CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI), Nagpur, organised a webinar on 'Sustainable Technologies for Environment Management' on 11 May 2021, as part of the National Technology Day Celebration.
Prof. Anubha Kaushik, Director, International Affairs, Guru Gobind Singh (GGS) Indraprastha University, New Delhi; Dr Shantanu Bhowmik, Head, Research & Projects and Professor, Departments of Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore; and Dr Fraddry D’Souza, Area Convener, The Coastal Ecology & Marine Resources Centre, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Goa, joined this webinar as Guest Speakers. Dr S. Chandrasekhar, Director, CSIR-NEERI, gave the opening remarks and Dr Sadhana Rayalu, Senior Most Scientist, CSIR-NEERI introduced the guest speakers.
Delivering a speech on ‘Eco-technology for Sustainable Environment Management’ Prof. Kaushik stressed on the need to adopt ‘Eco-technology’. Eco-technology is not just the replacement of conventional technology by environment-friendly ones, rather it is also about the use of resources in an economic way, she added. Prof. Kaushik mentioned that ‘Eco-technology’ has a positive impact on each country’s economy and the earth’s environment. She also elaborated the functioning of some significant eco-technologies including wastewater treatment through constructed wetlands, Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) technology for the generation of bioelectricity, etc.
Dr Bhowmik detailed his research activities which are aimed at making cities and villages free of plastic and thermocol waste. He informed that the Department of Civil Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, has produced cotton fibre from thermocol, which can be used for pillows, cushions and various other purposes. Dr Bhowmik informed that he and his team succeeded in replacing the 18 kg imported bullet-proof jackets used by defence personnel with a 1.5 kg multi-layer plastic (carbon fibre) vest. He stated that the technology has also been developed to convert single-use plastics into products like floor tiles, roof tiles, etc. He encouraged MSMEs and young entrepreneurs to create wealth from plastic waste and employment opportunities in the plastic waste management sector.
Describing the ‘TERI Coastal Education Hub’, Dr D’Souza informed that covering an area of approximately 58,000 sq.m. this hub is situated in the wetlands of the Batim village, Goa Velha. This wetland is unique as it is a mosaic of multiple ecosystems and stands out as a potential zone to support diverse activities like solar salt farming, traditional fishing, traditional aquaculture and agricultural related activities, he added.
In his opening remarks, Dr S. Chandrasekhar, Director, CSIR-NEERI, said that CSIR-NEERI is committed to providing a clean and green environment through technological interventions. He also praised the hard work of CSIR scientists so far undertaken to combat COVID-19.
Students and teachers from Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and other schools prominently participated in this programme under ‘Jigyasa’ and ‘Vigyan Jyoti’ schemes of Govt of India. They interacted with experts on various environmental issues. Mrs Shanoor Mirza, Principal, Tata Parsi Girls’ Jr College also participated in the webinar. This event was broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook.