IGNOU is the first University in the country to introduce educational programmes in the area of “Sustainability Science – an emerging and need based discipline”. Sustainability Science is inter-and multidisciplinary in character, and focuses on interaction between nature and society.
The PGDSS programme mainly focuses on the genesis and principles of sustainable development, its tools, implementation and assessment strategies in a holistic way. The basics of natural resource management, ecological economics, global and local efforts for sustainable development through good governance, law and policy are integrated in an academic framework so that students are able to understand the tools and techniques in developing and implementing sustainable development projects. The programme also takes care of the priorities of India’s National Action Plan Against Climate Change, implementation gaps of policy and planning, and India’s commitment to sustainable development.