Department of M.Sc. Environmental Science

Report on National Conference on Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Pollution Control

(EMAPCO 2015)

Organised on 10th and 11th December 2015 At SIES Nerul Campus

A two day ‘National Conference on ‘Environmental Monitoring, Assessment and Pollution Control’ was organized jointly organized by SIES-Indian Institute of Environment Management, SIES- Arts, Science and Commerce College, Nerul and Chromatographic society of India and during December 10th -11th, 2015 at SIES Educational Complex, Nerul, Navi Mumbai. It was inaugurated by Prof. Shyam R. Asolekar, Centre for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, IIT Bombay, Mumbai as a Chief Guest and Mr. K. Nandakumar, Chairman & Managing Director, Chemtrols Industries Ltd., Mumbai as a Guest of Honour. Total hundred delegates from Industry, Academic Institutions, Research Institutions, Government departments participated in the Conference.

Conference welcome Speech was delivered by Dr. Seema Mishra, Director, SIES- IIEM wherein she briefed about the SIES group and achievement of SIES- IIEM in the fields of research and development. Mr. S. V. Viswanathan, Joint Honorary Secretary, SIES has emphasized on the severity of Environmental pollution day by day and he focussed on the role of S&T in pollution control. Dr. G. Ramakrishnan, President, Chromatographic Society of India and Hon. Director, SIES- Institute of Chromatography and Spectroscopy briefed on the role environmental monitoring and instrumentation techniques with the increasing environmental pollution and climate change. Dr. Devayani Savant, Deputy Director, SIES- IIEM delivered the concept and idea of conference. She remarked that the conference on this topic is very important to deal with the problems related to pollution and to discuss on the current advances in the fields of conference theme. She briefed that in the conference researchers, academicians, students, policy planners and industries are participating on a common platform. Prof. Shyam R. Asolekar while inaugurating the Conference said that the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 is taking place in Paris, France from 31st November to 12th December 2015 to for global reduction of climate change. He emphasized the role of researchers in identifying new avenues for the control of environmental pollution and emission of green house gases for sustainable management of environment. He said that discussions in Conference should help to establish a linkage between researchers, academia, industries and policy planners. Address by Guest of honour was delivered by Mr. K. Nandakumar. He stressed on the role of instrumentation techniques and research in the control of environmental pollution. Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Pooja Desai, Assistant Professor, SIES- Arts, Science and Commerce College, Nerul. During the conference four plenary lectures, 11 invited lectures, 7 contributory oral presentations and 26 poster presentations were presented and discussed in five technical sessions over two days. Fifth session was a panel discussion. An exhibition was also arranged during the conference with participation from industries viz. Chemtrols Industries Ltd., Mettler Toledo, Merck Millipore, Trident Industries and Marsap Services Ltd. Session- wise details are presented as under.

Plenary Lectures

Four Plenary lectures were organized during the conference. The details are as-

1. A lecture on the topic, ‘Limits of Science & Technology for Environmental Protection’ was delivered by Prof. Shyam R. Asolekar on 10th December 2015. In his lecture he emphasized on the need of environmental pollution control and resource management by using sustainable solutions. Life cycle assessment and other approaches of environment management are imperative for the generation of appropriate technology.

2. ‘Instrumentation techniques in the monitoring of organic pollutants from environment’ was delivered by Dr. G. Ramakrishnan in his lecture on 10th December 2015. He discussed about the significance of different instrumentation techniques viz. HPLC, GC. GCMS etc. in the monitoring of organic environmental pollutants and different EPA guidelines.

3. Dr. Premchand S. Jain delivered his lecture on the topic, ‘Instrumentation techniques in the monitoring of inorganic pollutants from environment’ on 11th December 2015. The role of atomic absorption spectrophotometer and ICP was discussed in his lecture in detail.

4. Dr. Ramvir Sharma presented about ‘Recent technological development of ground ionisation for dispersion of smog / fog’ by an European country and he informed the gathering that the technology will be demonstrated in India very soon. On successful of demo, there is a hope to use the technology for improving air quality or clean environment in limited way.

Technical Session I: Monitoring and Instrumentation Techniques in Water Quality Management

This Session was chaired by Dr. D. V. Prabhu, Adjunct Faculty, University of Mumbai. This session had two invited and 4 contributory presentations. First invited lecture in this session was delivered by Dr. Chitanya Sathe, ABC Techno Labs India Pvt. Ltd. on the topic, ‘Monitoring of waste water – a tool for performance optimization of effluent treatment plant. He gave details of the stepwise treatment of waste water and illustrated the use of ETP monitoring by interesting case studies of textile processing and dairy units. He emphasised the role of automation in analysis and the advantages of online measurement of pH, DO and TOC. The most effective monitoring of waste water can be done by adopting stage wise monitoring.

