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The Indian Institute of Environment Management was established in 1999 at the SIES campus in Nerul, Navi Mumbai. 

In the year of its inception, SIES IIEM offered its first academic programme, Post Graduate Diploma in Environment Management designed with the overall objective of preparing decision makers to devise win-win solution to environment problems through a state-of-the-art curriculum on problem solving mode that encompasses management aspects of Environmental Technology (cleaner and clean-up), Environmental Biotechnology and Information Technology.

The explosion in genomic information and in elucidation of metabolic and signalling pathways of various cell types created an unprecedented, but largely unmet, demand of professionals with working knowledge of both biological sciences and computational techniques. In 2001, SIES-IIEM designed and offered an autonomous course; Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics (PGDB) to create professionals with the requisite dual expertise and also the ability to integrate the same for a knowledge-based interface of biology and information technology.

Biotechnology as a business segment for India has the potential of generating revenues to the tune of US$ 5 Billion and creating one million jobs by 2010. The availability of scientific and technical human resource in biotechnology is imperative to capitalize on the immense potential of this emerging, knowledge – intensive sector. SIES-IIEM introduced an autonomous programme; Post Graduate Diploma in Applied and Industrial Biotechnology (PGDAIB) in 2005 with industry focused training to cater to the technical skills demand in the life sciences industry.

In addition to the above in-house courses, in 2005, SIES IIEM initiated a collaborative attempt with the SIES College of Management Studies to introduce a Post Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology Business Management. Through this course the concepts of management are introduced to a cadre of professionals who in future would man the biotechnology based industry in the sectors of agriculture, health, food, environment etc.

Since its foundation, IIEM has been an active proponent of knowledge based research and development to address upstream concerns on conservation of natural resources and protection of environment. With immense prescience, IIEM took up challenging issues in the areas of Corporate Green Accounting Procedures; Market Based Instruments for Regional Environmental Management, Minimization of Environment & Resource use Impacts, Consequence Analysis of Eco-system Health with Recourse to Hybrid Multi-layered Neural Network etc. These research projects were supported with funding from IGIDR, Mumbai, MoEF, GEC and Wetlands International South Asia & Loktak Development Authority. 

While the initial research projects were primarily in the area of Environment Management, IIEM rapidly evolved and today its structure also comprises the human resource skills and infrastructure to facilitate contemporary research in Bioinformatics and Biotechnology. The research projects handled by the institute over the last five years in these areas include Biological Hydrogen production using Phototrophic bacteria, Development of Insulin Hypoglycaemic compound from Memordica Charantia, Design, Biosynthesis and Invitro evaluation of Camptothecin (anti tumour drug) analogues, Production of Cellulase, Bioplastics and Cartenoids from Lignocellulosic biomass etc. These research projects have obtained financial support from DBT, Delhi and ICMR, New Delhi.  The useful research work in the above areas has resulted in our developing five patent(applied).

The institute today is steadily progressing on a path of functional synergism of skills in the areas of environment management, applied biotechnology, information technology and bioinformatics in education and research.

In the coming years IIEM envisages widening its horizons through new academic, training and research programmes to be introduced in addition to the existing. Information regarding the same will be updated appropriately and made available on this website.

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