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| Last Updated: 05/02/2021

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GSDP Bird Identification Course 2021

GSDP Certificate Course in Bird Identification & Basic Ornithology
India, being the second most populous country in the world, is bestowed with a large working population and can take advantage of this demographic dividend. However, high drop-out rates from school, coupled with poor vocational skills, hinder the process of reaping this dividend. Between demand and supply, there exists a gap of skill sets, both cognitive and practical, at various levels in the environment/forest sectors in India.
Green skills are crucial for making a transition from a conventional energy-using and emissions-intensive economy to cleaner and greener production and service patterns. Green skills prepare people for sustainable jobs that contribute to preserving or restoring the quality of the environment, simultaneously improving social equity and enhancing the overall quality of life. Realizing the demand for green-skilled youth, the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) was conceptualized and developed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India.
BNHS-ENVIS Resource Partner on Avian Ecology, established in 1996 under the Environmental Information System (ENVIS) programme of the MoEF&CC, is organizing a 20-day training programme in Maharashtra, leading to a Certificate Course in “Bird Identification and Basic Ornithology”.
This technical training course is designed to scientifically introduce participants to the concept of bird identification techniques. It will also include the basics of nature-based tourism so that the participants get self-reliant by starting bird-tourism.
ABOUT THE COURSE : BNHS-ENVIS is conducting a Certificate Course in “Bird Identification & Basic Ornithology” under the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), GoI. This programme endeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development.
COURSE FEES : No course fee. (It includes all expenses, like lodging, boarding, food, and local travel, during the training period)
TRAINING LOCATION :  Maharashtra (The venue of this course will be informed to the course participants via email/message).
SELECTION METHOD : Telephonic/Online interview.
MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA : 10th or 12th pass or Science graduates in any discipline, dropouts with basic bird identification knowledge will be considered.
AGE  LIMIT : 18–30 years.
LAST DATE OF APPLICATION : February 15, 2021.
To apply for the course, please click on the link :
For details contact us at:
Bombay Natural History Society,
Hornbill House, Dr. Sálim Ali Chowk,
Opp. Lion Gate, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road,
Mumbai 400 001, Maharashtra
Mr. Nandkishor Dudhe: 7620193207 (
Mr. Viraj Athalye: 7030299970 (
(Timing for communication: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Green Skill Development Programme’s


Certificate Course in Bird  Identification and Basic Ornithology


Conducted by: Environmental Information System (ENVIS), Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Mumbai


Q1)        What is the name of this course?
Certificate Course in Bird Identification and Basic Ornithology.
Q2)        Who is conducting this course?
Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is conducting this course as per the norms of the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) under the ENVIS centre of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), New Delhi.
Q3)        Who will be the trainers for this course?
BNHS’ experts will conduct this course. Experts from other institutes/organizations will be invited for specific sessions, whenever required.  

Q4)        Is this a Government course or a private course of the BNHS?

The course has been developed by the technical team of BNHS and has been approved by the ENVIS, under MoEF&CC, New Delhi.

Q5)        Where will this course be conducted?
The training course will be conducted in Maharashtra. The venue will be shared with the participants after their selection.
Q6)        What is the duration of the course?
This is a 20-day course.
Q7)        Who can participate in this course?
10th or 12th Pass or Science graduates in any discipline, dropouts with basic bird identification knowledge will be considered. The person should be unemployed.
Q8)     Can any interested organization or NGO send its representative for this course?
Yes, any organization working in the biodiversity conservation sector can send its representative(s) and/or may also recommend individuals for this course. The organization will need to provide details of such candidate(s) and a contact number. Telephonic/face-to-face interviews will be conducted for such candidates too.
Q9)        What is the procedure for the selection of candidates?
Selection of candidates will be on ‘First-come first-served basis’, followed by face-to-face or telephonic interviews. Interested candidates can apply via the following GSDP link:
[In case of any query kindly contact on Mobile:- 7620193207 ; Email id: -]
Q10)    How many seats are available for this course?
Currently, 20 seats are available.
Q11)  What is the last date to apply and how will the selection be communicated?
The last date to apply is February 15, 2021; a confirmation mail will be sent to the selected candidate after the telephonic/face-to-face interview.
Q12)  What is the course fee and other expenses?
There is no course fee. All other expenses like lodging, boarding, food and local travel of participants during the training period will be borne by the BNHS.
Q13)   Is this training course supported with practical sessions?
All the training modules of the course are supported with practical sessions. During the course period, the participants will visit bird ringing sites.
Q14)   How many hours of training will the course include per day?
The classroom training will be up to 8 hours per day and field training may extend by one to two hours.
Q15)  What type of course material will be provided to the participants?
The course material will be prepared by the technical team of BNHS-ENVIS and will be provided to all the participants along with the registration kit. All course material will be in English.
Q16) What is the participant expected to bring with him/her for the course?
A government photo identity proof like Aadhar / Voter ID Card, etc. is required. A temporary I-Card will be issued to each participant at the time of registration. Participants have to submit medical fitness certificate. BNHS will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur during the course period.
Q17)  After confirmation of selection, what will be my travel arrangement?
Once the selection is communicated by the BNHS-ENVIS team, the participant should make his/her own arrangements to reach the venue.
Q18)  Can the candidate leave the course in between or take a holiday during the course work?
There is no option for leave during the course period, except in case of medical emergency or any other unforeseen circumstances. Participation certificates will be issued only to those candidates who complete the course.
Q19)  Who is the contact person for this course?
Mr. Nandkishor Dudhe, Programme Officer, BNHS-ENVIS
Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, Dr. Salim Ali Chowk, Opp. Lion Gate, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai 400 001.
Mobile:- 7620193207 Email id: -      Website: -
Q20)  What are main modules of this course?
         Bird identification, Bird evolution and history, Adaptation in birds, Birds and their habitats, Bird behaviour, how to observe birds, Introduction to bird migration and migration case studies; flyways, bird conservation, bird diversity of India and threatened birds of India, Bird tourism as a livelihood, Basics of Instrumentation like as Binocular, Spotting scope, GPS etc.  

Q21)  What are the job opportunities once I complete this course?
A successful candidate can work for Grid Based Decision Support System (GRIDSS)/ Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS)/ Zoological Survey of India (ZSI)/ Wildlife Sanctuaries/ National Parks/ Protected Areas/ Bird Sanctuaries/ Wetland Sites/ State Biodiversity Boards/ Conservation Education Centre (CEC)/ Nature Information Centre (NIC)/ Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)/ Bird tourism/ Self-employment (Naturalist, Resource Person, etc.).
Q22)  At the end od the course , what type of certificate will be issued to the
Each successful candidate will get a certificate from the ENVIS, MoEF&CC, Government of India.