Alumni Meet at CSIR-NEERI

Shri Sandip Joshi, Hon’ble Mayor, NMC inaugurating the office of CSIR-NEERI Alumni Association


CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI), Nagpur, organised the Second Alumni Meet on 14-15 December 2019 in the NEERI Auditorium. The Meet was inaugurated jointly by Dr Prashant Gargava, Member-Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB); Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-NEERI; Shri Dilip Kamdar, Director, VNIT Alumni Association; Dr Pawan Labhasetwar, Head, Water Technology & Management Division, CSIR-NEERI, and Dr C.V. Chalapati Rao, Former Chief Scientist, CSIR-NEERI. 

While addressing the participants, Dr Rakesh Kumar said that the alumni of CSIR-NEERI should take its accomplishments further to benefit the society. The first alumni meet held in 2017 was just a grand reunion, but now is the time to scale up the partnership, he added. He urged the CSIR-NEERI alumni to contribute more to the Institute’s outreach programmes.

He informed that CSIR-NEERI has recently launched the “Jagruti” programme to guide people on various environmental issues. The CSIR-NEERI’s Alumni Association and NGOs can significantly contribute to this nation-wide programme, he added. He also briefed about the latest noteworthy contributions of CSIR-NEERI. 

While delivering the lead speech on “future belongs to cooperation and collaboration”, Shri Kamdar gave an example of “genome mapping” as a power of collaboration. We need to build on the momentum, intensify strategic dialogues and enhance cooperation, he added. 

Dr Gargava remembered his tenure at CSIR-NEERI. A few other alumni also spoke about their nostalgic moments and shared their memories. Some alumni briefed about their plans to facilitate the growth of the Institute. 

A panel discussion was held on “CSIR-NEERI Alumni Vision 2022”. The discussion was also held on some significant environmental projects to be undertaken by the CSIR-NEERI alumni. 

The Chief Guest Shri Sandip Joshi, Hon’ble Mayor, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) inaugurated the office of CSIR-NEERI Alumni Association. He urged scientists to significantly contribute to improving the environment of Nagpur. Nagpur Municipal Corporation will give all possible help in this regard, he added. Dr Ramesh Daryapurkar gave a brief outline of the two-day event. Dr Labhasetwar proposed the vote of thanks. 

During the alumni meet, a cycle rally and walkathon was organised to spread awareness about Energy Conservation and Management as a part of the Energy Conservation Week. A renowned marathon runner Mr Vaibhav Andhare flagged off the walkathon and Mrs Gayatri Andhare, a renowned cyclist, flagged off the cycle rally from CSIR-NEERI. 

To mark the occasion, Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-NEERI said that such initiatives will help to reduce the carbon and ecological footprint. Dr Nitin Labhsetwar, Chief Scientist and Head, Energy Resource Management Division, CSIR-NEERI also emphasised on the use of bicycles, especially for short distances to mitigate vehicular and noise pollution.