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The ENVIS network comprising of both the Focal Point and ENVIS centers in their assigned subject-areas is developing the requisite databases on identified parameters in order to disseminate information concerning their subject-areas to the user concerned. Besides, the centers are also developing their resources of information in the form of books, periodicals, dissertation, thesis and various other such documentary information packages to collate the necessary information in their assigned subject-areas to develop the database and to disseminate it. 

In order to disseminate information online almost all the ENVIS centers have developed their interactive databases in their assigned subject-areas for requisite dissemination. The system as a whole, responds to more than 15000 such queries in a particular year. Besides, each ENVIS Centre also publishes newsletters, journals, abstracts, state of art reports, etc., as printed information package for dissemination as and when required to all concerned. 

The ENVIS Focal Point has also developed a comprehensive interactive website for online coordination with all its network partners as well as dissemination of information to the users whenever required. In order to assist the State ENVIS centers to produce the State of Environment report, the focal point of ENVIS has developed a comprehensive database with GIS interface known as Indian State Level Basic Environmental Information Database (ISBEID) on 23 modules in various subject areas of environment and its associated fields which are quite relevant to the State ENVIS centers. The Focal Point also publishes a quarterly newsletter known as “ENVIRO NEWS” of the Ministry disseminating information on policies amendment of rules and acts, international treaties and conventions, environmental clearances, etc. undertaken by the Ministry from time to time. A quarterly journal known as “Paryavaran Abstracts” reporting environmental research in Indian context is also published by the Focal Point of ENVIS. The Ministry’s website has also been developed by ENVIS Focal Point and updated regularly to disseminate online information to all concerned. The Information and Facilitation Counter set up by the Ministry as per the directives of DOPT is also coordinated by ENVIS Focal Point. 

The Library of the Ministry which is one of the scientific libraries in the field of environment and having more than 250 national and international journals is also coordinated by the ENVIS for its development, resource management and creation of information resources. 

Monitoring and Evaluation:

The functioning of the entire ENVIS network is monitored by regional workshops, national workshops and through a Scientific Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary (E&F) to evaluate and to provide necessary mid-term corrections and guidelines to ENVIS and its network partners to meet the objectives. 

Services Offered
Query Answer Services 
Referral Services 
Abstracting Services 
  Publication of “Paryavaran Abstracts” 
Documentation Services 
  Publication of “Annual Report”
  Publication of “Annual Report”
Development of Databases 

Criteria for selection of ENVIS centers
Subject Areas of concern and priority and as recommended by the Scientific Advisory Committee under 
the Chairmanship of Secretary (E&F).
Prestigious National Level Institutions. 
Necessary expertise, capability and infrastructure. 
Interest and willingness to serve user community with substantive information. 

Scalient Features
To motivate the ENVIS network partners to fulfill their charters, the “Best ENVIS Centre Award” has  
been instituted and is awarded bi-annually.
In order to evaluate the functioning of the network partners, a National Workshop of all the ENVIS 
centers was organized successfully in Shimla in 2006. 
The Regional Workshops were arranged during 2005-06 to evaluate the performance of each Centre on 
regional basis by an Expert Committee to decide its continuity. 
Initiatives were taken to expedite the online dissemination process of all the ENVIS Centers by  
providing domain name and web space through NIC server as well as email ID to each partner to bring them under one umbrella.
Strengthening of ENVIS network to cover thematic areas for sustainable development networking 
programme has been approved through ICEF-Small Grant Programme.
The publications were issued regularly of the Ministry by ENVIS. 


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