The Department of Environmental Studies (DES), Siksha Bhavana, Visva-Bharati was established in 1999 during the IXth Plan period as the Centre for Environmental Studies, supported financially by the UGC. From 2012 the Centre became a Department after approval of the Academic Council and Executive Council. The Department provides new dimensions in the various fields of environment with an interdisciplinary approach.  It also highlights the distinguishing features of culture, tradition and ethos of Rabindranath Tagore regarding thorough global perspective and trends.  The Department started its academic curriculum from the session 2000-2001, with the teaching of compulsory course in environmental studies for all second year undergraduate students of the university. The Department introduced M.Sc. and Ph.D course in Environmental Sciences from 2003 and started M. Sc. Course in Environmental Science from the session 2003-04. The faculty members of the Department are doing research work on different aspects of environment.  During this 2014-15 the department has got the DST-FIST sanction grant of Rs. 1.0 crore and with the instruments procured out of the FIST grant, the department will develop good infrastructure for quality research, in different fields of environment. One of its founding objectives has been to act as a Nodal Department in the Eastern India, in the field of Environmental Studies.