Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport and Highways/Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Shri Nitin Gadkari called for the deployment of green technologies to improve the environment and economy. He was speaking at the 63rd Foundation Day of the CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) on 8 April 2021.
Dr Shekhar C. Mande, Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Jitendra J. Jadhav, Director, CSIR-NAL, and Dr Rakesh Kumar, Director, CSIR-NEERI were also present on this occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari praised the exceptional contributions of CSIR-NEERI to the environment and society, especially in the Namami Gange Programme and Green National Highways Corridor Project. He urged CSIR to extend the outcome of research for the betterment of society through communication, coordination and cooperation and said social media can be a very effective tool in this regard.
Shri Gadkari stressed on the need to develop economically viable green hydrogen as clean energy. It is encouraging to see that the CSIR Institutes including CSIR-NEERI are also striving to develop green technologies in line with the Government’s mission to achieve sustainable development, he added. He also suggested the development of training programmes in the area of tree transplantation and their management to generate employment and also support the environment.
The Hon’ble Minister advised CSIR to contribute more for MSMEs as they are the engines of our economy. He also urged DG-CSIR to share R&D knowledge to address the road sector, farm sector and waste management. The government is aiming at ‘Green Growth’, he said.
The BioSEM Lab (Biological Solutions for Environmental Management Lab) and The Energy and Resource Management Facility were dedicated to the nation for R&D in sustainable energy management and exploring the interrelated aspects of environmental systems. The BioSEM Lab will help in resolving bottleneck issues related to the large-scale application of microorganisms to detoxify, degrade, and remove environmental contaminants. The Energy and Resource Management (ERM) Facility will focus on the generation and efficient utilization of cleaner energy, rural energy needs, and development of energy-efficient environmental technologies with minimum footprint. The facilities will be instrumental in developing and promoting economic and environment-friendly clean and green technologies in the country. Dr Mande, DG-CSIR, briefed about the immense contributions of CSIR-NEERI towards society, industry and judiciary. He informed that CSIR-NEERI is involved in sewage surveillance for COVID-19, in association with CSIR-CCMB. He also declared that CSIR has given in-principle approval to set up the National Centre of Excellence for Carbon Capture, Use and Storage at CSIR-NEERI. Dr Jadhav, Director, CSIR-NAL elucidated the environmental concerns of the aviation sector wherein waste management and indoor air quality are of utmost importance. R&D challenges in this sector should be taken up by CSIR-NEERI scientists, he said. He also highlighted the work of lake cleaning using JALDOST, which is being implemented in Bangalore and Niwari of UP.
Dr Rakesh Kumar outlined the R&D journey of CSIR-NEERI during the past 63 years with some notable contributions. He assured that CSIR-NEERI will emerge as a global leader in the area of environmental science and engineering as various steps have already been taken up for repositioning. The NEERI Foundation Day Awards were announced on this occasion for CSIR-NEERI staff for their significant contributions. The Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred to Shri Baba Deshpande and Dr J.P. Gupta. The names of the winning students of the quiz and storyboard competition were also announced. In Category I: Class VIII-X, Anjali N Sonekar, CDS, Nagpur to get first prize, second prize to be shared by Aarush Das Bansiwal, DPS, Nagpur and Sushrut Gajanan Khadse, NEERI Modern School, and third prize for Sidhi Sontakke, Navodaya Vidyalaya, Wardha. In Category II: Class XI-XII, Divya Bhande, Centre Point School, Nagpur to get first prize, second prize to be conferred to Adarsh Upadhyay, Kendriya Vidyalaya-CISF, Bhilai; and third prize for Nidhi Thakur, St. Ursula School, Nagpur.
Dr Atya Kapley, Sr Principal Scientist & Head, DRC, CSIR-NEERI delivered the welcome address and Dr A.N. Vaidya, Chief Scientist & Head, CHWMD, CSIR-NEERI proposed the vote of thanks. Dr Amit Bansiwal, Sr Principal Scientist & Head, SEAF, CSIR-NEERI announced the NEERI Foundation Day Awards.