Short Term Course on Sustainable Practices in Solid Waste Management

The Department of Civil Engineering, Punjab Engineering College (Deemed to be University) Chandigarh organized a Short Term Course on “Sustainable Practices in Solid Waste Management” from June 11-15, 2018 at Seminar Hall, New Academic Block, PEC.

The main focus of the course was on understanding the gaps in implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and familiarizing the participants about various techniques for their successful implementation.

The course was inaugurated by Mr. T.C. Nautiyal, Member Secretary, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee and Architect Pallav Mukherjee, Former Councillor, M.C. Chandigarh after due welcome by the Head Civil Engineering, Dr. R.R.Singh on 11.06.2018.

During the course, expert lectures were delivered by Dr. Geeta Arora, Course Coordinator on Introduction to Solid Waste characteristics and introduction to SWM rules, 2016.  Dr. Sultan Ismail from Ecoscience Research Foundation, Chennai delivered lectures and imparted hands on training on composting and vermicomposting techniques to the participants as well as sanitation staff of PEC. Mr. Vikram Ahuja from Zamindara Farming Solutions apprised the participants about ways to manage agricultural wastes in the form of crop residue.  Ms. Rhythm Aggarwal, Assistant Environmental Engineer from Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee delivered lecture on e-waste management. Mr. Krunesh Garg, senior Environmental Engineer from Punjab Pollution Control Board informed the participants about the multilayered plastic management model being implemented in Patiala.  Dr. Sucheta delivered lecture on use of optimization techniques for minimizing the cost of collection and transport of municipal solid wastes.  Dr. Pardeep Gupta delivered lecture on use of plastic wastes in road construction and Dr. S.K. Singh, Prof Civil Engg delivered lecture on design, construction and management aspects of engineered landfills.

The programme was attended by many officers from Municipal Corporations of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula and also state pollution control boards, members of resident welfare associations and several engineers, teachers, students and sanitation workers.  The valedictory function was attended by Mr. Davesh Moudgil, the Mayor of M.C. Chandigarh.  He expressed his support for all such programmes in future too.  Dr. Geeta Arora, the course coordinator expressed her deep gratitude for the support extended by the participants, JayPee plant officials, Medical Officer of Health, MC Chandigarh and above all to the Mayor for making this course so successful.

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