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    Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
    EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

    Course Overview

    The Solid and Hazardous Waste Management online programme is a four-credit, postgraduate-level course. It offers a chronological syllabus structure that includes various aspects of waste management, such as definition, characterisation, classification, collection, management, and transportation. Candidates will be instructed by Prof. V. K. Garg who is a dean at the School of Environment and Earth Sciences.

    The purpose of the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management training is to educate candidates about solid waste which includes biomedical, radioactive, plastic, and electronic waste, along with MSW, fly ash, and others. Candidates also acquire a holistic understanding of the legal framework associated with waste management, as well as several recovery options.

    Moreover, Swayam is an education platform initiated by the Government of India to provide courses free of cost. After completing the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management postgraduate course, candidates are required to pay a fee for the final proctored exams and attend the same at the given centre.

    The Highlights

    • A Government of India initiative
    • Syllabus by UGC
    • Course instructed in English
    • Transferable credits
    • Core course
    • Postgraduate level
    • Multidisciplinary Category
    • Completion in 15 weeks
    • 40 modules

    Programme Offerings

    • Free Enrolment
    • Internal assessment
    • External proctored examination
    • four credits
    • transferable credits

    Courses and Certificate Fees

    Certificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
    yesCentral University of Punjab, Bathinda

    Eligibility Criteria


    Candidates who have graduated in any science domain can join the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management postgraduate training.

    Certificate Qualifying Details

    Furthermore, candidates need to complete three assignments consisting of 10 marks each, as part of the internal assessment and a 70 marks external proctored examination to earn the course certificate. However, candidates have to pay an examination fee to appear for the external examination.

    What you will learn

    Waste Management Skills

    After completing the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management online course, candidates will acquire all-inclusive knowledge in the following:

    • Waste types, classification, sources, and generation rates
    • Disposal and collection of waste with traditional methods
    • Factors that influence health hazards and waste generation
    • Composition and characterization of waste
    • Processing waste by volume and size reduction
    • Recycling solid waste
    • Hazardous waste collection, segregation, treatment, and disposal 
    • Radioactive, biomedical and e-waste management 
    • Vermicomposting, composting, and biogas generation using solid waste
    • Thermal treatments for solid waste such as pyrolysis, incineration, and gasification 
    • Sanitary landfill, landfill leachate, and gas management 
    • Fly ash generation and management 
    • Legal aspects of waste management 
    • Mechanical/biological treatment of solid waste 
    • Notions of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
    • Recent advancement in solid waste management

    Who it is for

    Science graduates can register for the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management postgraduate programme. Students who want to appear for competitive civil services examinations directed by SPSCs, UPSC, among others can also join the course. Professionals in private, as well as government sectors, wanting to enhance their knowledge, are also welcome to join the course.

    Admission Details

    Step 1. Participate in the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management online course by going to the official Swayam website.

    Step 2. Click on the ‘Sign-in/Register’ tab to take up the course.

    Step 3. Create an account by entering the username, password, and email ID. Then, click on the ‘send verification code’ tab.

    Step 4. Enter the verification code sent to your email and hit ‘Verify code’.

    Step 5. Click the ‘Create’ tab and join the course.

    Application Details

    Candidates only need to sign up to join the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management certification course.

    The Syllabus

    • Waste- Types and classification      
    • Waste sources and generation rates      
    • Traditional methods of waste collection and disposal

    • Factors influencing waste generation and health hazards  
    • Waste composition  
    • Waste collection - I

    • Waste collection - II  
    • Characterization of wastes

    • Waste processing : Size and volume reduction     
    • Waste minimization, waste hierarchy and waste audit

    • Recycling of solid wastes      
    • Hazardous waste- Definition, sources, classification, collection and segregation      
    • Hazardous waste characterization, treatment and disposal

    • Radioactive waste-I      
    • Radioactive waste-II

    • e waste  
    • Plastic waste

    • Biomedical waste- I     
    • Biomedical waste-II     
    • Biomedical waste management rules, 2016

    • Composting  
    • Vermicomposting     
    • Biogas production from solid waste

    • Thermal treatment of solid waste – Incineration  
    • Thermal treatment of solid waste – Pyrolysis and gasification     

    • Solid waste disposal – Sanitary landfilling- I         
    • Solid waste disposal – Sanitary landfilling- II

    • Landfill leachate and gas management      
    • Landfill bioreactors      
    • Fly ash- Generation and management      
    • Fly ash management 
    • Noti/Solid waste management rules, 2016      
    • Hazardous and other waste (management and transboundary movement) amendment rules, 2016    
    • Plastic waste management rules, 2016

    • e waste management rules, 2016      
    • Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movement of hazardous waste and their disposal
    • Mechanical biological treatment of solid wastes     

    • Solid waste management in rural areas      
    • Swachh Bharat Abhiyan     
    • Recent advances in solid waste management


    Central University of Punjab, Bathinda Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

    1: How many assignments do I have to answer?

    Candidates have to answer three assignments consisting of 10 marks each to fulfil the internal assessment criteria.

    2: Is the instructor a professional in the field of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management?

    Yes, Prof. V. K. Garg who instructs this course, is the dean at School of Environment and Earth Sciences, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda.

    3: Does the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management course have credits?

    Yes, the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management online training is a four-credit core course.

    4: Is the external examination held online?

    No, the external proctored examination is held at designated centres on fixed dates. The candidates need to appear for the exam in-person.


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