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Global relevance of the Programme

Natural resources have always been exploited by human beings all over the world in the name of development, self-protection and consumption. This self-centric attitude has resulted in the extinction of many natural resources and depletion in the appropriate level of many resources. Economist Erich W. Zimmermann stated in the 1930s, "Resources are not; they become." Zimmermann was asserting that resources are not fixed things that merely exist, but that their meaning and value emerge as humans appraise their worth and develop the technical and scientific knowledge to transform them into useful commodities. This has resulted in the imbalance in the proportion of natural resources that should be present to keep the planet a safe place for the survival of man, animal and plants Observing the negative changes in in the earth that are threatening the survival, individuals, organizations, civil society and governments have started considering protection of the environment as one of the top priorities. To restore the ecological balance activities are going on at global, national and local levels, looking into social, political, and ecological factors that are responsible for degradation and preventive mechanism. Emphasis is finding out ways of economic development without hurting nature. Thus, Natural resource management/ sustainable management has acquired a very important area for research and action globally.

Therefore, to contribute to this globally recognized issue, IIFM being a specialized institute has started an M.Phil course of creating future global leaders to fight this universal battle by creating a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of systems. In this course, an integrative approach is being used where students will learn how to develop local solutions that are sustainable, ethical and scalable at a global level.