The  Environmental Management Capacity Building-Environmental Information System (EMCB-ENVIS) Node on 'State Environment Issues' at PSCST (Punjab State Council for Science & Technology), Chandigarh was established in December, 2002 under the World Bank Assisted Project (EMCBTAP-ENVIS) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India to identify and highlight the state environment and related issues. The Node was upgraded to ENVIS Centre in January, 2005. Since then, the Punjab ENVIS Centre is working on the subject 'Status of Environment & Related Issues'.

In Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, Chandigarh a Node on the subject area ‘Water Resource Management’ was established in January 2001 under Sustainable Development Network Programme (SDNP) of Environmental Information System (ENVIS) by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), GoI and in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

The SDNP Node further continued to work on the same subject area ‘Water Resource Management’ as ENVIS Node under the World Bank assisted Environment Management Capacity Building Technical Assistance Project (EMCBTAP). This ENVIS Node was established in Council on March 2002 and a bi-lingual (in English & Punjabi) website was launched (English: July, 2002 & Punjabi: August, 2002) for this Node with url: During this period the Ministry set up another EMCBTAP-ENVIS Node in the Council in December 2002 to work on locale specific issues and a bi-lingual (in English & Punjabi) website to work on ‘State Environment Issues’ was launched (English: April,2003 & Punjabi : August,  2003). Thus, two Nodes on ‘Water Resource Management’ and ‘State Environment Issues’ started operating in Council during the year 2002.

The Node on ‘State Environment Issues’ was further upgraded to ENVIS Centre in January, 2005 on the subject ‘Status of Environment & Related Issues’ under the aegis of MoEF, Govt. of India, in the 10th five year plan. The Centre was established on 1st February 2005 and the Website was launched on 15 February 2005 with Url: 

Further, the Punjab ENVIS Centre was identified by the MoEF as one of the 20 selected ENVIS Centers (out of 78 Centers at that time) in India, to work as partners under Sustainable Development Network Programme (SDNP) in collaboration with Indo- Canadian Environment Fund (ICEF) for two years i.e. 2005-2007. Under this collaboration, the Centre was given an additional responsibility to work on the thematic area ‘Agriculture & Water Harvesting’ to strengthen the ENVIS network for Sustainable Development. On the ENVIS Center’s website ( a SNDP-ENVIS link was provided and the Centre collected, collated and disseminated the national level information on the assigned subject and uploaded the same on this link.

Since 2005, the Punjab ENVIS Centre in PSCST is working on ’Status of Environment & Related Issues’ with Presently, the Centre is working with the following objectives:

  • To Identify and highlight the State Environmental issues.
  • Creation of database covering all aspects of Environmental issues of Punjab State. 
  • Preparation of “State of Environment Reports (SoER).”  
  • Publishing Newsletters, books, etc on State Environment Issues. 
  • Monthly compilation of Environment related News items and Events.  
  • Identification of information/data gaps in the field of Environmental Management.  
  • Establishing linkages with information users and providers from among Govt., academia, general public, NGOs etc.  
  • To respond to queries from Govt. and general public related to specified subject area.

The Centre is putting in its concerted efforts to collect, collate & disseminate information relating to Status of Punjab Environment & Related Issues with its activities. This website will meet its objectives if it is able to generate serious thought and discussion about the environmental problems of Punjab so that scientific solutions are evolved and concerted action is taken to implement them jointly by the Government and the Public.