Centre for Research and Management of Natural Resources (CRAMON)


The Centre for Research and Management of Natural Resources (CRAMON) was established with an objective of undertaking research and advancing legal and policy solutions to climate change and sustainable use of natural resources. The Centre engages students in research of legal issues involving land use and environmental issues, climate change, soil and water conservation, food and agriculture, biotechnology, food safety etc.



CRAMON has a vision to inform, educate and connect law students, practitioners, and policymakers to emerging developments in environmental law and policy; and develop databases on climate law and regulation.  The Centre intends to work in association with professionals and harness the expertise of environmental law scholars and network with governmental, non -governmental and other academic organizations.



Prof. Philippe Cullet

Prof. Cullet is a Professor of international law and environmental law at School of Oriental and African Studies University (SOAS), London and the Chair, Centre of Law, Environment and Development at the University. He has been closely involved in policymaking in India and has been a part of various Government constituted expert bodies and legislative drafting committees. He has 5 books to his credit on areas ranging from water laws to sanitation.


Prof. Dr. Sairam Bhat

Prof. Sairam is  currently associated with National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (NLSIU). He is the centre coordinator of the University’s Centre for Environmental Law, Education, Research and Advocacy (CEERA) wherein he has completed  several projects.  Prof. Sairam Bhat  received ‘Young India Environmental Law Fellowship’ in 2003. He was Adjunct Faculty at Golden Gate University, San Francisco during Fall- 2003. He received the Fulbright Fellowship in 2010 and was a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University Law Centre. He was Linnaeus-Palme Academic Exchange Fellow at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012-13.


Mr. Sharachchandra Lele

Mr. Lele is an environmental researcher working as an Adjunct Professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune and senior Fellow at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Bengaluru. Coming from the Science and Technology domain, Mr. Lele has immense interest in interdisciplinary environmental research. He has 5 books to his credit on forest governance, community based natural resource management and interdisciplinarity in environmental research.



Faculty Director: Ms. Nikita Pattajoshi

Co- Director : Dr. Mrinalini Banerjee




Credit Course on CLIMATE CHANGE:



ACTIVITIES (in reverse chronological order):

  • A public conversation titled “The Green Mandate – Season 2, Episode 2”: A public conversation on ‘Public Participation on Environmental Decision Making’ was organised on 18th April, 2023 in association with Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi. The guest speaker was Mr. Prafulla Samantara, environmental activist and recipient of the Green Nobel Prize.
  • Online certificate course on Climate Change – Law, Justice and the Global South – A single credit certificate course was organised in in online mode in association with Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC), SOAS University of London. The course was attended by 36 participants and was held from September – November, 2022.
  • Photography Competition on occasion of World Environment Day – 2022: A photography competition with the theme ‘Green Lenses: One Earth, One Picture’ was conducted on the occasion of World Environment Day – 2022. It was open to all school, college and University students.
  • Webinar on occasion of World Environment Day, 2021 On occasion of World Environment Day, 2021, (5th June), a webinar was conducted on “Ecosystem Restoration: Specific Focus on Water Conservation”. The resource person for the webinar was, Ranjan Panda,a water activist, President awardee and popularly known as ‘Waterman of Odisha’. Mr. Panda works with grassroot communities in water and climate change projects and carries out campaigns under the name Water Initiatives and Combat Climate Change Network. Mr Panda in his lecture elucidated upon the importance of water conservation and further asserted that blatant neglect in this regard by the World Community has resulted in the serious denigration of our climate and environment.
  • One day Round Table Conference on Climate Change and Agriculture – The Round Table Conference was held on 17th April, 2015 in association with Department of Agriculture, Government of Odisha. The key resource person was Dr A.K. Nayak, Senior Scientist, Central Rice Research Institute, Cuttack.


Research Reports prepared:

  • Report on Water Channelization and Conservation of Wetlands in Anshupa Lake, Odisha, India The report was prepared by the student members of the Centre after undertaking a field visit to the Anshupa Lake.
  • Report on Weed Formation in Lakes and Judicial Approach towards protection of lakes in India – The report was prepared by student members of the Centre under the supervision of the erstwhile faculty member, Dr. Bishwa Kalyan Dash.



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