The two-day National Conference on “Environmental Pollution: Consequences and Control” organised by The IIS University in collaboration with Indian Association for Air Pollution Control and sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research concluded on Saturday.
The first technical session of last day of the conference was based on “Water Pollution: Control and Technologies”. Dr. Urmila Bhrighu from MNIT, Jaipur and Dr. T.K.Joshi, Director, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi were the invited speakers.
Dr. Joshi discussed the evolution of environmental health. “21 st Century belongs to Conceptual Age and we reached this stage after passing agricultural age, industrial age and information age, Dr. Joshi asserted.” The irony is that the environment had kept changing throughout these ages but the response from people towards environmental pollution remained unchanged.
He further said that middle-class women are more exposed to pollution as compared to upper and lower class women reason being maximum time spent in the kitchen and coming in constant contact with LPG.
Dr. Urmila Bhrighu apprised the students with present challenges and low-cost approaches for the treatment of textile waste water. According to her, dyes used in textile industry are a major pollutant. “Cotton textile industries are the major cause of pollution related issues in Rajasthan, Dr. Bhrighu said.”
On failing in curbing pollution occurred due to waste water from textile industry, Dr. Bhrighu said that laboratory treatment is different from industry treatment due to which the results found out in laboratory are not applicable to industries. However, use of organic dyes produced from vegetables cause less pollution.
The last technical session was based on Environmental Health and Society where in Dr. Ram Prakash, Principal Scientist from Pilani delivered his lecture on Indigenous environmental friendly Mercury-free plasma UV lamp technology.
This two days conference concluded with valedictory ceremony in which best oral and poster presenters were awarded. First prize in Poster Presentation faculty category went to Dr. Ameeta Sharma from The IIS University, Jaipur while in Research Scholar Category Ms. Payal Desai from Gujarat received first prize.
In oral presentations, Ms. Rena Mehta from The IIS University, Jaipur stood at first position while Ms. Nidhi Sharma from Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur bagged second position.
Total 160 participants took part in the conference. Dr. Charu Jhamariya and Mr. Ashish Tambi were the organising secretaries of the conference.
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