articles, news, discussions, documentaries etc. available online, and submit abstracts of the same in the monthly assignment submission document.
  • Project work: This is an integral part of the course and involves submitting a project report every month. Every project will focus on a theme and the report will be based on 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 and a practical action plan for one’s locality.

Who can enrol?

  • Anyone interested in butterflies and their conservation
  • Basic qualification is Class 10 (any board)

Course fee:

The course fee is Rs. 8,000/- which includes BNHS expertise, study material, refreshments in the inaugural and wrap-up camps. The field camps at other locations will be charged separately. BNHS members and students can avail 10% discount on the course fee only. 

How to Register?

Interested individuals can email BNHS at ‘This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ’ for registration form and payment details. Last date for registration is 10 July 2018 (limited seats available).For further details, please call on 022-22821811 or 9594953425 between 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.