Two-day meet on environment
Times of India
By Syed Rizwanullah
AURANGABAD: 'A practical approach to solve environmental problems and facilitate people's participation to save environment' will be the subject of discussion at the two-day national conference on 'Green engineering and environmental pollution' at the Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College here from February 10.
The inter-disciplinary conference is aimed at discussing threats to the environment and ways to reach out to people instead of banking merely on government schemes or planting trees, Ankushrao Kadam, trustee of the Mahatma Gandhi Mission which runs the JNEC, said at a press meet here on Wednesday.
"Students should be made aware of how much carbon dioxide a single motorcycle generates. Parents need to convince their children against using motorbikes as a fashion statement and how it takes a toll on the environment," Kadam said.
The conference would focus on involving the general public in the save environment campaign, Kadam added. "Let us begin with convincing our children up to the age 25 years against using motorbikes or four-wheelers to reach their educational institutions.''
He said, "It's not the motorbikes alone that pose a threat to the environment, we have to be alert on a number of fronts, like mindless use of antibiotics. Attention has to be paid to ensure that cows are not injected with steroids for extracting more milk."
The Mahatma Gandhi Mission director Pratap Borade said that over 100 experts from across the country will participate in the conference. The subjects of discussion include alternative resources to generate power and how green engineering and bio-engineering technologies could provide solutions to mitigate, manage and protect our biosphere. The conference would be inaugurated by Rajesh Tope, minister for higher and technical education, while Vijay Pandharipande, vice-chancellor, Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, would preside, he said.
BN Pande, honorary professor at the department of civil and environmental engineering, JNEC said that the engineering profession was being challenged with a new set of requirements due to exorbitant population growth all over the world and resource scarcity and environmental changes. Principal Sudheer Deshmukh, vice-principal HH Shinde, head of the civil engineering department PM Patil and AD Diwan, former assistant director general of Indian Council of Agriculture Research, were also present during the media briefing.