An invited lecture on the topic, ‘Current perspectives in marine pollution monitoring and assessment’ was delivered by Dr. Anirudh Ram from National Institute of Oceanography, Mumbai. He discussed the causes of degradation of marine water and gave valuable information about different types of sampling techniques and monitoring of water. He cited case studies of monitoring of ammonia(N) and mercury in Thane creek and mercury in the Ulhas estuary. He stressed that results obtained by experiment should be validated before publication.

Dr. Srinivas Chilukuri, Consultant, SIES- IIEM, Nerul delivered his talk on ‘Photochemical methods in water treatment’. He gave details of the use of environmentally friendly photochemical processes for waste water treatment with special reference to the Photo-Fenton process. He also explained the salient features of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) which are oxidation reactions mediated by OH radicals.

A lecture on the topic, ‘Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles and their applications’ was delivered by Dr. Manju Phadke, SIES- ASC, Sion (W). She gave a very lucid presentation of the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles which were used as a disinfectant in a village, Chemically synthesised nanoparticles were found to be ineffective for antibiotic activity as compared to green synthesized nanoparticles.
Dr. Devayani Savant, SIES- IIEM, Nerul has delivered a lecture on the topic, ‘Recent advances in monitoring of anaerobic reactors’. She discussed in detail the recent advances in anaerobic reactors. Anaerobic digestion is a carbon neutral technology which, on treatment with waste, produces biogas. She compared the advantages of anaerobic treatment over aerobic treatment of waste. Dr Savant also discussed advanced monitoring methods available.

Dr. Saumya Singh delivered a lecture on the topic, ‘Addressing issues of drinking water quality and its management using GIS: case study of Allahabad city’ discussed the issues of drinking water quality and its management using GIS. She gave a clear idea about the GIS concept and the methodology used for GIS based water recharge. The water quality of Allahabad City has been monitored on an experimental basis using GIS. The experiment could be replicated in other cities of our country.

Major recommendations of this session were-

  • Online stage wise monitoring of waste water should be implemented.
  • Validation of results before publication.
  • Process optimization for the photochemical method and anaerobic treatment of waste water.
  • Utilization of GIS as a tool for the identification of water recharging zones.
  • Need for the application of bio nano particles in the treatment of waste water.

Technical session II: Monitoring and Instrumentation Techniques in Air Quality Management

There were three presentations in this session.

Shri S.C. Kollur, Scientific Officer from MPCB gave a presentation on “Air pollution monitoring and control”. He elaborated that all pollution rules and regulations exist in the country and all pollution data of various states are being uploaded at CPCB. He stated lacking of the integration of all measurements being undertaken by various agencies like NMMC / MCPB etc. On a query he replied that the pollution data for any location if available with MPCB that can be shared for any research.

Second presentation was made by Dr Gufran Beig, Scientist –G from Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune on “Air quality forecasting Research in India”. He highlighted about the initiative taken in common wealth game when location specific weather and air quality information was displayed for public information .He mentioned that the project “SAFAR” has been extended to various cities including Mumbai and Navi-Mumbai and various displays have been installed in the mega city for public display about Air quality index ( AQI) and if AQI exceeds certain specific limits, the warning to public is also displays . “Safar” data can be downloaded through APPs/ through website for any location.

Dr Radha Goyal, Head Indian Pollution Control Association, New Delhi, presented her paper on “Monitoring of indoor air pollution with focus on sampling techniques and analysis”. She mentioned the importance of indoor air quality measurements for health safety and the proper ventilation as one of the basic consideration for indoor AQI besides aerodynamics around the building.

Major recommendations:

  1. Integration of pollution data being measured by various agencies in the states.
  2. Data from SAFAR project and MPCB can be used by  research students/ participants for carrying out scientific analysis of increasing pollution in  Greater  Mumbai. 
  3. More research on indoor air pollution monitoring.

Technical Session III: Poster Presentations

Total 27 posters by undergraduate, post graduate and research students were presented.

Technical Session IV: Monitoring and Instrumentation Techniques in Soil Pollution Control and Solid Waste Management

The session was chaired by Prof. Satish Bhalerao, University of Mumbai.
Mr. Sharad Gaur delivered his invited talk on the topic, Municipal solid waste management and environmental pollution control’ wherein he gave a comprehensive detail about the municipal solid waste generation in India, advanced techniques in its management and monitoring techniques.
Mr. Somanth Malgar from Mumbai Waste Management delivered his invited talk on the topic, ‘Instrumentation techniques in the monitoring of hazardous waste’. He described about different techniques in the management of hazardous wastes.
Dr. Seema Mishra, SIES- IIEM delivered her talk on the topic, ‘Monitoring of soil quality with pond ash amendment’. She emphasized that pond ash is categorized under high volume less toxic waste and could utilized as a soil amendment but proper monitoring of soil quality before amendment of any industrial waste is prerequisite. She presented her case study of field studies on onion crop with organic and biofertilizers wherein improvement of crop yield, soil fertility and nutrient uptake was observed without any toxic effect.
Major recommendations:

  • Implementation of mechanization for the segregation and management of municipal solid waste.
  • Proper characterization of hazardous waste for the pollution control.
  • Need of standards for soil or land pollution.
  • Characterization of soil for physico- chemical properties before amendment of industrial wastes.

Technical Session V: Panel Discussion Monitoring of Sector Specific Environmental Contaminants and Role of Environment Management

The session was chaired by Dr. G. Ramakrishnan, President, Chromatographic Society of India and Hon. Director SIES- Institute of Chromatography and Spectroscopy.
Mr. S. V. Viswanathan, Joint Honorary Secretary, SIES has delivered his lecture on the topic, ‘Developmental activities and sustainable environment management: a need for paradigm shift’. He emphasized on the increasing environmental pollution day by day and role of Environmental Management Techniques viz. Environmental Management Systems, Life Cycle Assessment and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Dr. G. G. Pandit, Head, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Section, BARC delivered her lecture on the topic, ‘Analytical techniques for monitoring of pollutants in the environment’. She elaborated on the monitoring of organic and inorganic pollutants and instrumentation techniques. She presented case studies from her research at BARC on in the monitoring of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organo chlorine pesticides.

Dr. Gita Vanage, Scientist F, NIRRH, Mumbai presented her talk on the topic, ‘Monitoring of environmental toxins in human system’. She covered xenobiotics and endocrine disruptors as biological markers that can be measured in human system for any exposure. She  also elaborated that toxico kinetics of contaminant is necessary to characterize biological variability that may be helpful in occupational exposure assessment.

Mr. Omkar Musale, Envirocare India Ltd. ‘Environmental monitoring in food industry’. He stressed on the analysis of pesticide residues in food product for not only maintaining export quality but also for domestic consumption. This will ensure food safety also.

Mr. Parag Vachhani, Merck Life Science Pvt. Ltd. ‘Environmental monitoring in pharma industry’. He elaborated that key areas of environmental monitoring in pharmacy industry are non- viable air monitoring, viable air monitoring, personnel monitoring and utility monitoring. He emphasized the role of environmental monitoring plan for pharmacy industries.

Valedictory session was conducted by Ms Pooja Desai in the benign presence of by Mr. S. Ganesh, Hon. Secretary, SIES; Mr. M. V. Ramnarayan, Hon. Treasurer, SIES and Mr. S. V. Viswanathan, Joint Hon. Secretary, SIES. Mr. Ganesh emphasized the need of environment management for pollution control. He stressed on making habit for nature conservation and to make SIES Campus an Eco friendly campus. Mr. Ramnarayan in his speech said that such conferences should be a regular event for awareness generation on environment. The concluding remark of conference was delivered by Dr. G. Ramakrishnan and Vote of Thanks was given by Dr. Seema Mishra.

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Report on Forest Exhibition

Date: 17th December to 19th December 2015

The SIES High of the South Indian Education Society had organized “Vanamahotsava”, a science exhibition on the theme “Forests” from 17th December to 19th December 2015. The M.Sc. Environmental Science Department represented the participation of SIES (Nerul) College of Arts, Science & Commerce in the exhibition.

The inaugural function was conducted on 17th December’15, Thursday at 10.00 am. The Chief Guest for the function was Dr. Kasturi Rangan, Former Member – Planning Commission, Chairman – ISRO & M.P and Dr. Savita, IFS, Director – Forest Research Institute, Dehradun was the Guest of Honour for the function. In the inaugural session, special two special awards were conferred to Shri. Jadhav Peyang & Shri. Abdul Kareem.

Shri. Jadhav Peyang is a Padma Shri and is alos known as Forest Man of India. He is an environmental activist and forestry worker from Korhat, India. Over the course of several decades, he has converted a sand bar of river Brahmaputra in a thick forest reserve in Assam which encompasses an area of about 1360 acres.

P. Abdul Kareem has created a manmade forest converting 32 acre of barren laterite hillside in to rich green cover.

The exhibition was open to the visitors after the inaugural function. In addition to exhibition, many competitions were also conducted during the three days like quiz competition, on the spot drawing competition, fancy dress, fashion show, etc.

The Department of Environmental Science exhibited a total of 20 charts and 7 models on various themes related to Forest. The themes covered are as follows:

  • Biodiversity Hotspots
  • Forest Related Movements in India
  • Protected Area Network in India
  • Ecotourism
  • Soil Profile
  • Career Opportunities in forestry
  • Wild Life photography

The Valedictory function was conducted on 19th December 2015 at 4.00 pm. Padma Vibhushan Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister graced the occasion and gave away the prizes to the winners of the various competitions.